Inverness CT 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League Match
Saturday, May 21st, 2005, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 5,479
Referee: Alan Freeland
Inverness CT  Dundee Utd

None. Robson (pen)(82)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Gordon Chisholm (interim)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Richie Hart
Liam Fox
Ian Black
Graham Bayne
Bryan Prunty

Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Craig Brewster
Rory McAllister

Craig Brewster for Graham Bayne (33)
Barry Wilson for Bryan Prunty (60)
Rory McAllister for Richie Hart (73)
Scotland -> Crawford (57)
Duff -> Brebner (63)
Grady -> McIntyre (86)

Ian Black (90)
Brebner (30)
Robson (37)

Red Cards
None. Robson (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 133 apps -
Richard Hastings 229 apps2 goals
Grant Munro 129 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 322 apps23 goals
Stuart Golabek 207 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 30 apps1 goal
Richie Hart 104 apps14 goals
Ian Black 13 apps -
Liam Fox 9 apps3 goals
Graham Bayne 42 apps7 goals
Bryan Prunty 29 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 230 apps69 goals
Craig Brewster (sub) 15 apps5 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (26 years 81 days)
Oldest Player:Bryan Prunty (2006 years 294 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 45 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (21 years 82 days)
Oldest Player:Bryan Prunty (2006 years 294 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 162 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Arabs avoid relegation

The south stand at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium was a sea of orange as 2400 Dundee United fans tried to sing and shout their team to SPL survival. Livingston, Dundee and Dundee United were all in the relegation frame and the permutations were discussed at length around the country. Hold-ups on the A9 delayed the Inverness kick-off by ten minutes.

For Caley Thistle it was a strange afternoon. Seventh place was looking unlikely but it was still possible if Dunfermline beat Kilmarnock. In the end Killie won 4-0.

This was never going to be a football classic but there was plenty of effort. United's Grant Brebner headed over in two minutes and in nine minutes former Caley Thistle favourite Barry Robson ran down the left and set up Mark Kerr but his low shot was pushed away by Mark Brown.

At the United end last weeks goal hero Liam Fox took a Bryan Prunty pass and tried a 20 yard volley in the 18th minute, it dipped goalwards but went just over. A Robson free kick in 24 minutes seemed to go over for a goal kick but Alan Archibald headed it back across goal and Brown was forced to tip it over for a corner and the corner stood despite protests.

Just before the break a Mark Wilson ball from the right crossed the ICT area and reached Robson - his first time goal-bound shot was held by Brown.

Half Time: 0-0

Richie Hart low shot was blocked in 49 minutes then a Hart 30 yard free kick went straight through to Tony Bullock. A good move in 53 minutes ended when a Brewster chip across goal was headed clear by Garry Kenneth.

Brewster came close in 65 minutes when Bullock missed an Ian Black corner from the right but the player/managers header crept past the empty goal. A goal-less draw looked on the cards until the 82nd minute when Robson went down in the box after a brush with Ross Tokely. There seemed nothing in it but Alan Freeland gave a penalty. Robson scored and the stewards were helpless to prevent an orange pitch invasion. When order was restored United fans started a celebratory conga in the stand as their side held on to win.

In added time Robson went down alongside Darren Dods but it was clearly a dive. Robson had been booked for dissent in the first half so a second yellow led inevitably to the long walk. The whistle went, United were safe and a second pitch invasion began.

Full Time: 0-1

The Caley Thistle fans were disappointed to take so little from the five matches since the split but the job had been completed. SPL football would be back in Inverness next season and the players could head off for a well deserved holiday in Magaluf.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 30 2 5 84 33 51 92
2. Rangers 37 28 6 3 77 22 55 90
3. Hibernian 37 18 7 12 64 56 8 61
4. Aberdeen 37 17 7 13 42 39 3 58
5. Hearts 37 13 11 13 43 39 4 50
6. Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 49 55 -6 49
7. Motherwell 37 12 9 16 44 48 -4 45
8. Inverness CT 38 11 11 16 41 47 -6 44
9. Dundee Utd 38 8 12 18 41 59 -18 36
10. Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 -27 35
11. Dunfermline 38 8 10 20 34 60 -26 34
12. Dundee 38 8 9 21 37 71 -34 33