United complete stirring recovery
Sat 15th Mar 3.00pm
Striker Nadir Ciftci scored an injury-time winner as Dundee United fought back from two-goals down to defeat St Mirren 3-2 at Tannadice.
Their opponents enjoyed a clear interval lead following first-half goals from Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson before substitute Brian Graham helped his side back into it with eleven minutes remaining.
Five minutes later fellow replacement Stuart Armstrong equalised and Ciftci duly completed the late comeback in added time.
The Buddies opened the scoring when McGowan back-heeled a twentieth-minute free-kick beyond home goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierznak.
And things appeared even more bleak for United five minutes before the break as Gavin Gunning's attempted clearance struck Thompson and rebounded into the net.
The Tangerines came out fighting with Ciftci foiled as he tried to round goalkeeper Marian Kello, who then parried aside Gary Mackay-Steven's 25-yard drive.
But substitute Ryan Dow received Ciftci's pass on 79 minutes and crossed for fellow replacement Graham to reduce the deficit.
Then Mackay-Steven's delivery allowed Armstrong to level from around fifteen-yards before Ciftci bundled in a dramatic winner after Kello spilled from Dow.
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Souttar, Gunning, Robertson, Paton (Graham 76), Rankin, Gauld (Armstrong 61), Mackay-Steven, Ciftci, El Alagui (Dow 61)
subs (unused): Dillon, Wilson, Gomis, McCallum
Goals: Graham (79), Armstrong (84), Ciftci (90)
St Mirren: Kello, Naismith (Wylde 54), Kelly, Newton, McAusland, McGregor, Magennis, McLean, Thompson, McGowan (Teale 85), McGinn
subs (unused): Campbell, Reilly, Brady, Dilo, Hughes
Goals: McGowan (20), Thompson (40)
Ref: C. Thomson
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