A Stevie May hat trick sunk a lackluster United “B” team in the final match of 2013.
McNamara made 8 changes to the side that fell to St Mirren on Boxing Day. A strong away support were left baffled by the decision to see Rankin, Armstrong, GMS, Souttar and Ciftci all dropped to the bench in favour of fringe men Erskine, Dow, Gomis, Butcher and Goodwillie. A quiet first 20 minutes soon exploded as Butcher seemed to pull down May, who made the most of it and the referee without hesitation gave Butcher his marching orders before May slotted away the penalty.
United seemed to come out rejuvenated after half time but this was short lived as May cut in from the left and from the tightest of angles managed to find the far corner to score his 2nd and put the game beyond United. As the fans headed for the exit, May completed his hat trick to seal a 3-0 win for the Saints to send them sixth and United falling to fifth.
Stephen Finnie, the referee, had could what only be described as a shocker with some truly outrageous decisions including booking United’s Paul Paton as he tried to take a free kick which was blocked by a St Johnstone player. A performance matching that of the United team. With Aberdeen coming to Tannadice on New Years day, United will have to up their game in order to get back to winning ways.
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