First Team

Uche itching for Final

14th April 2019

Uche Ikpeazu admits he’s on cloud nine after helping fire Hearts into the William Hill Scottish Cup Final.

The striker was on devastating form against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden yesterday and played a major part in booking the Jambos return to the national stadium in next month’s showpiece final.

He opened the scoring with a second half close range finish before winning the penalty for the killer third goal, duly dispatched by Sean Clare.

Glad to exercise the ghosts of the League Cup semi final defeat to Celtic, which he missed through injury, Uche believes this win can serve as a confidence booster heading into the final league games of the season.

“It’s amazing, a great feeling,” he said. “I’m buzzing for the lads, they’ve worked really hard and deserve it.

“This is one of the reasons I came here. It’s a massive club anyway.

“But these kind of finals don’t come around very often.

“I remember watching the semi-final I didn’t play in when we lost to Celtic on TV with my foot in a cast.

“I know how much that hurt me, but everything happens for a reason.

“And I wasn’t letting another semi-final slip by me. No chance.

“It was special to score, its amazing scoring goal at any level for any team.

“But scoring in a semi-final is something you can’t replicate, it’s an amazing feeling.

“Do you know what? I think this game should give us confidence. Even the game against Hibernian I thought we dominated.

“So if this is not a confidence booster, getting through to a final, I don’t know what is.

“Let’s try and end the season strongly, not just in the cup but in the league because anything can happen.

“We have the split now, we are going to enjoy this moment and we’ll see what happens.