Lee: Late goal made Tannadice draw hard to take

Lee Kilday admitted Morton would have taken a point at Tannadice before last Saturday’s match but felt the manner in which Dundee United equalised meant a draw was hard to take.

Club captain Kilday gave his side the lead just before the break, but home defender Mark Durnan equalised seven minutes from time to salvage a share of the spoils for second-placed United.

The 25-year-old grew up playing youth football against pal Durnan, nicknamed Vinnie after Vinnie Jones, and was quick to jokingly let his childhood rival know the goal was a fluke as they passed in the corridors.

And speaking to gmfc.net, Kilday revealed that both the way in which it was conceded and the timing did detract from what the he still feels was a decent outcome on the day.

The skipper explained: “I thought it was a good result. Before the game we would have taken a point, but it was just that it was just with seven minutes to go and a kind of flukey goal.

“Big Vinnie didn’t really know much about it. It’s just a ricochet and it has come off him, so it’s a bit disappointing in that respect.

“The ball came in and me and Vinnie went and attacked it but missed it, and I think Ricki [Lamie] has cleared it off him and it’s gone in.

“That makes it worse. If you come in at the end and they’ve scored a wonder goal, you hold your hands up. But because it’s a such a fortunate goal, it makes it disappointing.

“I’ve known Vinny for years, playing against each other coming through the youth system and I said to him out on the park: ‘Did you know anything about that?’

“He admitted he didn’t but was laughing and saying he’d take it. But as I said, a draw away at Tannadice is a good result and another point on the board, so we’ll take it too.”

Goal threat … Lee rises to head home the winner at Raith last month                                                 © David Bell

Kilday’s goal took him to four for the season, a personal best tally in his senior career, and he is aiming to set the bar higher before the season is out.

He added: “It was a great delivery from Ross [Forbes], right to the back post, and I just lost my man and attacked it well and thankfully it’s gone in.

“It’s always good to get a goal and help the team out and when you get a goal you always celebrate [wildly]. It’s a great feeling, one of the best things in football.

“It’s another goal this season, four so far. Four is my career best. I got three when we won the league – two against Stenny and one against Dunfermline – and one last season. Hopefully there’s a few more to come.”

The Ton are idle this weekend after their Ladbrokes Championship fixture away at Hibs was cancelled due to the Edinburgh outfit’s progress in the Scottish Cup, but Kilday feels an extra week’s rest could be a timely bonus.

He concluded: “Obviously we’ve a few injuries like wee Gaz [Gary Oliver] and Doyley [Michael Doyle] is just coming back. A free weekend will give us a chance to rest up a bit and them a chance to come back fully fit.”


Images: David Bell