The great escape is over Dundee have been relegated from the SPL.
Yesterday, the Dark Blues’ Houdini-inspired efforts to avoid the drop to the second-tier came to an unsavoury end.
It was a tale of two penalties at Dens Park, one given, one not.
The first, a deliberate shove from Isaac Osbourne on Jim McAlister, went unpunished by referee Alan Muir.
But the official was not so forgiving in the second half.
Lewis Toshney’s ‘challenge’ on Scotland U/21 team-mate Peter Pawlett saw a spot-kick awarded in favour of the Dons.
Instinct says the former St Johnstone winger went down far too easily.
But it mattered little to Muir, or Niall McGinn, who hammered home the telling goal from the spot.
That effort was the final blow to any lingering hopes of top-flight football at Dens Park next season the deficit now seven points with just six left to play for.
According to boss John Brown, St Mirren’s season has started to resemble the Titanic. He’s right, especially after they were smashed 3-0 by Hearts.
The Jambos did their job but there was to be no happy ending for Dundee.
The afternoon had started so well, with Jim McAlister giving the Dark Blues the lead with a 25-yard cracker.
But the second period, despite the sending-off of Rory Fallon for an off-the-ball incident, descended into a fruitless affair.
One where chances came and went but the Dons eventually capitalised.
Knowing nothing but three points would do, Dundee got off to an energetic start.
Bomber knows more than most that a half-fit Gary Harkins is better than most at full tilt.
So playing him from the start, even with cracked ribs, was a risk worth taking.
It almost paid off on the quarter hour, when the former Killie star hammered a 30-yard volley just wide of the Dons upright.
It was speculative but it was the type of artistry Dundee have become so reliant on in recent weeks.
Harkins has been involved in almost every goal Dundee have scored under Bomber, underlining his importance.
You couldn’t exactly say his influence in the opener was telling but, as always, he had a hand.
His ball up to striker John Baird was flicked on for McAlister.
The former Morton man, at the second time of asking, unleashed an unstoppable effort past the despairing dive of former Dens keeper Jamie Langfield.
It may have taken a slight deflection on the way through but I didn’t see anyone in the jubilant ‘Derry’ complaining as McAlister reeled away towards them.
It should have been two shortly after, the man at the centre of the action, you guessed it Harkins.
Baird’s clever ball in with the outside of his boot from the left laid the perfect opportunity but all the midfielder could do was pick out the legs of Langfield.
At the other end, Steve Simonsen was forced into a sharp double stop, in front of the watching Rab Douglas who was in the stands for the first time since his bust-up with Bomber.
Dundee’s style of late has been swaggering but it was by using the more agricultural route that they almost added a second.
Simonsen’s long punt was exquisitely controlled by Harkins, whose ball found Baird. But the frontman lashed high and wide when well placed.
Then came the game’s first big talking point McAlister was clumsily bundled over by Osbourne in the area but nothing was doing according to Muir.
Penalties have been given for much less.
Derek McInnes’ men were nothing short of woeful in the first-half and the fear was they couldn’t be any worse in the second 45.
Just to keep the home side on their toes, the Dons came out invigorated.
They were almost level on 50 minutes when Peter Pawlett’s left-footed effort fizzed inches wide of Simonsen’s upright.
Shortly after, for the third game in a row, Dundee found themselves a man to the good as Fallon was given his marching orders.
Strangely, this had the adverse effect on the game as the Dons grew stronger.
With 20 minutes remaining, Toshney raced to close down Pawlett and, in a flash, the winger dived over the feet of the Celtic loanee.
Penalty, according to Muir, who had been lenient to this point.
Sharp-shooter McGinn made no mistake from the spot.
Late on, Dundee had a couple of chances to rectify matters McAlister had a pair of headers and Declan Gallagher was unlucky not to net from a corner.
But despite three subs and four added minutes, it was in vain.
And so came to an end a season, written off by many long before now.
The Great Escape a tune played at Dens this season at half-time seems very appropriate.
Because just like Steve McQueen in the famous 1960s war classic, Dundee’s season caught the barbed wire.
A valiant effort from those in dark blue but in the end it was just too little, too late.
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