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Hearts to meet St Mirren in league cup final after penalties triumph

Heart of Midlothian are into the Scottish Communities League Cup final after beating Inverness on penalties.

The Jambos managed to edge Caley 5-4 in the shootout after full-time and extra-time ended 1-1 at Easter Road, holding out with ten man after Scott Robinson was sent off in the 77th minute.

Andrew Shinnie gave Inverness the lead four minutes into the second half before Hearts debutant Michael Ngoo, on loan from Liverpool, replied just after the hour-mark.

Robinson saw red for a two-footed challenge on Owain Tudur Jones but the Edinburgh outfit were able to contain Caley at the death before substitute Philip Roberts blazed his sudden death spot-kick over the bar to send Hearts into the final to be played against St Mirren on March 17 at Hampden Park.

Hearts boss John McGlynn was ecstatic after the match as he feels it gives the club an opportunity to give something back to the suffering fans and help the Tynecastle outfit financially.

"It's massive," McGlynn said. "It's a great boost for the fans because there has been a lot of doom and gloom this season.

"There has been a lot of negativity, and hands up, a lot we have brought on ourselves.

"But nevertheless it's great for the fans to go back to Hampden.

"It was great here, they must have seen the fight in the players.

"How Inverness didn't score the opportunity when it was two against one was partly their fault but our players had the fight to get back and stop the ball going in the net.

"We had seven under-21s on that park, five of them came through our youth system, and other players over 21 who came through our youth academy.

"So we owe a big thanks to everyone who has worked in our youth system.

"Financially it's a massive boost as well because the football club is not out the woods yet."

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