Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Sunday December 15 2013
Sat 14th Dec 3.00pm
Dundee United made it five straight wins and increased their recent goal-tally to twenty-one with a 4-1 triumph at ten-man Kilmarnock.
The visitors scored all four goals during the final half-hour of the contest after Gabriel Reuben was dismissed for a second yellow card midway through the opening period.
Full-back Keith Watson began it before Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Gauld struck within three minutes of each other. Kris Boyd replied just before the end but there was still enough time remaining for substitute David Goodwillie to add a fourth.
Kilmarnock actually began well with United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak gathering just in time from Jackson Irvine after Reuben had already struck wide. Chris Johnston also claimed for handball following a blocked shot.
But with Reuben dismissed the visitors stepped it up and Brian Graham headed wide before keeper Craig Samson denied Gauld's free-kick. Gavin Gunning hoisted over from the subsequent corner.
Back at the other end, Cierzniak kept out former Rangers marksman Boyd, until Gauld released Armstrong to cross for Watson to drill the visitors into a 60th minute lead.
However, Craig Slater forced Cierzniak into further action as the hosts chased an immediate equaliser, although it was Armstrong soon firing home low to increase their deficit.
That was added to moments later when Gauld followed up after Samson had blocked following Armstrong stealing possession from Sean Clohessy.
Killie earned some reward when Boyd headed in Rory McKeown's 89th minute cross to break Henrik Larsson's goalscoring record in Scotland's top division.
That achievement appeared to matter little to the visitors though when Goodwillie grabbed them a fourth from close-range in added time.
Kilmarnock: Samson, Clohessy, Tesselaar, Johnston (Nicholson 81), Ashcroft, Irvine, Gabriel, Pascali, Boyd, McKenzie (McKeown 83), Slater
subs (unused): Clingan, Reguero, Ibrahim, Winchester, Muirhead
Goals: Boyd (89)
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Souttar, Gunning, Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong, Gauld (Gomis 77), Graham (Ciftci 73), Mackay-Steven (Goodwillie 78)
subs (unused): Dillon, Erskine, Dow, McCallum
Goals: Watson (60), Armstrong (75), Gauld (77), Goodwillie (90)
Ref: E. Norris
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Date:Sunday December 15 2013
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