Inverness CT 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,503
Referee: Calum Scott
Inverness CT  Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Chris Mochrie (90 + 3)

Team Managers
Jim Goodwin

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Cameron Harper
Morgan Boyes
Nikola Ujdur
David Carson
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
Aaron Doran
Luis Longstaff
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Jack Walton
Liam Grimshaw
Declan Gallagher
Kevin Holt
Scott McMann
Ross Docherty
Declan Glass
Glenn Middleton
Craig Sibbald
Archie Meekison
Louis Moult

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Robbie Thompson
Keith Bray
Lewis Hyde
Austin Samuels
Adam Brooks
Harry Lodovica
Oliver Denham
Ross Graham
Jack Newman
Jordan Tillson
Kai Fotheringham
Kieran Freeman
Christopher Mochrie
Anthony Watt
Owen Stirton

Substitutions
Robbie Thompson for Aaron Doran (59)
Austin Samuels for Luis Longstaff (60)
Zak Delaney for Nikola Ujdur (78)
Harry Lodovica for Nathan Shaw (90)
Tony Watt -> Louis Moult (35)
Kai Fotheringham -> Declan Glass (60)
Jordan Tillson -> Archie Meekison (60)
Chris Mochrie -> Ross Docherty (80)

Bookings
Max Anderson (2)
Morgan Boyes (90)
Ross Docherty (25)
Tony Watt (45)
Archie Meekison (58)
Jordan Tillson (65)

Red Cards
None. Jordan Tillson (69) second yellow
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 245 apps -
Cameron Harper 129 apps9 goals
Morgan Boyes 4 apps -
Nikola Ujdur 1 app (debut) -
David Carson 150 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 10 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 378 apps55 goals
Max Anderson 3 apps -
Luis Longstaff 9 apps -
Nathan Shaw 55 apps12 goals
Billy Mckay 256 apps102 goals
Zak Delaney (sub) 48 apps -
Robbie Thompson (sub) 8 apps -
Austin Samuels (sub) 53 apps7 goals
Harry Lodovica (sub) 6 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (21 years 322 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 344 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 131 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keith Bray (17 years 179 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 344 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 66 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Nikola Ujdur(Signed September 1st, 2023)

Milestones

Late Strike Ruins the Day

Another very late goal ruined what had been a reasonably resolute performance by managerless Inverness. However, the end result remains the same and we went down to an avoidable sclaff in time added on when substitute Chris Mochrie poked the ball home after Ridgers had cleared a bouncing effort away from the top corner only for the United players to react quickest to prod the ball into the bottom corner with the aid of a deflection. Meh! It doesn't rain but it pours...

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With Robbo and Charlie Christie in the dugout, we were looking for a change in fortunes. That never happened on the injury front with MacGregor, Nicolson, Welsh, Devine and Duffy all missing out. Nikola Ujdur made his long awaited debut after coming up from down under. Still, it was a lovely afternoon for a game with a big away crowd bolstering the attendance to over three and a half thousand. Some of the football in the first half was pleasing on the eye as crisp passing and movement were the order of the day. However both sides were lacking a cutting edge as clear chances were hard to come by. Dangerman Louis Moult went off injured after the half hour to be replaced by Tony Watt. The closest anyone came to breaking the deadlock was five minutes before the break when Archie Meekison hit the post when he probably should have scored. Plenty of neat football on display and plenty of passion but a lack of goalmouth activity kept the score blank at the break.

HALF TIME: 0-0.

Aaron Doran and Billy Mckay went wide of the target in the opening fifteen minutes after the interval as we probed for that decisive opening. Ridgers kept out Watt as he broke into the box to keep the score level and moments later Jordan Tillson was red carded for a late tackle on Charlie Gilmour. Austin Samuels then had an effort deflected behind for a corner and minutes later his powerful drive went wide as we pushed ten man United back. Ujdur had a solid debut and was replaced by Zak Delaney after 78 minutes. Maybe that lifted United as the big guy is a solid unit and played a big part unifying our defence up until his departure. As the game passed the ninety minutes, Boyes was penalised some forty yards out in the midfield area and picked up a caution. The free kick for United was curled into the box. It bounced up towards the top corner where Ridgers pawed it away possibly with the help of the bar. Gallagher kept it alive and Mochrie stabbed it goalwards. The last touch might even have come off a defender. It mattered not as the ball rolled into the net for what proved to be the winner. There was still some anxious moments for United to endure as we fired the ball across their box a few more times but sadly for us, the elusive killer pass was still missing and another defeat it was. That left us scunnered once again!

Full Time: 0-1

A bit unfortunate to come away with nothing as we looked solid for the most part with new signing Nikola Ujdur looking like a body not to be messed with. However, following his substitution, United threatened more and got the break of the ball to snatch a winner from the jaws of a draw. We put a lot into that game and the performance was decent. However the result remains the same, a one goal defeat.

Bottom line is 1 point from six games and only half a goal per game. Time for the strikers to do their bit.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 6 4 2 0 12 2 10 14
2. Raith Rovers 6 4 1 1 10 7 3 13
3. Arbroath 7 4 0 3 13 8 5 12
4. Dunfermline 6 3 2 1 9 5 4 11
5. Partick Thistle 6 3 1 2 14 9 5 10
6. Airdrieonians 6 3 0 3 6 10 -4 9
7. Queens Park 7 3 0 4 10 15 -5 9
8. Ayr United 6 2 0 4 8 14 -6 6
9. Morton 6 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
10. Inverness CT 6 0 1 5 3 8 -5 1