Final flourish my crowning achievement says Lasley

HAMPDEN - SCOTTISH CUP SEMI FINAL - MOTHERWELL V ST. JOHNSTONE - SUTTON GOAL CELEBRATIONS
HAMPDEN - SCOTTISH CUP SEMI FINAL - MOTHERWELL V ST. JOHNSTONE - SUTTON GOAL CELEBRATIONS

Keith Lasley says reaching the Scottish Cup final is the biggest achievement of his career.

The veteran put in a man of the match performance as he and Steve Jennings dominated midfield to give Motherwell a platform to beat St Johnstone 3-0 in Saturday’s Hampden semi-final.

He said: “We’ve played in Europe and done well in the league, but this is by far the biggest achievement of my career.

“It will be my first cup final and going back to Hampden on May 21 will be the perfect end to a difficult season.”

Lasley praised St Johnstone for their contribution and suggested the goals were all that separated the sides.

He said: “I felt St Johnstone started the better side, but once we got the goal we played some nice stuff and to be three up at half time was great.

“The second half wasn’t the most exciting, but it was about seeing the game out. St Johnstone kept trying to get back into the game and we expected nothing less.

Stephen Craigan, Jamie Murphy and John Sutton made the headlines as ‘Well set up a meeting with Celtic, with Lalsey hoping for an upset.

He said: “We’ll be the underdogs when we return to Hampden to face Celtic, but it is not long since we played well and beat them at Fir Park so I think we have a decent chance of causing an upset.”

Motherwell travel to Tynecastle on Saturday for the first match following the SPL split, having guaranteed their top six place against the same opposition last week.

Their remaining fixtures see them host Rangers on April 30, visit Dundee United on May 7, welcome Kilmarnock on May 11 and finish their SPL campaign with a trip to Parkhead on May 15, just six days before they meet Celtic again in the cup final.

Full story in April 21 edition of Times & Speaker