Last Updated: 15/05/10 5:32pm
It's all over as Ross' fairytale run comes to an end and instead it's a Tangerine dream. United fully deserved their victory and in Craig Conway they have a player who should have more caps for Scotland.
United boss Peter Houston looking pretty pleased as he beams a smile. Conway nearly gets his hat-trick but is denied by McGovern.
It's been a brave run from Ross, who have beaten Hibs and Celtic on their way to the final but they've just come up short today.
Good chance for Ross as Di Giacomo's effort is saved by McGovern. Wood is booked for leading with his elbow on Webster.
GOAL CONWAY! A defensive throw is headed into the danger zone to Daly, who flicks it on to Gomis. The midfielder slips the ball across for Conway, who chests the ball down and scores on the half-volley.
The camera pans to Craig Levein in the stands. Daly looks to be through but he hasn't got the legs. David Robertson takes the ball into the corner after a slip by a Ross defender and he earns United a throw.
Lawson has time to deliver a good cross but it drifts out for a goal-kick. United make their final change as Keith Watson comes on for Kovacevic.
Keddie plays the ball down the left channel and Ross get a throw which is taken by Morrison. A mistake from Gomis allows Wood a chance but he scuffs his shot on goal.
GOAL CONWAY! United's best player Conway latches on to a flick-on from Goodwillie and outpaces Miller, skips past Keddie and slips the ball underneath McGovern.
Scott Robertson comes on for Swanson. The free-kick is taken which falls to Morrison, but he slices his effort wide.
Vigurs tries to get past Kovacevic, who then goes through the back of the midfielder to the left of the area.
Best chance of the game for Ross as Vigurs controls a cross into the box, moves inside and back-heels the ball for Scott, who curls it straight at Pernis.
Goodwillie has been booked for lifting his shirt to reveal a messsage to his late grandmother as part of his goal celebration.
Beautiful free-kick from Conway near the right touchline is headed outy by Keddie as United threaten to score again.
Scott earns Ross a corner as the Highlanders look to strike back. Brittain delivers the ball to the back post where Keddie gets up but heads wide from around eight yards.
GOAL GOODWILLIE! Long ball from Gomis is headed out by keeper McGovern to Goodwillie, who chests the ball down 25 yards out and lobs the ball in with a well-controlled volley despite the best attempt by Keddie to clear it off the line with an overhead kick. Great finish but a mistake by McGovern in the first instance.
Ross' best move down the left sees Vigurs send in a lovely low cross which is crucially cleared by Kenneth with Scott waiting in the wings.
Looks like Ross are playing a 4-4-2 now, with Scott playing wide right. Conway fouled by Miller to the left of the area. Good chance for United. Conway's cross to the far post sees Kenneth miss the ball under pressure from Boyd.
Looks like Ross are about to make the first substitution of the match. Keddie is injured going up for a challenge with Daly but he's OK.
Keddie there again as a long ball from Buaben for Goodwille is cleared. Goodwillie is in the thick of it again as this time Brittain brings the ball clear. Good cross from Conway drifts out of play.
United are getting closer as Swanson goes down in the box but still manages to get a shot in. Morrison nearly slices the ball into his own net but instead it's a corner which is cleared.
Keddie makes amends for a slip and then nearly losing possession as Conway as Daly nearly gets through.
Goodwillie sniffs a chance but is forced out wide. Kovacevic delivers a poor cross which is easily headed out. Moments later the ball is bouncing around in the box and Webster hooks it over the bar from about 10 yards.
Dundee United get the second half under way. Both sides are unchanged. Peter Houston unhappy with a wasteful long ball into touch. Michael Garydyne looks to be playing further upfield after an anonymous first half.
Apologies to Graham Gillies in Toronto as I missed his e-mail earlier on. He writes: "I've got nothing against Dundee United, however, I'd love to see County lift the cup. That would complete the fairytale run they've had. I'm hoping it's Ross County 4: Dundee United 3." Not much hope of that Graham judging by that patchy first half.
Right-back Kovacevic is the last to touch the ball as he heads a Ross free-kick out of play. Poor first half which was dominated by the Terrors. Let's hope for better in the second half.
Another chance for United as Conway curls in a cross from the left and Daly's header goes straight to McGovern. One minute to be added.
Best chance of the game as Goodwillie is sent clear by Conway but he takes an extra touch instead of shooting first time and Keddie makes a brilliant recovery tackle.
Kenneth bursts forwrard and lays the ball off to Dillon. He passes to Goodwillie, but he is tackled as United get a throw. Swanson is inside the box and his cross is cleared for a corner.
Webster ushers the ball back to Dusan Pernis under pressure from Barrowman. Craig fouls Conway and United have a free-kick.
Kenneth earns his side a throw near Ross' corner flag which he takes himself. Miller clears the danger just as Daly was about to pounce. The ball falls to Buaben on the edge of the area but he shoots wastefully over.
Sensational run from Swanson from inside his own area as he kicks the ball round Scott Morrison. He gets into the box where Boyd forces him to check before shotting but Scott gets back to make a crucial block.
Buaben drifts the ball into the box where Daly gets up unchallenged but his header goes through to McGovern.
Scott tries one over the top but it's woefully overhit. Goodwillie earns his side a free-kick near the centre circle inside Ross' half.
Again Conway is on the ball and his centre is headed out by Boyd. Dundee United starting to press now.
Prince Buaben tries to create something as he bursts past a couple of Ross players and a few balloons, but his pass is intercepted.
Conway accepts a deep cross but is forced back to play the back. This game needs an incident worthy of the name - fast!
Scott Morrison gets caught as Daly sends in a low cross but Boyd makes a great clearance inside the six-yard box to prevent Goodwillie from opening the scoring.
Vigurs tries to find Keddie with a deep cross but he heads it back out instead and Dundee United are back on the ball. Ross earn another free-kick further out and the same combination results in Keddie flicking the ball out for a goal-kick.
Gomis and Vigurs having a bit of a ding-dong in the middle of the pitch which results in a Ross free-kick.
First chance of the game as Conway sends in a free-kick down the left for Kenneth to get above Boyd and head over the bar.
No chances as yet. Ross will be happy with this start although the Tangerines are certainly looking the more dangerous team.
Free-kick to Ross on the left delivered by Brittain only for Daly to head it out under pressure from Boyd.
Swanson loses the ball and Iain Vigurs picks out the run of Barrowman, whose shot is blocked by Kenneth.
Kovacevic is receiving treatment on an injury on the sidelines but he doesn't seem too bad. Dillon releases David Goodwiliie, who cuts into the area but forgets to take the ball with him.
Gary Miller takes a throw for Ross deep inside his own half but Dundee United are soon back on the ball. However, a long punt simply runs through to McGovern.
Andrew Barrowman outpaces Kenneth down the right and the Ross man is unlucky not to get a free-kick for contsant pushing.
Free-kick to Ross on the left which is sent in by skipper Richard Brittain but it's too high for the centre-backs.
Garry Kenneth earns United a thrown down the left which is taken by Sean Dillon. McGovern comes out of his area to clear the ball just as Michael Gardyne began to sniff an opportunity.
Craig Conway floats a shortish cross to Jon Daly, but it just sails over the head of the Terrors frontman and Michael McGovern collects.
Ross County, playing in their first Scottish Cup final, get the match under way. A few stray balloons on the pitch as Mihael Kovacevic takes a throw for United.
Dundee United are almost at full strength. Peter Houston starts with Jon Daly and David Goodwillie up front with broken-foot victim Paul Dixon the only absentee from their first-choice team of recent months. Danny Cadamarteri recovers from a shoulder problem to take his place on the bench. Ross County boss Derek Adams has a full squad to choose from and brings back skipper Richard Brittain and Alex Keddie from suspension. Goalkeeper Michael McGovern regains his place after a minor knock, while Andrew Barrowman comes in up front.
The odds are in from Sky Bet and they make Dundee United 4/7 favourites to win over 90 minutes, the draw is 3/1 and Ross County are 9/2 to spring a surprise.
Dundee Utd: Pernis, Kovacevic, Webster, Kenneth, Dillon, Swanson, Buaben, Gomis, Conway, Daly, Goodwillie. Subs: Banks, Scott Robertson, Cadamarteri, David Robertson, Watson.
Ross County: McGovern, Miller, Boyd, Scott, Morrison, Craig, Vigurs, Keddie, Brittain, Gardyne, Barrowman. Subs: Malin, Di Giacomo, Kettlewell, Lawson, Wood.
Good afternoon and welcome to the clockwatch for the intriguing Scottish Cup final between Dundee United and giantkillers Ross County, who knocked out Celtic in the previous round. If you have any thoughts on the game between the SPL side and the Highlanders from Division One, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org