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Inverness CT 2-3 Dundee United

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland

Relegated Dundee United hung on with 10 men to end a turbulent week with only a seventh league win of a dismal season.

The Tangerines, who dismissed boss Mixu Paatelainen on Wednesday, were boosted by Simon Murray's early 30-yarder.

Murray helped a second over the line, off Caley defender Josh Meekings, in first-half injury-time before Edward Ofere tapped home the visitors' third.

But goals from Jordan Roberts and Liam Polworth ensured a nervy final 20 minutes, with Callum Morris sent off.

The United defender was booked for a clumsy lunge on Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo, and moments later received a second yellow card for wrestling with Roberts, leaving United to play the last 12 minutes a man short.

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But despite intense pressure Caley Thistle couldn't muster a leveller, dealing a blow to their hopes of overtaking Dundee for seventh place.

Instead, after four straight defeats confirmed their drop into the Championship, victory under caretaker boss Gordon Young brought United a small measure of relief.

Young elected to use a back four, rather than three, and over the course of the match that seemed a sound decision. They seemed more stable for periods and able to frustrate their hosts, even if they were under siege late on.

United were first to threaten when former Inverness striker Ofere cut in from the left and shot at Owain Fon Williams, who had to react to block Scott Fraser's follow-up.

But the opener wasn't long in coming. Murray picked up possession centrally and thumped a powerful shot from distance which caught Fon Williams off guard and sailed into the net.

Simon Murray lets fly to score the opener for Dundee United
Murray's opening goal from 30 yards was only his fourth of the season

A similar effort minutes later was well off target but a sign of the striker's confidence despite United's predicament.

The hosts began to dominate possession and Mbuyi-Mutombo split the defence to release Miles Storey, but Eiji Kawashima did superbly to stay tall and block twice.

Storey curled in an excellent left-foot shot which almost sailed over the Japanese goalkeeper, but he recovered to tip over.

Instead United got the perfect tonic immediately before half-time, when Billy McKay's powerful shot was saved but the ball fell to Murray, who scrambled it on target.

The unfortunate Meekings' attempts to clear resulted in the ball bouncing off him onto the post and back into the net.

United hit Caley on the counter-attack to great effect 10 minutes into the second half, Murray releasing McKay who squared across goal to leaving Ofere a simple tap-in.

But 13 seconds after the re-start, Roberts drilled in a left-footed shot from the edge of the area to give Inverness hope.

Polworth was just off target with an angled drive before grabbing the second after Kawashima could only weakly parry Roberts' effort into his path.

At this point United, who have surrendered leads so often this season, were in disarray, with Morris' lack of discipline symptomatic of their problems.

But despite the obvious fragility on show, they somehow held out to frustrate the home side and earn themselves a modicum of pride.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14DevineSubstituted forWilliamsat 86'minutes
  • 3Tremarco
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forForanat 76'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forWilliamsat 83'minutes
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 39StoreyBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 21Hughes

Dundee Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Kawashima
  • 17DurnanSubstituted forDonaldsonat 74'minutes
  • 5MorrisBooked at 78mins
  • 2Dillon
  • 12Knoyle
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Rankin
  • 3Dixon
  • 15MurraySubstituted forCooteat 77'minutes
  • 9Ofere
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 27Coote
  • 28Donaldson
  • 33Johnson
  • 40Robson
  • 43Smith
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,587

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Edward Ofere (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Williams replaces Danny Devine.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

  8. Post update

    Billy McKay (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Jordan Roberts.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

  11. Post update

    Alistair Coote (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Inverness CT) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Callum Morris (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Jordan Roberts (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Simon Murray.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Richie Foran replaces Liam Polworth.

  18. Booking

    Callum Morris (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35248382275580
2Aberdeen35225860402071
3Hearts35179955371860
4St Johnstone35147145251149
5Motherwell35145164353-1047
6Ross County35135174957-844
7Dundee351114105251147
8Inverness CT361210144948146
9Partick Thistle35118163445-1141
10Hamilton35109163960-2139
11Kilmarnock3598183857-1935
12Dundee Utd3676233865-2727
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