Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Sunday August 18 2013
Sat 17th Aug 3.00pm
Dundee United scored their first goal of the season through Stuart Armstrong but Hibernian midfielder Scott Robertson denied his former club victory with a fine equaliser at Easter Road.
Both sides also had a player dismissed following an angry 65th minute clash between Kevin Thomson and United's returning defender Gavin Gunning.
The visitors threatened early with Armstrong receiving from David Goodwillie and clearing the target as Robertson made the block. John Rankin was also high following nice work from Gary Mackay-Steven.
But they were rewarded on the half-hour with Armstrong collecting a long ball forward from Callum Butcher and prodding beyond advancing goalkeeper Ben Williams.
Mackay-Steven was soon foiled by the tackle of Lewis Stevenson as the visitors searched for another, while Radoslaw Cierniak punched away a long-range reply from James Collins.
The Tangerines were still appearing the better side following the break with Goodwillie missing a header and Andrew Robertson only finding the side-netting - before the double sending-off changed the flow of the contest.
As a result Hibs next went close as Cierniak turned over from Liam Craig while opposite number Williams kept out Ryan Dow.
However, Robertson lashed in an excellent 81st minute equaliser to ultimately deny his former colleagues, although substitute Ryan Gauld still found time to miss a late chance to restore the advantage.
Hibernian: Williams, Hanlon, Nelson, Stevenson, Mullen (McGivern 38), S. Robertson (Taiwo 85), Craig, Handling, Thomson, Vine (Stanton 79), Collins
subs (unused): Murdoch, Tudur-Jones, Forster, Caldwell
Goals: S. Robertson (81)
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Dillon, Butcher, Gunning, A. Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong (Gauld 75), Mackay-Steven (Erskine 84), Dow, Goodwillie (Graham 62)
subs (unused): McCallum, Watson, Souttar, Ciftci
Goals: Armstrong (29)
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Date:Sunday August 18 2013
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