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Tannadice Park (ATT 6,524) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Dundee U Dundee United vs St Mirren St Mirren

Dundee U 3

B Graham (79)
S Armstrong (84)
N Ciftci (90+3)

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St Mirren 2

P McGowan (20)
S Thompson (40)

Scottish Premiership: Dundee United claim thrilling 3-2 win over St Mirren

Last Updated: 20/03/14 6:28am

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Nadir Ciftci: Strikes late to floor St Mirren at Tannadice

Nadir Ciftci: Strikes late to floor St Mirren at Tannadice

Dundee United came from 2-0 down to claim a thrilling 3-2 win against St Mirren at Tannadice, with Nadir Ciftci bagging an injury-time winner.

Goals from Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson had put St Mirren in command but the home side threw off their lethargy in the final quarter to draw level courtesy of substitutes Brian Graham and Stuart Armstrong.

Suddenly, Marian Kello's goal was under siege and Ciftci pounced in the third minute of added time to seal a thrilling, if highly improbable, victory.

Thompson had a decent chance but headed wide from 10 yards as the visitors began with plenty of attacking intent.

Their early endeavour was rewarded when McGowan (20) headed his third goal of the season, latching onto Marc McAusland's free-kick.

Thompson was a constant threat to the hosts and, when Gavin Gunning when tried to clear John McGinn's cross, the ball flew off Thompson (40) into the net his 14th of the season.

Dundee United striker Farid El Alagui fired over the top on the stretch but it was a rare threat from a lacklustre home side.

Indecision in the St Mirren defence presented Ryan Gauld with a glorious chance to half the deficit, but the United youngster failed to hit the target from 12 yards.

Graham did better when he ignored St Mirren appeals for offside to fire past Kello (79) from close range.

Suddenly the force was with the home side and Armstrong's assured right-foot finish brought the equaliser (84).

Panic swept over the St Mirren rearguard and the pressure duly told when Kello spilled the ball and Ciftci swept in from close range, sparking wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 25 60
2 Aberdeen 26 57
3 Inverness CT 27 53
4 Dundee United 26 46
5 Hamilton Academical 28 41
6 Dundee 27 39
7 St Johnstone 26 37
8 Kilmarnock 26 33
9 Partick Thistle 26 25
10 Ross County 26 18
11 St Mirren 27 18
12 Motherwell 26 18