Inverness CT 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premiership)

Inverness CT 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Att. 2,426
7:45 PM Kick-off

Eddie Ofere (38)
Danny Williams (43)
Robbie Muirhead (2)

Team Managers
John Hughes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Danny Devine
Graeme Shinnie
Ross Draper
Greg Tansey
Marley Watkins
Danny Williams
Edward Ofere
James Vincent
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Paul Dixon .3
Ryan McGowan .16
Callum Morris .14
Jarosław Fojut .5
John Souttar .4
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
John Rankin .8
Nadir Çiftçi .7
Robbie Muirhead .10

Cameron Mackay
Aaron Doran
Nick Ross
Carl Tremarco
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
Tarmo Kink
Michal Szromnik .26
Seán Dillon .2
Scott Smith .23
Calum Butcher .20
Aidan Connolly .22
Chris Erskine .17
Henri Anier .30

Ryan Christie for Danny Williams (82)
Nick Ross for James Vincent (87)
Aaron Doran for Marley Watkins (90)
Seán Dillon for Ryan McGowan (53)
Chris Erskine for Blair Spittal (60)
Henri Anier for Charlie Telfer (72)

Eddie Ofere (64) Paul Dixon (59)
Jarosław Fojut (64)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

United arrived in the Highlands in the knowledge that an away victory would place them just a point behind their third placed hosts with three games left to play. This was the first clash of a May double header in Inverness. Manager Jackie McNamara elected to stick with the same side that earned a great single goal victory over Aberdeen at the weekend. PFA Manager of the year, John Hughes, made two changes to his side, with Draper and Devine replacing Doran and the suspended Raven. With torrential rain having fallen all day in Inverness, the pitch was carrying a fair amount of water by kick off time.

The awful weather conditions had a major impact on this game after just two minutes when a straight forward pass-back to the Caley 'keeper held up in the surface water just outside the box. Esson was forced to race out to intercept the ball ahead of Ciftci. The clearance landed at the feet of Robbie Muirhead and with Esson stranded, the youngster lofted the ball into the empty net from 35 yards. Both teams struggled to cope with the tricky underfoot conditions, but United adapted best in the early exchanges. Muirhead almost doubled his talley on seven minutes when his right foot cross from the corner of the Inverness penalty area flashed off the far post. The young striker was causing Inverness no end of trouble and after Telfer was fouled at the edge of the penalty area, Muirhead forced Esson to beat away a low, curling free-kick destined for the bottom corner. Eight minutes from interval, Inverness got themselves back on level terms. Watkins danced in from the left side and cut back to Edward Ofere who made no mistake, slamming home from the penalty spot. United looked shell-shocked and had still not settled when Caley went in front. This time it was a wonder strike from Danny Williams in the 42nd minute. His long range, left foot effort flew past Cierzniak and into the 'keepers top left corner.

The second half started as the first finished, with Caley on the offensive. Watkins again caused problems, muscling out Dixon before squaring for Ofere just a yard from goal. Fortunately for United, the big striker managed to squirm the ball wide when it looked easier to score. Less than ten minutes into the second period, United were forced into a change when Dillon replaced the injured McGowan. The change at the back didn't prevent Caley coming close to extending their lead just minutes later. United were let off the hook when the linesman adjudged Watkins to be in an off-side position before he struck his effort low into the net. With conditions worsening, the game deteriorated. Chances were at a premium for much of the second half. As the game edged towards full time, substitute Anier had a great chance to get United level. Erskine fizzed in a cross and Anier latched onto the ball but his effort was blocked at close range. The ball rebounded to the striker but his second attempt spun over the bar. United rallied late on with a succession of corners but were unable to breakthrough a stubborn Inverness back line.

Manager's Comment:
“We got a good break with our goal. I'm disappointed with the way we lost the goals. In the second half I think we should have scored at least one. It's a game we should have got something out of. We had chances. Some of our decision-making was disappointing. Mistakes led to our first goal and their first goal but there were a lot of things we could have done better with those conditions."

Fan's Comment:
“It was a very promising start for United but after about twenty minutes we dropped completely out of the game. Robbie Moorhead has given us a bit of a spark up front but we are no where near creative enough going forward. Every game is a struggle at the moment and it seems a long time since we looked comfortable in a game. To be fair, the conditions didn't help matters.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer

Squad Statistics (as at May 5th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)32 42 - 133 -
John Souttar18 131492
Ryan McGowan25 161161
Callum Morris25 292292
Jarosław Fojut27 405405
Paul Dixon28 14 - 1605
Blair Spittal19 281281
Charlie Telfer19 244244
John Rankin31 32116310
Nadir Çiftçi23 39147931
Robbie Muirhead19 102102
Seán Dillon (sub)31 3012915
Chris Erskine (sub)28 388479
Henri Anier (sub)24 151151

League Table (as at May 5th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.