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Inverness CT 3-0 Dundee United

Inverness CT dealt Dundee United's hopes of qualifying for Europe a hammer blow in a goal-laden second half.

Aaron Dorans should have broke the deadlock for Inverness when John Souttar made a hash of a clearance.

Nadir Ciftci forced a fine save from Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson, but the home side took the lead through Josh Meekings' header.

Ciftci volleyed over, but Nick Ross smashed in a second for the hosts before Gary Warren made it three.

Beach balls and sombreros were in evidence as Inverness Fans celebrated their qualification for European football for the first time ever.

They were up against a club with a rich Euro pedigree, but in this showing there was only ever one winner.

And Jackie McNamara's dreams of leading the Tannadice side back into Europe now relies on St Johnstone losing to Aberdeen next week, and United winning the city derby against Dundee.

The game had been fairly shy of chances in the opening half hour, but Inverness created the first one as the 30 minute mark arrived when Graeme Shinnie swept a low shot just wide of United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierznak's near post after a neat through ball from Ross Draper.

Then Doran sclaffed wide from 12 yards, failing to connect with a sweeping cross from the right with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Minutes later, United's Charlie Telfer had a low shot well saved by the outrushing Esson after Robbie Muirhead had put him clear after slack defensive work from Caley.

John Rankin then took a Chris Erskine pass in his stride and from 14 yards blasted the ball at Esson, who blocked the shot with his chest.

Straight into the restart Ciftci forced a fine one-handed save from Esson, but it was the home side who struck to score the opener with Meekings header from Warren's knock back across goal to him.

United striker Muirhead attempted a diving save at the goal which earned him a booking, but not a red card, since the ball had already crossed the line when he handled it.

And, Ross made it 2-0 after poor defending from the visitors allowed him time aplenty to stab home from 12 yards.

Two minutes later Warren rose highest to power home a header from a corner kick for the third for Inverness, as United succumbed to the onslaught.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 6Meekings
  • 5WarrenBooked at 36mins
  • 14DevineBooked at 77mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 4Vincent
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRossat 66'minutes
  • 10DoranSubstituted forKinkat 84'minutes
  • 7OfereSubstituted forWatkinsat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Ross
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 25Kink
  • 31Mackay

Dundee Utd

  • 1CierzniakSubstituted forSzromnikat 86'minutes
  • 3DixonBooked at 55mins
  • 5Fojut
  • 4Souttar
  • 2Dillon
  • 21Telfer
  • 8Rankin
  • 20ButcherSubstituted forConnollyat 66'minutes
  • 17ErskineBooked at 55minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 66'minutes
  • 7Ciftci
  • 10Muirhead

Substitutes

  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 24Spittal
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 43Coote
  • 53Johnson
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,508

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Dundee United 0.

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Foul by Tarmo Kink (Inverness CT).

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Michal Szromnik replaces Radoslaw Cierzniak because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Tarmo Kink replaces Aaron Doran.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Dundee United 0. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Greg Tansey.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 0. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

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

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Calum Butcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Justin Johnson replaces Chris Erskine.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt saved. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Edward Ofere.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 0. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Greg Tansey with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Chris Erskine (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37285479176289
2Aberdeen37236857322575
3Inverness CT371981052371565
4St Johnstone37159133334-154
5Dundee Utd37165165556-153
6Dundee371112144654-845
7Hamilton37148154953-450
8Partick Thistle37129164844445
9Kilmarnock37118184357-1441
10Ross County37118184462-1841
11Motherwell37105223863-2535
12St Mirren3793253065-3530
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