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Dundee Utd   1 - 0   Hearts

Jose Goncalves (left) and Dundee Utd's Prince Buaben
Dundee Utd's Prince Buaben (right) had a number of opportunities to open the scoring

Dundee United regained third place in the Scottish Premier League with a tight victory against Hearts.

United keeper Dusan Pernis kept out a Paul Mulrooney effort from the edge of the box in the 24th minute.

Morgaro Gomis gave United the lead after 78 minutes with a 10-yard strike that struck Lee Wallace on the way past Janos Balogh in the Hearts goal.

Prince Buaben could have put the match beyond Hearts at least twice, but the hosts will be happy with the points.

The win pushed United back into third-place in the league title race, just one point ahead of Hibernian and five behind second-placed side Celtic.

The visitors were forced into a late change when captain Michael Stewart failed to shake off a knock in the warm-up, meaning Mulrooney started in midfield.

After six minutes played, Arvydas Novikovas fired in a shot at the United goal, but Pernis made a comfortable save.

Injury-ravaged Hearts continued their powerful start to the match, with David Obua making a blistering run down the left-hand side and putting the United defence under pressure with a deep cross that Garry Kenneth managed to clear.

Hearts keeper Balogh was called into action twice in succession to deflect shots from Garry Kenneth and Danny Swanson, then United had a double-penalty claim waved away by referee Mike Tumilty.

David Goodwillie wasted a great chance to put United ahead after flailing at Garry Kenneth's flick-on from a corner.

Pernis was at full stretch to tip out a Mulrooney screamer from 18 yards, then Paul Dixon produced a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box that drifted wide.

Hearts pushed back into the game, and Ryan Stevenson should have done better with a long-distance effort that cleared the bar.

As the half-hour mark passed, David Goodwillie fired in from a tight angle on the right, but his poorly-struck shot veered wide of the target.

Damian Casalinuovo almost opened the scoring for United in the 38th minute, nodding on Paul Dixon's long ball from six yards out that drifted past Balogh's right-hand post.

After the break, it was almost 10 minutes before the first solid chance of the second half arrived, the ball falling to Goodwillie in the penalty area which he blasted over the bar from close range.

Moments later Swanson fired in for United from just outside the penalty area, but he sent the ball over, and shortly after the hour mark he curved in a ball from a tight angle that swerved across the face of goal.

United enjoyed a brief spell of pressure that should have produced a goal, with Prince Buaben heading wide from six yards out.

Balogh kept out another fine strike from Swanson in the 67th minute as Hearts struggled to get the ball out of their own half.

Buaben really should have scored when Craig Conway sent across a perfect ball to the penalty spot in the 71st minute but the Ghanaian midfielder's shot was deflected by Balogh.

The stalemate was finally broken in the 78th minute when Gomis fired in from 10 yards following a Conway free-kick that Obua had attempted to clear, the ball taking a deflection off Lee Wallace on the way into the back of the net.

Hearts continued to find themselves pinned back for the remainder of the match, with no real sign of an equaliser materialising.

Jose Goncalves almost handed the match entirely to United with a shambolic headed clearance after Pernis fumbled a cross, but United kept up the pressure to secure a vital three points.

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Dundee Utd 1-0 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Gomis 78

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Pernis
    • 03 Webster
    • 18 Kenneth
    • 19 Kovacevic
    • 23 Dixon (Dillon 60)
    • 06 Conway
    • 14 Swanson
    • 15 Buaben
    • 16 Gomis
    • 21 Casalinuovo (Daly 65)
    • 25 Goodwillie (Sandaza 77)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 02 Dillon,
    • 05 Dods,
    • 12 Robertson,
    • 07 Myrie-Williams,
    • 09 Daly,
    • 11 Sandaza

    Hearts

    • 01 Balogh
    • 03 Wallace
    • 05 Goncalves
    • 07 Suso Santana
    • 13 Obua
    • 20 Thomson
    • 16 Stevenson
    • 39 Mulrooney (Smith 82)
    • 18 Novikovas (Templeton 56)
    • 19 Mole (Nade 46)
    • 22 Elliot

    Substitutes

    • 28 Ridgers,
    • 44 Smith,
    • 49 McGowan,
    • 14 Nade,
    • 24 Templeton,
    • 36 Glen
    Ref: TumiltyAtt: 6,683
    DUNDEE UTD
    HEARTS

    Possession

    • Dundee Utd 54%
    • Hearts 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Dundee Utd 7
    • Hearts 3

    Attempts off target

    • Dundee Utd 12
    • Hearts 3

    Corners

    • Dundee Utd 10
    • Hearts 4

    Fouls

    • Dundee Utd 8
    • Hearts 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:05 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:05 Corner taken short by Craig Conway. Foul by David Templeton on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway.
    • 89:09 Foul by Jason Thomson on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Conway.
    • 86:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Gordon Smith. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:23 Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:13 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Gordon Smith coming on for Paul Mulrooney.
    • 77:18 Craig Conway provided the assist for the goal.
    • 77:18 GOAL - Morgaro GomisDundee Utd 1 - 0 Hearts Morgaro Gomis finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Hearts.
    • 76:19 The ball is sent over by Craig Conway,
    • 76:19 Substitution Francisco Sandaza on for David Goodwillie.
    • 76:19 Unfair challenge on Mihael Kovacevic by Calum Elliot results in a free kick.
    • 73:18 Prince Buaben produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 72:20 Christian Nade concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Centre by Sean Dillon, Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 69:42 Prince Buaben takes a shot. Jose Goncalves gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway, Andy Webster takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Wallace. Outswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Suso Santana makes a clearance.
    • 69:05 Suso Santana fouled by Daniel Swanson, the ref awards a free kick. David Obua delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Craig Conway.
    • 66:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Nade. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 66:27 David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Swanson. Indirect free kick taken by Morgaro Gomis.
    • 66:16 Daniel Swanson takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 65:14 Corner taken by Craig Conway.
    • 64:40 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo goes off and Jon Daly comes on.
    • 63:17 A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie, Headed effort from inside the area by Prince Buaben misses to the right of the goal.
    • 62:44 Foul by Craig Conway on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Jason Thomson takes the free kick.
    • 61:26 Effort from deep inside the area by Daniel Swanson misses to the left of the target.
    • 60:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Calum Elliot. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 59:43 Substitution Sean Dillon comes on in place of Paul Dixon.
    • 58:47 A cross is delivered by Jason Thomson, Mihael Kovacevic makes a clearance.
    • 55:47 Christian Nade challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 55:05 Substitution David Templeton comes on in place of Arvydas Novikovas.
    • 54:48 Daniel Swanson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 53:09 Craig Conway takes a shot. Suso Santana gets a block in. Shot from deep inside the area by David Goodwillie clears the crossbar.
    • 51:51 Jose Goncalves challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, David Obua makes a clearance.
    • 48:32 Garry Kenneth sends in a cross.
    • 48:06 Damian Casalinuovo delivers the ball, Arvydas Novikovas manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:30 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, clearance made by Christian Nade.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Christian Nade comes on in place of Jamie Mole.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:55 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:41 Craig Conway produces a cross, Lee Wallace manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Obua on Craig Conway. Free kick crossed by Craig Conway, Calum Elliot makes a clearance.
    • 37:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Kenneth on Calum Elliot. Arvydas Novikovas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Andy Webster makes a clearance.
    • 37:10 A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon, Header from deep inside the area by Damian Casalinuovo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 35:29 Daniel Swanson crosses the ball.
    • 35:12 The ball is swung over by Craig Conway, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:30 The ball is swung over by Paul Mulrooney, Morgaro Gomis makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Prince Buaben.
    • 33:07 Craig Conway delivers the ball, Jose Goncalves manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damian Casalinuovo by Lee Wallace. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway from left channel, Calum Elliot makes a clearance.
    • 29:42 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Header on goal by Garry Kenneth from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 28:59 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by David Goodwillie goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 28:20 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway, Arvydas Novikovas manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on David Obua. Indirect free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 25:56 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:16 Paul Dixon produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 24:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway, clearance made by Calum Elliot.
    • 24:09 Shot from deep inside the area by Ryan Stevenson clears the bar.
    • 23:34 Suso Santana takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
    • 23:11 Paul Mulrooney takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a brilliant save.
    • 20:47 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 20:25 Daniel Swanson takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
    • 19:27 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. David Goodwillie gets a block in.
    • Correction - 13:49 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Free kick taken by Daniel Swanson.
    • 13:49 Foul by Lee Wallace on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Goodwillie.
    • 12:35 David Obua crosses the ball, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:39 David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Wallace. Free kick taken by David Obua. Effort on goal by Calum Elliot from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 11:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Lee Wallace. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:22 Jason Thomson sends in a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Jamie Mole clears the bar.
    • 9:47 Handball decision goes against Paul Mulrooney. Andy Webster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 8:54 Suso Santana takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:19 A cross is delivered by Jason Thomson. Unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas by Daniel Swanson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson. Suso Santana takes the inswinging corner, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Paul Dixon. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:31 Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    7 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 7 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 27 46 64
    2 Celtic 28 24 54
    3 Dundee Utd 28 6 48
    4 Hibernian 28 9 47
    5 Motherwell 28 4 44
    6 Hearts 28 -4 37
    7 Aberdeen 27 -9 30
    8 St Johnstone 25 -6 28
    9 Kilmarnock 28 -14 26
    10 St Mirren 27 -14 23
    11 Hamilton 27 -19 23
    12 Falkirk 27 -23 20

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