November 16, 2012
Daly denies Killie
|1 Radoslaw Cierzniak||1 Cameron Bell|
|2 Sean Dillon||4 James Fowler|
|4 Brian McLean||6 Michael Nelson|
|3 Barry Douglas||5 Ryan O'Leary|
|5 Gavin Gunning||2 Jeroen Tesselaar|
|8 John Rankin||11 Gary Harkins|
|6 Willo Flood||8 Liam Kelly|
|16 Stuart Armstrong||29 Manuel Pascali|
|11 Gary Mackay-Steven||14 Paul Heffernan|
|9 Jon Daly||12 Cillian Sheridan|
|7 Johnny Russell||15 Borja Perez|
|13 Steve Banks||Kyle Letheren 17|
|29 Patrick Barrett||Mahamadou Sissoko 88|
|51 Rudi Skacel||Rory McKeown 23|
|10 Richie Ryan||Mark O'Hara 38|
|14 Mark Millar||Lee Johnson 18|
|15 Michael Gardine||James Dayton 10|
|18 Ryan Dow||Mark Taylor 37|
|Rudi Skacel for John Rankin (57)||Lee Johnson for Borja Perez (66)|
|Willo Flood (33)||Paul Heffernan (60)|
|Brian McLean (59)||James Fowler (81)|
|Gary Harkins (88)|
|Liam Kelly (90)|
|· Squads: Dundee United | Kilmarnock|
Jon Daly earned Dundee United a point in a thrilling 3-3 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Kilmarnock.
United looked out of things after Cillian Sheridan fired Killie into a 2-0 first-half lead and Paul Heffernan had made it 3-1 after Gary Mackay-Steven reduced the deficit.
But captain Daly struck in the 56th minute before Sheridan crucially had what would have been his hat-trick goal ruled out for offside in the 77th minute.
And Daly made the most of that reprieve when he stooped to head home from Barry Douglas' perfect cross to send the home fans away happy and with their money's worth from a thrilling encounter.
A win would have seen United leapfrog their Ayrshire visitors and move into the top six, but it was more about trying to regain some momentum in the wake of their defeat last Sunday at league leaders Hibernian.
However, the visitors began the brightest and came close early on when Borja Perez tried his luck from 30 yards with a shot which Radoslaw Cierzniak was relieved to see clear his crossbar.
Minutes later, John Rankin was short with a header back which led to Sheridan crossing for Heffernan, but he could not keep his shot down and fired well over the top with his left foot.
Killie took the lead after eight minutes when Sean Dillon fouled Sheridan 30 yards from goal and the striker curled an inch-perfect free-kick beyond Cierzniak and into the top corner.
Sheridan doubled his tally on the half-hour mark when Gary Harkins produced a deftly weighted pass which split the United defence, allowing Sheridan to run in behind and dink a left-footed finish beyond Cierzniak and into the opposite corner of the net.
Just minutes before the interval, Mackay-Steven was set up by Daly but his weak shot went straight at Bell.
Within minutes of the restart Mackay-Steven sparked a comeback with an unstoppable strike from 30 yards, but Heffernan struck five minutes later when Cierzniak failed to deal with a ball into the box and Heffernan looped home a 16-yard header.
Daly then headed past Killie goalkeeper Cameron Bell from Douglas' 56th-minute cross to make it 3-2, before Sheridan was denied a hat-trick when he was ruled offside.
And United made the most of that decision in injury time when Daly produced a typically brave diving header from another Douglas cross to round off a courageous fightback.