Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-1 Dundee

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Allan strike helps Dundee past Inverness

Scott Allan's exquisite finish proved sufficient as Dundee beat Inverness Caley Thistle to secure a Scottish Cup fifth-round tie with Motherwell.

Both sides had few clear-cut chances in a goalless and blustery first half.

But two minutes after the restart, Allan passed the ball into the far corner following good build-up play by A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

The visitors continued to apply pressure as both Allan and Leitch-Smith saw further efforts saved.

Neil McCann's side will host fellow Premiership side Motherwell in on the weekend of 10-11 February.

It was wet, windy and cold at the Caledonian Stadium. Caley Thistle memorably won the Scottish Cup in 2015, their first major trophy, while Dundee last won it way back in 1910.

Dundee's A-Jay Leitch-Smith battles with ICT's Gary Warren
The sides drew 2-2 at Dens Park in their original fourth-round tie

The Highlanders had George Oakley to thank for a late equaliser when the teams drew 2-2 earlier this month, and he was a handful again. He fired wide twice in the first half, while Dundee's Allan and Leitch-Smith tested Mark Ridgers.

Tunisian striker Sofien Moussa, Dundee's top scorer this season with eight goals, nearly made it nine but unleashed a shot too close to Ridgers.

Allan and Moussa then combined to set up on-loan Shrewsbury Town forward Leitch-Smith, who could only direct his diving header straight at the goalkeeper.

Allan's goal at the start of the second half was quite simply a wonderful finish - not just curled, but perfectly passed into the far bottom corner. Leitch-Smith received the plaudits for the set-up work.

Neil McCann's side made it two victories in four days having won at Hamilton at the weekend
Neil McCann's side made it two victories in four days having won at Hamilton at the weekend

The former Hibs man went close to a second when he forced Ridgers to tip over his free-kick.

Dundee's Mark O'Hara had a shot blocked on the line and that sparked a frantic 10 seconds of pin-ball in the box, culminating in Leitch-Smith hitting the underside of the bar.

Caley Thistle rallied and Iain Vigurs saw his effort deflected wide before Ridgers did fantastically at the other end to claw away Leitch-Smith's drive that looked destined for the bottom corner.

Dundee had another chance to extend their lead only to see Moussa bullet a header wide.

John Robertson's side nearly made their visitors pay. Daniel Mackay's shot was touched wide by Elliott Parish and from the corner, Kevin Holt had to be alert to clear a header off the line.

Post-match reaction

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "For us the key moment was just before half-time - it was a penalty kick. Aaron Doran has got there in front of the defender, nicked it, and he's brought down. To book Aaron just adds insult to injury.

"We feel we've been hard done by, but that's football. That's cup football. We've went toe-to-toe with a Premiership team over two legs and not looked out of place. In fact, over the piece probably a wee bit unlucky."

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "I'm delighted to get through - it's all about getting through. Sometimes questions are asked of a Premiership side in these conditions.

"Scott Allan's finish was really composed. You could also see tonight what Leitch-Smith offers us."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 28Ridgers
  • 22McKayBooked at 65mins
  • 5Warren
  • 23Donaldson
  • 16CalderSubstituted forMackayat 83'minutes
  • 10Doran CoganBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBairdat 67'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 11VigursBooked at 78mins
  • 4Chalmers
  • 14Oakley
  • 20BellSubstituted forMulraneyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Baird
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Seedorf
  • 24Trafford
  • 27Mackay
  • 32Brown

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2Kerr
  • 34Waddell
  • 22HendryBooked at 37mins
  • 3Holt
  • 10Allan
  • 14O'HaraBooked at 62mins
  • 8Kamara
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forSpenceat 46'minutes
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 9MoussaSubstituted forDeaconat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Dea
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 21Deacon
  • 23Wolters
  • 28Spence
  • 47Lambert
  • 67Malherbe
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,746

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee 1.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Daniel Mackay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Roarie Deacon replaces Sofien Moussa because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Daniel Mackay replaces Riccardo Calder.

Attempt missed. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Scott Allan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. John Baird (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

George Oakley (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Baird (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jake Mulraney replaces Connor Bell.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. John Baird replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).

Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Booking

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Riccardo Calder (Inverness CT).

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