Dundee Utd 1 - 2 Inverness CT

Scottish Cup - QF
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, 3:30 PM at Tannadice Stadium, Dundee
Attendance: 7,274
Referee: Steven McLean
Dundee Utd Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Nicky Clark (68 pen) Joe Chalmers (19)
Aaron Doran (92)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Benjamin Siegrist
Charlie Seaman
Mark Connolly
Mark Reynolds
Jamie Robson
Fraser Fyvie (c)
Ian Harkes
Peter Pawlett
Nicky Clark
Cammy Smith
Pavol Safranko
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Sean Welsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White

Bench
Ross Laidlaw
Aidan Nesbitt
Morgaro Gomis
Callum Booth
Paul McMullan
Sam Stanton
Paul Watson
Cameron Mackay
Shaun Rooney
Roddy MacGregor
Darren McCauley
Lewis Hyde
Daniel Mackay
Nathan Austin

Substitutions
Paul McMullan -> Cammy Smith (53)
Morgaro Gomis -> Fraser Fyvie (64)
Nathan Austin for Charlie Trafford (77)
Shaun Rooney for Liam Polworth (93)

Bookings
Fraser Fyvie (59)
Pavol Safranko (85)
Coll Donaldson (69)
Shaun Rooney (94)
Nathan Austin (95)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 77 apps -
Coll Donaldson 64 apps1 goal
Carl Tremarco 163 apps13 goals
Jamie McCart 35 apps1 goal
Brad Mckay 109 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 81 apps6 goals
Charlie Trafford 52 apps -
Aaron Doran 228 apps35 goals
Sean Welsh 31 apps3 goals
Liam Polworth 196 apps18 goals
Jordan White 37 apps13 goals
Shaun Rooney (sub) 32 apps5 goals
Nathan Austin (sub) 37 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (21 years 261 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 151 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 261 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (16 years 235 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 151 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 174 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

KARMA BIG STYLE: Inverness opened the scoring when Joe Chalmers cut onto his left foot and curled the ball into the roof of the net from sixteen yards for a sublime goal. Chalmers almost added a second but he volleyed onto the bar from six yards when the ball found him unmarked. The first half ended at 1-0 with Ridgers a virtual spectator. Substitute Paul McMullan blatantly cheated to earn a penalty and Nicky Clark slotted his second in two games. In a dramatic finish, Nathan Austin had a marginal offside decision go against him as he superbly headed home a Polworth free kick, however, Aaron Doran nodded home after a fantastic knock on from Jordan White to win the tie in the second minute of time added on.

Hampden here we come.....................

A place in the semi-final beckoned for the winner and an opportunity for some welcome income to go along with the prestige of a kick about at Hampden. It doesn't get much better than that surely!

The last time we were at Hampden Park we came home with a nice wee trophy to show for our efforts against Falkirk as local artist Sophie Robb depicts, despite Tommy Tremarco falling over the ball and making us sweat. That was in May 2015.

The Arabs have waited a bit longer for Scottish Cup success. They lifted the trophy in 2010 beating the wee team from the Highlands in the final. The olde adage, big team big cup, wee team wee cup still stands today.

A big home support were out in force today as they remembered James Jack, a local fan who sadly passed away recently and a minutes applause would break out in the 31st minute in his remembrance.

To the game, and John Robertson made three changes from the side that lost at Tannadice on Tuesday night. In came Carl Tremarco, Aaron Doran and Jamie McCart, and on to the bench went Charlie Trafford, and Shaun Rooney with Kevin McHattie and Anthony McDonald out injured.

Robbie Neilson has Fraser Fyvie and Cammy Smith back in but Calum Butcher missed out through injury. Frederic Frans is out for around six weeks.

Over 7200 fans were on hand to watch this spectacle as United kicked off but it was the visitors that pressed high and forced United onto the back foot in the opening exchanges.

Big Jordan White has grown into his role up front for the Caley Jags and he did well to hold up and feed the ball to Aaron Doran who fired the first effort towards goal. Benjamin Siegrist felt the need to push it round the post for a corner.

Doran was teasing the United defence and he was brought down on the left side. Liam Polworth flighted a lovely ball into the box but White got under it and headed over from an inviting position.

The opening goal would come in the 19th minute and a thing of beauty it was. We won possession on the halfway and Doran linked brilliantly with Polworth, a cheeky wee backheel from the wee man allowing Polly to chip a ball to the left edge of the penalty box where Joe Chalmers gathered. He stepped inside the defender and curled a magnificently sweet shot into the keepers top right corner. It was his first of the season and I doubt he will score a better goal.

Three minutes later it could have been two and no more than our dominance deserved. A teasing ball from Doran skimmed off a defender and Chalmers came in behind to crack one off the bar from six yards. What a let-off for United.

Tremarco made a trademark 'putting your body on the line' block as Peter Pawlett tried to get a shot away. Tenacious defending from Tommy.

The 31st minute saw a rousing round of applause for James Jack as the whole stadium joined in.

United had settled into the game a bit more but the Highland rear-guard were repelling the feeble United attacks and Mark Ridgers was a mere spectator other than grabbing a few crosses with confidence.

The first penalty appeal for United passed without action from the referee. He would be fooled later in the game.

A dominant performance by Inverness in the first half who could easily have been three up. However, the strike from Chalmers it was that separated the sides.

Half-Time 0-1

The procession continued in the second half and Polly fired one straight at the keeper. Neilson had seen enough rubbish from his side and removed Cammy Smith to replace him by Paul McMullan who would play an active part in their equaliser later in the game. If memory serves me right, this is not the first time same player has managed to con a referee.

The one way traffic continued though and Polly and Chalmers threatened to add a second. It was Charlie Trafford who was inches away from it with a thunderous drive that whistled high past the post with maximum power.

United had brought on Morgaro Gomis by now and he seemed to add a bit of steel to the Arabs midfield. They managed to create an opening for a strike that was similar to Trafford's effort. This one from McMullan was a legitimate effort that Ridgers had to deal with, diving to his right to beat the ball away, Coll Donaldson completing the clearance at the expense of a corner. From the corner we failed to execute a decisive clearance and United burrowed into the box. White stuck a toe out and McMullan felt a tap on his boot. His delayed reaction told me he thought about it before leaving his two legs behind to con Steven McLean into awarding a penalty. Like Tuesday night, Nicky Clark took it and like Tuesday night he put it behind Ridgers in a replication penalty.

Undaunted we took up where we had left off, on the front foot and big Jordan was denied twice as he forced his way into the box, Siegrist doing well to smother after he had turned his marker. Doran also was foiled by the keeper.

With ten minutes left Nathan Austin thought he had scored with a magnificent header across the keeper. The celebrations were cut short when the linesman flagged for offside. Wow, that's some eyes that man has as this must have been down to millimetres. Great effort from the Inverness sub.

The board showed that there would be three minutes of time added on as the game was heading for a replay.

We still looked the most likely to win the game and in the 92nd minute Doran paved the way for Robbo to sprint onto the pitch in joyous celebration. Brad Mckay would take a throw in deep down the right flank. He launched a beauty into the box where big Jordan was in between two defenders. He won the ball cleanly to head flick it into the box and there was Aaron arriving at the right time to head the ball bravely into the net with Siegrist scrambling the other way across his line and a boot almost connecting with Doran's ear.

Scenes! Cue wild celebrations from Robbo, the players and the visiting fans.

What a climax to the game and you could see what it meant to all involved. That'll be Robbo out of breath for the week after his exertions.

Off to Hampden for a semi-final game and a day out for our fantastic support. Also a wee financial boost for the accountants who will be chuffed about this.

Rooney and Austin picked up late bookings as we frustrated United into submission. One booking we could have done without was an earlier one for Donaldson at the dubious penalty award.

Aaron Doran was MotM, and not just for his goal, his all round game showed he was a menace to United from the start. To be honest you couldn't fault anyone in a total team performance. Jordan White has become a fans favourite after a stuttering start at Inverness and he showed yesterday how important he is to our game plan. Chalmers was incredible as well and Liam Polworth showed his value with some great through balls. Unsung heroes all over the park and none moreso that Charlie Trafford who was immense in the engine room.

Match report written by tm4tj