Inverness CT 2 - 3 Dundee Utd

League Match
Friday, May 6th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,587
Referee: Don Robertson
Inverness CT  Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Jordan Roberts (56)
Liam Polworth (69)
Simon Murray (6)
Simon Murray (45)
Edward Ofere (55)

Team Managers
John Hughes Gordon Young (caretaker)

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Jordan Roberts
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo
Miles Storey
Eiji Kawashima
Mark Durnan
Callum Morris
Sean Dillon
Kyle Knoyle
Scott Fraser
John Rankin
Paul Dixon
Simon Murray
Edward Ofere
Billy McKay

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
David Raven
Danny Williams
Lewis Horner
Ryan Williams
Liam Hughes
Richie Foran
Luis Maria Zwick
Alistair Coote
Coll Donaldson
Justin Johnson
Jamie Robson
Matthew Smith

Substitutions
Richie Foran for Liam Polworth (76)
Danny Williams for Jordan Roberts (83)
Ryan Williams for Daniel Devine (86)
Coll Donaldson -> Mark Durnan (74)
Alistair Coote -> Simon Murray (77)

Bookings
Miles Storey (73)
Callum Morris (76)

Red Cards
None. Callum Morris (78)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 45 apps -
Gary Warren 149 apps12 goals
Carl Tremarco 72 apps2 goals
Josh Meekings 172 apps6 goals
Daniel Devine 82 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 157 apps11 goals
Greg Tansey 145 apps25 goals
Liam Polworth 74 apps7 goals
Jordan Roberts 12 apps3 goals
Miles Storey 35 apps12 goals
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo 30 apps2 goals
Danny Williams (sub) 106 apps5 goals
Ryan Williams (sub) 7 apps -
Richie Foran (sub) 207 apps44 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 212 days)
Oldest Player:Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (2017 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 46 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 212 days)
Oldest Player:Liam Hughes (2017 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 120 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Sluggish Jags as United sign off with a win:

Dundee United signed off from the Caledonian Stadium with a surprise 2-3 win on their way to the Championship as Inverness flattered to deceive in another uninspiring home performance.

The Arabs were 3-0 ahead before Inverness responded with goals from Jordan Roberts and Liam Polworth. But despite going down to ten men, United held on to win with their goals coming from Simon Murray (2) and Edward Ofere.

A pleasant afternoon gave way to a bright but bitter evening as the Arabs came calling for their last visit of the season before they tumble out of the Premiership. Friday night football and television screening made sure there would be a low crowd, bolstered only by the appearance of Scotty, all the way from Canada.

Inverness went with the side that demolished Partick Thistle last week and they should have been good enough to beat a side 22 points below them in the league. United had Edward Ofere and Billy Mckay on from the start but no swathing changes as they looked to claw back some respect after a depressing week at Tannadice.

They started well enough and got the first shot away through Ofere and a Scott Fraser follow up was also blocked by Fon Williams in the home goal. However, the keeper was caught flat footed when Simon Murray latched onto the ball nearly thirty yards out and quickly fired a powerful shot towards goal. Fon Williams seemed slow to react and the ball whistled behind him a yard to his right. Good strike by Murray, not sure Fon Williams will want to see it too many times though.

We had plenty of possession but as is our want, we created very little of note until Storey raced into the box. He tried to flick it past the keeper but it was blocked and the rebound suffered the same fate. Storey maybe should have done better, but credit to the keeper for the blocks.

It was Storey again who made the keeper work as he tipped over a dipping shot from twenty yards and it looked like we would go in at the break a goal behind. However, United stole a second right on half time as they broke down the right. A bit of a stramash followed in the area which ended with Murray bundling in his second in a crowded six yard box with Meekings in close attendance.

Half Time 0-2

The home fans were not best pleased and were looking for better after the break, but in all honesty, we were too pedestrian and United were able to keep us at arms length.

Boredom was setting in but there was something to entertain the fans in the North Stand when an over officious steward meddled with the young team. After an exchange of fingers, the steward was substituted. It might be his last appearance as he waved at the throng on his way to the bench.

Meanwhile, back at the match, because we were chasing the game, United were able to pick us off again ten minutes into the half when Murray fed Mckay who rolled his ball to Ofere and he stroked it home to the delight of the long suffering Arab fans.

3-0 down to the team already relegated. Not good enough Yogi. Inverness were simply not doing enough, and when we did do anything, we did it wrong and we were merely going through the motions.

Jordan Roberts reduced the deficit almost immediately, 13 seconds apparently, with a superb strike from twenty two yards and when Liam Polworth tapped in a second things started to look up.

It got even better when United were reduced to ten men with Calum Morris receiving a second yellow with twelve minutes left, but Inverness could not make another breakthrough despite piling on the pressure in a frantic final few minutes. The ball would just not fall kindly and time ran out to end a disappointing night for the home fans.

Full Time 2-3

Oh dear, we turned up looking for a performance and what we got was the runaround from relegated Dundee United. A hugely disappointing result and performance. To go three nil down was an embarrassment and one we need to get over quickly. Struggling to find any crumbs of comfort from this pedantic showing, especially in the first half although Jordan Roberts scored a cracker and Ross Draper put himself about well. Why oh why we waited until it was too late to show some urgency I'll never know, but it was back to the too little too late scenario that we can do without. This was a fantastic opportunity to go back up to seventh place, instead we managed to make Dundee United look good in what was only their seventh win of the season. Enough said!

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 35 24 8 3 82 27 55 80
2. Aberdeen 35 22 5 8 60 40 20 71
3. Hearts 35 17 9 9 55 37 18 60
4. St. Johnstone 35 14 7 14 52 51 1 49
5. Motherwell 35 14 5 16 43 53 -10 47
6. Ross County 35 13 5 17 49 57 -8 44
7. Dundee 35 11 14 10 52 51 1 47
8. Inverness CT 36 12 10 14 49 48 1 46
9. Partick Thistle 35 11 8 16 34 45 -11 41
10. Hamilton Academical 35 10 9 16 39 60 -21 39
11. Kilmarnock 35 9 8 18 38 57 -19 35
12. Dundee Utd 36 7 6 23 38 65 -27 27

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

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