Dundee Utd 4 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Stadium, Dundee
Attendance: 7,023
Referee: Steven McLean
Dundee Utd Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Lawrence Shankland (7)
Lawrence Shankland (31)
Lawrence Shankland (53)
Lawrence Shankland (86)
Tom Walsh (29)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Benjamin Siegrist
Liam Smith
Mark Connolly
Mark Reynolds
Jamie Robson
Paul McMullan
Samuel Stanton
Calum Butcher
Louis Appere
Nicky Clark
Lawrence Shankland
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Tom Walsh
David Carson
Charlie Trafford
Aaron Doran
James Keatings
Jordan White

Bench
Adam King
Paul Watson
Deniz Mehmet
Logan Chalmers
Cameron Smith
Ian Harkes
Scott Banks
Cameron Mackay
Kevin McHattie
Cameron Harper
Roddy MacGregor
James Vincent
Nikolay Todorov
Miles Storey

Substitutions
Cammy Smith -> Nicky Clark (65)
Ian Harkes -> Sam Stanton (76)
Scott Banks -> Lawrence Shankland (88)
James Vincent for Brad Mckay (21)
Nikolay Todorov for Jordan White (71)
Miles Storey for James Keatings (71)

Bookings
None. David Carson (61)
Charlie Trafford (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 94 apps -
Coll Donaldson 81 apps3 goals
Carl Tremarco 175 apps14 goals
Jamie McCart 54 apps1 goal
Brad Mckay 126 apps7 goals
Aaron Doran 247 apps39 goals
Tom Walsh 48 apps11 goals
David Carson 5 apps -
Charlie Trafford 70 apps2 goals
James Keatings 5 apps1 goal
Jordan White 57 apps18 goals
James Vincent (sub) 74 apps5 goals
Nikolay Todorov (sub) 5 apps2 goals
Miles Storey (sub) 38 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (22 years 49 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 238 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 229 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 54 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Unfortunately for Inverness it was United's new man Lawrence Shankland that grabbed a brace of headers in the first half to put the Arabs into the break 2-1 ahead. Tom Walsh had levelled for Inverness but that only lasted for a couple of minutes before Shankland restored United's advantage. James Keatings had hit the post before the opening goal came along. Brad Mckay was stretchered off midway through the half with Carson moving to right back and James Vincent coming on. Shankland completed his headed hat-trick in the 53rd minute. Jordan White and James Vincent went close for the visitors and Vincent cleared one off his own line. However, Shankland completed the misery for Inverness when he scored a fourth with five minutes left.

Nearly 200 visiting fans saw new signing Miles Storey make the bench for Inverness and James Vincent and Nikolay Todorov sat beside him with David Carson starting.

Top striker Lawrence Shankland started and it wouldn't take him long to make his mark...........

A frantic start saw Inverness survive a melee in their own box and then James Keatings hit the post from twelve yards after a ball in from Jordan White with the keeper beaten.

Lawrence Shankland was brought in to score goals and he opened his Championship accounts in the seventh minute as he headed a Louis Appere cross behind Mark Ridgers.

Keatings forced Siegrist into making a save as Inverness hit back two minutes later and at the other end Nicky Clark shot over on the break.

A sore one for Brad Mckay as he is helped from the park in a neck brace after falling awkwardly, James Vincent replacing him with David Carson moving to cover at right back.

The visitors were gaining a foothold in the match and following a couple of corners, Tom Walsh was on hand to knock the loose ball home after a Jamie McCart header rebounded near him.

Sadly, we never got time to settle on that leveller and Shankland headed his second of the game within a minute of Walsh scoring, Paul McMullan the provider.

We steadied the ship once more but at the break United had a slender but not insurmountable lead.

Half-Time 2-1

Eight minutes into the second forty-five and 'Lawrence of Arabia' notched his third goal of the afternoon. Another cross from Appere, another header from Shankland, another goal for United. What on earth have our defenders been doing in training?

Big turning point came a couple of minutes after the goal when Jordan White missed a great opportunity to get us back into contention, but he missed the target from close range. And that my friends is the difference between success and failure.

Keatings also shot over as we came to terms with our predicament and soon after a double substitution, but it was the same olde story (no pun intended). Doran came close to connecting to a ball from Walsh at the back post but the final nail in the coffin was coming.

Cammy Smith saw an effort hacked clear as United went for a fourth to kill the game off and it duly came with around five minutes left on the clock. Who else but Man of the Match Lawrence Shankland who will be given the freedom of the city before the end of the season as he turned and shot past Ridgers effortlessly from inside the box before Inverness were spared any further punishment as Shanks was subbed.



Predictably, our familiar slow start to a season continues to haunt us and it looks like the long ball approach is not going to get us far in this division given that every team has seen it coming for the last couple of years. Time to knuckle down and start playing football before we get left behind once more. Our normally reliable defence has taken a battering of late and that's three right backs down now. Coll Donaldson needs to re-focus and get back to his player of the year status. It appears that his performances are suffering recently. If anyone finds his mojo, please return it to John Robertson, c/o The Caledonian Stadium, Inverness (for now anyway).

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 1 1 0 0 4 1 3 3
2. Ayr United 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
3. Dundee 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
4. Dunfermline 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
5. Alloa Athletic 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
6. Partick Thistle 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
7. Arbroath 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
8. Queen of the South 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
9. Greenock Morton 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0
10. Inverness CT 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0