PARTICK THISTLE 1 – 0 DUNDEE UNITED
Kris Doolan’s strike on 71 minutes put a huge dent in United’s survival hopes in a match at Firhill that the Tannadice side dominated for 45 minutes without finding the net.
Mixu Paatelainen’s side paid the price for missing a host of first half chances when Thistle’s top scorer hit them with a sucker punch after good work from Dumbuya and Amoo – setting the hitman up for a rifled right foot shot from the edge of the box.
If United had shown that clinical edge in the opening 45 minutes they would have clawed another three points back on Kilmarnock but, they failed repeatedly to take their chances.
Chief offender was Ryan Dow who had a hat-trick of opportunitiess to break the deadlock.
His first effort on nine minutes was well saved by Cerny in the home goal and the keeper also beat away another effort from the United midfielder ten minutes later.
But, he should have opened the scoring on 23 minutes when Billy McKay fed Guy Demel who then set up Dow with a lovely lay off only for the onrushing midfielder to blaze over from 12 yards.
John Rankine also went close twice in the first half when he brought out a stunning stop from Cerny just after the half hour mark and he then tried his luck from distance on 39 minutes but could only watch his effort slide wide of the post.
In the second half United lost their edge and Thistle came more into the game – resulting with that Doolan strike.
Alan Archibald’s side almost doubled their lead late on when Sean Welsh skipped beyond a couple of defenders before shooting straight at Kawashima in the United goal.
The result means Thistle can still finish in the top six while United remain five points adrift of Kilmarnock and have now played the same amount of games.