Date: 18th March 2017 at 11:10pm
Written by: Vital Arabs

Dundee United’s promotion hopes received another major setback with a 2-1 defeat to Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.

Goals either side of the break from Craig Barr and Ryan Hardie gave the visitors too much to do despite Simon Murray’s late reply.

Defensive uncertainty already witnessed Hardie being denied by Cammy Bell before Barr opened the scoring when heading in Chris Johnston’s free-kick as the interval approached.

That was improved upon when Hardie drove a low second early in the second-half. Barr also headed a Johnston cross against an upright.

Both Tony Andreu and Murray were too high at the opposite end, until Murray struck through a crowded area for what proved only a late consolation.

The Tangerines are now five games without a league victory while including four defeats.

Raith Rovers: Penksa, Thomson, Barr, Mvoto, Benedictus, Johnston, Matthews, Callachan, Thompson, Hardie, McManus

subs (unused): McHattie, Barr, Roberts, Skacel, Court, McKay

Goals: Barr (41), Hardie (49)

Dundee United: Bell, Toshney, Durnan, Edjenguele, Robson, van der Struijk (Nicholls 56), Murdoch (Coote 68), Flood, Andreu, Murray, Mikkelsen (van der Velden 60)

subs (unused): Dixon, Donaldson, Telfer, Long

Goals: Murray (81)

Ref: C. Charleston

Att: 2,192