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30 Mar 2011 22:30:04

Well see off United to reach final four

Motherwell emphatically ended Dundee United's hopes of retaining the Scottish Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 quarter-final victory at Fir Park.Impressive finishes from Jamie Murphy, Chris Humphrey and Francis Jeffers secured what will be only Motherwell's second Scottish Cup semi-final since winning the competition 20 years ago.The home side were on top from the start of the replay and always looked like securing a Hampden date with St Johnstone on April 16 after Murphy netted in the eighth minute.Humphrey and Jeffers, with his first goal at Fir Park, added to the lead either side of half-time as Motherwell knocked United out of the tournament for the first time in four attempts since their epic final triumph over the Tayside men in 1991.Motherwell's second cup victory over United this season was achieved largely without captain Stephen Craigan, who suffered a hip knock while playing the full 90 minutes of Northern Ireland's goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia 24 hours earlier.However, left-back Stevie Hammell recovered from a hamstring strain to allow Gavin Gunning to line up alongside Shaun Hutchinson in central defence, and they comfortably kept out a United side who had Sean Dillon and Craig Conway back in the team.


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