Scottish Premiership
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St Mirren 1-1 Dundee United

By Andy BurkeBBC Scotland
Dundee United: Stuart Armstrong celebrates with his team-mates after his equaliser
Stuart Armstrong celebrates with his team-mates after grabbing Dundee United's equaliser

Dundee United came from behind to earn a point at struggling St Mirren but missed the opportunity to move up to third in the Premiership.

Second-bottom St Mirren took the lead through an outstanding first-half strike from Kenny McLean.

But the lead did not last long as Stuart Armstrong levelled with another fine finish before half-time.

United's Nadir Ciftci wasted an excellent chance to move his side ahead of Inverness with a late header.

Keith Watson's weak backpass inside the opening five minutes allowed McLean to intercept, but United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak was out quickly to block his effort.

Armstrong had the first sight of St Mirren's goal, but he could not get the necessary power on his shot to trouble Mark Ridgers.

Then Yoann Arquin - available to play after appealing against his red card against Ross County - was set through on goal and although his shot lacked power, Cierzniak only partially saved before the ball was cleared off the line.

Ciftci had the ball in the Buddies' net on 15 minutes but the goal was ruled out.

Jim Goodwin made a hash of a backpass and Ciftci brushed off Goodwin and fired past Ridgers - but referee John Beaton ruled the Turk's challenge on the Irishman was a foul.

Kenny McLean gave St Mirren the lead with a superb goal
Kenny McLean gave St Mirren the lead with a superb goal

In the 38th minute Arquin flicked a header into the path of McLean, who coolly knocked the ball over the head of United defender Conor Townsend before guiding a half-volley into the corner of the net.

Ciftci should have equalised when Armstrong found him in space with a cross into the box, but the striker's header from six yards was straight at Ridgers.

But United did gain parity moments later, with Celtic-bound Gary Mackay-Steven the creator.

The winger - who has signed a pre-contract agreement to move to the Glasgow club in the summer - drove at the Buddies defence before squaring for Armstrong, who spun and fired into the bottom corner from inside the box.

The second period began more subdued before Buddies captain Marc McAusland headed just over from a Stephen Mallan corner.

St Mirren pressed for the three points that would have taken them level with Motherwell and McLean had a good opportunity 12 minutes from time but pulled his effort wide from the edge of the area.

Mallan found the head of McAusland with another corner, but again the centre-back's effort went wide.

The skipper appealed for a penalty moments later, adamant his shot in the box had struck the hand of Townsend, but referee Beaton was uninterested.

Armstrong got to the byline in the 90th minute and hung a cross up to the back post and although Ciftci climbed highest he put his header narrowly over the bar.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAuslandBooked at 76mins
  • 6Goodwin
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 31Mallan
  • 15Arquin
  • 13OsbourneSubstituted forMclearat 67'minutes
  • 3Kelly
  • 7McGinn
  • 8McLean

Substitutes

  • 11Wylde
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 32Mclear
  • 34Morgan

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 12Watson
  • 5FojutBooked at 25mins
  • 3Townsend
  • 6PatonBooked at 85mins
  • 8RankinSubstituted forTelferat 64'minutes
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 10Armstrong
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forAnierat 63'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 18Dow
  • 20Butcher
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 24Spittal
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,511

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  4. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

  7. Booking

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

  12. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

  13. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Paul Paton.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Paul Paton.

  18. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21153342123048
2Aberdeen22152536201647
3Inverness CT22142632211144
4Dundee Utd22133643291442
5Hamilton2312383829939
6St Johnstone22102101923-432
7Dundee237883436-229
8Kilmarnock2283112128-727
9Partick Thistle216693025524
10Motherwell2252151442-2817
11St Mirren2343161839-2115
12Ross County2125142043-2311
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