Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 - 5 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - Quarter Final
Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 12:30 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,164
Referee: Willie Collum
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Nadir Çiftçi (16)
Nadir Çiftçi (28)
Gavin Gunning (pen.) (36)
Gary Mackay-Steven (49)
Stuart Armstrong (57)

Team Managers
John Hughes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
James Vincent
Garry Warren
Josh Meekings
Marley Watkins
Grieg Tansey
Billy Mckay
Richie Foran
Aaron Doran
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Seán Dillon
Gavin Gunning
Keith Watson
Andy Robertson
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Stuart Armstrong
Gary Mackay-Steven
Ryan Dow
Nadir Çiftçi

Bench
Ryan Esson
Nick Ross
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Danny Williams
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
Marc McCallum
Mark Wilson
John Souttar
Morgaro Gomis
Calum Butcher
Farid El Alagui
Brian Graham

Substitutions
Liam Polworth for Richie Foran (60)
Danny Williams for Aaron Doran (60)
Ryan Christie for Billy McKay (87)
Farid El Alagui for Ryan Dow (54)
Morgaro Gomis for John Rankin (59)
Brian Graham for Nadir Çiftçi (60)

Bookings
None. Nadir Çiftçi (28)
Gary Mackay-Steven (74)

Red Cards
Grieg Tansey (44)
Marley Watkins (72)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 79 apps -
Keith Watson 126 apps10 goals
Gavin Gunning 86 apps10 goals
Seán Dillon 251 apps3 goals
Andy Robertson 33 apps5 goals
Stuart Armstrong 114 apps13 goals
Gary Mackay-Steven 95 apps21 goals
Paul Paton 33 apps1 goal
John Rankin 119 apps9 goals
Ryan Dow 46 apps4 goals
Nadir Çiftçi 29 apps12 goals
Morgaro Gomis (sub) 195 apps7 goals
Brian Graham (sub) 25 apps4 goals
Farid El Alagui (sub) 8 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Andy Robertson (20 years 3 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (30 years 327 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 65 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Souttar (17 years 169 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (30 years 327 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 35 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Gavin Gunning reached 10 goals for the Club.

United turned out an expert performance this afternoon to reach the Scottish Cup semi final with a dominant 5-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, sending their large and very noisy travelling support home with one of the most enjoyable Scottish Cup days since the final of 2010 added to the memory bank.

The first half provided non-stop entertainment for the Arabs in attendance. Nadir Ciftci opened the scoring after a quarter hour's play. Nodding the ball past Brill in the Inverness goal, he calmly squeezed the ball home from an angle to make it 1-0, leaving Josh Meekings chasing a lost cause. A calamitous error at the back for Inverness saw Ciftci score a second just nine minutes later when Brill shot into Meekings' back, leaving the United striker to turn the ball into the net from a couple of yards. United's top marksman was involved again on 35 minutes when he was felled in the box by Graeme Shinnie and from the resultant penalty kick, Gavin Gunning rifled the ball home for his 4th goal in 3 games. The half was rounded off with a straight red card for Greg Tansey for a foul on Paul Paton.

The second half continued as the first had ended with goals for United. Hitting Inverness on the break following an unsuccessful David Raven free-kick, Gary Mackay-Steven picked the ball up from Stuart Armstrong to slot the ball home with the coolest of left foot finishes to make it 4-0 after 49 minutes. Inverness were all at sea. The final goal of the game was netted just before the hour mark when a cross from Keith Watson found the head of Stuart Armstrong for the midfielder's 8th of the season. The scoring ended at five, and despite seeing the game out with comfortable spells of possession and lovely football, the Terrors couldn't find the sixth goal that would have handed them their biggest win this century. Inverness numbers were further reduced with 20 minutes remaining when Marley Watkins was dismissed for dangerous play. Not only does the result send United into the Scottish Cup semi final, but the 5-0 scoreline marks Jackie McNamara's biggest win as United manager and also sees United secure their first clean sheet this side of Christmas.



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