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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 2-4 Dundee United

Mark Durnan
Mark Durnan heads Dundee United into an early lead

Two goals from Simon Murray helped Dundee United sign off from the Premiership with victory at Kilmarnock.

The home defence allowed Mark Durnan a free header to give United the lead.

A defensive mistake from United then allowed in Kallum Higginbotham to equalise, before Tope Obadeyi galloped free to put Kilmarnock 2-1 in front.

But two fine second-half strikes from Murray and a goal from Harry Souttar ensured United bid farewell to the top flight with the three points.

With the Premiership play-off final double header against Falkirk coming up, Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark made seven changes to his side, with Kris Boyd and Josh Magennis both rested.

United gave winger Justin Johnson the chance to impress, as John Rankin captained the side in his last game for the club.

Kallum Higginbotham
Kallum Higginbotham pounces on a defensive error to slot home Kilmarnock's equaliser

Dundee United opened the scoring from a corner. The Kilmarnock defending was far from perfect, and Durnan was able to pick his spot with a close-range header to put the visitors in front.

Soon after United almost made it 2-0. The pace of Johnson saw him get in behind the Kilmarnock defence and the winger tried to finish from a tight angle, but failed to find a way past Jamie MacDonald.

There was more poor defending in evidence as Kilmarnock equalised. Craig Slater fired in a fantastic effort from range which Luis Zwick could only parry. The ball bounced in the box and Rankin tried to head the ball back to his keeper but failed to get enough on the ball, allowing Higginbotham to nip in to make it 1-1.

The home side then took the lead. Rankin was dispossessed in midfield and the ball was played into the path of Obadeyi, playing in the lone striker role. He found himself one-on-one with Zwick and produced the perfect finish to lift the ball delicately over the keeper.

United would equalise through Murray, who used his pace and strength to hold off the Killie defenders after taking in a pass at the edge of the box. Murray kept his composure and unleashed an inch-perfect shot to beat MacDonald with an effort which nestled into the far corner of the net.

The effervescent Murray was the difference between the sides. The United forward cut inside to fire home past MacDonald - who perhaps should have done better - to make it 3-2.

Giant defender Souttar rose from the bench to weigh in with a goal to make it 4-2 to give the plucky band of travelling United defenders something to cheer.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 32Taylor
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 26BalatoniBooked at 23minsSubstituted forClarkat 67'minutes
  • 27HodsonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forFaubertat 70'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 19Slater
  • 8Henshall
  • 39Frizzell
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forMcHattieat 80'minutes
  • 16Obadeyi

Substitutes

  • 13Brennan
  • 22McHattie
  • 23Kiltie
  • 29Dicker
  • 34Whittaker
  • 36Faubert
  • 42Clark

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12Knoyle
  • 17DurnanBooked at 30minsSubstituted forSouttarat 83'minutes
  • 28Donaldson
  • 3Dixon
  • 33JohnsonSubstituted forBallantyeat 85'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Rankin
  • 43SmithSubstituted forSmithat 66'minutes
  • 9Ofere
  • 15Murray

Substitutes

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Dillon
  • 5Morris
  • 35Smith
  • 36Ballantye
  • 38Souttar
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,702

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Dundee United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Dundee United 4.

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Harry Souttar (Dundee United).

Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Dundee United 4. Harry Souttar (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cammy Ballantye.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cammy Ballantye replaces Justin Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Harry Souttar replaces Mark Durnan.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Dundee United 3. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kevin McHattie replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Luis Maria Zwick.

Attempt saved. Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Dundee United 2. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Fraser.

Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Julien Faubert replaces Lee Hodson.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Justin Johnson (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lewis Clark replaces Conrad Balatoni.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Bradley Smith replaces Matthew Smith.

Attempt missed. Matthew Smith (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kallum Higginbotham.

Booking

Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock).

Justin Johnson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alex Henshall (Kilmarnock) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Alex Henshall (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Aberdeen372251062441871
3Hearts371810957381964
4St Johnstone37167145653355
5Motherwell37155174756-950
6Ross County37136185161-1045
7Inverness CT381410145448652
8Dundee381115125357-448
9Partick Thistle381210164150-946
10Hamilton381110174263-2143
11Kilmarnock3899204164-2336
12Dundee Utd3887234570-2528
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