Scottish Premiership - Play-off Semi-final - 2nd Leg
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Premiership play-off semi-final: Dundee Utd 3-0 Inverness CT (4-0 on aggregate)

Osman Sow scored his first goal for Dundee United to put them 2-0 up on the night
Osman Sow scored his first goal for Dundee United to put them 2-0 up on the night

Dundee United are two games away from a return to the Scottish Premiership after easing past Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the play-off semi-finals.

With United 1-0 up from the first leg, Nicky Clark rammed in a spot-kick after Brad McKay was controversially deemed to have handled Peter Pawlett's shot.

Osman Sow added a second just after the break to effectively kill the tie, and Pavol Safranko rolled in a late third.

United now face either Hamilton Academical or St Mirren in the final.

The first leg will be at Tannadice on Thursday, with the return three days later at the home of whichever club finishes second-bottom of the top flight.

Controversy and saves before goals

A year ago, United lost at this stage to Livingston, having been beaten by Hamilton in the final the season before.

They have spent three years in the Championship since being relegated in 2016 and were runners-up to Ross County this term.

United were indebted to goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, who made three excellent first-half saves to prevent an attacking Inverness levelling the tie on aggregate.

And further thanks were needed to referee Kevin Clancy for awarding a penalty in the final few minutes of the first half, when Pawlett's drive struck McKay's leg and reared up against his outstretched hand.

Inverness manager John Robertson was sent to the stand for his protestations and the concession proved dispiriting for the weary visitors, who wilted badly in their 11th game since the start of April.

Sow swivelled and scooped in a second - his first for United - nine minutes into the second half after Paul McMullan burrowed into the box and picked him out.

Clark managed to strike an upright twice in quick succession - the second a glaring miss after being presented with an open goal.

But substitutes Safranko and Sam Stanton combined, the former sliding in a composed angled finish across Mark Ridgers to clinch United's victory.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 55Connolly
  • 30ReynoldsBooked at 33mins
  • 17Robson
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 47Harkes
  • 7McMullan
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forStantonat 78'minutes
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forSafrankoat 63'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 9SowBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBoothat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 4Frans
  • 12Stanton
  • 14Safranko
  • 25Smith
  • 29Chalmers
  • 41Currid

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 22McKayBooked at 45mins
  • 5Donaldson
  • 6McCart
  • 2RooneySubstituted forAustinat 56'minutes
  • 24Trafford
  • 4Chalmers
  • 29McHattie
  • 11WalshSubstituted forHarperat 90'minutes
  • 19White
  • 10Doran CoganBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 17McDonald
  • 21Mackay
  • 35Macgregor
  • 39Gunn
  • 40Harper
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
8,540

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 3, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Inverness CT 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan White (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Cameron Harper replaces Tom Walsh.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 3, Inverness CT 0. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Stanton.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Samuel Stanton replaces Nicky Clark.

  9. Post update

    Anthony McDonald (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ian Harkes.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Anthony McDonald replaces Aaron Doran.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Jordan White (Inverness CT).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Callum Booth replaces Osman Sow.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

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