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Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Graeme Shinnie challenges Aberdeen's Willo Flood. Picture: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Graeme Shinnie challenges Aberdeen's Willo Flood. Picture: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Graeme Shinnie challenges Aberdeen's Willo Flood. Picture: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

NO one was happier than Willo Flood to see Adam Rooney's penalty win the League Cup for Aberdeen.

Flood had put in a heroic performance in midfield for 120 minutes against Inverness Caledonian Thistle as he chased his first ever winners' medal in senior football but after the final whistle blew, the midfielder was facing more cup heart-break in the shoot out.

In 2008 he was in the Dundee United side that lost out to Rangers in the final of the League Cup, a year later he missed from the penalty spot as Celtic beat United for a place in the final.

By the time the final came round Flood was a Celtic player but cup-tied, as Darren O'Dea and Aiden McGeady gave the Hoops their last triumph in the competition.

Flood feared that more heart-break was looming but after finally picking up a winners' medal, he played a full part in the celebrations after being joined on the lap of honour by his six-year-old son Aaron.

"I thought here we go again," he admitted as the final stretched towards the penalty shoot out. "I've lost a final and a semi on penalties and dreaded losing another.

"But with the lads that we had to take the penalties I thought they'd put them away, they did that and our keeper Jamie Langfield pulled off a great save, I've a lot to thank them for.

"I'd have put my mortgage on Adam (Rooney) scoring, he practises them every day in training, I felt so confident with him stepping up and he didn't make any mistake.

"I was just before Langfield to take a penalty, Doc (assistant manager Tony Dochery) said 'you keep out of it' and I said 'that'll do for me'.

"Winning the cup was fantastic, I had some family over for the game but my Dad didn't make it, he's not been well so winning the cup was for him and my Mum who is looking after him."

With one trophy in the cabinet the stage is set for Aberdeen to make it a double with a Scottish Cup semi-final date with St Johnstone coming up next month. Beating Celtic in the last 16 at Parkhead installed the Dons as favourites for the trophy, with Flood looking to deliver another trophy to the Aberdeen support.

"Outside the Old Firm no other club could bring as many fans," the midfielder added after being cheered to success by 40,000 fans.

"We need to keep our league form going and need to do well in the other cup. We have a tough game against St Johnstone – they'll be out for revenge after we beat them in the League Cup semi-final.

"Hopefully we can get the right result, the players have had a taste of success and want another final.

"We know that if we win the Scottish Cup that we'll be heroes for the rest of our lives at Aberdeen.

"The club has been starved off success but if we keep going and get a bit of luck there's no reason that we can't add the Scottish Cup."


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