Inverness made it two Premiership wins out of two after Billy McKay's goal defeated Dundee United at Tannadice.

The Northern Irishman showed great composure to lift the ball over United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Caley Thistle's Richie Foran was fortunate not to be sent off for a knee-high tackle on Gary Mackay-Steven.

United's on-loan striker David Goodwillie missed a second-half tap-in, meaning they lost their first opening home league match since 2010.

One of United manager Jackie McNamara's chief objectives this season is to build a better home record, but that might be easier said than done.

His much-changed squad is taking longer to gel than planned and the sight of many players failing to execute the basics will cause slight alarm amongst the Tannadice faithful.

Goodwillie's loan move from Blackburn Rovers raised a lot of Tangerine excitement but he misfired when it mattered most.

James Vincent's arrowed left-footer and Graeme Shinnie's angled drive from 14 yards made the visitors look the more likelier to score before McKay eventually did.

Analysis

Dundee Utd v ICT

"The Inverness energy was marvellous today. They were well-disciplined and organised. There's a physicality about them but they can pass the ball as well. If they continue that sort of form they'll have a fabulous season."

BBC Sportsound summariser Willie Miller at Tannadice.

He scored 27 goals for Terry Butcher's men last season and his wonderful finish - number two of this campaign - was another reminder of the 24-year-old's potency.

Foran had rifled the ball into United's penalty box before it bounced up in the air, but McKay cleverly got the better of Sean Dillon and used his toe to loft it over the helpless Cierzniak.

The input of Foran had been positive for Caley Thistle's goal, but his next major contribution was poor when he took out Mackay-Steven after the winger had outfoxed him with skill.

Referee Steven McLean opted for a yellow card but most inside Tannadice expected red, particularly United coach Darren Jackson who was furious on the sidelines.

The hosts did find some rhythm towards the end of the first half but all it culminated in was a weak shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Dean Brill by midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

United surrendering possession far too easily right after the break set the tone again as Foran, then McKay, shot and headed wide respectively for Inverness CT.

With 15 minutes left, Mackay-Steven got by David Raven excellently to cross for Goodwillie at back-post and an equaliser seemed imminent, but the striker opened up his right foot to apply a finish which spooned out towards the six-yard box.

Shinnie could have killed off the game after that scare, however the left-back dragged his shot wide and the Highlanders had to be content with a narrower win.

Match Stats

Shots

4 13

On target

2 2

Corners

0 4

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

88:31

Josh Meekings produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

88:06

Booking for Nadir Ciftci for unsporting behaviour.

88:06 Booking

Booking

87:56

Nadir Ciftci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper.

87:15

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

86:46

Unfair challenge on James Vincent by Paul Paton results in a free kick.

86:36

Gary Warren makes a clearance.

86:31

Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.

86:18

Billy McKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson.

85:21 Substitution

Substitution Liam Polworth replaces Aaron Doran.

84:58 Booking

Booking

84:58

Aaron Doran is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

84:20

Josh Meekings takes the free kick.

84:04 Substitution

Substitution David Goodwillie leaves the field to be replaced by Nadir Ciftci.

83:36

Foul by Stuart Armstrong on Gary Warren, free kick awarded.

82:57

Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Dean Brill catches the ball.

82:08

The ball is sent over by Aaron Doran.

81:54

Ross Draper restarts play with the free kick.

81:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Graham on Ross Draper.

81:12

Shot by Graeme Shinnie missed to the right of the target.

79:25

Header by Billy McKay misses to the right of the target.

79:19

Centre by Graeme Shinnie.

78:16

Calum Butcher makes a clearance.

78:10

The ball is crossed by Nick Ross.

73:56

A cross is delivered by Gary Mackay-Steven.

73:10 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Devine on for David Raven.

71:46

David Goodwillie takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

71:27

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.

69:34

Gary Mackay-Steven sends in a cross.

67:39

Shot by Richie Foran missed to the right of the net.

66:50

Centre by Aaron Doran.

66:07

Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

65:34

Andrew Robertson challenges Aaron Doran unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:18

Gary Warren manages to make a clearance.

65:14

A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie.

64:48

Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

64:29

Stuart Armstrong challenges Ross Draper unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:35 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Dow is brought on as a substitute for Chris Erskine.

61:44

James Vincent takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

60:03

Aaron Doran delivers the ball.

58:11 Substitution

Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Brian Graham coming on for John Rankin.

55:51

Josh Meekings takes the free kick.

55:38

Stuart Armstrong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran.

54:03

Ross Draper takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

53:53

Andrew Robertson manages to make a clearance.

53:43

Corner taken by Aaron Doran.

53:26

The ball is sent over by Graeme Shinnie.

51:35

Clearance made by Sean Dillon.

51:32

The ball is crossed by Graeme Shinnie.

50:57

Header at goal by Billy McKay misses to the right.

49:16

Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.

49:07

The referee penalises Ross Draper for handball.

47:15

The ball is sent over by Graeme Shinnie.

46:57

Clearance made by Sean Dillon.

45:28

Nick Ross takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

43:24

Andrew Robertson takes the free kick.

42:56

Foul by David Raven on John Rankin, free kick awarded.

41:39

Clearance made by Calum Butcher.

41:34

Corner taken by Aaron Doran from the right by-line.

41:02

Chris Erskine has an effort at goal. Dean Brill blocks the ball.

40:13

Keith Watson delivers the ball.

39:54

Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

39:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Ross Draper.

38:52

Gary Warren manages to make a clearance.

38:29

Chris Erskine crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy McKay on Chris Erskine.

38:06

Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.

38:00

Chris Erskine takes the free kick.

37:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Richie Foran.

35:47

Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

34:42

The referee gives a free kick against Billy McKay for handball.

34:26

Clearance by David Raven.

34:21

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.

32:45

Billy McKay takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

32:15

Free kick taken by Calum Butcher.

31:28

Keith Watson receives a caution for dissent.

31:28 Booking

Booking

31:08

Gary Warren is shown a yellow card for dissent.

31:08 Booking

Booking

30:14

Richie Foran goes into the referee's book.

30:14 Booking

Booking

29:41

Foul by Richie Foran on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded.

29:05

Header by Gary Warren goes over the bar.

28:55

Aaron Doran crosses the ball in from the free kick.

28:24

Chris Erskine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Ross.

26:41

John Rankin takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

26:25

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.

25:53

Clearance by Josh Meekings.

25:49

Free kick crossed by Chris Erskine.

25:19

David Goodwillie fouled by Aaron Doran, the ref awards a free kick.

24:51

Graeme Shinnie takes the free kick.

24:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie by David Goodwillie.

21:45

Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

21:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Meekings by David Goodwillie.

19:59

Assist on the goal came from Richie Foran.

19:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy McKay - Dundee U 0 - 1 Inverness Billy McKay scores a right footed goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Inverness CT.

18:10

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

17:59

Foul by David Goodwillie on Gary Warren, free kick awarded.

17:30

Centre by Josh Meekings.

15:19

Calum Butcher makes a clearance.

15:13

A cross is delivered by Graeme Shinnie.

13:52

Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.

13:40

Ross Draper challenges Stuart Armstrong unfairly and gives away a free kick.

12:18

Paul Paton takes the free kick.

12:07

Nick Ross challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick.

12:00

Paul Paton manages to make a clearance.

11:54

Corner taken by Aaron Doran from the left by-line.

11:28

Shot by Graeme Shinnie. Radoslaw Cierzniak parries the ball away.

8:01

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

7:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Goodwillie.

4:33

Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.

4:25

The referee blows for offside.

4:12

Clearance made by Calum Butcher.

4:09

Corner from the left by-line taken by Aaron Doran.

3:58

James Vincent takes a shot.

1:19

The ball is sent over by Andrew Robertson.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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