Inverness CT 0 - 2 Dundee Utd

League Match
Saturday, April 20th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,971
Referee: Greg Aitken
Inverness CT  Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Pavol Safranko (27)
Paul McMullan (49)

Team Managers
John Robertson Robbie Neilsen

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Kevin McHattie
Shaun Rooney
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White
Benjamin Siegrist
Paul Watson
Mark Reynolds
Mark Connolly
Jamie Robson
Ian Harkes
Callum Butcher
Paul McMullan
Nicky Clark
Peter Pawlett
Pavol Safranko

Substitutes
Owain Fn Williams
Coll Donaldson
Cameron Harper
Anthony McDonald
Roddy MacGregor
Darren McCauley
Nathan Austin
Ross Laidlaw
Callum Booth
Fraser Fyvie
Morgaro Gomis
Aidan Nesbitt
Matthew Smith
Rachid Bouhenna

Substitutions
Nathan Austin for Aaron Doran (62)
Anthony McDonald for Tom Walsh (67)
Darren McCauley for Liam Polworth (68)
Callum Booth -> Peter Pawlett (46)
Aidan Nesbitt -> Nicky Clark (64)
Rachid Bouhenna -> Callum Butcher (75)

Bookings
Brad Mckay (92)
Jamie Robson (29)
Callum Butcher (43)

Red Cards
Brad Mckay (92)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 10 apps -
Kevin McHattie 10 apps -
Joe Chalmers 90 apps6 goals
Shaun Rooney 40 apps5 goals
Brad Mckay 117 apps7 goals
Jamie McCart 43 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 237 apps38 goals
Charlie Trafford 60 apps -
Liam Polworth 205 apps17 goals
Tom Walsh 38 apps10 goals
Jordan White 46 apps14 goals
Anthony McDonald (sub) 9 apps1 goal
Darren McCauley (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Nathan Austin (sub) 44 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Mackay (19 years 137 days)
Oldest Player:Aaron Doran (27 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 218 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 124 days)
Oldest Player:Owain Fn Williams (32 years 42 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 20 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Inverness went down 2-0 to Dundee United in a potential warm up game for the play-offs. Pavol Safranko opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he drove a volley past Cammy Mackay from fifteen yards and Paul McMullan scored the second just after the interval when he appeared to handle the ball in his build up to the goal. Whilst the Inverness defence appealed for the foul, McMullan ran across them and scored the goal. Despite plenty of opportunities, Inverness failed to capitalise on any of the breaks and United eased home to keep County waiting for the title celebrations. Nathan Austin did not endear himself to the home fans after failing to make the effort to get on the end of an Anthony McDonald shot after the youngster waltzed into the box. Great effort by McDonald, the same could not be said of Austin who tried to chastise the youngster for his own failure to get on the end of his shot.

The end result mattered not as Dunfermline failed to get a point at Dumfries meaning Inverness are assured of a play-off place.

Maybe Robbo was keeping some aces up his sleeve with a view to some tough play-off games looming. Coll Donaldson was on the bench but no sign of captain Carl Tremarco or the dislocated fingered keeper, Mark Ridgers. Sean Welsh is out for the season.

United had plenty in reserve with Paul McMullan and Pavol Safranko the preferred partnership up front.

It all looked fairly promising for the hosts in the opening exchanges and Jordan White got a header away in the fifth minute but it was well over the bar.

United forced a couple of corners which came to nothing and Tom Walsh brought out a save from Siegrist at the other end. Shortly after this Cammy Mackay dived low to his left to ensure a stifled shot from Safranko stayed outside his posts.

Jamie McCart was doing well keeping the back line in order with Coll Donaldson out and Inverness were looking the most likely to open the scoring. Aaron Doran saw Siegrist save his header and Tom Walsh fired a terrific shot from thirty yards which the keeper saved well in the top corner as he managed to push the ball behind for a corner kick.

Out of the blue, United scored when Peter Pawlett flicked the ball to Pavol Safranko who volleyed low past a helpless Cammy Mackay from the edge of the box. Good strike and the move was similar to the one Inverness did at Partick when Walsh crashed the ball home.

On the half hour Jamie McCart went close with a header, but one minute later we had the crossbar to thank when Paul Watson smacked a header off the woodwork, Mackay looking like he had it covered had it tried to sneak under the bar. Joe Chalmers cleared the rebound away with a header from under the bar.

Chalmers was next up with a shot from distance on the right side, the ball almost catching the United keeper out as it bounced in front of him but he reacted well to keep it out somehow. Motherwell bound Liam Polworth also broke on the right side but his effort was neither a cross or a shot an Siegrist gathered.

We finished the half strongly but an equaliser eluded us and Inited went in 1-0 ahead.

Half Time 0-1

We were left chasing the game five minutes into the second half when Paul McMullan appeared to use an arm to control the ball as he ran across the face of our defence. As we appealed for the free kick, McMullan kept going and tucked the ball behind Mackay for a schoolboy error sickener.

We went again and after some tidy build up play Doran found himself in space on the left side of the box. Unfortunately his effort was blocked and the chance went begging.

Polly went on a decent run and his parting shot had plenty power but rose over the bar. At the other end, Mackay beat away a sizzling shot from Jamie Robson as United were able to hit effectively on the break.

Substitute Nathan Austin was somewhat selfish as he shot weakly from an angle. His memory was substandard as soon after he berated Anthony McDonald for doing exactly the same. In McDonald's case he put in the effort to get his shot away and if Austin had bothered his arse he might well have got on the end of it as he watched it slide the wrong side of the post. This exchange brought about an angry reaction from the North Stand, and deservedly so, but for some it extended too far.

United would have scored a third on the break as we continued to chase the game but for a brilliant goal line clearance by Shaun Rooney after some trickery on the right flank and a Robson shot driven to the goal.

Three corners came and went for Inverness as we tried to get something from the game, but to no avail.

In a final flourish we rained efforts towards the North Stand, unfortunately that's where most of them ended. Bizarrely, Brad Mckay was dismissed given two yellow cards for seemingly being tripped in the box, the inept referee booking Brad for diving I presume then his angry reaction to the yellow brought about another one. What did he expect? 'Oh that's OK ref, just one of those things'. Aye right.

Jordan White almost got a late consolation as he turned and shot in the box but Siegrist dived full length to deny the striker. He was denied again just before the final whistle as he powered a good header goalwards, Siegrist again thwarting him with another good save. The United keeper could make a claim to say he was their Man of the Match.

It was just one of those days I'm afraid. We had plenty of opportunities but spurned them all through poor shooting and good goal keeping. Jamie McCart was outstanding and get's my vote for Man of the Match. He was well supported by Shaun Rooney, Kevin McHattie and Cammy Mackay in our hastily rearranged defence with Ridgers, Donaldson and Tremarco missing.

With Dunfermline also losing, that means we can now relax for the next couple of matches ahead of the play-off games. The other good thing was that the title was not won on our patch. Maybe that was the plan!

Match report written by TM4TJ



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 34 20 8 6 57 31 26 68
2. Dundee Utd 34 18 8 8 47 39 8 62
3. Ayr United 33 14 8 11 47 35 12 50
4. Inverness CT 34 12 14 8 45 39 6 50
5. Dunfermline 34 11 8 15 33 38 -5 41
6. Greenock Morton 34 9 13 12 34 45 -11 40
7. Queen of the South 34 9 11 14 41 41 0 38
8. Stirling Albion 34 10 8 16 37 50 -13 38
9. Partick Thistle 33 10 7 16 38 50 -12 37
10. Falkirk 34 8 11 15 34 45 -11 35