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16.09.2006 @ 15:00 Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 3586
Inverness CT
0 - 0
Dundee Utd
Referee: Kenny Clark League-match

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Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Ian Black
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Alan Morgan
Zander Sutherland
Rory McAllister
Liam Keogh -> Barry Wilson (71)
Alan Morgan -> Ian Black (78)
Rory McAllister -> Craig Dargo (84)
Hunt -> Samuel (46)
Brewster -> Kerr (53)
Robb -> Duff (71)
Yellow cards
Ian Black (56)
Cameron (57)
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
14 Shots 6
7 Shots on goal 3
3 Offsides 1
4 Corner kicks 4
15 Free kicks 15
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview

After a summer of transfer trauma between the clubs this was billed by the media as a Christie versus Brewster grudge match. It was nothing like that and the only heat generated was from the strong sun. Apart from a few boos it was just another SPL match between two lively teams but it could have done with some goals.

United’s new captain Barry Robson returned from suspension and received his share of heckling from his former fans and the visitors also included recent signing David Proctor, returning for the first time to his former home.

Caley Thistle retained the same team as last week with Dennis Wyness still on the sidelines. Caley Thistle had most of the play in the first half but Craig Conway came closest to a goal at the other end when he rattled the crossbar in the ninth minute. Before that Derek Stillie saved a Craig Dargo header and a first-time shot on the turn by Graham Bayne. Stillie dived to save from Bayne in the twelfth minute then two minutes later Bayne headed wide.

A John Rankin bouncing shot from 20 yards went wide in 31 minutes then Bayne had his best chance of the game in 37 minutes. He was set up by a Rankin interception but his on-target effort was blocked by Stillie. Seconds later a strong Ross Tokely run set up another chance. Tokely’s shot was off target but Dargo latched onto it and scored from six yards – the offside flag was up however before the ball hit the back of the net.

Another Rankin effort from just outside the box went wide just after the break and United then began to push forward. Lone striker Collin Samuel was replaced at the interval by Noel Hunt and he was joined up front in 53 minutes by Craig Brewster. This added some spice to the game – particularly as he was in direct opposition to his signing target Darren Dods. Dods came out on top most of the time and Brewster had few sights of goal. He was close to a shot in 61 minutes but Grant Munro stepped in with a trademark timely tackle. Brewster did net in 67 minutes but he was well offside.

In 73 minutes he latched onto a Robson bouncing ball but his flick was easily taken by Brown. Brewster robbed Dods seven minutes from time then found Hunt in the box – Hunt went down claiming a penalty but Kenny Clark did not agree. The defining moment of the match came with five minutes left when Steven Robb crossed and Barry Robson dived to head goalwards. It looked net bound but Mark Brown dived to produce the save of the match and push the ball away. It would have been a bitter blow to the home side.

An Alan Morgan free kick flew just over Stillie’s bar as time ran out and it ended zero-zero. The two teams are now level on seven points but Caley Thistle edged up to eighth spot on goal difference.