Scottish Premiership
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By Rob MacleanBBC Scotland at Tannadice

Dundee United showed the spirit they will need next season in the Championship when they ended their last home game in the top flight with two late goals to rescue a point.

Partick Thistle were two goals up at the break thanks to Freddy Frans and Kris Doolan.

United got one back through a Liam Lindsay own goal before Ryan Edwards put Thistle two goals clear again.

Eddie Ofere and Justin Johnson scored late on to rescue a point for United.

Thistle did not have to work too hard for their first-half goals.

They were ahead inside six minutes at Tannadice when a well delivered corner from 17-year-old Jags debutant James Penrice was headed in by Frans. No one in United's defensive set-up attacked the ball and the Belgian defender snapped up the chance.

Simon Murray possessed United's greatest attacking threat, just as he had done in the 3-2 win in Inverness last Friday night, and fizzed an angled shot just wide.

Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards celebrates scoring Partick's second goal with Mathias Pogba

Billy McKay went close with a header and his 25-yard strike produced a decent save from Ryan Scully.

But United do not have the worst defensive record in the Premiership without good reason, and they gave another demonstration of their soft centre as Thistle went two goals ahead.

A long ball down the middle should not have been a big problem, but Sean Dillon left it to his goalkeeper and Eiji Kawashima lost out to Thistle striker Doolan in the race for the loose ball. The club's leading scorer rounded the keeper to nab his 13th goal of the season, netting for the fourth game on the trot.

United opened up with more purpose at the start of the second-half and Murray went close to scoring straight from the restart.

Teenager Mattie Smith also saw a shot deflected into the side-netting. The young winger delivered a promising performance.

Edward Ofere
Ofere gave United hope by bringing the score back to 3-2

An own-goal offered United the chance to salvage something from the match. Scott Fraser's corner went in off Thistle defender Lindsay.

The two-goal advantage was restored when David Amoo's cutback was stabbed high into the net by Ryan Edwards.

United number nine Ofere pulled a goal back with four minutes left, his shot flying clean through Scully.

And that was followed by a dramatic equaliser. Off the bench, 19-year-old Justin Johnson - who counts Sparta Rotterdam among his former clubs - weaved his way through to rescue a point for United right at the death.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 12Knoyle
  • 38Souttar
  • 2Dillon
  • 3Dixon
  • 43SmithSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes
  • 8RankinSubstituted forBallantyeat 88'minutes
  • 22FraserBooked at 60mins
  • 15Murray
  • 7MckaySubstituted forJohnsonat 63'minutes
  • 9OfereBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 17Durnan
  • 28Donaldson
  • 33Johnson
  • 35Smith
  • 36Ballantye
  • 51Zwick

Partick Thistle

  • 12Scully
  • 13Frans
  • 17Lindsay
  • 3Seaborne
  • 29PenriceBooked at 78mins
  • 18WilsonSubstituted forNesbittat 68'minutes
  • 4Welsh
  • 7AmooSubstituted forNisbetat 83'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forPogbaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Nesbitt
  • 21Leyden
  • 27Nisbet
  • 35Gallacher
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,689

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 3.

  3. Post update

    Edward Ofere (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 3. Justin Johnson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Cammy Ballantye replaces John Rankin.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Harry Souttar.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Partick Thistle 3. Edward Ofere (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Fraser.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Eiji Kawashima.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces David Amoo.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Souttar (Dundee United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Booking

    James Penrice (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Justin Johnson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James Penrice (Partick Thistle).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Bradley Smith replaces Matthew Smith because of an injury.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 3. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by David Amoo with a cross.

  20. Booking

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