Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Stadium, Dundee
Attendance: 6,235
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Dundee Utd Inverness CT

Billy McKay (7) Josh Meekings (56)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Luis Zwick
Ryan McGowan
Callum Morris
Mark Durnan
Sean Dillon
Ryan Dow
Aaron Kuhl
Scott Fraser
John Rankin
Billy McKay
Darko Bodul
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Miles Storey

Marc McCallum
Adam Taggart
Simon Murray
Charlie Telfer
Aidan Connolly
Blair Spittal
Coll Donaldson
Ryan Esson
Liam Polworth
Lewis Horner
Nat Wedderburn
Richie Foran
Dani Lopez

Blair Spittal -> Ryan Dow (65)
Simon Murray -> Darko Bodul (82)
Richie Foran for Danny Williams (83)
Liam Polworth for Miles Storey (90)

John Rankin (28)
Darko Bodul (68)
Ross Draper (1)
Carl Tremarco (10)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 10 apps -
Josh Meekings 153 apps5 goals
Daniel Devine 48 apps1 goal
David Raven 124 apps3 goals
Carl Tremarco 42 apps -
Danny Williams 75 apps4 goals
Ross Draper 129 apps7 goals
Greg Tansey 112 apps16 goals
Ryan Christie 69 apps9 goals
James Vincent 53 apps4 goals
Miles Storey 2 apps1 goal
Liam Polworth (sub) 39 apps1 goal
Richie Foran (sub) 201 apps44 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ryan Christie (20 years 211 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2017 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 333 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Christie (20 years 211 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2017 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 101 days
Domestic Players:10 (58.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Point Taken:

Inverness and Dundee United shared the points in a hard fought 1-1 draw at Tannadice. It was inevitable that Billy Mckay would score against his old club, but Josh Meekings powered home a header just after the break to level the score.

It was a glorious day in Tayside as Inverness visited struggling Dundee United at Tannadice. The shirt sleeve weather made it a tremendous day for a game of football and the pitch looked in magnificent condition as the sides took to the park.

A decent away support saw Inverness start with a similar side that took to the field against Hearts. News that Tobi Sho-Silva was out injured was a bit of a downer but we were looking to build on our excellent win against the Jambos. Iain Vigurs also missed out but James Vincent and Josh Meekings continued their comeback.

United had Billy Mckay in the main strikers role and Darko Bodul and Scott Fraser were the men providing the ammunition.

The opening exchanges were fairly even but Ross Draper picked up a booking inside a minute for hand ball.

Ryan McGowan fired one just wide after five minutes as United looked for an early opening, and they got the breakthrough after seven minutes. Inverness will feel they could have averted the goal which had a bit of fortune about it and who else but Billy Mckay scored from less than a couple of yards. Familiar territory for Billy who got the break of the ball after a John Rankin close range effort was blocked on the line. Unfortunately for Inverness Billy did what Billy does best and he knocked the loose ball into the net.

It looked bleak for Inverness five minutes later when Rankin met a Morris cross about ten yards out bang in the centre of goal. This time we got the break as Owain Fon-Williams spread himself and blocked the ball with his legs. A let off for the visitors and it really should have been two nil for United.

Mckay was looking lively early on as we afforded him the freedom of the park, allowing him to link and run directly at the heart of our box. A couple of frantic tackles kept him at bay and he turned and volleyed one just wide. A good effort that could have caught the keeper out, but Fon-Williams soon had to dive smartly to divert a vicious shot from the edge of the box as United and Mckay threatened to run away with the game.

We needed half time to arrive sooner rather than later and we reached the break without further damage.

Half Time 1-0

Harsh words must have been said over the half time cuppa as straight from the kick off, Ryan Christie drifted goalwards before sliding in Williams who was upended on the edge of the box. Nothing given though and that stung Inverness into determined mode. Following a couple of corners, Josh Meekings rose majestically at the far side of the six-yard box and powered a Christie corner into the roof of the net. Game on!

Carl Tremarco was linking well going forward and had a shot savedthe angle before Danny Williams and Greg Tansey lashed shots close to the goals, but just wide. The tide had turned and Inverness looked the most likely to go on and win the game with United reduced to chasing shadows for long spells.

Miles Storey was running the lone strikers roll and it was taking it's toll on the lad who gave his all before being substituted near the end, but he looked knackered long before that. Richie Foran replaced Williams with ten minutes left.

Scare for Inverness with four minutes of normal time left as United broke out of defence, but despite a swift break the 'goal' was chalked off for offside. Sit down shut up!

The game fizzled out thereafter and a point apiece it was in the Autumn sunshine.

Full Time 1-1

Maybe not the best of games, but always something happening to keep you interested.

At the end of the day, a point each was probably fair enough. United were on top in the first forty five but failed to extend their lead and were rightly hauled level by Inverness who upped their game after the break, no doubt having been ear bashed by Yogi. Billy Mckay was prominent in the first half but faded as we came out stronger in the second period. Spoke to a couple of United fans after the game and we all agreed it was the right result. We were also unanimous in our praise of Scott Fraser who showed quick feet on numerous occasions when in a tight spot. Ryan Christie once more shone for Inverness and Carl Tremarco looked good going forward in the second half. Tremendous header from Meekings to level the game, but Owain Fon-Williams kept us in touch in the first half and he gets my vote as our MotM.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 7 7 0 0 12 2 10 21
2. Celtic 7 5 1 1 17 8 9 16
3. Hearts 7 5 0 2 15 10 5 15
4. Ross County 8 4 2 2 12 7 5 14
5. St. Johnstone 8 2 2 4 14 15 -1 8
6. Motherwell 8 2 1 5 5 10 -5 7
7. Hamilton Academical 8 4 1 3 11 9 2 13
8. Dundee 7 3 2 2 11 8 3 11
9. Kilmarnock 8 2 2 4 8 17 -9 8
10. Inverness CT 8 1 4 3 7 10 -3 7
11. Dundee Utd 8 1 2 5 8 15 -7 5
12. Partick Thistle 8 0 3 5 2 11 -9 3

* - Table split into two divisions of six.