Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Sunday December 16 2012
Sat 15th Dec 3pm
Wasteful Dundee United somehow threw away an early three-goal advantage against Inverness Caledonian Thistle before eventually being rescued by an injury-time penalty during an eight-goal thriller at Tannadice.
The Tangerines appeared to have the game already won when incredibly scoring three times within just eight minutes through a Josh Meekings own-goal, Jon Daly and Rudi Skacel.
However, Billy McKay twice replied and then completed his hat-trick from a penalty before Gary Warren seemed to steal an unlikely away victory with four minutes remaining - until Daly added his second of the game from the spot during added time.
The hosts had earlier gone ahead when Meekings helped Daly's misdirected shot from a Barry Douglas cross into his own net after only five minutes.
Moments later Graeme Shinnie's attempted clearance struck against Daly and left goalkeeper Antonio Reguero helpless to double the lead.
And a couple minutes later it was sensationally 3-0 with Skacel claiming his first goal for the club with a calm right-footed finish.
It could have been even more for the home side as John Rankin forced a save from distance and Gavin Gunning then headed over a Willo Flood corner, while Radoslaw Cierzniak turned behind a 20-yard reply from Andrew Shinne.
But an unlikely fightback began when McKay headed in after Ritchie Foran volleyed on a corner at the far post - and it soon gathered further momentum as the same player nodded in an Aaron Doran corner two minutes later.
Back came the home side with Skacel twice trying his luck and Stuart Armstrong narrowly wide upon the restart, while keeper Reguero parried after Daly's cross struck Warren before Flood knocked the rebound against an upright.
However, Flood then bundled over Ross Draper inside the area and McKay completed his hat-trick to equalise from the spot.
Caley almost went in front as Cierzniak turned over an Owain Tudor Jones header before Warren headed in off the post on 86 minutes to give them the lead for the first time.
That was until Foran was ruled to have handled inside his own area and Daly stroked home his penalty to equalise during added time of a truly bizarre contest.
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, McLean, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Rankin, Armstrong (Gardyne 67), Skacel (Lacny 83), Russell, Daly
subs (unused): Banks, Barrett, Ryan, Millar, Dow
Goals: Meekings OG (5), Daly (6, pen 90), Skacel (8)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Reguero, Raven, G. Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Tudur-Jones, Draper (Sutherland 78), A. Shinnie (Polworth 90), McKay (Roberts 90), Foran, Doran
subs (unused): Esson, Cooper, Morrison, Pepper
Goals: McKay (26, 28, pen 62), Warren (86)
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Date:Sunday December 16 2012
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