Scottish Premiership
Dundee1Inverness CT2

Dundee 1-2 Inverness CT

Ryan Christie's late strike propelled Inverness back into second place in the Scottish Premiership after a victory over Dundee.

The hosts went ahead when Greg Stewart anticipated the flight of Gary Harkins' free-kick to tap in at the back post.

But Inverness levelled when Dundee's defence hesitated, allowing Billy McKay to dink home.

It seemed a draw was inevitable, but Christie got the deftest of touches to Marley Watkins' pass to secure victory.

The Highlanders overtake Dundee United, who beat Ross County on Friday, and sit three points behind leaders Celtic.

Dundee started brightly with David Clarkson keen to beat Johnny Bell's 94-year-old club record of scoring in nine consecutive matches.

But it was Stewart who reacted first to meet Harkins' back-post delivery and give the hosts the lead.

Billy McKay celebrates after scoring for Inverness against Dundee
The Inverness comeback started with McKay's equaliser

Inverness should have been ahead by then, though. Josh Meekings had got on the end of a Greg Tansey corner but powered a header against the bar from six yards with goalkeeper Scott Bain stranded.

The visitors did level the contest, though, when the ball broke towards McKay, who found the right-hand corner from eight yards.

Clarkson failed to score the goal he craved and Dundee will feel disappointed after a strong performance in a thoroughly entertaining match.

But the limelight fell on Inverness substitute Christie. Watkins sent a dangerous low ball across goal, where Christie had arrived to guide a finish past Bain.

The late win demonstrated the strength and depth at John Hughes' disposal in a game where they did not hit the heights of recent performances.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 2Irvine
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forMcBrideat 72'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 23BoyleSubstituted forTankulicat 63'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 29Harkins
  • 15StewartSubstituted forFerryat 40'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 16Clarkson

Substitutes

  • 3Dyer
  • 8McBride
  • 11Ferry
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Tankulic
  • 25Schenk
  • 33Wighton

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3Shinnie
  • 4VincentSubstituted forChristieat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8DraperSubstituted forRossat 85'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 19Williams
  • 15Watkins
  • 7MckaySubstituted forDoranat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,400

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Simon Ferry.

James McPake (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Booking

Luka Tankulic (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ross Draper.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

David Clarkson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee).

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Simon Ferry (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Jim McAlister (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Billy McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces James Vincent.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kevin McBride replaces Kevin Thomson because of an injury.

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. James McPake (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Simon Ferry.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Luka Tankulic replaces Martin Boyle.

Martin Boyle (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. David Raven (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Simon Ferry (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1511222992035
2Inverness CT15102324131132
3Dundee Utd15101428171131
4Aberdeen159152317628
5Hamilton1583427171027
6Kilmarnock156361720-321
7Dundee155552019120
8St Johnstone156271317-420
9Partick Thistle154471819-116
10Motherwell153111925-1610
11St Mirren1522111026-168
12Ross County1522111534-198
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