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By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Billy Mckay scores for Dundee United against Dundee
Billy Mckay (second from left) threw himself at the ball to level for United

Dundee United boosted their hopes of Premiership survival in a blistering derby draw at Tannadice in which they came back from two goals down.

Two first-half strikes from Dundee's Kane Hemmings left their city rivals toiling in a feisty match.

But a brace from Billy Mckay - a penalty and a stoppage-time header - tied the match and United trail second-bottom Kilmarnock by seven points.

Dundee finished with 10 men, Scott Bain dismissed for conceding the spot-kick.

Paul Hartley's side do, however, leapfrog Partick Thistle into seventh place - three points off the top six and with three matches to play before the league splits in two.

Dramatic derby in Dundee

The 90 minutes lacked class but bubbled with drama. Tackles flew in and the ball was absent of some tender loving care.

The physical nature of the game enforced a change for Dundee, Kostadin Gadzhalov departing with a shoulder injury to be replaced Thomas Konrad in what was to be a temporary arrangement.

There was an acute lack of luck in the loss of the game's opening goal for United. Paul McGowan's shot was deflected and fell for Hemmings, who poked the ball beyond Eiji Kawashima. Agonisingly for Gavin Gunning in pursuit, it trickled over the line.

There was another curious twist for Dundee when sub Konrad had to be replaced after just 24 minutes on the pitch, Nicky Low replacing him. There was to be more on that too.

Dundee's second goal was another bizarre scenario. Stewart broke down the left with United screaming for offside as he found Hemmings just three yards out and unmarked. It should have been a tap-in but it took three clumsy touches to get the ball over the line.

The second half had an explosive start with Mckay getting on the end of a Rankin pass and being brought down by Bain - a call-up to the Scotland squad for Thursday's match against Czech Republic.

Bain (left) was dismissed for his challenge on Mckay
Bain (left) was dismissed for his challenge on Mckay

Referee Steven McLean deemed the challenge to have halted a clear goalscoring opportunity, despite Dundee players insisting that there had been a covering defender in Kevin Holt.

Replacement keeper David Mitchell's first job was to face the spot-kick but to accommodate him United took off Low meaning that, maybe uniquely, the substitute who had come on for a sub had been subbed.

McKay scored right down the middle.

Mitchell performed brilliantly in the wake of that until, that is, the 91st minute. He came for a cross he had little chance of winning and substitute Edward Ofere managed to help the ball on for team-mate Mckay to nod in on the line.

And it almost got better for United - Mitchell superbly blocking Gunning's header as time ticked away.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 28Donaldson
  • 5Morris
  • 19Gunning
  • 20Spittal
  • 6Paton
  • 8RankinSubstituted forMurrayat 76'minutes
  • 3DixonBooked at 44mins
  • 14DowSubstituted forFraserat 61'minutes
  • 7Mckay
  • 26AnierSubstituted forOfereat 68'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 9Ofere
  • 12Knoyle
  • 15Murray
  • 21Szromnik
  • 22Fraser
  • 55Demel

Dundee

  • 1BainBooked at 51mins
  • 19McGinn
  • 21O'Dea
  • 26GadzhalovSubstituted forKonradat 16'minutesSubstituted forLowat 40'minutesSubstituted forMitchellat 52'minutes
  • 3HoltBooked at 90mins
  • 17Ross
  • 18McGowan
  • 7Stewart
  • 29Harkins
  • 30Kerr
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 4Konrad
  • 6Meggatt
  • 8Low
  • 9Loy
  • 12Mitchell
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
11,603

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Dundee 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Dundee 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

    Kevin Holt (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

  6. Post update

    Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Dundee 2. Billy McKay (Dundee United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edward Ofere.

  11. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Edward Ofere (Dundee United).

  13. Booking

    Edward Ofere (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Edward Ofere (Dundee United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Greg Stewart.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

  19. Post update

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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