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Summary

  1. Muirhead gives United early lead
  2. Ofere taps in ICT equaliser, Williams volleys winner
  3. Inverness now seven points ahead of United
  4. Inverness in line for first ever European place

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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And so, another live text comes to an end. Well done to Inverness, and what a few days for John Hughes, who was named Scottish PFA manager of the year on Sunday. That smile of his will be getting broader by the day. Many thanks for joining me and my BBC Scotland colleagues this evening. All the best.

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Doreen takes issue with Ross County assistant boss Billy Dodds, who was working with BBC Radio Scotland this evening: "What game was Billy Dodds watching? In the first half, Utd were up the Caley end three times, yes ONLY three times in the first half!! We were miles ahead, our passing game far superior. And yes, unfortunately, for all the pundits, Caley have proved them wrong and WILL finish third."

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara

"Some of our decision-making was disappointing. Mistakes led to our first goal and their first goal but there were things we could have done better with those conditions."

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara

"We got a good break with the goal. I'm disappointed with the way we lost the goals. In the second half I think we should have scored at least one. It's a game we should have got something out of. We had chances."

Inverness manager John Hughes

"We've been losing late goals. We need to see games out. The best thing is to keep the ball moving and let the other team do the running. They hemmed us in but I'm glad we stood up to it. I felt we got deeper and deeper but we got away with it."

Inverness manager John Hughes

"To win the match, I'm really delighted. St Johnstone and United have been snapping at us. We've still got a bit of business to do. We'll get back to work on Thursday and see where it takes us. We're small in number at this club but you see everyone put their heart and soul into it."

I dare say there will be a few St Johnstone fans happy at tonight's score - and Saintees boss Tommy Wright who was watching the match from the stand. Unless they felt they could still clinch third place. Saints and United are both on 52 points with three games to go. They play on Saturday. Caley Thistle are seven points ahead of the Tayside duo.

BBC Scotland football pundit Barry Wilson

"Inverness deserved it. Dundee United started brightly with the goal in farcical conditions. From midway through the first half Inverness started playing in better areas. The equaliser was a fantastic team goal and the winning goal was an unbelievable strike by Williams."

FULL-TIME

Inverness CT 2-1 Dundee United

Congratulations to Inverness as they close in on third place, which would be their highest ever finish in the top tier, and European football next season.

Surely the hosts will hang on. We're in the fourth minute of added time.

Nadir Ciftci slices a shot, or perhaps it was a cross, wide of the Inverness goal, with three horrified men in tangerine waiting for a killer pass inside the box.

Chris Erskine takes three corners in quick succession as the Terrors pile on the pressure to pull themselves level, but the home team are defending valiantly.

Five minutes to go. Can United find an equaliser? If not, they'll be a long way behind their hosts in the race for third place in the Premiership. Seven points adrift, in fact.

Henri Anier is off balance as he follows up on a deflected first effort by lashing a shot high over the Caley Thistle crossbar.

Greg Tansey is challenged by United's John Souttar
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Greg Tansey is challenged by United's impressive young defender John Souttar.

Inverness's goal hero Danny Williams takes the applause from the home fans - and perhaps a few United supporters - in the 2,426 crowd as he is replaced for the closing stages by Ryan Christie.

Dundee Utd's Jaroslaw Fojut and ICT's Edward Ofere exchange words
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Dundee United's Jaroslaw Fojut and ICT's Edward Ofere exchange...words.

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Ronnie in Carnoustie: "Your commentary boys are being kind! Dixon and Anier have been utter mince and Ciftci needs to cut out the huffing!"

If you fancy a bit of bed-time reading, Richard Wilson has written

an informative piece on Hibs, Rangers and Queen of the South, the teams vying for a place in the Premiership play-off final against Motherwell...or whoever is 11th in the top-tier table.

Striker Henri Anier comes on for midfielder Charlie Telfer to join Robbie Muirhead and Nadir Ciftci up front for Dundee United. It's an understandable move by United boss Jackie McNamara - he needs a goal or two.

BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

"Dundee United will feel with some justification that they are very much in this - 2-1 down."

Danny Williams makes a promising run down the left for the men in blue and chips it into the box, but the United rearguard hold firm.

After Marley Watkins supplying Edward Ofere with chances, the Inverness striker tries to return the favour, but his header is misguided and United survive. At the other end, a Frank de Boer-style long-range pass by John Souttar finds Nadir Ciftci but he can't find the target with his shot, under pressure from Ross Draper.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara
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Drookit Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara looks as if he has emerged from the Moray Firth. A goal or two would cheer him up no end.

BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

"It's been a good game, despite the elements. The rain is unrelenting but the pitch has survived pretty well tonight."

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Dee W: "Credit to Caley, both were cracking team goals in horrible conditions!"

Sean Dillon comes on to replace Ryan McGowan, as Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara makes a change, presumably due to an injury,

Marley Watkins is having a strong influence on the game and he goes close with a glancing header as he darts in front of his United marker.

Graeme Shinnie congratulates Danny Williams
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Graeme Shinnie congratulates Danny Williams on his spectacular strike for Inverness.

From an Inverness free-kick, Marley Watkins out-muscles his opponent and sends the ball across for Edward Ofere who knocks the ball wide of the United net. Inverness may not get a better chance than that the whole half!

Josh Meekings runs down the wing for Inverness as if he has a tiger snapping at his heels. United's Callum Morris is on hand to turn the cross away to prevent a third goal for the home side.

KICK-OFF

OK, let's see what happens in the second period.

Scotland Under-17s
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Any ideas what Scotland coach Scot Gemmill is doing with the Under-17s squad that has left them in such tatters in Bulgaria? Looks like 50 sit-ups too many.

Danny Williams volleys Inverness CT ahead
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If Caley Thistle's leveller was an impressive team goal, the strike that put them in front was simply knockout stuff - Danny Williams chests the ball down to a suitable height and bashes an unstoppable shot into the net with a dipping volley.

Edward Ofere is off to celebrate his equaliser for Inverness
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Edward Ofere is off to celebrate his equaliser for Inverness after knocking in a simple goal to round off a lovely passing move.

HALF-TIME

Inverness CT 2-1 Dundee United

It's quite a turnaround for Caley Thistle, who took a while to get to grips with the heavy rain and sodden pitch. As things stand, Inverness are seven points clear in third place.

Jamie Gordon on

Facebook: "Summer Football???? Its a hardy bunch of fans here tonight."

BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

"It was one of those ones that seems to catch in the top corner of the net for a moment, making it look even better."

GOAL

Inverness CT 2-1 Dundee United (Williams)

Danny Williams finds the top corner of Radoslaw Cierzniak's net with a left-foot dipping volley after taking a touch to set it up. A peach.

That's Ofere's fifth goal in 10 appearances for the Highlanders. None too shabby for the Nigerian striker.