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Lennon over the moon as St Mirren's new legends salute in League Cup

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was overjoyed after guiding the club to a famous Scottish Communities League Cup triumph on Sunday.

The Buddies came from a goal down to edge Heart of Midlothian 3-2 at Hampden Park to write themselves into the history books after Lennon urges them to do so in his pre-match rev up.

"I am very proud and emotional - a lot of emotions really. It's just sinking in and I am absolutely thrilled," he said.

"We played a fantastic game. In the first half they played the game and we played the occasion. But I got into the players at half-time and reminded them that if they wanted to become legends there was a game of football to be played.

"From our point of view I am delighted that we are bringing the trophy to Paisley for the first time in this club's wonderful 135-year history.

"I am absolutely thrilled with the board of directors at our football club.

"Firstly for having the belief in me to give me the opportunity to serve this club, and I am absolutely delighted that my staff and my club have delivered a trophy for them.

"That's what we emphasised at half-time. There was a bit of emotion in there.

"There were a few raised voices and also a wee bit of comfort offered. Most importantly, though, it was reminding them that that these opportunities don't come very often.

"Some of these players will play their full career and never get another opportunity to come and play at the national stadium in a cup final.

"The reality is that, for some of our players, it might be their last.

"So my message to them was to make sure it was a day they could remember for the rest of their lives. They've given us that.

"They have given everybody associated with our wonderful club a memory to cherish for the rest of their lives."

St Mirren's victory came courtesy of goals from Esmael Goncalves, Steven Thompson and Conor Newton which came in between bookend goals from Ryan Stevenson.

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Andrew Slevison
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