St Johnstone won the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time in the club's 130-year history with a 2-0 victory over Dundee United at Celtic Park.

United midfielder Ryan Dow hit the post before Saints defender Steven Anderson, in his testimonial year, headed in a David Wotherspoon corner as a pulsating first half moved into stoppage time.

Tannadice striker Nadir Ciftci struck the bar with a free-kick early in an occasionally tetchy second half and the Saints had to defend for their lives at times before striker Steven MacLean ensured history would be made with a second after 83 minutes to send their 15,000 fans - a third of the population of Perth - into raptures.

The McDiarmid Park side were appearing in their first final of the competition and few outside Tannadice will begrudge them the trophy, albeit they rode their luck at times against a side they had beaten three times in four Scottish Premiership meetings this season.