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Dundee Utd   0 - 2   Hibernian

Dundee Utd v Hibernian
Colin Nish's brace proved the difference between the sides

Hibernian sealed a European qualification spot thanks to a Colin Nish double that livened up an otherwise quiet encounter at Tannadice.

The visitors started brightly and Nish broke the deadlock, flicking the ball under the body of Dusan Pernis.

United struggled to make an impact with Garry Kenneth's cleared header the closest they came to a goal.

With the game drifting towards full-time, Nish beat Garry Kenneth to the ball and headed in his second.

United manager Peter Houston clearly had one eye on next week's Scottish Cup final as he made six changes to his side.

Pernis replaced Steve Banks in goal and Jennison Myrie-Williams, Pavels Mihadjuks, Andis Shala, Damian Casalinuovo and Kevin Smith also starting.

Andy Webster and Prince Buaben were rested, with Jon Daly, Craig Conway, David Goodwillie and Scott Robertson on the bench.

Hibs made one change despite losing six goals in the record-scoring midweek match against Motherwell, defender Sol Bamba aiming to impress in place of Paul Hanlon after false rumours circulated ahead of the match that Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would be in attendance.

Prolific Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes had the first opportunity of the match, but shot straight at Pernis following a mistake from centre-half Garry Kenneth.

Strike partner Nish went one better soon after, deflecting the ball under Pernis following a one-two between Liam Miller and David Wotherspoon.

United were taking time to settle into the game, but Kenneth almost made amends for the goal, powerfully heading Danny Swanson's corner towards the net, but Wotherspoon was alert at the back post to clear the ball off the line.

The recalled Bamba brought come stability to the Hibs back line as the visiting midfield saw a lot of the ball in the opening half.

Pernis saved low from Stokes after Nish fed the striker through, the former Dunfermline man dispossessing Pavels Mihadjuks in midfield.

The game had gone flat, but David Robertson carved out a rare chance for United when he spotted Damian Casalinuovo's forward run, but the Argentine couldn't keep his header on target however.

Out of nowhere, John Rankin blasted in a snapshot from the edge of the area, but the drive cannoned back off the base of the post with Pernis beaten.

Andis Shala passed up an opportunity for the home side, heading straight at Graeme Smith after beating Steven Thicot to the ball.

Derek Riordan tried a long-range effort, but Pernis was equal to the shot from the former Celtic man.

With the game seemingly petering out, Nish stooped to head home his second goal of the match after beating Kenneth to Thicot's cross.

Europe was guaranteed for the visitors, but United boss Peter Houston would be disappointed that none of his fringe players had given him any selection headaches for the upcoming cup final.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Dundee Utd 0-2 Hibernian FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Nish 12
    • Nish 72

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Pernis
    • 02 Dillon
    • 17 Mihadjuks (Robertson 46)
    • 18 Kenneth
    • 27 Watson
    • 12 Robertson
    • 14 Swanson (Cameron 55 yellow card)
    • 22 Smith (Dow 60)
    • 07 Myrie-Williams
    • 20 Shala
    • 21 Casalinuovo

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 06 Conway,
    • 08 Robertson,
    • 24 Cameron,
    • 09 Daly,
    • 25 Goodwillie,
    • 35 Dow

    Hibernian

    • 21 Smith
    • 04 Hogg
    • 06 Murray
    • 15 Thicot (Hanlon 77)
    • 26 Bamba
    • 11 Rankin
    • 24 Wotherspoon
    • 33 Miller (McBride 45+2)
    • 09 Nish
    • 10 Riordan
    • 18 Stokes (Gow 62)

    Substitutes

    • 50 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 20 Hanlon,
    • 08 Cregg,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 17 McBride,
    • 19 Benjelloun,
    • 28 Gow
    Ref: RichmondAtt: 6,527
    DUNDEE UTD
    HIBERNIAN

    Possession

    • Dundee Utd 49%
    • Hibernian 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Dundee Utd 4
    • Hibernian 8

    Attempts off target

    • Dundee Utd 4
    • Hibernian 2

    Corners

    • Dundee Utd 8
    • Hibernian 3

    Fouls

    • Dundee Utd 8
    • Hibernian 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:47 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+2:15 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Dow, clearance by Colin Nish.
    • 90:00+2:00 Keith Watson crosses the ball, Chris Hogg makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:17 Colin Nish is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+0:40 Colin Nish takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 89:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Alan Gow. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
    • 86:39 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Dow, Colin Nish makes a clearance.
    • 86:01 David Robertson sends in a cross, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 83:12 Ryan Dow sends in a cross.
    • 82:48 Keith Watson produces a cross, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.
    • 80:54 David Wotherspoon sends in a cross, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
    • 80:03 Derek Riordan produces a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
    • 78:04 John Rankin takes a shot. Sean Dillon gets a block in. Corner taken by John Rankin from the right by-line, save made by Dusan Pernis.
    • 76:44 Substitution Steven Thicot goes off and Paul Hanlon comes on.
    • 75:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Robertson by Colin Nish. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 71:58 Inswinging corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the right by-line, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Dow, Garry Kenneth has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 71:58 Jennison Myrie-Williams takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Souleymane Bamba. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Dow from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 71:18 Assist by Steven Thicot.
    • 71:18 GOAL - Colin NishDundee Utd 0 - 2 Hibernian Colin Nish scores a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 0-2 Hibernian.
    • 71:13 The ball is delivered by Steven Thicot,
    • 69:32 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save. Corner taken by Derek Riordan.
    • 68:06 Effort on goal by Alan Gow from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 67:47 Greg Cameron produces a cross, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 67:18 Kevin McBride challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams.
    • 65:42 Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
    • 65:42 Booking The referee books Greg Cameron for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:10 Greg Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McBride.
    • 64:56 John Rankin produces a cross, clearance by Sean Dillon.
    • 62:34 Unfair challenge on Ryan Dow by John Rankin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Robertson.
    • 61:42 Substitution Alan Gow replaces Anthony Stokes.
    • 60:23 A cross is delivered by Keith Watson, Damian Casalinuovo takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
    • 59:30 Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
    • 59:30 Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Ryan Dow coming on for Kevin Smith.
    • 59:30 Handball decision goes against Souleymane Bamba.
    • 58:40 The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes, clearance by Garry Kenneth. Corner taken by John Rankin, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:20 Substitution Daniel Swanson leaves the field to be replaced by Greg Cameron.
    • 52:45 Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Jennison Myrie-Williams takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:06 Kevin McBride gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
    • 51:11 Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by David Robertson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Chris Hogg, clearance by Kevin Smith.
    • 49:52 Andis Shala takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith. Corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin McBride manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Kevin McBride. Daniel Swanson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 47:35 John Rankin produces a shot from just outside the box that bounces off the post. David Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Free kick crossed left-footed by John Rankin from right channel, Andis Shala manages to make a clearance.
    • 46:44 Andis Shala fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Daniel Swanson from right wing, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Scott Robertson replaces Pavels Mihadjuks.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:32 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:54 Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 45:00+0:54 Substitution Liam Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin McBride.
    • 45:00+0:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Damian Casalinuovo on Souleymane Bamba.
    • 44:56 The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
    • 42:53 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. The ball is sent over by David Robertson, Close range headed effort by Damian Casalinuovo misses to the right of the target.
    • 39:14 Centre by David Robertson, clearance made by David Wotherspoon.
    • 38:01 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. David Wotherspoon challenges David Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Swanson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:07 The ball is swung over by Andis Shala.
    • 35:46 Derek Riordan crosses the ball.
    • 31:19 Jennison Myrie-Williams sends in a cross, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 30:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
    • 30:22 Liam Miller crosses the ball.
    • 29:52 Anthony Stokes delivers the ball, Pavels Mihadjuks manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:12 David Robertson fouled by Colin Nish, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Pavels Mihadjuks.
    • 27:15 Ian Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Robertson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Swanson from right wing.
    • 26:11 Shot by Daniel Swanson from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 24:27 Keith Watson fouled by Derek Riordan, the ref awards a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 23:44 Damian Casalinuovo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray. Free kick taken by Ian Murray.
    • 23:44 Ian Murray fouled by Damian Casalinuovo, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Murray takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 22:31 Steven Thicot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damian Casalinuovo. Daniel Swanson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 22:31 Foul by Steven Thicot on Damian Casalinuovo, free kick awarded. Daniel Swanson has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 19:20 Unfair challenge on Liam Miller by David Robertson results in a free kick. Ian Murray takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:43 Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Swanson, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. John Rankin manages to make a clearance. Daniel Swanson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Liam Miller.
    • 14:57 Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba.
    • 14:13 Kevin Smith produces a cross, Steven Thicot gets a block in.
    • 11:38 Assist on the goal came from Liam Miller.
    • 11:38 GOAL - Colin NishDundee Utd 0 - 1 Hibernian Colin Nish fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Hibernian.
    • 9:15 Derek Riordan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:48 Unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Pavels Mihadjuks results in a free kick. Derek Riordan takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:17 The ball is sent over by Sean Dillon.
    • 7:07 Foul by Daniel Swanson on Derek Riordan, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Derek Riordan, Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
    • 6:34 The ball is sent over by Keith Watson, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 5:55 Jennison Myrie-Williams sends in a cross, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
    • 4:08 Colin Nish is caught offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:00 The ball is delivered by Ian Murray.
    • 1:50 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Swanson, David Wotherspoon manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:16 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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