Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 1-1 Greenock Morton

Lee Kilday scores
Lee Kilday headed past Cammy Bell to open the scoring for Morton

Dundee United and Morton took a point apiece at Tannadice to stay in second and fourth places respectively in the Scottish Championship.

Both goals came from corners, as Lee Kilday earned Morton a first-half lead.

Fellow defender Mark Durnan equalised for United with seven minutes left, when an attempted clearance ricocheted off him into the net.

The point keeps Morton level on points with third-placed Falkirk, having played a game fewer.

United cut the gap on league leaders Hibernian to six points, with the Easter Road side hosting Dunfermline later on Saturday.

A game that had promised much started slowly, with only a Ross Forbes free-kick from 20 yards troubling the returning Cammy Bell in the United goal, while Thomas Mikkelsen and Tony Andreu might have done better with half-chances at the other end.

However, all that changed six minutes from the break when Forbes' deep corner found Kilday at the back post and the Morton captain headed home his fourth goal of the season.

United boss Ray McKinnon asked for more from his team at the interval and in the early stages both Scott Fraser and substitute Simon Murray spurned opportunities, before Forbes did well with a run and shot which Bell got down to save.

Mark Durnan scores
An attempted clearance deflects of Mark Durnan, top left, to find the net and level for United

Durnan was pushed forward to support Murray up-front in search of a leveller, and the move bore fruit after 83 minutes when he scored a goal he knew little about.

Fraser's corner flew deep into the box and the defender managed to divert the ball past Derek Gaston as the Morton defence tried to clear.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "Real mixed emotions today. It wasn't pretty in the first half, but we had a chat at half-time about what we needed to do and to be fair, we emerged at least a draw after that.

"It is a competitive league, they came here and set there stall out for a draw, but credit to the players, they kept at it and created chances.

"We will push Hibs right to the end of the season, you saw that today we were pushing to get more than a point and we deserved at least that today."

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "We were excellent in the first half and in fact, until there was about 10 or 15 minutes to go, United had not really pushed us too much.

"Our central defence were excellent and we scored a good goal from the corner.

"There is nothing really between the sides at the top of the table and this was another big example of that. However, nothing is won or gained until the last quarter of the season, so there is still a lot to play for.

"We probably need another three or four wins to cement a place in the play-offs, but if we continue like that we will be there or thereabouts."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 3Dixon
  • 16Flood
  • 12Telfer
  • 10Fraser
  • 19Andreu
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forMurrayat 62'minutes
  • 18MikkelsenSubstituted forCooteat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 8Murdoch
  • 9Murray
  • 11Nicholls
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 24Robson

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 18McDonagh
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 8ForbesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Murdoch
  • 12Tidser
  • 17RussellSubstituted forOyenugaat 87'minutes
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 16ShanklandSubstituted forDonnellyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Doyle
  • 9Oyenuga
  • 14Scullion
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
6,065

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Morton 1.

Attempt blocked. Alistair Coote (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Mark Russell.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Morton 1. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Attempt saved. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Tony Andreu.

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Lee Kilday (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alistair Coote (Dundee United).

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frank van der Struijk (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Luke Donnelly replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alistair Coote (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Thomas Mikkelsen.

Hand ball by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Nick van der Velden.

Attempt saved. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian25149241152651
2Dundee Utd25128535251044
3Falkirk26119642301242
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth259793535034
6Dunfermline246993035-527
7Dumbarton2669113240-827
8Raith Rovers2568112434-1026
9Ayr25410112340-1722
10St Mirren2438132442-1817
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