Dundee Utd 3 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, December 9th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Stadium, Dundee
Attendance: 5,294
Referee: Stuart Dougal
Dundee Utd Inverness CT

Hunt (22)
Hunt (64)
Robertson (78)
Barry Wilson (14)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Ian Black
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Michael Fraser
Stuart Soane
Russell Duncan
Alan Morgan
Zander Sutherland
Dennis Wyness
Rory McAllister

Cameron -> Samuel (63)
Goodwillie -> Hunt (83)
Dennis Wyness for Barry Wilson (77)

Samuel (14)
Mair (30)
Robson (58)
Roy McBain (3)
John Rankin (10)
Richard Hastings (38)
Stuart McCaffrey (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 196 apps -
Ross Tokely 381 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 187 apps5 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 176 apps6 goals
Richard Hastings 278 apps2 goals
Roy McBain 245 apps13 goals
Ian Black 57 apps1 goal
John Rankin 17 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson 290 apps76 goals
Craig Dargo 56 apps25 goals
Graham Bayne 81 apps13 goals
Dennis Wyness (sub) 205 apps92 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 131 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 267 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Stuart Soane (2008 years 131 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 267 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts



Noel Hunt scores twice and David Robertson wraps it ups as Craig Levein continues his good start at Tannadice. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot provides this report from Tannadice Stadium.

Dundee United’s revival under new manager Craig Levein continued at the expense of Caley Thistle, despite the visitors taking a 15th minute lead through Barry Wilson. By half time it was 1-1 and United scored two second half goals to seal the victory.

With Darren Dods suspended Stuart McCaffrey came in for his second league start of the season for ICT and Barry Wilson was made captain for the day. Injuries restricted Charlie Christie’s options but he did bring back John Rankin with Russell Duncan dropping to the bench. Alan Morgan also took a bench slot, his first squad appearance since September.

United dominated the opening period and a strong run by Collin Samuel in the second minute was stopped by Grant Munro. The home side could easily have taken the lead in nine minutes were it not for a superb save by Mark Brown from a Noel Hunt close-range header. A Craig Conway header then flashed past Brown’s post to safety.

The opening came at the other end in 15 minutes when Wilson was brought down by Samuel just outside the box and the captain-for-the-day curled the 25 yard free kick expertly round the wall and into the top corner. This ended Caley Thistle’s goal drought but United equalised seven minutes later when Hunt headed home a Craig Conway cross from seven yards out. The away camp thought Hunt was offside but the goal stood.

The crime count was rising by the minute and seven names finished up in Stuart Dougal’s book by the end of the match. Five minutes from the break a John Rankin free kick was dropped by Derek Stillie but he recovered in time to block Graham Bayne’s follow-up. Brown kept it to 1-1 just before the interval when he saved from Barry Robson.

Half Time: 1-1

Into the second half and more pressure from United. They went 2-1 up in 65 minutes when a Robson corner reached Hunt via David Robertson and he had an easy job to touch it home from virtually the goal line although it was probably going in anyway. Hunt then came close to a hat trick but his header went past the post.

Hunt turned provider in 78 minutes when he sent a ball from the bye line which Robertson hit home from six yards for 3-1. With four minutes left Caley Thistle were awarded a penalty for a Stuart Duff foul on Dennis Wyness but Craig Dargo’s kick sailed over the bar.

Full Time: 3-1

It ended 3-1 to United and Caley Thistle remain eighth – but on goal difference from Dundee United.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 17 14 2 1 34 12 22 44
2. Rangers 18 9 4 5 29 17 12 31
3. Aberdeen 18 9 4 5 24 15 9 31
4. Hearts 18 7 6 5 27 19 8 27
5. Hibernian 18 7 5 6 32 22 10 26
6. Kilmarnock 18 7 5 6 25 28 -3 26
7. Falkirk 18 6 3 9 22 25 -3 21
8. Inverness CT 18 4 8 6 17 23 -6 20
9. Dundee Utd 18 5 5 8 19 31 -12 20
10. St. Mirren 18 4 6 8 17 24 -7 18
11. Motherwell 18 5 3 10 22 33 -11 18
12. Dunfermline 17 3 3 11 12 31 -19 12