Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 0-1 Inverness CT

  • Inverness CT claim third place in Premiership
  • Edward Ofere scores the only goal
  • Five defeats in a row for Dundee

Inverness Caley Thistle secured third place in the Premiership with victory at Dens Park to guarantee European football for the first time.

The sole goal came from Edward Ofere's header after eight minutes.

Dundee striker Greg Stewart had a looping header cleared off the line by Danny Devine and a free-kick well saved by Ryan Esson in a busy first half.

Esson then produced another fine stop to keep out a header from James McPake late in the game.

You have to go back to the 2009 Challenge Cup final for Dundee's last victory over Inverness. That was 10 fixtures ago.

And this fifth consecutive league defeat ended what were already slim hopes of a European spot for Paul Hartley's Dundee side.

Kyle Letheren returned in goal for Dundee for the first time this year and was quickly retrieving the ball from the back of his net when Greg Tansey's cross was headed home by Ofere.

The Nigerian was brought to the Highland club to replace the prolific Billy McKay and his scoring rate of six goals in 11 games is the kind of statistic Inverness had lost when the Northern Ireland international was sold to Wigan in January.

Dundee responded well, with Stewart's header too high for Esson to reach, but Devine was able to hook the ball clear with an athletic leap.

Inverness manager John Hughes
Inverness manager John Hughes celebrates with the travelling fans at Dens Park

Esson then pushed away a fierce Stewart shot from a narrow angle and the keeper came out on top again just before the break, diving to get a hand on a curling free-kick from the same player.

Marley Watkins almost scored for the visitors with Ofere the provider with a low cross from the right but, on the stretch, Watkins' shot was blocked by Letheren.

The Dees began the second half well but Jim McAlister should have done better than shoot weakly at Esson after a lovely through ball from Luka Tankulic.

Dundee have only won five league games at home this season, a record that has cost them a European qualification place in their first season back in the top flight.

But they were unlucky not to find an equaliser as Esson's brilliance stopped a goal-bound McPake header after the defender was picked out by his former Hibernian team-mate Kevin Thomson.

Just months short of their 21st birthday, the Highlanders can look forward to Europa League football as the Scottish Cup finalists held on to further enhance PFA Scotland Manager of the Year Hughes' reputation.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPake
  • 4Konrad
  • 3Dyer
  • 48McGinnSubstituted forWightonat 76'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 62minsSubstituted forHarkinsat 82'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 15Stewart
  • 21Tankulic

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 11Ferry
  • 16Clarkson
  • 29Harkins
  • 31Brodie
  • 33Wighton
  • 35Colquhoun

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14DevineBooked at 73mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 22Christie
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseySubstituted forTremarcoat 81'minutes
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDoranat 76'minutes
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forVincentat 64'minutes
  • 7Ofere

Substitutes

  • 2Raven
  • 4Vincent
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 18Tremarco
  • 25Kink
  • 31Mackay
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,123

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Inverness CT 1.

Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

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

Luka Tankulic (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James McPake.

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

Edward Ofere (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Gary Harkins replaces Kevin Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Carl Tremarco replaces Greg Tansey.

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ryan Esson.

Attempt saved. James McPake (Dundee) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by James Vincent.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Stephen McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Danny Williams.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Booking

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Thomas Konrad.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. James Vincent replaces Marley Watkins.

Booking

Kevin Thomson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Willie Dyer (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen McGinn.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Willie Dyer.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT361881049371262
4Dundee Utd36165155553253
5St Johnstone36158133334-153
6Dundee361111144553-844
7Hamilton36148144851-350
8Partick Thistle36129154740745
9Kilmarnock36108183956-1738
10Ross County36108184261-1938
11Motherwell36105213761-2435
12St Mirren3683252864-3627
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