Steel­men reach the Cup Fi­nal

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Front Page - Euan McLean


Motherwell hero Cur­tis Main showed Aberdeen who’s the daddy – then ded­i­cated his glory Ham­p­den dou­ble to his preg­nant part­ner.

The striker fired Well into the Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal with a brace that left dis­mal Dons rat­tled then cel­e­brated by stick­ing the ball up his shirt and suck­ing his thumb. It was a touch­ing trib­ute to his part­ner Ste­vie who is ex­pect­ing their sec­ond child and was sit­ting in Ham­p­den’s stand among 6000 jubilant Motherwell fans.

Ryan Bow­man got Well’s other goal in an em­phatic 3- 0 win for Stephen Robin­son’s Steel­men.

Now Main in­sists the play­ers are fired up to go on and lift the cup and make it a sum­mer of cel­e­bra­tion. He said: “I’ve more than a Scot­tish

Fi­nal to look for­ward to. My part­ner Ste­vie is ex­pect­ing our sec­ond child. She is half­way through her preg­nancy.

“I’ve wanted to do the cel­e­bra­tion for a while but de­cided to leave it for a big oc­ca­sion. This was the per­fect time.

“Ste­vie was in the stand and I was look­ing for her af­ter I scored. I didn’t see her but knew she was there some­where.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, up there with the best I’ve had in foot­ball. My sec­ond goal came at a cru­cial time and made it hard for them to come back.”

It’s the sec­ond time Well have downed Aberdeen on a cup run this season af­ter their 3-0 vic­tory in the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nal in Septem­ber.

They lost that fi­nal to Celtic but Main is de­ter­mined to go one bet­ter on Well’s next visit to Ham­p­den on May 19 when they face ei­ther the Hoops or Rangers.

He said: “We are not go­ing to be in the fi­nal just to make up the num­bers.

“We de­serve to be in the fi­nal and when that day comes round we will go out with the same hunger and the same drive we showed against Aberdeen. “We will be look­ing to lift the cup.” Main’s con­fi­dence was shared by his Motherwell team-mates, who al­ways be­lieved they would blow away their pre-match un­der­dog tag.

The striker added: “Be­fore we went out the dress­ing-room was rock­ing.

“We all have real be­lief in our­selves and have shown that many times this season.

“Goals change games and our sec­ond gave us huge mo­men­tum.”

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