Dundee United 2 - 2 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 5:15 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,107
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dundee United v Dumbarton, Apr 29th 2017, Tannadice Park
Dundee United Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Tony Andreu (22)
Thomas Mikkelsen (79)
Robert Thomson  (35)
Lewis Vaughan (65)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Stewart Murdoch
Mark Durnan
Coll Donaldson
Jamie Robson
Wato Kuate
Willo Flood
Blair Spittal
Tony Andreu
Simon Murray
Thomas Mikkelsen
Alan Martin
Ross McCrorie
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Daniel Harvie
Sam Stanton
Stuart Carswell
Andy Stirling
Lewis Vaughan
Christian Nade
Robert Thomson

Bench
Sean Dillon
Paul Dixon
Alex Nicholls
Charlie Telfer
Luis Zwick
Ali Coote
Scott Allardice
Jamie Ewings
Tom Lang
Mark Docherty
David Smith
Garry Fleming
Calum Gallagher
Joe Nuttall

Substitutions
Ali Coote for Wato Kuate (73) Mark Docherty for Lewis Vaughan (76)
Garry Fleming for Christian Nade (84)
David Smith for Sam Stanton (90)

Bookings
Blair Spittal (39)
Coll Donaldson (49)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 38 apps -
Ross McCrorie 9 apps -
Darren Barr 70 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 76 apps3 goals
Daniel Harvie 33 apps3 goals
Sam Stanton 26 apps4 goals
Stuart Carswell 15 apps -
Andy Stirling 40 apps3 goals
Lewis Vaughan 14 apps4 goals
Christian Nade 28 apps11 goals
Robert Thomson 42 apps12 goals
Mark Docherty (sub) 74 apps6 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 178 apps33 goals
David Smith (sub) 42 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Christian Nade (32 years 231 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 77 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (32 years 276 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 122 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

FOR 14 minutes, it was officially on. Survival Saturday.

As it is, Dumbarton have one foot in next season's Championship. The other foot will be there next Saturday barring results which would have Guinness scrambling for the record books.

After Anthony Andreu headed Dundee United in front, some would have had this down as a matter of how many. Anybody who did has not seen how hard Sons have battled this season.

Robert Thomson equalised and when Lewis Vaughan put them in front, Sons were heading towards survival with a game to spare.

Thomas Mikkelsen denied them that prospect with a late equaliser. For the first time in Dumbarton's five years in the Championship, the crusade to stay up will not officially end until the last day.

A point at home to Falkirk will do the job. They might not even need that if Raith Rovers cannot beat Ayr United, overturning 10 goals in the process.

St Mirren would also need a result at Hibernian on the day the Easter Road side receive the league trophy if they were to overhaul Sons.

It all looks good but it's not Survival Saturday until the job is officially done. One final day of drama in the scheduled league season awaits.

Within four minutes, home striker Simon Murray could have single handedly had Dumbarton 2-0 down. He skied his first opportunity after 40 seconds when the ball broke to him in the area.

Then he connected with a low ball at the back post, but again missed the target.

Sons got a grip and avoided any further close calls until the 21st minute. However, it was the moment that put them up against it.

Andreu connected with Blair Spittal's corner and despite keeper Alan Martin making contact with his header, it found the net.

Last year's Survival Saturday started with Dumbarton going a goal down to St Mirren. Nothing to worry about.

And within five minutes they were almost level when Thomson's header from Sam Stanton's corner went over at the far post.

There then followed a critical 60 seconds, starting on the 33rd minute, when it became even clearer this was not Murray's day. His header was on target, but Martin did magnificently to push it away.

That could, arguably should, have been 2-0. Within a minute it was 1-1.

Thomson has already scored at Tannadice, where he learned his trade as a youth player, this season. He again showed his former club what they were missing, connecting with Stanton's flick and heading home.

It was the spark Sons needed.

Five minutes after the leveller, they were awarded a free kick 20 yards out. With United lining up their wall, Christian Nade took it quickly to send Vaughan clear, but the home keeper saw the danger.

The ball spun loose but the angle was too narrow for Vaughan to score with the follow-up.

The second half began in the same way as the first 45 minutes ended. Vaughan's narrow angled shot was saved before Andy Stirling looked to have found Thomson with a low ball. However, he could not connect at the back post and the chance was gone.

But after Sons survived a Murray effort which drifted wide of the far post, Survival Saturday 2017 was on.

Stanton played Vaughan in, and from a narrow angle, he made no mistake. Twenty six minutes were all that stood between Dumbarton and guaranteed Championship survival.

Everybody knew what a defensive effort it would take, but still the chances came. Stanton was twice denied by the keeper, while Stirling broke through only to shoot straight at the keeper.

The minutes were being seen out, but with 12 of them remaining, life became a bit more difficult again.

Ali Coote's initial shot was saved by Martin, but when the ball spun loose, Mikkelsen was there to equalise.

From there, it was about taking a point and moving on to next Saturday with the odds in Sons' favour. United were pushing hard and any gaps at the back could be disastrous.

With a minute left, Andreu's shot looked on target, but Darren Barr did enough to deflect it away. From the resulting corner, Mikkelsen headed just over.

It ended all square. Round 35 ended with things looking positive for Dumbarton.

They are 90 minutes away from meeting their goal.

Match report by Andy Galloway



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