Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park, Dundee
Attendance: 4,737
Referee: Barry Cook
Dundee Utd Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Nicky Clark (68 pen) None.

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Benjamin Siegrist
Charlie Seaman
Mark Connolly
Mark Reynolds (c)
Jamie Robson
Calum Butcher
Ian Harkes
Paul McMullan
Nicky Clark
Peter Pawlett
Pavol Safranko
Mark Ridgers
Shaun Rooney
Coll Donaldson
Kevin McHattie
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Sean Welsh
Liam Polworth
Jordan White
Nathan Austin

Bench
Osman Sow
Ross Laidlaw
Morgaro Gomis
Aidan Nesbitt
Fraser Fyvie
Cammy Smith
Paul Watson
Cameron Mackay
Carl Tremarco
Jamie McCart
Darren McCauley
Roddy MacGregor
Aaron Doran
Daniel Mackay

Substitutions
Aidan Nesbitt -> Paul McMullan (59)
Morgaro Gomis -> Nicky Clark (78)
Paul Watson -> Charlie Seaman (84)
Aaron Doran for Kevin McHattie (76)
Darren McCauley for Charlie Trafford (82)
Daniel Mackay for Joe Chalmers (91)

Bookings
Mark Connolly (32)
Peter Pawlett (48)
Pavol Safranko (82)
Kevin McHattie (17)
Shaun Rooney (47)

Red Cards
Peter Pawlett (72) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 76 apps -
Shaun Rooney 31 apps5 goals
Coll Donaldson 63 apps1 goal
Kevin McHattie 4 apps -
Brad Mckay 108 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 80 apps5 goals
Charlie Trafford 51 apps -
Sean Welsh 30 apps3 goals
Liam Polworth 195 apps18 goals
Jordan White 36 apps13 goals
Nathan Austin 36 apps12 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 227 apps34 goals
Darren McCauley (sub) 8 apps1 goal
Daniel Mackay (sub) 27 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (22 years 220 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (28 years 355 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 301 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 71 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 146 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 351 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Tannadice woe: Dundee United would inflict further woe on cash strapped Inverness after a close encounter of the third kind. A Nicky Clark penalty was sufficient to swing the game towards United with Inverness just failing to get back on level terms.

John Robertson would rest Carl Tremarco and Aaron Doran, although Jamie McCart made the bench, but Tom Walsh and Anthony McDonald were out injured.

United kicked off with over 4700 watching and immediately put Inverness onto the back foot creating three or four openings inside the first ten minutes. Peter Pawlett and Charlie Seaman narrowly missing the target from great positions inside the box and Nicky Clark heading tamely wide.

Kevin McHattie was booked in the 17th minute as the Inverness defence came under sustained pressure.

It took Inverness half an hour to fashion out a decent opportunity and Shaun Rooney headed over. Nathan Austin then drove into the box but his shot had the sting taken out of it and Ben Siegrist gathered. Coll Donaldson followed that up by heading over from close range as we began to threaten the home defence.

Pawlett was the Arabs danger man as he drove forward and at the other end a Connolly error almost led to Austin getting in on goal.

It was Pawlett that was causing most problems for the visitors, but at the break it was all square.

Half-Time 0-0

There were no changes at the start of the second half as Liam Polworth kicked off.

United were first to try after the break but Ridgers easily mopped up an effort from Clark. Inverness responded with Polworth firing over from outside the box and Austin almost flicked on to White, but United got it clear. Harkes had to clear one away from the line after some confusion in the Arabs ranks.

Inverness were having a good spell and a Rooney cross was headed over by Austin................ However, It's the kiss of death and United get a penalty awarded after Coll Donaldson tripped Nicky Clark in the box, Clark converting from the spot.

Three minutes later, the problematic Pawlett became a problem for United as he was sent off for a second bookable offence. :redcard:

Charlie Trafford shot just wide from outside the box as we looked to get back on level terms and an Austin header and a Chalmers shot had to be saved by Siegrist.

Plenty of Caley Jags pressure in the final ten minutes with United down to ten men and the last fling is Daniel Mackay replacing Joe Chalmers as the clock ticked past ninety minutes.

Safranko passed on a great chance to seal the points at the end but he blazed the ball over the bar and Donaldson saw a deflected effort tipped over, but it was too little too late as United held on for all three points.

After tonights results, Dunfermline closed the gap to two points behind Inverness after a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle, Morton a further point behind after they beat Queen of the South and Ross County stretched their lead at the top by beating Ayr United thanks to a Billy Mckay hat-trick.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 25 15 6 4 46 25 21 51
2. Dundee Utd 26 13 7 6 36 32 4 46
3. Ayr United 26 12 7 7 42 26 16 43
4. Inverness CT 26 8 12 6 34 30 4 36
5. Dunfermline 26 9 7 10 28 30 -2 34
6. Morton 26 8 9 9 26 33 -7 33
7. Queen of the South 26 7 9 10 35 32 3 30
8. Stirling Albion 26 6 8 12 27 40 -13 26
9. Falkirk 25 6 7 12 26 36 -10 25
10. Partick Thistle 26 7 4 15 27 43 -16 25