Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday December 24 2011
Sat 24th Dec 1.30pm
Jon Daly scored twice as Dundee United came from behind to defeat Hibernian 3-1 at Tannadice.
Fellow striker Johnny Russell earlier cancelled out a first-half opener from Leigh Griffiths to help move the hosts up into sixth place in the table.
Griffiths volleyed in after collecting a Martin Scott pass midway through the opening half as the struggling visitors gained an interval advantage.
But their opponents took charge after the break and Russell swept past goalkeeper Graham Stack to equalise just before the hour.
Daly then headed in an inviting Paul Dixon cross seventeen minutes later and added his second with a neat finish just before the end.
Russell drilled over an early opportunity for the hosts from the edge of the area and Daly couldn't apply the finish to a Dixon cross, while Ivan Sproule found the side-netting in reply.
But it was Hibs still going ahead when Griffiths latched onto Scott's 23rd minute pass and fired past home keeper Dusan Pernis.
However, Russell was soon close to an equaliser following decent work between Daly and John Rankin, who then curled another effort over - although it required a fine save from Pernis to keep out Griffiths' header just before the break.
The Tangerines took full advantage of that upon the restart and after Gavin Gunning and Scott Robertson were each denied by keeper Stack, he was finally left helpless by Russell on 59 minutes after a great run from Gary Mackay-Steven.
And it didn't take long for the hosts to find a second goal when Daly nodded in a 76th minute cross from Dixon.
But the visitors certainly weren't finished and Paul Hanlon headed a Griffiths corner wide while Gunning cleared after Pernis had dropped from substitute Danny Galbraith before Daly seized upon a late Rankin header to settle it.
Dundee United: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Gunning, Neilson (Kenneth 83), Robertson, Rankin, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Russell (Allan 90)
subs (unused): Banks, Douglas, Dalla Valle, Dow, Hilson
Goals: Russell (59), Daly (76, 88)
Hibernian: Stack, Hart (Galbraith 72), Hanlon, O'Hanlon, Stephens, Wotherspoon, Scott (Sodje 80), Stevenson, Sproule (Murray 89), Palsson, Griffiths
subs (unused): Brown, Booth, Towell, Welsh
Goals: Griffiths (23)
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Date:Saturday December 24 2011
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|6. St. Johnstone||27||10||5||12||3||35|
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