Daly brace lifts Tangerines
Sat 31st Mar 3pm
Skipper Jon Daly scored twice and Scott Robertson was also on the mark as Dundee United reclaimed fourth place in the table with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Dunfermline Athletic.
Daly opened his account with a fine shot on the turn early in the second-half before Gary Mackay-Steven set-up Robertson for another with ten minutes remaining.
Three minutes later Daly completed the scoring to earn his side a sixth successive victory and help them leapfrog neighbours St Johnstone in the division.
Two-goal Daly diverted an early Paul Dixon cross wide before Gavin Gunning missed from distance and Dixon almost took advantage of a weak punch by goalkeeper Chris Smith as the hosts dominated.
Great work from Mackay-Steven then presented recalled defender Robbie Neilson with an opportunity which he hoisted over. Alex Keddie did head behind a Joe Cardle free-kick in reply while Smith turned aside Mackay-Steven's 20-yard attempt before the break.
But the Pars keeper was given no chance as Daly swivelled and drove in following the restart before Mackay-Steven struck directly at Smith, while Johnny Russell and John Rankin were both wide as the hosts chased another.
That duly arrived after the elusive Mackay-Steven swept past three opponents and sent in Robertson to finish with ten minutes remaining and Daly soon added another following decent work by Russell.
Dundee United: Pernis, Neilson, Dillon, Gunning, Dixon, Flood (Swanson 87), Robertson (Ryan 87), Rankin, Mackay-Steven (Armstrong 86), Daly, Russell
subs (unused): Banks, Kenneth, Douglas, Dow
Goals: Daly (49, 83), Robertson (80)
Dunfermline Athletic: Smith, McCann, Rutkiewicz, Keddie, Dowie, McMillan (Graham 63), Kerr, Mason (Willis 83), Cardle, Hardie, Kirk (Buchanan 76)
subs (unused): Goodfellow, Boyle, Thomson, Hutton
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