Billy McKay fired Inverness CT into the fourth round of League Cup at Dundee's expense.

McKay, who has been in superb form this season, rifled home from eight yards following a slick passing move.

And Inverness came close to doubling their lead soon after, Nick Ross's shot coming back off the post.

Craig Beattie's effort was the closest John Brown's men came to an equaliser as the Premiership leaders progressed.

Inverness started brightly at Dens Park and McKay opened the scoring in trademark style, finding the net past the helpless Kyle Letheren.

The striker then pressed for his and Inverness's second but his effort was deflected over and Ross spurned a good chance.

Jim McAlister and Beattie had shots deflected wide as Dundee tried to force their way back into the game and Beattie forced Danny Brill into a good save before the break.

McKay was denied by the woodwork for a second time, when he hooked Foran's cross over his head from 15 yards only to see it loop off the bar.

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Peter MacDonald then saw a powerful shot pushed over by Brill before curling a 25-yard free-kick just wide.

Dundee continued to pin Inverness back but they struggled to break down a resilient defence which has now kept five clean sheets in eight games this season.

And Brill ensured Inverness would progress in 90 minutes when he dived low to his left to keep out Ryan Conroy's shot after clever work by MacDonald.

Dundee manager John Brown: "We did everything bar put the ball into the net. Their goalkeeper is well named because he was 'brill' tonight.

"He made a great save from Craig Beattie. I felt we were the better team over the 90 minutes but that's cup football; we didn't take our chances.

"I think Terry has done a great job at Inverness. They are flying high in the Premier League.

"We've got to get out of this division. This game shows us that we can compete at a high level. We've got to do it week in, week out."

Inverness manager Terry Butcher: "The players have got to buy Dean Brill a big drink because he has kept us in the cup.

"The team that turned up tonight is not the team that got us to the top of the league and the players have been told that in no uncertain terms.

"I have actually given the players two days off to go away and think about it because when they come back in on Friday I want them really focused on Hibs because if we play like that against Hibs we will get turned over.

"Fair play to Dundee, it was a great performance from them. They are the ones who deserve to go through, not us.

"They caused us problems, we didn't do well enough in possession or out of possession. They bossed the game in every department."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (3)

Dundee

  • 01 Letheren
  • 02 Irvine
  • 05 Dyer
  • 06 Davidson Booked
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 07 Riley
  • 10 Rae
  • 11 Conroy
  • 20 McAlister
  • 09 MacDonald Booked
  • 29 Beattie Booked (Doris - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Twardzik
  • 21 Thomson
  • 23 Boyle
  • 15 Monti
  • 16 Doris

Inverness CT

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven Booked
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 06 Meekings
  • 14 Devine Booked
  • 04 Vincent
  • 08 Draper Booked
  • 09 Foran (Agdestein - 90' )
  • 10 Doran (Polworth - 62' )
  • 11 Ross
  • 07 McKay

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 20 Polworth
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Finnie
Att: 1,682

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

3 2

Corners

10 9

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:47 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:41

Header at goal by Iain Davidson misses to the right.

90:00 +1:57 Substitution

Substitution Richie Foran goes off and Torbjorn Agdestein comes on.

90:00 +1:04

Willie Dyer takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Liam Polworth on Gavin Rae, free kick awarded.

89:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Conroy.

89:07

Shot by Ryan Conroy.

89:00

Daniel Devine goes into the book.

89:00 Booking

Booking

87:07

Shot by Nick Ross went wide right of the target.

85:38

Clearance by Josh Meekings.

84:32

Clearance by Iain Davidson.

84:16

Corner taken by David Raven from the left by-line.

83:32

Clearance by Steven Doris.

83:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graeme Shinnie.

82:57

Free kick crossed by Graeme Shinnie.

82:36 Booking

Booking

82:36

Iain Davidson goes into the book.

82:20

Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Iain Davidson results in a free kick.

82:03

Iain Davidson manages to make a clearance.

81:57

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie.

81:23

The ball is crossed by David Raven.

79:44

Peter MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

79:40

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line.

77:18

Nicky Riley delivers the ball.

76:13

Dean Brill manages to make a clearance.

76:10

Ryan Conroy takes the free kick.

75:40

Josh Meekings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Doris.

75:08

Iain Davidson takes the free kick.

74:59

Iain Davidson fouled by Richie Foran, the ref awards a free kick.

74:44

Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

74:24

Peter MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Draper.

74:16

Centre by Willie Dyer.

71:47

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Conroy.

71:24

Shot by Ryan Conroy. Nick Ross gets a block in.

70:35

Free kick taken by Declan Gallacher.

70:29

Jim McAlister fouled by Liam Polworth, the ref awards a free kick.

69:50

Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Conroy from the free kick and goes right of the post.

68:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Meekings on Ryan Conroy.

67:05 Substitution

Substitution Steven Doris on for Craig Beattie.

65:19

The ball is sent over by David Raven.

64:04

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

63:41

The referee blows for offside.

62:47

Clearance made by Dean Brill.

62:42

Corner taken by Ryan Conroy.

61:09 Substitution

Substitution Liam Polworth joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Doran.

60:36

Graeme Shinnie takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

59:59

Jim McAlister challenges David Raven unfairly and gives away a free kick.

57:25

Ryan Conroy takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

57:00

Josh Meekings manages to make a clearance.

56:57

Corner taken by Ryan Conroy from the left by-line.

54:33

Strike comes in from Peter MacDonald from the free kick and misses right of the target.

53:38

Craig Beattie fouled by Daniel Devine, the ref awards a free kick.

52:26

Header by Aaron Doran goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:18

The ball is delivered by Nick Ross.

51:41

Nicky Riley manages to make a clearance.

51:37

David Raven delivers the ball.

49:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Conroy.

49:28

Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Dean Brill parries the effort to safety.

49:06

Richie Foran takes a shot. Kyle Letheren safely holds on.

48:23

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

47:55

Richie Foran takes a shot and hits the bar.

47:20

The ball is swung over by David Raven.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +0:39 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:04

Craig Beattie takes a shot. Dean Brill parries the effort to safety.

44:40

Clearance by Iain Davidson.

44:20

Ryan Conroy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:05

David Raven receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

44:05 Booking

Booking

43:54

David Raven challenges Ryan Conroy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:33

Iain Davidson takes the free kick.

43:24

Ross Draper concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Rae.

42:24

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

42:09

Jim McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran.

41:18

Kyle Letheren restarts play with the free kick.

41:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Rae by Josh Meekings.

40:46

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

40:32

Shot by Ross Draper. Blocked by Gavin Rae.

40:14

Clearance made by Declan Gallacher.

40:08

Graeme Shinnie takes the free kick.

39:47

Gavin Rae challenges Ross Draper unfairly and gives away a free kick.

39:24

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

39:16

Peter MacDonald goes into the book.

39:16 Booking

Booking

39:07

Foul by Peter MacDonald on Nick Ross, free kick awarded.

38:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Conroy.

37:46

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

37:27

Corner taken by Jim McAlister from the left by-line.

36:21

Header at goal by Ross Draper goes over the frame of the goal.

36:06

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line.

35:45

Declan Gallacher makes a clearance.

35:39

Aaron Doran takes the free kick.

35:05

Foul by Gavin Rae on Aaron Doran, free kick awarded.

33:05

Shot by Peter MacDonald cleared the target.

32:55

Willie Dyer delivers the ball.

31:08

Daniel Devine takes the free kick.

30:52

Foul by Peter MacDonald on Josh Meekings, free kick awarded.

29:21

Corner taken by Jim McAlister from the left by-line.

29:00

Booking for Ross Draper for dissent.

29:00 Booking

Booking

27:49

Clearance made by Dean Brill.

27:47

Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter MacDonald.

27:28

Craig Beattie takes a shot. Daniel Devine gets a block in.

27:04

Corner from the left by-line taken by Nicky Riley.

26:38

Shot by Jim McAlister. Josh Meekings gets a block in.

25:54

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

25:35

Craig Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Devine.

24:11

Corner taken by Nick Ross.

23:47

Shot by Aaron Doran.

22:58

Free kick taken by Iain Davidson.

22:49

Unfair challenge on Jim McAlister by Ross Draper results in a free kick.

19:46

Nick Ross takes a shot and hits the post.

18:58

Daniel Devine makes a clearance.

18:40

Peter MacDonald takes a shot.

18:36

Nicky Riley sends in a cross.

16:14

Craig Beattie booked for unsporting behaviour.

16:14 Booking

Booking

16:07

Craig Beattie challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13:09

James Vincent takes a shot and goes over the bar.

12:57

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line.

12:29

Billy McKay takes a shot.

12:20

Graeme Shinnie delivers the ball.

11:44

Free kick taken by Kyle Letheren.

11:37

Billy McKay is ruled offside.

10:29

Assist on the goal came from Richie Foran.

10:29 Goal scored

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

9:39

Richie Foran takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

6:40

Billy McKay takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

3:06

Aaron Doran takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

1:58

Daniel Devine makes a clearance.

1:54

The ball is delivered by Nicky Riley.

1:02

Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

0:54

Nicky Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Shinnie.

0:00

The match begins.

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