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Tangerines rescue another late point

Dundee United
3 - 3
Kilmarnock

Tannadice

Fri 16th Nov 7.45pm

Attendance: 6,287

Referee:

Dundee United again demonstrated their strong recovery powers when sharing six goals with Kilmarnock at Tannadice.

The Tangerines were twice two-goals behind but still rescued a late point with an injury-time header from skipper Jon Daly.

Daly had already added to Gary Mackay-Steven's early second-half reply to a brace from Kilmarnock's Cillian Sherdian and another courtesy of Paul Heffernan.

The hosts certainly appeared in trouble when conceding twice inside the opening half-hour after Borja Perez had already threatened on two separate occasions for their visitors.

Sheridan then curled a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to give them the lead on nine minutes. Home striker Johnny Russell hoisted over in reply and Cammy Bell was required to save a Daly header.

However, it was the Ayrshire outfit still in control and Gary Harkins, Borja and Sheridan tried their luck until Harkins allowed Sheridan to calmly lift his second of the contest over Polish goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Fleet-footed winger Mackay-Steven drilled over as the hosts needed a rapid response before being denied at close-range by a superb block from Bell.

But he was still able to offer his side a welcome lifeline on the end of a driving run and 25-yard finish after being found by Barry Douglas early in the second-half

Kilmarnock keeper Bell was then called upon to prevent Stuart Armstrong claiming an equaliser until Heffernan headed over Cierzniak to restore Killie's earlier two-goal advantage.

Three minutes later Daly nodded his second of the evening to reduce the deficit again when Russell touched on a Douglas cross at the near post.

Armstrong next struck a fierce long-range effort towards Bell as the hosts continued to surge forward, although they were almost caught when Sheridan was only denied a hat-trick by first Cierzniak and then a raised offside flag.

When the sixth goal did arrive it came the way of the Taysiders in added time as Douglas' cross was helped on and Daly stooped low to head them another dramatic late equaliser.

Dundee United: Cierzniak, Dillon, McLean, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Rankin (Skacel 57), Armstrong, Mackay-Steven Daly, Russell

subs (unused): Banks, Barrett, Ryan, Millar, Gardyne, Dow

Goals: Mackay-Steven (48), Daly (56, 90)

Kilmarnock: Bell, Tesselaar, Fowler, O'Leary, Nelson, Kelly, Harkins, Pascali, Sheridan, Heffernan, Perez (Johnson 66)

subs (unused): Letheren, McKeown, O'Hara, Sissoko, Dayton, Taylor

Goals: Sheridan (9, 30), Heffernan (53)

Ref: Muir

Att: 6,287

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Writer:Vital Arabs
Date:Friday November 16 2012
Time: 10:04PM

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