Dundee U 2 – 2 Hearts

Dundee United and Hearts played out a 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw at Tannadice.

The visitors took the lead with less than a minute on the clock and Liam Boyce put the finishing touches to a well-crafted counter-attack.

Just seconds after the half-time break, the home side equalized with a superb strike from Liam Smith with Nicky Clark then giving United the lead from the penalty spot before the hour mark.

However, Hearts salvaged a spectacular draw late on through a Craig Halkett header nine minutes from time.

The result leaves Hearts third, while United slipped out of the top six to seventh on goal difference.

There was a quick start to the game with United in attack with Smith bursting down the right before returning the ball to Clark, whose shot was blocked and then recovered by Craig Gordon.

The goalkeeper immediately launched a counterattack, tossing the ball to Barrie McKay who passed it to Gary Mackay-Steven, the winger then finding Boyce who produced a superb finish inside the post with barely 52 seconds on the clock.

However, Mackay-Steven’s day ended just seven minutes later when he had to leave injured to be replaced by Alex Cochrane.

There was a slack for United after 26 minutes when goalkeeper Benji Siegrist had to make an instinctive save to prevent an Ilmari Niskanen own goal, then immediately afterwards Hearts’ Ellis Simms had a chance but exploded.

The Jam Tarts had to make another substitution with Cammy Devlin limping off to be replaced by Peter Haring.

The Tangerines then produced their own opener but John Souttar made a superb block as Ian Harkes tried to pull the trigger.

Incredibly, Hearts had to make his third substitution of the half, with substitute Cochrane having to be taken away groggy to be replaced by Andy Halliday.

United were forced to make their own change just before the break with the departure of injured skipper Ryan Edwards and the arrival of youngster Lewis Neilson.

Just seconds into the second half, United scored a stunning equalizer with Smith unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past Gordon and into the top corner of the net.

United then took the lead in the 57th minute when Souttar tripped Clark on the edge of the Hearts penalty area and referee Willie Collum pointed from the penalty spot.

Clark dusted himself off and kept his composure to throw the ball past Gordon.

However, there was to be another twist in the 81st minute when McKay swung in a corner from the right with Halkett rising the highest to get past Siegrist and ensure the contest ended well.

And after?

Dundee United host Celtic on Monday March 14, while Hearts entertain St Mirren on Saturday March 12, with both Scottish Cup quarter-finals kicking off at 7.45pm.

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