Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Inverness win Scottish Cup for first time
  2. Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk
  3. ICT defender Carl Tremarco sent off
  4. Watkins for ICT; Grant heads Falkirk level. Vincent nets winner
  5. John Hughes hails 'remarkable' victory

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Goodbye

"Milk it, enjoy it, get every photograph and take every single minute in," said a jubilant John Hughes.

Inverness CT win the Scottish Cup in their first-ever appearance in the final.

Thanks for your company today; congratulations to Inverness and commiserations to Falkirk.

Inverness CT players celebrate
SNS

Check our website later for further reaction, analysis and a player-rater on those involved in a thrilling final at Hampden.

Highlights on Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 22:50 tonight.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend; we're back tomorrow for the second leg of the Premiership play-off. Hope you can join us then.

Inverness celebrate

Inverness CT Chairman Kenny Cameron is sprayed with champagne as he celebrates with the trophy
SNS
Inverness CT boss John Hughes celebrates
SNS
Inverness CT players with the Scottish Cup
SNS
The Scottish Cup winners
SNS

Cup final - Your views

Text using 80295

Jordan Cooper: Game was great; amazing atmosphere.



'Absolutely elated'

Inverness CT boss John Hughes

Inverness CT boss John Hughes and his daughters at Hampden
SNS

"I'm absolutely elated to win the cup; but we didn't half make it hard for ourselves.

"I don't want to sound like Sir Alex Ferguson back in his Aberdeen days but the second half just wasn't acceptable. We brought it on top of ourselves and got a man sent off.

"But once again, the spirit in the team with 10 men, they dig it out. And to do it in a Scottish Cup final is remarkable.

"I've got great daughters. I said to the players and I say to everyone involved in Inverness: milk it, enjoy it and get every photograph and take every single minute in. Because you're soon back to pre-season.

"I'm absolutely delighted we won the game and [dismissed Carl] Tremarco's blushes are spared..."

'Happy days'

Inverness CT midfielder Marley Watkins

"Credit to Falkirk, they were great. I started worrying when we went down to 10 men but, happy days, glad to get the win.

Marley Watkins celebrates his opener at the Scottish Cup final
SNS

"It's going to be a great night tonight. This is why you are in football. It's a great occasion for the whole city.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy. Fair play to Falkirk, they brought their best. At the end of the day the result is all that matters.

"He just loves football and he's a madman as well. He's a good guy and you want to do well for him. He's just a character. I am really pleased for everyone, including him.

"He had doubters at the start of the season and he has proved them all wrong so happy days.

"I can't lie, I felt is slipping away but once we got that second goal, I think I should have passed it but I shot.

"Luckily he has parried it to Vinny and he has done the rest."

'Best day of my career'

Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie

"It's the best day of my football career, my first major bit of silverware.

"To be the captain and get to lift it on my last game, I couldn't have dreamt of it. This is the best way to go out, to give them European football and win the Cup. I am absolutely delighted.

"I've had some great times at this club. We don't do things easy - in the Cup games, against Hearts we were down to nine men and we came back, the last one against Celtic were down to 10 men and we came back.

Graeme Shinnie holds the Scottish Cup aloft
SNS

"This time we were down to 10 men and we came back so we are just delighted."

'Right place, right time'

Inverness match-winner James Vincent

"It's fantastic. I dreamt about this all week. I knew I wasn't playing so I knew I had to come on and have an impact. To get the winning goal, I'm over the moon. I thought Marley should have slipped me in but he had a good shot, he (the goalie) parried it to me - right place, right time.

"It's the pinnacle. These are the games you want to be playing in. They really mean something to everyone involved - the fans, your family and friends - so to come out on top is brilliant.

James Vincent celebrates
SNS

"(Team spirit) is what we work on. We have that camaraderie. We stick together. It's the emphasis on our game play and we go on and win and we showed that today. It's party time."

Shinnie celebrates

Inverness skipper Graeme Shinnie, in his final game for the club before joining Aberdeen, holds the Scottish Cup trophy aloft, they've won it in their first-ever Scottish Cup final.

Houston cajoles players

Peter Houston cajoles his Falkirk troops out on the pitch. We can't hear exactly what he's saying to his players but it's fair to surmise that he's praising them to the roof for a superb display.

The players now take the long walk up the Hampden stairs to collect their medals.

'I'm proud of every one one of them'

Inverness CT boss John Hughes

"I'm absolutely delighted for the boys. Again we made it hard for ourselves. All credit to Falkirk, they got their equaliser and they put us under the cosh and I thought we were going to beat ourselves, but thankfully that Inverness spirit showed through.

"Carl Tremarco made a mistake, first game for a long long time. I am just glad that we pulled it out the bag for him. We'll enjoy our night. It's fantastic and we'll take the cup back to Inverness.

"We're a provincial club. We've been going with a squad of 18 who play some nice stuff . I just think it's remarkable, I really do."

Contrasting emotions at Hampden

Falkirk boss Peter Houston leads his shattered players over to the Bairns fans as they applaud each other.

Contrasting scenes as the Inverness CT players share the congratulations; manager John Hughes shares a word and a cuddle with his two tearful and proud daughters.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Ten-man Inverness, in their first-ever Scottish Cup final, claim the trophy despite a roaring comeback from a spirited Falkirk side.

FULL-TIME

Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk

Super-sub James Vincent celebrates as referee Willie Collum blows the final whistle. Inverness have won the Scottish Cup!

Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk

A long ball played into the Inverness CT box but keeper Ryan Esson leaps like a bear claiming a a salmon to smother the ball amid a sea of Falkirk jerseys.

Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk

Inverness desperately trying to take the sting out of Falkirk's attacks...

ADDED TIME

Five minutes of added time at Hampden. Can Falkirk find a late, late, late equaliser?

Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk

Falkirk have a free-kick on the edge of the area; reminiscent of Rocky's family standing up at home roaring at the TV for the fighter to get it done...

But the Bairns can't trouble Ryan Esson in the Inverness goal as Blair Alston fires into the wall and Luke Leahy blazes over.

GOAL

Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk (Vincent)

Incredible, absolutely incredible! Ten-man Inverness re-take the lead following a lightning counter attack as Falkirk keeper Jamie MacDonald parries Marley Watkins's shot and James Vincent is there to thunder the ball home.

James Vincent celebrates
SNS

Your views

#bbcscotfootball

MBehan: Well deserved equaliser for Falkirk by far the better side in the second half #bbcscotfootball

Inverness CT 1-1 Falkirk

Has the pendulum swung in Falkirk's favour? A deserved equaliser and now pinning 10-man Inverness in their own half. Eight minutes plus added time remaining of a pulsating Scottish Cup final.

GOAL

Inverness CT 1-1 Falkirk (Grant)

Hang on a minute. Falkirk are rewarded for their second half display as Peter Grant, son of former Celtic midfielder Peter, bullets a header home from Blair Alston's free-kick. Peter Snr would've been proud of that finish! Game.On.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Falkirk howl for a free kick for handball just outside the box but referee Willie Collum is having none of it. Falkirk's Tom Taiwo is booked for a bit of backchat and suddenly the atmosphere inside Hampden is cranked up a few notches.

RED CARD

Inverness defender Carl Tremarco

How costly will this prove to Inverness? The Highland outfit are reduced to 10 men as Carl Tremarco is given his marching orders for taking down Blair Alston after the Falkirk man does a great pick-pocket job and appears destined to run in on Ryan Esson's goal.

Tremarco has his head in his hands.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Heading into the final 20 minutes and Inverness hold, rather than enjoy, a slender 1-0 lead at Hampden. Falkirk, though, have their tails up and are swarming all over Inverness in their increasingly frantic search for an equaliser.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Inverness CT's Ryan Christie (left) tussles with David Smith
SNS

Falkirk continue to chip away at the Inverness defence like a determined woodpecker. Once again, Will Vaulks is the dangerman but the Scouser flicks a shot over the bar, much to the frustration of the Falkirk fans inside Hampden.

All eyes on the prize

Inverness CT fans have enjoyed watching their side take the lead in the Scottish Cup final but Falkirk are knocking on the door in the midst of an impressive spell.

Scottish Cup trophy
Reuters

Falkirk change

Falkirk boss Peter Houston shuffles his pack: bringing on Botti Biabi for David Smith.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Falkirk come thundering down the right, slicing through the Inverness ranks as Ciaran Duffie sends in a sumptuous cross but Blair Alston balloons his effort over the bar.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Referee Willie Collum gets in the way of Falkirk players in the box; play rages up the other end and Marley Watkins is wrongly flagged offside as he pulls the trigger.

Falkirk boss Peter Houston leaps from the bench like a ravenous lion pursuing a wildebeest and goes absolutely bananas at the whistler.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

They might be trailing but Falkirk are inching their way back into this Scottish Cup final and are beginning to place the Inverness rearguard under greater pressure.

Will their purple patch result in an equaliser? Time will tell...

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

The Bairns suddenly come alive and it's that man Will Vaulks again, fizzing in a shot that flies just wide of goal. Much better from the Championship outfit.

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Falkirk boss Peter Houston will have added a bit of spice to the half-time oranges and urged his troops to bare their teeth in front of goal.

However, nothing of note for Inverness CT keeper Ryan Esson to concern himself with in the opening minutes of the second half.

KICK-OFF

We're back under way at Hampden. Can Falkirk find a way back into the game or will Inverness lift the trophy in their first ever Scottish Cup final?

Whistle while you work

It's been Kool & The Gang so far for referee Willie Collum. Both sides have behaved and the whistler hasn't jotted down a name in his black book.

Referee Willie Collum
SNS

Get involved

#bbcscotfootball

N A Burton: I think ICT's Premier League experience and match sharpness is showing through now #bbcscotfootball

Inverness 'find their voice'

Alasdair Lamont at Hampden Stadium

BBC Scotland

"The visiting Highland fans have certainly found their voice now, buoyed by Marley Watkins' opening goal. It would be a fantastic legacy of this Scottish Cup run if some of these supporters who have come to Hampden to support Caley Thistle became regular visitors to the Caledonian Stadium."

HALF-TIME

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk

Inverness have the scent of blood in their nostrils and defender Peter Grant's slide tackle on the galloping Aaron Doran, ploughing through on goal like a powered up pint-sized robot, proves crucial as the Bairns survive.

Get involved

#bbcscotfootball

Cameron: Very nice goal all round, this game has been far better than I expected #bbcscotfootball

David: Nice goal from Marley Watkins!

GOAL

Inverness CT 1-0 Falkirk (Watkins)

Now, then. Inverness break the deadlock in style as Aaron Doran threads a beautiful Riquelme-style reverse pass into the path of Marley Watkins that completely outfoxes the Falkirk defence. Watkins rounds Jamie MacDonald and slots the ball home. A brilliant goal; and the Inverness fans are loving it.

That's nine goals for Watkins this term and his second in the Scottish Cup.

Marley Waltkins celebrates his goal in the Scottish Cup final
SNS