Inverness CT 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)

Inverness CT 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
Caledonian Stadium. Att. 5,479
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Barry Robson (pen.) (82)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Darren Dods
Grant Munro
Richard Hastings
Richie Hart
Ian Black
Liam Fox
Stuart Golabek
Bryan Prunty
Graham Bayne
Tony Bullock .1
Garry Kenneth .39
Alan Archibald .5
David McCracken .3
Mark Wilson .2
Derek McInnes .4
Grant Brebner .8
Barry Robson .11
Mark Kerr .7
Stevie Crawford .19
Jim McIntyre .10

Michael Fraser
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Craig Brewster
Barry Wilson
Rory McAllister
David Proctor
Nick Colgan .47
Stuart Duff .12
Greg Cameron .36
Billy Dodds .14
Collin Samuel .9
James Grady .16
Jason Scotland .20

Craig Brewster for Graham Bayne (33)
Barry Wilson for Bryan Prunty (60)
Rory McAllister for Richie Hart (73)
Jason Scotland for Stevie Crawford (57)
Stuart Duff for Grant Brebner (63)
James Grady for Jim McIntyre (86)

Ian Black (90) Grant Brebner (30)
Barry Robson (37)

Red Cards
None. Barry Robson (90)

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Brian McGarry & Brian McDuffie (Assistants)
Andrew Hunter (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Gordon Chisholm made two changes to the United side for their vital relegation crunch match against Inverness in the Highlands. The injured Paul Ritchie was replaced by David McCracken and there was a recall for Derek McInnes coming in for Stuart Duff who had to settle for a place on the bench. Former United hero Craig Brewster listed himself as a substitute for ICT.

Played in front of a large, vocal United support, the visitors kicked off and went straight on the attack. After nine minutes United should have taken the lead. A great ball from McIntyre found Robson again and just as he appeared to be shooting at goal he squared the ball to Mark Kerr who forced a great fingertip save from Brown. On the half hour mark Grant Brebner was booked for appearing to kick out at Ian Black. The home support were furious as they thought the challenge merited a red card. On the stroke of half time United again went close. A Wilson cross from the left found Barry Robson but his shot from 16 yards out went straight at the Caley goalkeeper Mark Brown.

The second half kicked off with no further changes to either side. Jim McIntyre immediately found Mark Wilson on the right but his low deflected cross was gathered by Brown. ICT then had a corner from the right and Craig Brewster almost broke the deadlock but his header went narrowly wide. Ian Black then had a shot for Caley but his effort was well over the top. With ten minutes to go the United fans were rewarded with what they had been waiting for all afternoon. Robson cut in from the right hand side and he was upended in the penalty area by Ross Tokely. Referee Freeland had no hesitation in awarding United a penalty kick. Barry Robson got up himself and drilled his penalty into the net giving Brown no chance. This sparked scenes of joy for the visiting support and in fact there was a mini pitch invasion. At that point the news came in from Almondvale that Dundee had only managed to draw and therefore United knew they were safe.

Squad Statistics (as at May 21st, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)33 31 - 37 -
David McCracken23 3121305
Alan Archibald27 464876
Garry Kenneth17 13 - 13 -
Mark Wilson20 45711211
Grant Brebner27 392392
Derek McInnes33 32 - 692
Mark Kerr23 362713
Barry Robson26 4487311
Stevie Crawford31 225225
Jim McIntyre32 421613542
Stuart Duff (sub)23 313983
Jason Scotland (sub)26 3655910
James Grady (sub)34 335335

League Table (as at May 21st, 2005)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 30 2 5 51 92
2. Rangers 37 28 6 3 55 90
3. Hibernian 37 18 7 12 8 61
4. Aberdeen 37 17 7 13 3 58
5. Hearts 37 13 11 13 4 50
6. Motherwell 37 12 9 16 -4 45
7. Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 -6 49
8. Inverness CT 38 11 11 16 -6 44
9. Dundee Utd 38 8 12 18 -18 36
10. Livingston 38 9 8 21 -27 35
11. Dunfermline 38 8 10 20 -26 34
12. Dundee 38 8 9 21 -34 33

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
21st May 2005
Inverness CT0-1Dundee Utd