Hibernian 2 Dundee United 2
Wed 29th Dec 7.15pm
David Goodwillie struck twice but ten-man Dundee United allowed a two-goal lead to slip as they were denied by a late equaliser at Easter Road.
The visitors opened their account after only two minutes when Goodwillie raced away to score and he added his tenth of the season with a simple tap-in ten minutes before the break.
However, Sol Bamba gave the home side hope with a goal back on the stroke of half-time and after Terrors substitute Danny Swanson was dismissed for collecting two yellow cards, Hibernian's Paul Hanlon turned in a late equaliser.
Without the suspended Garry Kenneth, visiting boss Peter Houston turned to striker Jon Daly in defence and soon witnessed Johnny Russell sending in Goodwillie to open their account.
Daly then went within inches of adding another when heading Barry Douglas' corner against the crossbar before Russell nodded a Keith Watson cross behind.
Hibernian keeper Mark Brown also had to turn a Russell volley against the bar, although the strike would have been disallowed for offside, while his opposite number Dusan Pernis was called upon to keep out Derek Riordan from a narrow angle.
Riordan then directed another opportunity wide before Paul Dixon crossed perfectly for Goodwillie to add an easy second from close-range for the visitors.
But a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Lewis Stevenson moments before the interval had Pernis turning Riordan's 25-yard free-kick against the woodwork and Bamba headed in the rebound.
Dixon blocked well from Riordan after the restart as Hibernian began to assume greater control, and their cause was helped when substitute Swanson was sent-off for a couple of bookable offences - the second of which was a needless handball.
Pernis then saved comfortably from both Francis Dickoh and Darryl Duffy but was beaten in the 89th minute as Hanlon found the top corner from Edwin de Graaf's cross.
And there was still time for Pernis to produce a great stop to keep out Riordan's 20-yard free-kick in added time.
Hibernian: Brown, Hart, Murray (Duffy 80), Dickoh, Hanlon, Bamba, De Graaf, Stevenson (Miller 80), Galbraith, Wotherspoon (Zemmama 46), Riordan
subs (unused): Smith, Rankin, McBride, Nish
Goals: Bamba (44), Hanlon (89)
Dundee United: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Daly, Douglas, Watson, S. Robertson (Cadamarteri 85), Buaben, Gomis, Russell (Swanson 61), Goodwillie
subs (unused): Banks, Smith, D. Robertson, Armstrong, Shala
Goals: Goodwillie (2, 35)
Ref: E. Norris