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Summary

  1. Dundee United reach Premiership play-off final
  2. Paul Dixon heads United winner late on
  3. Simon Murray levels for United with 14 mins to go
  4. James Craigen smashes opener for Falkirk
  5. United and Falkirk drew 2-2 in Tannadice leg

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By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Good night

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Thank you very much for your company. I hope you can join our coverage over the weekend as Celtic chase records and Hamilton and Inverness fight for their lives. I'll leave you with this image of Paul Dixon's header about to loop beyond Falkirk goalkeeper Robbie Thomson. What a stunning comeback by the Taysiders. Their fans were a credit to them and they will doubtless be celebrating tonight. Can they now get past Accies or Caley Thistle?

Paul Dixon scores United's winner
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All about desire

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Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "It's great credit to the lads. The desire to win games is there. We were down to the bare bones and they delivered. I said to them at half-time to believe that if they scored the next goal they would go on and win the game. The fans have been unbelievable all season. I am delighted for them. I think they know the players care and they want to get this promotion. We know we are only two-thirds of the way. We have given ourselves a real chance."

'Falkirk have done remarkably well'

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Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "I thought we were in control until 31 minutes into the second half when they got their equaliser. A bug bear of ours is that we get into good positions but then our final ball isn't good enough. I thought they started the second half better but then we got back in control of the game. I'm a great believer in stopping crosses at source, before they come in to the box. Paul Dixon has come in at the back post against Tom Taiwo and his header has come off Tom and looped over Robbie Thomson. I don't think we deserved that but good luck to Dundee United. I wish them well in the final. We have to look through the summer and find some players who will enhance the squad. For a club with the resources we have the players have done remarkably well. It's not a night for criticising players. There was nothing between the teams and a freak goal has won them the match."

'Massive games coming up'

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Dundee United match-winner Paul Dixon: "I was watching the game and there were three or four balls that have come through the back. I decided to go to the back post and luckily it worked out. The dressing room is absolutely buzzing, coming from behind at Falkirk's place. What a feeling to get into the final with a comeback like that. Ray sat us down at half-time and told us to focus and get the football going. It is different playing on a plastic pitch but we got to grips with it. In the second half we went for it and got the rewards. It's going to be a tough two games whether it's Hamilton or Inverness. We will just recover now and focus on these two games coming up because they are massive for the club."

United count cost of four play-off games

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Former Falkirk midfielder Derek Ferguson: "Willo Flood, how he kept going for that length of time, is beyond me. I thought he had pulled a hamstring. Fraser came off, they've already lost Murdoch so they are down to the bare bones. The play-off is heavily weighted in favour of the Premiership side. That's three injuries that have occurred and there have been the bookings as well."

We're all off to celebrate!

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Paul Dixon sparks wild celebrations among the United fans and players with his winning headed goal.

Paul Dixon
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Murray leads by example

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Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

You wouldn't have predicted that at half time. It was a fantastic second-half performance by Dundee United. Simon Murray led by example at centre forward. His work rate and energy levels were unfathomable! The United support throughout that second half was like an extra man for them. They have dragged their team back into the game. The winner from Paul Dixon was a bit fortuitous, coming off the Falkirk player and spinning into the net, but on the second-half performance alone, they deserved to win this match.

Simon Murray scored United's first goal
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Simon Murray scored United's first goal, his 18th of the season

The agony and ecstasy

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Oh, boy! It's so tough for Falkirk as the United fans celebrate wildly at the Bairns' stadium. It's Dundee United who will play either Hamilton or Inverness for a place in the Scottish Premiership. The first leg is on Thursday.

FULL-TIME

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Just clear it!

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Any player wearing tangerine is simply booting the ball clear, just so long as it is a very long way from Cammy Bell's goal. Falkirk are desperate.

Houston has a problem

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Peter Houston bites his lip in the Falkirk technical area. The Bairns boss looks utterly stunned.

ADDED TIME

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There are four minutes of stoppage time. Can Falkirk save their season?

GOAL Falkirk 1-2 Dundee United (agg 3-4)

Paul Dixon (87 mins)

Out of nowhere Dundee United are in front as full-back Paul Dixon rises well about eight yards from goal to head home. His header bounced off the bonce of his marker and drifted into the right-hand side of Robbie Thomson's net.

Nail-biting times

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There are only six minutes to go. We are facing extra-time and, whisper it, penalty kicks. Who will reach the Premiership final to face either Hamilton or Inverness?

YELLOW CARD

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Blair Spittal is booked for a cynical foul 22 yards from goal. Myles Hippolyte's free-kick, however, hits the United wall.

Four in four for Murray

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Simon Murray has now scored in all four of United's play-off games. That priceless strike makes it 18 for the season.

GOAL Falkirk 1-1 Dundee United

SImon Murray (76 mins)

It's a horror moment for the Falkirk defence. Luca Gasparotto doesn't deal with a high ball and Aaron Muirhead then gets the ball caught under his feet. Simon Murray has enough of the dilly-dallying and dispossesses Muirhead, opens up his body to offer more of the goal to choose from and dinks the ball past Robbie Thomson. It's a confident finish and it sends the tangerine-clad fans into raptures.

Have the Bairns survived United storm?

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Former Falkirk midfielder Derek Ferguson: "I wonder if Falkirk have weathered the storm, because United were absolutely superb for the first 20-25 minutes."

YELLOW CARD

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Nathan Austin is brought down by United defender Mark Durnan, who is booked. The free-kick brings nothing but frustration for the home fans, who are desperate to put this tie to bed.

Double change for United

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Ray McKinnon shuffles his United pack. Charlie Telfer and Scott Fraser, the latter only back recently after being out for nine weeks with a broken foot, come on for Thomas Mikkelson and Willo Flood.

Murray mania

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Simon Murray looks like a different player in this second half. He collects Thomas Mikkelson's low pass out on the left, cuts inside and pings a shot at the near post where Robbie Thomson makes an important save.

A reminder for United

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Falkirk's Luke Leahy looks a real threat now down the left. He bursts into the United box and smashes a ball across the face of the goal - I'm not sure if it was a cross or an effort at goal, but in any case it comes to nothing. The momentum seems to be swinging back to the men in navy blue.

Keep the pace up, United

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Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson: "United have got to keep the tempo up. I don't know why at the moment they are making square passes. I think they have had good success in the second half because they have been more positive and played that forward pass."

Falkirk wake up

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Falkirk suddenly spring to life down the left. Luke Leahy's cross is met by James Craigen but his first-time effort with his left foot flashes a whisker past Cammy Bell's left-hand post. That could have been curtains for United.

Menacing Terrors

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Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium

Dundee United are looking much more menacing now as they shoot towards their packed-out away end.

Since their goal Falkirk have not had a clear chance to extend their lead.

Falkirk hang on to lead

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Goodness me, it's one-way traffic now. This time it's Simon Murray who tests the Falkirk keeper with a diving header from Sean Dillon's cross.

United press

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Oh, dear. Simon Murray wriggles his way into the Falkirk box and makes an inviting cut-back for Tony Andreu whose weak shot trundles past Robbie Thomson's right-hand post. For all it was mis-hit, it almost crept in!

Change for the Bairns

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Falkirk make a change, as Tom Taiwo comes on for Joe McKee.

What happened, Tony?

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The United fans are horrified as Tony Andreu, with acres of space and plenty of time, wafts a cross into no-man's land instead of into the danger zone, with two United strikers waiting to attack the ball.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Kevin Clancy whistles straight away as Thomas Mikkelson's knock-down is volleyed home beautifully by William Edjenguele. The offence? A slight push by Mikkelson on Falkirk defender Paul Watson. Let's just say you see far, far worse, but the ref is probably correct.

Luke out

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Luke Leahy gets forward down the left for Falkirk but his cross is too meaty and drifts out for a United goal kick.

Zesty Tangerines

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Peter Houston barks instructions to his Falkirk players, a hugely experienced manager, who is up against his former club. The United fans roar their team on as Sean Dillon curls in a cross to the back post where Thomas Mikkelson attacks it but sends it high over Robbie Thomson's crossbar.

KICK-OFF

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Dundee United begin a crucial 45 minutes.

Temps goes permament

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David Templeton has extended his contract at Hamilton Academical until the end of next season.

The 28-year-old attacker joined Accies at the end of March on a short-term deal, after a long spell out through injury.

The former Rangers and Hearts player made his debut as a substitute in the defeat by Motherwell last week.

Templeton came off the bench to score in the 3-2 loss to Ross County in Dingwall on Tuesday night.

David Templeton
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Johnston steps down from Killie board

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Former chairman Michael Johnston has resigned from his positions as a director and the company secretary of Kilmarnock.

Johnston has been at the club for 15 years, serving as chairman for 10.

Recently, he has faced pressure to step down altogether from fans who felt his presence was an impediment to attracting potential club investors.

"It has been an honour to serve Kilmarnock FC in various capacities over the last 15 years," Johnston said.

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Can United pull themselves level?

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The visiting United fans will be desperate to see their players respond after the break.

United fans at the Falkirk Stadium
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Craigen's cracker

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James Craigen snaps on to a lay-off by John Baird to lash home a shot in the 11 minute, a goal that puts the Bairns 45 minutes away from the Premiership play-off final.

James Craigen scores for Falkirk
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Big team talk for McKinnon

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Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

Falkirk have put an endless amount of balls in to the United box. I think the quality could be better to pick the man out. John Baird was brilliant at the goal, works tirelessly and he gives them an out ball. For Dundee United it's a big half-time team talk by Ray McKinnon. At 1-0 they are in the match. They are not creating enough opportunities.

HALF-TIME

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Wild effort

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Joe McKee receives a short free-kick 25 yards from goal but, like a novice roller-skater, is horribly off balance and slices a shot high and wide. The home fans groan and consider what they might munch at half-time.