Casalinuovo celebrates his opener as the Jags appeal for a foul
By Keir Murray
A controversial goal by Damian Casalinuovo helped Dundee United to victory over Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fourth round.
Simon Donnelly headed over an Alan Archibald cross in 16 minutes before United took a first-half lead.
A volley by Garry Kenneth appeared to be punched into the net by Casalinuovo but referee Dougie McDonald allowed the goal to stand despite Thistle protests.
Substitute David Goodwillie sealed the win in style in the 90th minute.
United's form in the Scottish Premier League has dipped in recent weeks so interim manager Peter Houston will have welcomed participation in a different competition, especially against First Division opponents.
Houston handed Dusan Pernis his debut in goal after the departure of Nicky Weaver at the end of his short stay at Tannadice, but was without Danny Cadamarteri who could be out for a month with a calf injury.
In sub-zero temperatures at Firhill in the west end of Glasgow, the home side saw Simon Donnelly head over an early chance from Archibald's cross from the left.
Then in 19 minutes Casalinuovo had his shot saved by Tuffey, but the Argentine was not to be denied for long.
He gave United the lead in controversial circumstances when he appeared to use a fist rather than his head to hammer home from close range.
Craig Conway flighted over a free-kick from the left which was directed with pace across goal by centre-half Kenneth.
Casalinuovo connected, making a downward heading and punching motion simultaneously, leaving Tuffey with no chance.
The Thistle players raced to referee Dougie McDonald, who consulted with his linesman before allowing the goal to stand.
Ian Maxwell volleyed well over from 16 yards and Pernis saved comfortably when Steve Lovell found space inside the box as the hosts bristled with a sense of injustice.
But Tuffey kept Thistle in the game when he parried Conway's shot from the left channel as the unmarked Daly awaited a square ball.
The action continued and Casalinuovo glanced a header beyond the far post from Dixon's cross before Donnelly came close from 25 yards.
Corcoran shot over after a positive run to the edge of the box and John Robertson saw a shot from similar range held by Pernis.
Thistle's Marc Corcoran, with team-mates rushing into the United box, selfishly had a pop at goal, which was blocked, as the Jags tried to draw level.
In the second period Corcoran blasted high from 18 yards on his right foot after beating three United players out on the left wing.
Then John Robertson curled a weak shot at United's goal which Pernis saved comfortably.
Substitute Liam Buchanan, on for Steve Lovell just moments before, had a glorious chance to level the tie in 72 minutes but Pernis made a fine save on the line from the striker's header.
With moments remaining, Goodwillie put the tie beyond doubt for the Terrors, showing tremendous skill to drift past two Jags challenges and rifle a low shot under Tuffey.
Partick Thistle assistant manager David Irons: "We've lost the first goal with a real suspicion of hand ball and the second goal right at the death when we were pushing for it.
"Four or five of our players who were near swear it was hand ball and it certainly looked that way. Some of the boys have seen it on the TV monitor and it was definitely a hand ball.
"These things happen - Thierry Henry, etc.
"Over the piece I didn't think there was a lot between the sides.
"We got ourselves back very close to Dundee United, had a couple of really good chances and couldn't take them and then (we were hit by) the old sucker punch at the end.
"The manager is fed-up with the hard-luck stories with Partick. Any time we play an SPL side, it's always hard lines and today it's the same story."
Dundee United manager Peter Houston: "It was a close game. A lot of people thought it was going to be an upset here today.
"However, it was back to Dundee United's battling qualities.
"We got a goal which I believe hit the arm of Damian Casalinuovo. I never saw it.
"Tuffey had three or four saves from Casalinuovo and the likes. He kept them in the game, in my opinion.
"I think the game could have been wrapped up at half-time but it wasn't. Credit to Thistle, they worked us for the full 90 minutes.
"At no time did I think we were going to lose it."
90:00+0:57 Simon Donnelly decides to take a short corner.
90:00+0:45 Shot by Jamie Adams from outside the box goes over the target.
89:41 GOAL - David Goodwillie:Partick Thistle 0 - 2 Dundee Utd David Goodwillie scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Partick 0-2 Dundee
87:47 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Donnelly to the near post, Michael Kovacevic manages to make a clearance.
87:07 Booking The referee books Paul Dixon for unsporting behaviour.
86:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Liam Buchanan. Paul Paton takes the direct free kick.
84:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Conway. Jonathan Tuffey takes the indirect free kick.
83:57 Morgaro Gomis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
82:56 Foul by David Goodwillie on David Rowson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Archibald.
81:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Cairney on David Goodwillie. Andy Webster takes the indirect free kick.
80:50 Morgaro Gomis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Rowson. Paul Cairney restarts play with the free kick.
79:50 Substitution Daniel Swanson comes on in place of David Robertson.
79:39 Effort on goal by Liam Buchanan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
76:40 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Donnelly to the near post, Header on goal by Jamie Adams from inside the box goes harmlessly
over the target.
72:29 Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
72:29 Booking Chris Erskine is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
72:18 Chris Erskine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway.
72:03 Paul Paton crosses the ball, Liam Buchanan takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
70:50 Effort from outside the penalty area by Craig Conway goes wide left of the target.
70:16 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Dixon, clearance by Alan Archibald.
69:22 Substitution David Goodwillie comes on in place of Jon Daly.
66:38 Paul Paton restarts play with the free kick.
66:38 Substitution Steve Lovell goes off and Liam Buchanan comes on.
66:38 Chris Erskine fouled by Paul Dixon, the ref awards a free kick.
65:21 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steve Lovell.
64:39 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Paton.
62:47 Damian Casalinuovo has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
62:03 Substitution Chris Erskine is brought on as a substitute for Ian Maxwell.
60:15 Unfair challenge on Paul Cairney by Paul Dixon results in a free kick. David Rowson restarts play with the free kick.
58:53 Paul Cairney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
58:42+2:57 Booking Paul Cairney goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
56:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Tuffey by Garry
Kenneth. Free kick taken by Jonathan Tuffey.
55:31 Shot from 25 yards from John Robertson. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
54:53 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Cairney from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Andy Webster.
53:50 Craig Conway fouled by Paul Cairney, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
52:53 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jon Daly misses to the right
of the target.
51:45 Effort on goal by Mark Corcoran from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
49:32 David Robertson fouled by Steve Lovell, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
47:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by David Rowson. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
46:40 Damian Casalinuovo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by John Robertson.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00+1:22 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+0:18 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Mark Corcoran.
45:00+0:04 Michael Kovacevic takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Tuffey.
41:32 Header by Garry Kenneth.
40:05 Simon Donnelly produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
39:06 Paul Dixon produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Damian Casalinuovo from inside the penalty box misses to the right of
36:30 Prince Buaben takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
35:20 Simon Donnelly takes the free kick.
35:20 Booking Garry Kenneth booked for unsporting behaviour.
35:11 Steve Lovell fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick.
33:49 Paul Cairney fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Paton takes the direct free kick.
32:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Cairney on Morgaro Gomis. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
31:17 Shot by Steve Lovell. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
30:18 Shot by Craig Conway from 6 yards. Save made by Jonathan Tuffey.
27:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Corcoran by Michael Kovacevic. Direct free kick taken by Simon Donnelly,
Effort on goal by Ian Maxwell from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
25:41 Assist by Garry Kenneth.
25:41 GOAL - Damian Casalinuovo:Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Dundee Utd Damian Casalinuovo finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Partick 0-1 Dundee Utd.
25:08 Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway,
25:08 Booking Paul Paton goes into the book.
24:58 Paul Paton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway.
23:34 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway.
21:44 Shot from 25 yards by Damian Casalinuovo. Save made by Jonathan Tuffey.
20:32 The ball is swung over by Mark Corcoran, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Paul Cairney goes wide of the right-hand
Correction - 19:03 Steve Lovell challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Webster.
19:03 Steve Lovell challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
16:55 Damian Casalinuovo takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Tuffey.
15:19 Alan Archibald produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Simon Donnelly goes harmlessly over the
12:01 Inswinging corner taken by Simon Donnelly from the left by-line, John Robertson takes a shot.
9:23 Alan Archibald sends in a cross, fantastic save by Dusan Pernis.
8:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Kovacevic on Mark Corcoran. Jonathan Tuffey restarts play with the free kick.
7:43 Steve Lovell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
6:00 Shot by Damian Casalinuovo from just outside the area goes over the net.
4:39 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Paton manages to make
4:18 Alan Archibald takes a shot. Brilliant save by Dusan Pernis.
1:11 Craig Conway takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jonathan Tuffey.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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