Inverness CT 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)

Inverness CT 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
Caledonian Stadium. Att. 3,609
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig Dargo (90) None.

Team Managers
Charlie Christie Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Darren Dods
Richard Hastings
Stuart Golabek
Barry Wilson
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Roy McBain
Craig Dargo
Dennis Wyness
Craig Samson .17
Ross Gardiner .28
David McCracken .3
Stuart Duff .12
Alan Archibald .5
Charlie Mulgrew .6
Paul Ritchie .23
David Robertson .25
Grant Brebner .8
Mark Kerr .7
Collin Samuel .21

Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Tom Parratt
Alan Morgan
Zander Sutherland
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister
Euan McLean .31
Willie Easton .30
Stuart Abbot .29
Garry Kenneth .18
Barry Callaghan .27
Greg Cameron .26
David Goodwillie .36

Alan Morgan for Roy McBain (64)
Rory McAllister for Dennis Wyness (81)
David Goodwillie for David Robertson (75)
Stuart Abbot for Grant Brebner (85)

Ross Tokely (21) Mark Kerr (40)
Paul Ritchie (69)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Tumilty (Referee)

Match Report

In a quiet first half, made all the more difficult for both sides by a fierce gusting cross-field wind, chances were few and far between, as was attractive football in all honesty. The first chance came through a 30-yard free kick from Charlie Mulgrew, which didn’t quite bend enough as it went wide of Brown’s goal.

Inverness’s first opportunity came on nineteen minutes, when a low pass played across the edge of the penalty area found Richie Hart in space, but his low shot from 16 yards was saved well by Samson at his near post.

Despite the scrappy nature of the game, United were showing slightly more promise than the home side, and Mulgrew saw another free kick blocked on 21 minutes, before Brebner and Robertson saw efforts sail over the bar. Brebner’s shot, which looked like it may cause Brown to save, was then blocked by Samuel, who was unable to get out of the path of the shot.

The only other real opportunity in the first half for the Caley Jags came on 36 minutes, when Dargo couldn’t make contact with the bouncing ball after Dods had got his head to a deflected Keogh shot.

Referee Mike Tumilty showed two yellow cards in the first half, one to Ross Tokely after crunching challenges on Robertson and Samuel, and Mark Kerr got the other booking for a late tackle on Richie Hart on the half way line as Inverness broke forward.

Inverness came out the better side for the opening period of the second half, and were a whisker from taking the lead eight minutes into it, when Mulgrew cleared off the line to spare Samson’s blushes, after the goalkeeper had dived over a Dargo header from Hart’s corner.

Mulgrew was to again save United from falling behind two minutes later, as he slid to take the ball from Wilson as the Inverness winger was poised to pull the trigger in front of goal from Dargo’s cross.

In between times, the on-loan defender was involved at the other end, as he crossed from the byline, but a carbon copy of last week’s goal was not quite possible as Robertson was just unable to get the touch at the near post.

Another set piece opportunity for Mulgrew almost won the game inside the final ten minutes, this time after substitute David Goodwillie had been fouled by Darren Dods. However, despite a deflection off the defensive wall, Brown reacted well and saved.

Despite a seemingly certain draw, United were again made to pay for an individual error two minutes into stoppage time. A seemingly harmless through ball was toe-ended from the hesitant Archibald, and Craig Dargo made no mistake in pouncing to get into the box and fire a powerful shot into the far corner from twelve yards to score his 19th goal of the season.

A demoralising blow for United to take, but once again they can only blame themselves for the nature of the defeat. There was only one further booking in the second half, Paul Ritchie the recipient after his second foul on Dargo inside a few minutes.

Squad Statistics (as at April 22nd, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)22 5 - 5 -
Alan Archibald28 3611247
Stuart Duff24 30 - 1293
David McCracken24 3421647
Charlie Mulgrew20 112112
Paul Ritchie30 22 - 53 -
Ross Gardiner19 1 - 1 -
Grant Brebner28 294696
Mark Kerr24 3721095
David Robertson19 9191
Collin Samuel24 357889
Stuart Abbot (sub)19 1 - 1 -
David Goodwillie (sub)17 8181

League Table (as at April 22nd, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.