Falkirk youngster Kevin O’Hara hopes to KO Inverness Caledonian Thistle for a second time

Kevin O'Hara (centre) was on the bench for Falkirk's semi-final win against Hibs
Kevin O'Hara (centre) was on the bench for Falkirk's semi-final win against Hibs

Kevin O’Hara hopes he has set a precedent for Falkirk after firing a stunning hat-trick to see off Scottish Cup final opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The 16-year-old played a starring role in the 3-0 win for the under-20 development league side on Tuesday and visited his old school - Wallace High - a day later.

There is now a bit of pressure ramped up with people expecting me to score

Kevin O’Hara

And O’Hara – the youngest member of Falkirk’s Scottish Cup final - squad is ready for more of the same, if called upon at Hampden.

“It’s unbelievable to be involved at Hampden,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “The games have come thick and fast for me recently.

“There is now a bit of pressure ramped up with people expecting me to score - but I’ll take that.

“What I want to do is reward Peter Houston for having faith in me.”

The Bairns manager believes O’Hara is a man for the big occasion, despite his youth.

He pitched him in for the crunch league match against Queen of the South as a second-half substitute, and O’Hara was on the bench for the semi-final with Hibs.

“I didn’t really expect to be involved so often, but I’m happy that’s the case of course.. It’s great to be involved of course.

“It’s been a real boost to my confidence and so were the goals this week – hopefully if the chance comes I can get more against them next time too!”

Bosses John Hughes and Peter Houston played it coy and only fringe players were named in the line-ups with the final just 16 days away.