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Inverness CT 2-1 Dundee United

  • Robbie Muirhead gives visitors early lead
  • Edward Ofere taps in equaliser
  • Danny Williams volleys Inverness in front
  • Caley Thistle seven clear in third place

Inverness Caledonian Thistle strengthened their grip on third place as they came from behind to beat Dundee United.

The visitors took the lead when keeper Ryan Esson's kick went straight to Robbie Muirhead, who lobbed home.

However Edward Ofere tapped in Marley Watkins' cut-back before Danny Williams thumped in a brilliant volley.

Inverness now lead both United and St Johnstone by seven points with three games remaining.

A win for John Hughes' side away to Dundee on Saturday would seal qualification for next season's Europa League for the first time.

That would leave Jackie McNamara's United with only fourth place to fight for, and even then they would need Inverness to win the Scottish Cup final on 30 May to join the Highlanders in Europe.

It took just two minutes for United to take the lead. Muirhead finished into the unguarded net from around 40 yards after Gary Warren's back-pass got stuck on the wet surface and Esson's hurried clearance failed to get past the in-form striker.

Muirhead, who scored his first goal for the Terrors in Saturday's 1-0 win over Aberdeen, was in the mood and soon hit the crossbar before Esson clawed away another effort from the 19-year-old.

Greg Tansey shot over as Inverness came back into the contest, and the equaliser arrived when Graeme Shinnie's driving run opened up space for Watkins, whose square ball gave Ofere a simple tap-in.

Shinnie also played a pivotal role as Inverness took the lead.

The Inverness captain's cross was cleared only as far as Williams, who rocketed the ball into the net on the volley beyond Radoslaw Cierzniak.

From an Inverness free-kick, Watkins out-muscled his opponent and sent the ball across for Ofere who knocked the ball wide as the home side started the second half well.

Watkins put a header wide for Inverness and at the other end Nadir Ciftci shot wide under pressure from Ross Draper.

Henri Anier might have equalised after good play down the left from Chris Erskine. The Estonian's first shot was blocked but his second was blasted over the bar.

Muirhead's dangerous ball caused problems for Josh Meekings who miscued the ball and almost turned it into his own net.

The visitors, inevitably, piled the pressure on but time ran out with goalkeeper Esson rarely troubled.

Robbie Muirhead gave Dundee United an early lead
Robbie Muirhead gave Dundee United an early lead
Edward Ofere pulled Inverness CT level
Edward Ofere pulled Inverness CT level before Danny Williams put the home side in front
Things got heated between Jaroslaw Fojut and Edward Ofere (right)
Things got heated between Jaroslaw Fojut and Edward Ofere (right)

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Esson
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forDoranat 90+2'minutes
  • 4VincentSubstituted forRossat 87'minutes
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forChristieat 82'minutes
  • 7OfereBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
  • 25Kink
  • 31Mackay

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16McGowanSubstituted forDillonat 53'minutes
  • 5FojutBooked at 64mins
  • 14Morris
  • 3DixonBooked at 59mins
  • 21TelferSubstituted forAnierat 72'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 4Souttar
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forErskineat 60'minutes
  • 7Ciftci
  • 10Muirhead

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 17Erskine
  • 20Butcher
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
2,426

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Marley Watkins.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

  9. Post update

    John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces James Vincent.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Danny Williams.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Henri Anier (Dundee United).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Henri Anier (Dundee United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Charlie Telfer.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT351781048371159
4Dundee Utd35164155452252
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock35108173853-1538
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell3595213460-2632
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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