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Dundee United 2-1 Arbroath: Late Lawrence Shankland double keeps hosts top

Lawrence Shankland scores
Lawrence Shankland rose to head home a 92nd-minute winner for Dundee United

Lawrence Shankland's late double spared Dundee United an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Arbroath and kept them top of the Scottish Championship.

The title favourites trailed after 88 minutes to Luke Donnelly's smart finish from Bobby Linn's cross.

But Shankland - who earlier hit a post - levelled with two minutes left.

Then he headed in his 12th of the season in stoppage-time to keep United ahead of Ayr United on goal difference and spark wild celebrations.

Donnelly's replacement, Josh Campbell, had hit a home post before Shankland settled the game, with Steven Doris also shooting narrowly wide for the visitors, who drop to fifth.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "At the end of the season, nobody really cares how you get your points tally. There's going to be days like this but it's about continuing to go to the end.

"They were very hard to break down and the two centre halves took care of Shankland for the majority of the game but when you start getting that quality into him, he does what he's good at."

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "We should never have lost that game because we weren't professional enough to see the game out.

"Shankland was the difference, no doubt about that. His first strike is clinical but how he got the second header is beyond me. He's not exactly a giant but we failed to stop the cross coming in."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 18ButcherBooked at 39mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17RobsonBooked at 38mins
  • 12StantonBooked at 28mins
  • 23Harkes
  • 27AppereSubstituted forSporleat 63'minutes
  • 8PawlettSubstituted forChalmersat 80'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forMcMullanat 53'minutes
  • 24ShanklandBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 7McMullan
  • 13Mehmet
  • 20Chalmers
  • 25King
  • 34Banks
  • 44Watson

Arbroath

  • 1Jamieson
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Little
  • 5O'Brien
  • 3Hamilton
  • 8McKennaBooked at 38mins
  • 6WhatleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVirtanenat 63'minutes
  • 18MurphyBooked at 39mins
  • 11LinnBooked at 45mins
  • 7GoldSubstituted forCampbellat 57'minutes
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forDorisat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doris
  • 12Kader
  • 14Spence
  • 19Stirling
  • 20Campbell
  • 21Gaston
  • 22Virtanen
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
7,877

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 2, Arbroath 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Arbroath 1.

Booking

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Arbroath 1. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Smith.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Dundee United).

Steven Doris (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ricky Little (Arbroath).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Arbroath 1. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul McMullan.

Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Doris (Arbroath).

Adrián Sporle (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Colin Hamilton (Arbroath).

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Attempt blocked. Josh Campbell (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adrián Sporle (Dundee United).

Josh Campbell (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Logan Chalmers replaces Peter Pawlett.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Steven Doris (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Liam Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).

Attempt blocked. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Dundee United).

Steven Doris (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ricky Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Miko Virtanen replaces Mark Whatley.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adrián Sporle replaces Louis Appere.

Attempt missed. Steven Doris (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Josh Campbell (Arbroath) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Steven Doris replaces Luke Donnelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Josh Campbell replaces David Gold.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Robson (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ricky Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul McMullan replaces Cameron Smith.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd6501167915
2Ayr6501146815
3Inverness CT6411115613
4Morton63031013-39
5Arbroath62225508
6Dundee6222710-38
7Dunfermline612367-15
8Queen of Sth612325-35
9Alloa6114512-74
10Partick Thistle6024713-62
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