United sunk by treble
Tue 6th May 7.45pm
Dundee United's final home game of the season ended in a 3-1 defeat as Aberdeen's Scott Vernon struck a hat-trick at Tannadice.
Vernon began the scoring early and went on to complete his treble after Sean Dillon had equalised before the break.
It finally brought to an end United's hopes of securing European football through their league placing - although they do still have the Scottish Cup.
Debutant goalkeeper Marc McCallum was soon picking the ball out of the back of his net when Peter Pawlett set-up Vernon on seven minutes.
But Nadir Ciftci called Jamie Langfield into action at the other end while Vernon and Barry Robson both missed with replies.
The Tangerines were level when Dillon's deflected 34th minute strike from Stuart Arsmtrong's assist found the back of the net.
Both Andrew Robertson and Mark Wilson then went close to giving them the lead but Langfield superbly proved their equal.
Aberdeen striker Niall McGinn saw a header ruled out for offside as McCallum fumbled soon after the break before Vernon was next denied.
However, Vernon nodded his second from Robson's far post corner to regain the lead ten minutes into the second period.
Ciftci might have equalised but blazed over the target while Ryan Dow's finish was harshly adjudged offside before Vernon seized upon Gavin Gunning's slip for his hat-trick with fourteen minutes remaining.
Dundee United: McCallum, Dillon, Souttar, Gunning, Robertson, Wilson (El Alagui 70), Gomis, Armstrong, Ciftci, Graham, Dow (Smith 86)
subs (unused): Watson, Gauld, Connolly, Fraser, Cierzniak
Goals: Dillon (34)
Aberdeen: Langfield, Jack, Logan, Flood (Smith 31), Reynolds, Anderson, Pawlett, Robson, Vernon (Zola 88), McGinn (Tate 74), Hayes
subs (unused): Weaver, McManus, Murray, Rose
Goals: Vernon (7, 55, 76)
Ref: C. Murray