Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 1-2 Kilmarnock

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Kevin McHattie scores for Kilmarnock against Dundee United
Kevin McHattie's winner whistled into the net from long range

Kilmarnock recorded a dramatic first win of the season to move off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership and above Dundee United.

The result eases the pressure on the visitors' manager Gary Locke, but heaps more on United boss Jackie McNamara.

A Kallum Higginbotham penalty had put Killie in front before Billy McKay equalised with a spot-kick of his own.

But debutant Kevin McHattie fired a tremendous long-range winner to stun the home support.

United had bombarded the Kilmarnock goal in the second half, only to find Jamie MacDonald in inspirational form.

The goalkeeper produced outstanding saves to keep out McKay and Ryan Dow as they pressed for the winner.

He was mobbed by his team-mates at full-time as they acknowledged the role he played in the victory.

It was clinched, though, by an unlikely hero in McHattie, the full-back rifling in a low shot past Luis Zwick.

United will feel hard done by, having dragged themselves back into the match, but their profligacy in front of goal was their undoing.

They found themselves behind initially when Rory McKenzie nipped in in front of United captain Sean Dillon, who reacted slowly, catching the Kilmarnock winger and prompting referee Brian Colvin to point to the spot.

Billy McKay scores a penalty for Dundee United against Kilmarnock
McKay levelled from the spot and came close to getting a winner for United

Higginbotham sent Zwick the wrong way with an expertly-taken penalty, high into the United net to give his side a half-time advantage.

If there were few arguments about that award, the equaliser came in more controversial circumstances.

Blair Spittal fired a volley goalwards, Lee Ashcroft threw himself in the way of the shot, with the ball coming off his arm.

Despite his protestations, Ashcroft's handball was deemed deliberate by referee Brian Colvin and McKay slotted the penalty down the middle to level the scoring - his first goal for United.

As United swarmed forward, there seemed likely to be only one winner, but that did not allow for the performance of MacDonald and the late cameo from McHattie.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowan
  • 17Durnan
  • 5Morris
  • 2Dillon
  • 14Dow
  • 25Kuhl
  • 22Fraser
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forConnollyat 71'minutes
  • 7Mckay
  • 29TaggartSubstituted forBodulat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 8Rankin
  • 13McCallum
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 28Donaldson
  • 30Bodul

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 12Westlake
  • 5FindlayBooked at 69mins
  • 18AshcroftBooked at 66mins
  • 22McHattie
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 76mins
  • 4HamillBooked at 36mins
  • 19SlaterSubstituted forRobinsonat 79'minutes
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forObadeyiat 71'minutes
  • 23Kiltie
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forBoydat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 13Brennan
  • 14O'Hara
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 26Balatoni
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
8,264

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Kuhl (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 2. Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Kuhl (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Callum Morris.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darko Bodul (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Scott Robinson replaces Craig Slater.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

    Billy McKay (Dundee United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

  17. Booking

    Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Josh Magennis.