Daly double downs Hibs

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Dundee United captain Jon Daly scored twice as his side came from behind to beat Hibernian 3-1 at Tannadice.

On-loan Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths had given Hibs hope of a first win under new boss Pat Fenlon when he opened the scoring after 24 minutes but United dominated the second half and scored a deserved equaliser through Johnny Russell after 59 minutes.

Daly nodded home Paul Dixon's cross with 76 minutes gone before slotting home his second with only two minutes left as United moved into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The match started at a lively pace with Russell firing over from the edge of the box in the opening minute before Ivan Sproule ended a darting run at the other end with a low drive into the side-netting three minutes later.

Martin Scott showed great agility to take the ball on the chest and fire a volleyed pass across goal into the direction of his strike partner Griffiths, who was inches away from connecting. However, the duo combined to great effect when Griffiths raced onto Scott's lofted pass and volleyed the ball calmly past Dusan Pernis to open the scoring.

United almost got back on level terms after 31 minutes when John Rankin and Daly combined to set up Russell who skipped past Paul Hanlon before slotting the ball just past the post.

The visitors almost increased their advantage three minutes before the break but Pernis produced a wonderful save to deny a Griffiths header.

United came out for the second half eager to get back on level terms and the equaliser arrived when Gary Mackay-Steven slalomed past a couple of Hibs defenders before finding Stuart Armstrong on the edge of the box. He neatly played the ball into the path of Russell, who rounded Graham Stack before tapping the ball into the unguarded net.

Peter Houston's men continued to dominate and United gained the advantage with under 15 minutes left as Daly rose highest to head home Dixon's enticing delivery.

The visitors came painfully close to a leveller when Hanlon headed just past the post, before Pernis somehow managed to keep out a low drilled effort from substitute Danny Galbraith. However, Daly made sure of all three points when he beat the Hibs offside trap to race onto a Rankin header and slot the ball home with two minutes remaining.

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