Saturday March 17, 2012 Day 30 Finished Tannadice Park

Dundee United 2 - 1 Rangers

  • Watson 37’
  • Daly 47’
  • Aluko 59’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Dundee United
    • Rangers
    • 93' FULL TIME. Dundee United beat Rangers 2-1.
    • 92' Little flashes a volley over the bar and you feel that could be it for them.
    • 90' But Kerkar's ball in is headed out - United defending resolutely late on.
    • 89' Rangers win a corner as we go into three additional minutes.
    • 87' This will be Rangers first league defeat at Dundee United since 2007.
    • 85' Rangers runninmg out of time to make their pressure count for something.
    • 82' Wallace shrugs off Flood and drives into the box, but his cross is blocked.
    • 80' Aluko cuts in from the right and drives a low shot at goal that bobbles up and into the arms of Pernis.
    • 78' McCabe sees yellow for a foul on Mackay-Steven, who showed great skill to skip away from the Rangers man.
    • 76' Kerkar whips a dangerous ball in from the left, but it is headed clear. Rangers pushing for an equaliser though.
    • 73' Perry sees yellow for a lunge on Flood.
    • 70' Davis whips a corner in from the right, but Perry's header is off target.
    • 68' Aluko loses the ball on the edge of the Rangers box and Dillon goes for goal with a speculative shot that drops onto the roof of the net.
    • 67' No doubt the goal has lifted the visitors.
    • 65' Rangers launch a counter-attack through Davis, who picks out Bedoya - and the American drives a low shot into the arms of Pernis.
    • 63' Lee McCulloch is booked for an elbow on Mackay-Steven.
    • 61' Slightly fortunate in the way it went in, but he deserved it for the persistence he showed - and now Rangers have a chance in this game again.
    • 59' GOAL! Aluko pulls one back for Rangers! The substitute makes a superb jinking run down the right, beating three players along the way, before seeing his shot deflect off Rankin and loop over Pernis and into the net.
    • 58' Gunning leaps high but heads another effort over the bar.
    • 57' Aluko makes a mistake and allows Robertson through - but the striker takes a heavy touch and allows Davis to clear.
    • 56' Rankin drives forward for the home side and lets fly, but his shot is blocked. United making all the running now.
    • 54' Rankin whips the ball in from the left and it reaches Daly again - but this time his header is over the bar.
    • 52' Rangers sub: Aluko on, Mitchell off.
    • 50' Russell has stayed down after that challenge.
    • 49' Another chance for United as Russell is halted on the edge of the box, but Daly latches on to the loose ball and tries to chip McGregor - but the keeper palms it away.
    • 47' GOAL! United double their lead after Mackay-Steven delivers a perfect low cross from the left and captain Daly gets to the ball first to steer in from close-range. 2-0.
    • 46' KICK OFF. Rangers get the second half underway.
    • 45' Will Rangers claw their way back into this one? Let me know on Twitter - Follow me here
    • 45' HALF TIME. Dundee United lead Rangers 1-0 at the break.
    • 44' Gunning gets a yellow card. Although it's not immediately apparent what for...
    • 42' Flood goes down in the box under a challenge with Davis. He was looking for that, you suspect.
    • 40' Rangers look to respond straight away but their attack is halted. The ball is eventually played back to Mitchell, but his shot is tame and saved by Pernis.
    • 39' Very much against the run of play. In fact, it could well be United's first shot of the game.
    • 37' GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Rangers! It's an emphatic strike from Watson to put United ahead. McCulloch was only able to half-clear a corner and Watson absolutely hammered it into the roof of the net on the half-volley. Cracking strike.
    • 35' Chance for Rangers as Kerkar's jinking run somehow sees him get into a shooting position, but Pernis is able to smother the Algerian's shot.
    • 33' Long throw comes in from Dixon and almost finds Daly, but Rangers manage to hack it away. A moment of indecision at the back for Rangers though.
    • 31' Rangers beginning to crank it up a litle. United not showing much in attack, but defending well at least.
    • 29' Another chance for Rangers as Little lofts a lovely cross into the box and the unmarked Bedoya sends a looping header just over the bar.
    • 27' Rangers on the attack as Davis finds Kerkar on the space on the left but keeper Pernis is off his line quickly to clear.
    • 25' It remains a bit untidy but Rangers will be the happier side. They are working hard and United haven't really been in the game.
    • 23' Rangers link up well on the counter attack as Mitchell finds McCabe on the right, but he is muscled out of it by Gunning. Good defending.
    • 21' Mitchell sees yellow for a foul. It's his second misdemeanor, but seems a bit harsh.
    • 19' Davis slips and allows Robertson to attack through the centre, but he misplaces his pass and the chance is gone for United.
    • 17' Apart from a couple of tasty challenges, it's been a rather tame start at Tannadice.
    • 15' Watson puts in a crunching tackle from behind on Wallace and correctly sees yellow. A little over-exuberant by the defender.
    • 14' At the other end United attack through Mackay-Steven, but he drags a left-footed shot harmlessly wide.
    • 13' First real chance of the game. Little sets Davis on his way and, with space opening up in front of him, lets fly from 20 yards. Pernis saves to his left - but United were opened up there.
    • 12' Little is spoken to by the referee after going through the back of Flood.
    • 11' Davis looks to thread a ball through to Bedoya, but it's crucially intercepted by Gunning.
    • 10' Mitchell arrows a cross in from the right, but it's just too high for Bedoya.
    • 8' Wallace advances forward from left-back and squeezes in a cross, but it is blocked and then bounces back off the Rangers man for a United goal kick.
    • 6' Mitchell clatters into Dixon and catches the United man after the ball is gone. He gets a ticking off by the referee Brian Winter.
    • 4' Rangers trying to work the right flank at the moment, but neither side hanging on to the ball for any period of time.
    • 2' Andy Mitchell, making his Rangers debut today, wins a free-kick on the right wing, but Dundee United enjoying the better of the early exchanges.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Dundee United get us underway.
    • 12.43 Ally McCoist on a potential new Rangers buyer: "It's absolutely not for me to say what the best option is. I feel I have to be completely and utterly neutral. I will hopefully be speaking to every potential purchaser - they want to ask me questions and I obviously want to ask them questions. The club is in a bit of a strange scenario with no board of directors, no chief executive, no chairman. It would be unfair and wrong of me to have a favourite in terms of a potential purchaser."
    • 12.40 Peter Houston, Dundee United: "Rangers might well think back to the Scottish Cup game last month which we won. They didn't play on the day. That's one of the main reasons we beat them. By contrast, we were right on our game and they weren't as good as they normally are against us at Ibrox. That was just before all the nonsense came out about administration and since then it's been tough on them."
    • 12.35 DUNDEE UNITED: Pernis, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Kenneth, Ryan, Swanson, Douglas, Armstrong, Dow /// RANGERS: McGregor, McCabe, Perry, McCulloch, Wallace, Mitchell, Bedoya, Davis, Edu, Kerkar, Little. Subs: Alexander, Healy, Aluko, Hegarty, Hemmings.
    • 12.30 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Scottish Premier League match between Dundee United and Rangers from Tannadice Park.
  • Summary

    • 59' GOAL! Aluko pulls one back for Rangers! The substitute makes a superb jinking run down the right, beating three players along the way, before seeing his shot deflect off Rankin and loop over Pernis and into the net.
    • 47' GOAL! United double their lead after Mackay-Steven delivers a perfect low cross from the left and captain Daly gets to the ball first to steer in from close-range. 2-0.
    • 37' GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Rangers! It's an emphatic strike from Watson to put United ahead. McCulloch was only able to half-clear a corner and Watson absolutely hammered it into the roof of the net on the half-volley. Cracking strike.
    • 13' First real chance of the game. Little sets Davis on his way and, with space opening up in front of him, lets fly from 20 yards. Pernis saves to his left - but United were opened up there.
    • 12.35 DUNDEE UNITED: Pernis, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Kenneth, Ryan, Swanson, Douglas, Armstrong, Dow /// RANGERS: McGregor, McCabe, Perry, McCulloch, Wallace, Mitchell, Bedoya, Davis, Edu, Kerkar, Little. Subs: Alexander, Healy, Aluko, Hegarty, Hemmings.

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