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Saturday, February 13th, 2010
St Mirren Park. Att. 3,944
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Michael Higdon (66) Danny Swanson (83)
David Goodwillie (90)

Team Managers
Gus MacPherson Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Paul Gallacher
Lee Mair
John Potter
David Barron
Jack Ross
Hugh Murray
Andy Dorman
Steven Thomson
Stevie Robb
Billy Mehmet
Michael Higdon
Dušan Perniš .1
Darren Dods .5
Pāvels Mihadjuks .17
Seán Dillon .2
Garry Kenneth .18
Morgaro Gomis .16
David Robertson .12
Prince Buaben .15
Craig Conway .6
Danny Swanson .14
Jon Daly .9

Bench
Mark Howard
Kyle Faulds
Graham Carey
Allan Johnston
Rory Loy
Stephen O'Donnell
Craig Dargo
Steve Banks .13
Ross Smith .34
Greg Cameron .24
Ryan McCord .26
David Goodwillie .25
Andis Shala .20
Damián Casalinuovo .21

Substitutions
Craig Dargo for Andy Dorman (58)
Graham Carey for Stevie Robb (84)
Ross Smith for Pāvels Mihadjuks (46)
David Goodwillie for Craig Conway (58)
Damián Casalinuovo for David Robertson (76)

Cautions
None. Pāvels Mihadjuks (27)
David Robertson (56)
Darren Dods (65)
Garry Kenneth (73)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)



Match Report


A dramatic late comeback at St Mirren Park saw United come from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory with goals in the final minutes from Danny Swanson and David Goodwillie.

The Buddies hadn’t beaten United in Paisley since April 2001, but that record looked to be broken after Michael Higdon’s looping header gave the home side the lead on 66 minutes.

However Danny Swanson’s low drive from outside the box drew United level with seven minutes to go, and deep into injury time the visiting fans went wild as David Goodwillie volleyed home from close range.

There was little in terms of goalmouth action in the opening forty-five. Prince Buaben’s last SPL goal came over a year ago, in the 3-2 win over St Mirren in January 2009 and Ghanaian midfielder came close to breaking the deadlock with a quarter of an hour on the clock when he tried his luck from 20 yards, only to see his effort zip wide of the post.

The home side threatened next, as Andy Dorman found himself through on goal after a defensive mishap by United. But Pernis saved well from inside the box.

United looked to have taken the lead on the half hour mark when Jon Daly headed goalwards. But Jack Ross was on hand to punt the ball off the goal-line.

Saints striker Billy Mehmet hasn’t found the net in the SPL since mid-October, and that drought continued on 35 minutes after former United man Steven Robb beat Pavels Mihadjuks to tee up the 26-year-old Londoner. But Mehmet couldn’t notch up his 12th goal in all competitions this year as he drove into the side netting.

The home side did, however, make the most of their next real chance, and Steven Robb was again the provider. His free-kick found Higdon at the edge of the box and his header looped into the corner of the net.

United looked to be heading for a second defeat in four days, but a late surge saw them close the gap on third placed Hibernian to just a single point.

With little over ten minutes remaining Jon Daly thought he had equalised after nodding home Danny Swanson’s cross. But the goal was chalked off as the big Irishman was adjudged to have fouled the Saints defender.

Swanson did score four minutes later, and it looked as though for the second time this season it would end all square between the sides in Paisley. But with momentum behind them, United continued to press for the winner.

Darren Dods came close in the dying stages, but his header was scrambled clear desperately by the Saints defence.

The only time this season United have come from behind to take all three points was the 2-1 triumph over Celtic at Tannadice. And when Goodwillie latched on to Daly’s cross with seconds to go and drilled the ball home, the celebrations from United fans were every bit as euphoric as that day back in November.



Squad Statistics (as at February 13th, 2010)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Dušan Perniš (GK)25 9 - 9 -
Pāvels Mihadjuks29 2 - 2 -
Garry Kenneth22 2011136
Darren Dods34 231866
Seán Dillon26 24 - 1042
Danny Swanson23 243725
Prince Buaben21 272827
David Robertson23 10 - 9915
Craig Conway24 27312210
Morgaro Gomis24 2511243
Jon Daly27 1676518
Ross Smith (sub)17 1 - 1 -
Damián Casalinuovo (sub)22 247247
David Goodwillie (sub)20 2687315






League Table (as at February 13th, 2010)


No league table has been added for this season.