Nobody is happy losing a cup final, whether it’s the nation’s premier knockout competition or one exclusively for the lower leagues. But for both St Mirren and Dundee United, the bigger picture dwarfed the significance of who emerged victorious from Saturday’s Irn-Bru Cup showdown.
Dundee United showed the kind of resolution and defensive toughness that’s been largely absent from their play in 2017 to capture the club’s first ever Challenge Cup title, eventually bettering St Mirren after surviving a dominant first-half performance from the Championship’s bottom side.
Second-bottom Ayr United move level with Dumbarton and four points clear of St Mirren with victory over the Sons in the Championship.
Dundee United claim victory win over St Mirren in the Irn Bru Cup final at Fir Park, with Thomas Mikkelsen heading the winner.
Thomas Mikkelsen scored a second-half winner for Dundee United who edged out St Mirren 2-1 in an exciting Scottish Challenge Cup final in Lanarkshire.
Former Rangers, Cardiff City, Burnley and Scotland striker Steven Thompson was 15 years into his playing career before he finally signed for boyhood heroes St Mirren, winning the League Cup with them in 2013 before hanging up his boots at the end of last season.
St Mirren manager Jack Ross insists the club's January transfer window dealings helped turn his team's fortunes around.
St Mirren maintained their impressive push for survival with a fine win at Palmerston.