Buddies seal Cup glory
St Mirren captured the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history after coming from behind to beat Hearts 3-2 in one of the most dramatic finals witnessed at Hampden for many a year.
Ryan Stevenson opened the scoring for the Jambos with a drive in the 10th minute but in the 37th minute, against the run of play, Esmael Goncalves levelled from close range.
A minute into the second half veteran striker Steven Thompson converted a Paul Dummett cross before Conor Newton drove in number three. Although Stevenson reduced the deficit with six minutes remaining to ensure a nervy ending, Danny Lennon's side held out.
Hearts took the lead as skipper Jim Goodwin's crunching tackle on Jambos striker Michael Ngoo saw the ball fall to Stevenson who, with five black and white jerseys around him, pulled the trigger and to the joy of the Jambos' supporters the ball nicked off Dummett before beating the flailing Craig Samson.
The Buddies were level as Thompson nipped in front of Gorgie stopper Danny Wilson and sent Gary Teale racing down the right-wing. And when the former Derby winger cut the ball across goal Goncalves, who had scored in the semi-final win over Celtic, stroked it into the empty net to change totally the complexion of the game.
The second half was barely a minute old when Thompson fired St Mirren ahead. Midfielder John McGinn fed Dummett on the left and when his cross came into the box the former Dundee United and Rangers striker beat Wilson to the ball before knocking it first-time past Jamie MacDonald.
In the 66th minute Saints put one hand on the trophy when Newton played a one-two with Goncalves before breaking past the Hearts defence to power his shot past MacDonald.
Time was running out for Hearts but Samson made a good save from Kevin McHattie's drive with defender Marc McAusland making a great block to deny Ngoo from the rebound, before Stevenson clipped the bar from close range.
However, it was the former Ayr United player who gave the Edinburgh side a lifeline in the 84th minute when he took a Ngoo pass and screwed the ball past Samson and into the far corner.
As the tension became almost unbearable in the final moments Stevenson forced a save from Samson with an angled-drive before hitting the outside of the post from the rebound.