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Dundee United 2-2 Dumbarton

Robbie Thomson scores Dumbarton's opening goal
Robbie Thomson's first-half header put Dumbarton on course to secure a point

Dundee United's hopes of finishing second in the Championship suffered a blow as they could only draw with lowly Dumbarton at Tannadice.

Falkirk's 2-2 home draw with Queen of the South gave the Tangerines the chance to move above them, and Tony Andreu's header put the hosts ahead.

But Robbie Thomson nodded The Sons level before half-time and Lewis Vaughan's neat finish made it 2-1.

Thomas Mikkelsen tapped home to level but United couldn't find a winner.

They remain in third place, a point behind Falkirk, who travel to face Dumbarton next Saturday, while United complete their regular-season fixtures away to fourth-placed Greenock Morton.

Tony Andreu (partially hidden) heads home Dundee United's first goal
Tony Andreu gave United the lead when he headed home Blair Spittal's corner

Ray McKinnon's side must win at Morton and hope Falkirk drop points, or United will be consigned to an extra two-legged tie - against Morton - in the play-offs.

The Sons, meanwhile, have all but sealed their place in the Championship for another year after moving three points clear of Raith Rovers in the relegation play-off spot, but with a superior goal difference of nine.

Vaughan, who scored his fourth goal since joining Dumbarton on loan from Raith in January, finds himself in the tricky position of possibly sending his parent club into the relegation play-off.

"Obviously I am contracted to Raith next season and it's a bit of a strange one, as I think Rovers are far too big a club to go down," he told BBC Alba.

"But I am a professional footballer at the end of the day and I am just doing my job. I don't know if I could play for Raith if they end up in the play-off, but I would love to go back there and keep them in the Championship."

Rovers could still avoid the play-off if they beat bottom side Ayr United in Kirkcaldy, and St Mirren lose at champions Hibernian in their final game.

Lewis Vaughan (right) flicks the ball over Dundee United keeper Cammy Bell to score Dumbarton's second goal
Vaughan (right) flicked the ball over United keeper Cammy Bell to score Dumbarton's second

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bell
  • 8Murdoch
  • 4Durnan
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 49mins
  • 24Robson
  • 17KuateSubstituted forCooteat 73'minutes
  • 16Flood
  • 7SpittalBooked at 39mins
  • 19Andreu
  • 9Murray
  • 18Mikkelsen

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 3Dixon
  • 11Nicholls
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 35Allardice

Dumbarton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Martin
  • 2McCrorie
  • 5Buchanan
  • 14Barr
  • 12Harvie
  • 6Carswell
  • 11StantonSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
  • 22Stirling
  • 23VaughanSubstituted forDochertyat 76'minutes
  • 10Thomson
  • 72NadeSubstituted forFlemingat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Docherty
  • 4Lang
  • 7Gallagher
  • 9Fleming
  • 17Smith
  • 19Ewings
  • 25Nuttall
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
5,107

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Dumbarton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Dumbarton 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. David Smith replaces Samuel Stanton.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andy Stirling.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCrorie (Dumbarton).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Christian Nade.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Dumbarton 2. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alistair Coote (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Stirling (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Docherty replaces Lewis Vaughan.

  19. Post update

    Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCrorie (Dumbarton).