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Dundee Utd 4-1 Inverness CT: Lawrence Shankland scores four for hosts

Lawrence Shankland's first three goals were all headers
Lawrence Shankland's first three goals were all headers

Summer signing Lawrence Shankland scored four as title favourites Dundee United began their Scottish Championship campaign with a thumping win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Shankland, who netted 24 times for Ayr United in the second tier last term, scored twice in each half to take his tally for the season to six.

His first three goals were all headers and his fourth a sharp swivel and hit.

It was a difficult day for Inverness, who had levelled through Tom Walsh.

John Robertson's Highlanders, who have also been considered challengers for promotion, lost defender Brad McKay, who was taken to hospital in a neck brace after falling heavily.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I was delighted with the performance right from the start. I thought to a man they played very well.

"Shankland has been great since he came in. I think the other players have got to take credit for the as well because they brought him into the group and you can see he's getting the benefits."

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "There were key parts of the game where we felt that had we defended properly first we'd have kept in it, but we missed good opportunities at the wrong time.

"And they had a man who they paid big money for and that's exactly why they've done it, that was a masterclass in finishing."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 5Connolly
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 7McMullan
  • 12StantonSubstituted forHarkesat 76'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 27Appere
  • 24ShanklandSubstituted forBanksat 88'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forSmithat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 20Chalmers
  • 23Harkes
  • 25King
  • 34Banks
  • 44Watson

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 22McKaySubstituted forVincentat 21'minutes
  • 5Donaldson
  • 6McCart
  • 3Tremarco
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 8CarsonBooked at 61mins
  • 24TraffordBooked at 77mins
  • 11Walsh
  • 7KeatingsSubstituted forStoreyat 71'minutes
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forTodorovat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McHattie
  • 14Vincent
  • 17Storey
  • 19Todorov
  • 21MacKay
  • 26Harper
  • 28MacGregor
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
7,023

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 4, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 4, Inverness CT 1.

Foul by Scott Banks (Dundee United).

David Carson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikolay Todorov (Inverness CT).

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Tom Walsh (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Charlie Trafford.

Attempt blocked. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Banks replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 4, Inverness CT 1. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Smith.

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Carson.

Booking

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Ian Harkes replaces Samuel Stanton.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Carson.

Attempt blocked. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Miles Storey replaces James Keatings.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nikolay Todorov replaces Jordan White.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Hand ball by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Nicky Clark.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Foul by Louis Appere (Dundee United).

David Carson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

David Carson (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd11004133
2Ayr11004223
3Dundee10102201
4Dunfermline10102201
5Alloa10101101
6Partick Thistle10101101
7Arbroath10100001
8Queen of Sth10100001
9Morton100124-20
10Inverness CT100114-30
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