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    Dundee 3-1 Inverness CT - SPL

    Bitter disappointment


    Caley Thistle had 75% of the play but managed only 25% of the goals. Meh!

    With Ross Tokely suspended Stuart McCaffrey came in, and Craig Brewster started up front with Graham Bayne. 

    Caley Thistle started with a flourish and pressed the Dundee goal for most of the game. From the kick-off Barry Wilson raced down the right and sent in a low dangerous ball which was cleared then McBain shot well over the bar from outside the box. Dundee's Tam McManus ran into the Caley Thistle box in the ninth minute and had space to turn, but Grant Munro stepped in with a timely tackle. 

    Brewster turned and shot over the bar in 15 minutes then a Bayne touch was held by Soutar. 

    ICT dominance continued until the 26th minute when a Neil Barrett snap shot went over the bar. A minute later Dundee took the lead after a solo effort from Steven Robb. He ran down the left, passed two defenders, cut inside and his angled shot beat Mark Brown at the near post. 

    From the kick-off ICT retaliated and a Brewster 25 yard shot was deflected for a corner. From Wilson's flag kick Munro rose high to head over. On the half-hour mark Fabian Caballero made a confident run into the ICT box and it took three defenders to retrieve the situation. 

    A lob goalwards by Barry Smith cleared the bar but much closer than anticipated. The best ICT chance of the half came a minute from the whistle when a 25 yard swerving Brewster shot was touched over by Soutar. 

    Half Time: 1-0

    Hopes of a revival faded two minutes into the second half when a Caballero 18 yard shot was pushed upwards by Brown and as the ball came down McManus was there to head in Dundee's second goal, and a debut goal for him. The day went from bad to worse in 55 minutes when McCaffrey handled in the box and the resultant penalty was netted by John Sutton

    A Stuart Golabek shot was deflected for a corner in 71 minutes, Bayne headed the corner over, Wilson drove over the bar in 75 minutes and Brewster curled the ball wide three minutes later; all stirring stuff but nothing to show for it. Darren Dods had to race back to rob Steven Robb ten minutes from time, but the play was still mainly in the other direction. 

    As the minutes ticked away it was all about restoring pride as a Dods glancing header went wide and a Juanjo shot was cleared. A much-deserved goal finally came a minute from time when a Richie Hart free kick from the left curled towards the back post and Brewster was there to head his first goal for the club. The goal was welcome but it came an hour too late. With three added minutes there was still time for Wilson to shoot wide and a very good Bayne effort to be held by Soutar. 

    Full Time: 3-1

    This game completed the set of home/away matches against all SPL clubs and ICT now lie ninth but only three points off the foot of the table.




    Dundee: 3  (Robb 28, McManus 48, Sutton 56 pen).

    Team: Soutar, McNally, Wilkie, McDonald, Robb, Fotheringham, Barrett (Mann 86), Smith,

    Sutton, McManus (Robertson 66), Caballero (Larsen 79).

    Subs Not Used: Jack, Cerdeira, Clark. - Booked: None


     Inverness CT: 1  (Brewster 90)

    Team: Brown, Munro, Dods, McCaffrey, Golabek, Wilson, Duncan, Keogh (Juanjo 69),

    McBain (Hart 58), Brewster, Bayne.

    Subs Not Used: Fraser, Hastings, Proctor, Prunty, Black. - Booked: Golabek (60), Duncan (60).

    Attendance: 5,567 - Referee: Alan Freeland


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