Scottish Premiership - Play-off Semi-final - 1st Leg
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Inverness CT 0-1 Dundee United: McMullan scores and Polworth sent off in first leg

Paul McMullan scores
Paul McMullan reacted first to score after Nicky Clark's shot hit the post

Paul McMullan's late goal gave Dundee United a first-leg advantage over 10-man Inverness in the Scottish Premiership semi-final.

McMullan tucked away a rebound shot after Nicky Clark's effort had come back off a post.

By then, Inverness had come close to an opener when Jordan White headed off the post then lost Liam Polworth to a red card for a high foot on Mark Connolly.

The two sides will meet again in Friday's second leg at Tannadice.

The eventual winner will play either Hamilton Academical or St Mirren - whichever side finishes second bottom of the top flight - in next week's two-legged final.

Osman Sow came close to an early opener for the visitors, his left-footed low shot in the box saved by Inverness keeper Mark Ridgers, who was then tested by McMullan.

White had the hosts' best chance when he nodded against the upright following a ball into the box from Joe Chalmers. He tried again before the break but this time his header was saved by United keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Chalmers also sent a shot from 20 yards just wide.

United tried to make their numerical advantage count after Polworth's dismissal early in the second period and eventually did with 12 minutes left.

Sow's replacement Clark struck firmly against the right-hand post and McMullan converted off the opposite post.

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "We don't feel it's a red card. It could easily have sufficed with a yellow. For the referee to change the whole complexion of the game on that incident - we feel hard done by.

"I can understand why he's given it - we know the laws of the game. It is what it is. We are 1-0 down. We've won at Tannadice before. We go down there full of confidence."

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "Pleased with tonight but by no means are we on easy street now. We've got a tough, tough game coming up. The sending off has a bearing on the game.

"I've been delighted with Paul McMullan since I came in. He's got potential to really go far in the game because he's got that pace and he's got the fitness levels as well."

Mark Connolly and Liam Polworth
Polworth's challenge resulted in a red card that makes him suspended for the second leg

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1RidgersBooked at 48mins
  • 22McKay
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 38mins
  • 6McCart
  • 2Rooney
  • 24Trafford
  • 4Chalmers
  • 29McHattie
  • 7PolworthBooked at 48mins
  • 19WhiteSubstituted forAustinat 81'minutes
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forHarperat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 17McDonald
  • 21Mackay
  • 35Macgregor
  • 39Gunn
  • 40Harper

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 55Connolly
  • 30Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 18Butcher
  • 47Harkes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes
  • 50Pawlett
  • 14SafrankoSubstituted forBoothat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9SowSubstituted forClarkat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 4Frans
  • 10Clark
  • 16Smith
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 25Smith
  • 34Laidlaw
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,604

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 1.

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Harper (Inverness CT).

Booking

Callum Booth (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Booth (Dundee United).

Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Paul McMullan because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathan Austin replaces Jordan White.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 1. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Mark Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan White (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Cameron Harper replaces Aaron Doran.

Attempt saved. Callum Booth (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Osman Sow.

Paul McMullan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Osman Sow.

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

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Dundee United).

Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Dundee United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jordan White (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Osman Sow (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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