Inverness CT 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Friday, January 12th, 2024, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,662
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Tony Watt (87)

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Jim Goodwin

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
James Carragher
Morgan Boyes
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Max Anderson
Charlie Gilmour
David Carson
Luis Longstaff
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Jack Walton
Liam Grimshaw
Ross Graham
Kevin Holt
Scott McMann
Alex Greive
Jordan Tillson
Kai Fotheringham
Tony Watt
Glenn Middleton
Christopher Mochrie

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Nikola Ujdur
Jake Davidson
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Roddy MacGregor
Aaron Doran
Adam Brooks
Oliver Denham
Jack Newman
Archie Meekison
Declan Glass
Kieran Freeman
Flynn Duffy
Rory Macleod
Mathew Anim Cudjoe
Greg Petrie

Substitutions
Adam Brooks for Billy Mckay (79)
Cillian Sheridan for James Carragher (90)
Aaron Doran for Luis Longstaff (92)
Archie Meekison -> Alex Greive (69)
Declan Glass -> Jordan Tillson (89)

Bookings
Morgan Boyes (57)
Jordan Tillson (61)
Tony Watt (95)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 260 apps -
Daniel Devine 200 apps7 goals
Morgan Boyes 18 apps2 goals
Cameron Harper 144 apps9 goals
James Carragher 1 app (debut) -
Max Anderson 18 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 26 apps1 goal
David Carson 161 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 272 apps109 goals
Luis Longstaff 23 apps1 goal
Nathan Shaw 71 apps13 goals
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 10 apps -
Aaron Doran (sub) 381 apps56 goals
Adam Brooks (sub) 18 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:James Carragher (21 years 67 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 90 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 72 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 265 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 90 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 267 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
James Carragher(Signed January 10th, 2024)

Milestones
Daniel Devine made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.

Late winner for United



A lot happened ahead of this one. David Wotherspoon will sign for United shortly and didn't feature for either side tonight. New signing, centre back James Carragher started. Released today, Sean Welsh has left Inverness with immediate effect and will be moving to Queens Park having played a total of 143 games, scoring 16 goals. Defender Zak Delaney has also left. Harry Hennem has departed as well. Lewis Hyde has gone to Brora on loan for the rest of the season. United added Alex Greive from St Mirren to their squad this week and he starts tonight. Craig Sibbald is suspended after his 88th minute red card against Morton. Archie Meekison made the bench but Declan Gallagher and Ross Docherty will miss out. Louis Moult who was a doubt missed out altogether. A late Tony Watt tap-in ruined all of Inverness' good work and United take the three points to go back on top of the table overnight at least.

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Inverness set the ball rolling kicking towards the South Stand housing the United fans. It was a more than cagey opening fifteen with Inverness in no hurry to leave their own half of the pitch, opting for the sideways movement instead which made for a ponderous start to the game. Midway through the first half and surely one of the most boring games ever televised with Inverness going sideways and United unable to break the hosts down. On cue, twenty-five minutes in, a wee foray forward for Inverness ended with Billy Mckay winning a corner after his effort was deflected wide. A second corner led to the ball being headed clear off the United line by Jordan Tillson when Danny Devine met Cammy Harper's corner, the keeper well beaten. A David Carson ball into the box found Luis Longstaff but he was shut down by the time he got his shot away and the chance was gone. Glen Middleton took a knock as the ball was crossed in but continued after lengthy treatment. Another ball into the box fell to Mckay but the sting was taken out of the strike enough for Walton to gather the blocked shot. Tony Watt was looking for a penalty as he landed on the turf but Alan Muir was not interested and giving a goal kick as the ball bounced over the line. Good Inverness pressure just before the break but it ended all square at the interval with the hosts seeing the better of the possession and United offering nothing so far.

HALF TIME: 0-0

Rain met the sides after the break and five minutes in Watt headed over at the far side of the box. A well worked move saw Carson find Max Anderson in the box and his low effort was well saved by Walton, Charlie Gilmour's follow up shot from the recycled ball was sliced well wide. United were showing a bit more intent after the interval although in truth play was still a tad untidy. United had their best opportunity of the game as they worked an opening for substitute Archie Meekison but Ridgers was able to hold his low volley well on the greasy surface. Possession had evened out now with fifteen minutes left. Out of nothing with Inverness failing to retain the ball for any length of time a deflected cross from the left made it's way to Watt for a tap in. Minutes later substitute Cillian Sheridan failed to connect with a Harper cross when he looked favourite to get his head on the ball. Inverness were denied what looked like a penalty as Grimshaw handled in his own box. A late flurry from Inverness came to nothing and it was a disappointing result at the end of the night where United were there for the taking.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 21 13 6 2 43 10 33 45
2. Raith Rovers 21 13 6 2 41 30 11 45
3. Partick Thistle 20 10 5 5 41 32 9 35
4. Airdrieonians 20 8 3 9 19 23 -4 27
5. Morton 19 7 4 8 23 26 -3 25
6. Dunfermline 19 6 5 8 24 24 0 23
7. Inverness CT 21 5 6 10 23 25 -2 21
8. Ayr United 20 5 5 10 29 42 -13 20
9. Queens Park 20 4 6 10 24 38 -14 18
10. Arbroath 19 5 2 12 23 40 -17 17