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The William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter-Finals - Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United

The William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United live from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness. Kick-off at 12.30pm.


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what would become the third goal anyway. And knock-down from Ciftci

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again and it is a good save. Dundee kept the ball alive. Did you think

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instinctively when this happened it was a penalty? I don't think it was,

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but we will look at it that. You see in this phase, this is where the

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game began to stretch, it is one touch passing from Dundee United.

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They are difficult to pick up and a lot of movement amongst the

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players. Gavin Gunning came on the blindside of Graeme Shinnie. Graeme

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Shinnie was committed to going about and does not see him. It is a

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penalty, but he was committed to going for the ball. Central

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defender, a couple of weeks ago had not scored at all, Gavin Gunning.

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Great penalty. 3-0, Dundee United against in Menez. I am thinking this

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is some sort of tribute to Robbie Keane? -- Inverness. A bad situation

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for John Hughes and his team is about to get even worse when they

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had a player sent off. He has given the referee the opportunity to give

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him the red card? I still think it is harsh, maybe it is a yellow. He

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has got a split second to make the decision. I thought he was quick to

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give that decision. He has not gone with intent to hurt him but the

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referee will not be slow at throwing out cards. He is one of the most

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officious officials we have in the game. You felt as if the red card

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was inevitable. Not much to cheer up the Inverness fans in the first

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half. These are the only real efforts on target. Graeme Shinnie's

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shot was pretty much at the goalkeeper and then this. Just

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wishing McKay was a couple of inches taller, he might have scored. It is

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an uphill task for them. If they come out and get an early goal, keep

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the pressure on United, but you fear for the sort of space Inverness

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might leave at the back and a day could pick them off. That was a good

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strike from Graeme Shinnie. That is the one positive they have had with

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him linking up with Aaron Doran. I feel at times they need to stretch

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in the final third to cause problems for the Dundee United defence. In

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stepping in off the line has just congested it. Paul Paton, Rankin and

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those players are there to close it down. It is safe to say there is no

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good news the Inverness at the moment. That dressing room will be

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an interesting place to be. There is good news the St Johnstone who are

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in the draw later on for the semifinals. They beat Raith Rovers

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yesterday and they got the ideal start when Gary Mac Donald scored?

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It is a great finish. Did not give the goalkeeper much chance. That

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will have been a difficult game the St Johnstone. They will have been

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looking at that thinking they will have to give Raith Rovers respect

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after knocking out Hibs as well. Great technique. A lot of the guys

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last night were talking about whether he should be playing higher

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than the level he is out at the moment. That is no disrespect to

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Raith Rovers, he is a good player and I don't see why he shouldn't be

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playing in the Premiership when he has ability like that. He scored

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early in the second-half as well. Credit the Nigel Hasselbaink, but

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from this position, Raith Rovers probably cannot believe this

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happened? They probably thought they were going to bring him down and

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take a booking. 1-0 and -- 1-1 low you are still in the cup tie. That

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just sealed things for them? Nobody on the front post. If there was

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somebody on the front post, they could control it and play it out. I

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don't understand how so many teams don't have guys on the post. There

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was Aberdeen against Dumbarton, they did enough to keep another cup run

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going. And surprise, it was Adam Rooney with his sixth goal in seven

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games, grand? He has beaten the defender. You will always get

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chances like that. It is a great header. If there was somebody on the

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post again, he might have got to that. He did well to generate the

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power. He has always got good delivery. It is the pace he puts on

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it. That was a lovely curling shot came back off the post but Aberdeen

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kept it alive and there was a save from Jonny Hayes to keep Aberdeen

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out. As they were searching for the second goal was always a chance

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Dumbarton might come back at them? Aberdeen have got the bit between

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their teeth this season. When it is 1-0, there is always a chance you

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can get back into the game from Dumbarton's perspective. Nothing

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pretty, just a straightforward ball up the pitch. This is Gary Fleming.

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Paul McGinn on the end of it. Maybe not the player Dunbarton wanted on

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the end of it. But he might have scored here and taken it to a

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replay? If Aberdeen could score goals, they are looking good to have

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a good season themselves. We have seen the goals from yesterday's two

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Scottish Cup quarterfinals. You can see a follower version of the

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highlights tonight at 10:25pm. -- fuller. And next week:

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I think we can assume, in the home dressing room in the last 15

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minutes, grand, there has been no chat whatsoever about next Sunday,

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what will the talk be like in there at the moment? They need to get some

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pride back. Not to make it embarrassing, which it could turn

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out that way. Usually with ten men, it will be harder for Dundee United

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to play against them. You never know. It is looking very, very

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difficult. Inverness were 40 macro down against Aberdeen and they came

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back into it. Let's give Dundee United credit as well because they

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have gone for the jugular. They are not a team that will sit back. They

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have scored a few goals this season, once they smell blood, they go for

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it, Dundee United and that it will be the same tactic in this half as

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well. The second half will have two go some to rival the first 45 the

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talking points. It has been sensational, two from Ciftci and

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Dundee United against ten man, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Here

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is the second-half. What can Inverness do hear? They had

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11 men on the park before. It is they who get us back under way. They

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will have had a thin year from John Hughes, who won the Scottish Cup

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twice. Once in 1994, and then in 2010, the 3-0 win over Ross County,

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from just up the road. A good run from Shinnie. Inverness

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need an early goal in the second half, and they almost had one there.

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That was the second time she need got forward. -- Shinnie got forward.

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I am hearing that John Hughes did go to see, recalling the referee at

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half-time. Goalkick. That chat between John Hughes and the referee

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did end amicably. There were no afters, but he obviously had plenty

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to say. I think he had plenty to say to his team.

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United nearly caught Inverness a few moments ago. They know they have a

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way to go. Ciftci, making a nuisance of himself

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again. Two goals today. Dundee United unbeaten in their last

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five games since losing 3-0 against Ross County in January. They found

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their feet again, because for the majority of the winter, the

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Christmas period in particular was a kind of winter of discontent as far

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as results were concerned. They still have ideals on second place in

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the premiership. Their form has come back at just the right time.

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It is four! Wonderful counterattack from Dundee United. Mackay-Steven, a

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Highlander, has surely now put them through. There is no catching this

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lad. Armstrong picks him out. They never catch him. Through the legs of

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Cierzniak. Nice and easy for United now. The man from Caithness. Knocks

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the ball in off the post and Inverness are four down. Dundee

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United well on their way. I am sure Jackie McNamara could not have

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envisaged this kind of afternoon. Everything has gone right for them.

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That was a wonderful counterattack as well from Mackay-Steven. It was a

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set piece. There is a problem for United here.

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Ryan Dow is the man on the deck. And this is why. Dundee United looking

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like cup winners, Billy? They have got the players, no doubt. I worry

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about them sometimes defensively. But if you look at that front four

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and then the balance with Paton and Rankin, they have the talent to

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win. Richie Foran will be hoping to lift

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silverware above his head next weekend. Defeat today far from end

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their season. Ryan Dow still struggling after that challenge from

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Graeme Shinnie. The only question is how many United

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are going to score today. They have scored four in a match for the 10th

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time this season. They are very good. You feel for them. It has all

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gone against them. Poor defending, then the penalty decision, the

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sending off. It will take some reaction from them to go and win the

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cup final next week. But they are capable. We have seen that before.

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Here is a change for Dundee United. This is the former Falkirk player

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and a bit of a goal machine. After John Hughes had left the Falkirk

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Stadium. The Moroccan will be in place shortly. Here he comes now.

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Ryan Dow goes off. El Alagui scored a couple for Dundee

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United. He scored 27 for Falkirk in his one season there from 2011-12.

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It is going to be a very long second half for Inverness Thistle. The

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Dundee United fans are dancing away up the other end of the park, the

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one that Dundee United are attacking. They are loving this.

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Paul Paton has found a home at Tannadice. He really does look the

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part. Yes, but Rankin has helped him. When he first came to United,

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he was still playing that role himself, but since Rankin has gone

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in there with him, he really has shone in that department. Chris

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Erskine is back at Partick Thistle on loan.

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Dundee United, looking for a second Scottish Cup victory in four years.

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Considering that they only had one before that, it would be some

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achievement. Really good quarterfinal record recently, Dundee

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United. Last season, they were beaten by Rangers. They did not lose

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out to Celtic in 2012. Armstrong! And it is five. They are making it

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look very, very simple. Just had quality written all over it. The

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ball came in with pace and power. What a header that was. It has

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rubbed salt in the wound. Last year's Young player of the year,

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Stuart Armstrong, with his eighth goal of the season. Wonderful ball

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in by Keith Watson. And Inverness have lost five goals for the second

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successive match. Now it is just damage limitation.

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I really feel for them. Give them credit, Inverness. They are still

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trying to play. They are trying to get players forward. They will try

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to keep it at five. Although that sounds ridiculous, it could be a

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whole lot worse. I do not think they will have a say. The Dundee United

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fans are shouting, we want ten! United have had a couple since

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half-time. If Nadir Ciftci once a hat-trick, he

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had better do it quick. Side net. They are still going at it.

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It did not happen for Billy Mackay. Caley Thistle are going to throw a

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couple on. John Rankin is the first to be replaced for Dundee United.

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Jackie McNamara has this luxury now, where he can rest a couple of

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players. There are big league games to come as they chase Aberdeen and

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Motherwell in second and third. Nadir Ciftci got the first two

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today, and he is getting a rest now. Good day at the office, job done.

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Now he can get a rest. Replaced by Brian Graham. Pat on the back the

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Ciftci. Inverness have made a Kabbalah changes as well. -- a

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couple of changes. Aaron Doran didn't play against Celtic last

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week, he was injured. He has been taken up with half an hour to go. I

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think he might be tented to bring Willie McKay off as well with next

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week in mind. -- Billy McKay. Paton switching to Watson. The

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question is, do Dundee United fancy getting more goals today? Sometimes

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they think they are so far ahead they can just play the game out?

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Dundee don't do things like that. Inverness need to think, don't give

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them any more, don't drain any more confidence out. Richie Foran is the

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Inverness player to come off. Williams lost out to Paton. The sun

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has come out in the Highland capital, but it is only shining on

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the one team. The one in possession just now. The one moving all the way

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forward to the Scottish Cup semifinals. The draw will come after

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Rangers play Albion Rovers. Both semifinals at Ibrox Stadium this

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season. Foul against Farid El Alagui. Nothing more frustrating,

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all of those passes. Dundee have had a couple of players

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a booking away from missing the semifinal. John Rankin was one of

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those, he has gone off. Two bookings and you miss the next game. Caley

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Thistle have had a few not far from missing the semifinal, but they are

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not going to worry about that. Gary Warren put himself under pressure.

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Dundee are pinning Caley Thistle back again.

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He has had to pick the ball out of the back of his net five times but

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the second game in a row. He is a good goalkeeper. But it has not been

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his day to day. It has not been any of the Inverness players'

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day-to-day. -- day today. McKay sizes it up. When it is not

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your day. You see the fullback, Shinnie up the pitch. Just cannot

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hit the target. Still giving it a go. I was at a game early in the

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season, back in August at Tannadice between these two. Inverness bossed

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it. They were pretty woeful that day, Dundee United. Since then may

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have gone on a couple of brilliant runs, most notably in the autumn.

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They are level with Caley Thistle in the league, but a complete contrast

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to that match today to the one back in August is frightening.

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Caley Thistle have still got a quarter of this match to negotiate.

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In fairness, Dundee United have not scored for a while now!

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McKay has got no one behind him. Jackie McNamara giving the Dundee

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United fans a wave. Loads to hit with tangerine in the

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middle. Spoilt for choice. The likes of Ryan Gauld, people like

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that, often get the headlines. But Stuart Armstrong has had another

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solid season? He is a player, but Jackie McNamara, gets the best out

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of him. That says a lot because he has got a lot to choose from.

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Watson threw for McKay Stephen. -- Mackay-Steven.

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Forehead El Alagui was blocked. Three defenders around him. He

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brought it down, he could have got a boot to it, but they cannot fashion

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out a shot at the moment, United. El Alagui goes up. It just seems a bit

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too easy from an Inverness point of view. Gary Mackay Stephen on the

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showboat again. It is all you need when you are 5-0 down. If you cannot

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get the tricks out when you are 5-0 up, when can you? This must be a

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delight as a Dundee United fan to sit down and watch this? Fan,

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manager, chairmen are having a nice easy day at the office. You don't

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get many of them. The cigars are out.

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A day in the Highlands is normally a good experience, especially if you

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are a Dundee United supported this afternoon.

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Watkins stepping away from McKay. It is a red card again. Caley Thistle

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down to nine men, as they were in the league cup semifinal. Watkins is

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off. Dreadful day the Inverness Caledonian football club. What

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next? I think there was intent in the first sending-off because he

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does not have to leave his leg and studs showing. I think he just went

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for the ball in this one. I think he genuinely goes for the ball,

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Watkins. Maybe he shows his studs, maybe it is similar? But I think he

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makes a genuine attempt for the ball. Yes, his studs are showing. He

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catches him. The referee, no doubt in his mind. He does not have to go

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with his studs. Former Chelsea trainee, Marley Watkins has gone.

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Caley Thistle down to nine men. They have been there before, but I don't

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think they will be pulling back this one rush to mark No! As preparations

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go for a cup final, this is the worst. Bernie and come to visit

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midweek. But in seven days, John Hughes needs to turn this around,

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big-time. -- Hibernian come to visit. Now, John News has said too

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much. -- John Hughes. Things cannot get much worse for him, surely?

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A slip from a loudly. We will try and get as much post match reaction

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to you, but we will be on the website. John Hughes might take a

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while to come out from the dressing room as Gary Mackay Stephen goes

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into Willie column. When you look at the replay it did not look as bad,

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but at pays the referee sees it. I think the Inverness fans were baying

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for that one. They have at times last gluts of goals at times, Dundee

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United have of course scored gluts of goals. Lost five to Celtic last

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week, five so far today. 15 minutes left to go.

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The nine men are stretched at the back.

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The noise you are hearing is no coming from the Dundee United

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supporters. That is the kind of shot you take on

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when you are 50 down -- 5-0 down. He was beaten before he took it.

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The Moroccan continues. Goalkick. He wants the corner.

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Billy Mackay has taken another not. -- knock. If Caley Thistle are going

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to win the League Cup next week, we feel they will need Billy Mackay.

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They do not need him picking up an injury today. He is back on his

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feet. He has been in the wars today. That would be the only thing that

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could make Caley Thistle's day worse, to lose one of their

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important players for the next week or two. Probably the most important,

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isn't it? Dean Brill has had loads of clean

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sheet this season. It has gone off the rails Spec Achill little Caley

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Thistle today. -- spectacularly. The Dundee United defence have not been

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duly troubled today. Chemise somehow wins the free kick. -- Shinnie

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somehow wins the free kick. To be fair, I think he just misses

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by a fraction. It is not his forte, to be fair,

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David Raven. Played a handful of games for Liverpool.

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Meekings was due to missed the League Cup final. They appealed his

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red card that he got in the League Cup semi. It was downgraded to a

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yellow, so he will be available next week, injury dependent.

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Good play by Gunning. He has taken Raven out of it.

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United corner. Caley Thistle are down to nine men, remember. Tansey

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and Watkins were sent off. Roundly booed by the Dundee United

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supporters, but he can afford to smile. He has not had a bad couple

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of weeks. Four goals. Scored a penalty today. United missed two

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penalties in that game at Easter Road, and still won comfortably. The

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Hibernian team will come here midweek.

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Is it a good thing that Inverness have a game before the final? I

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think it is on this occasion. Over the years, they have shown a great

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team spirit. But that confidence, looking at the last two games, will

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be at an all-time low, so it is no bad thing to get a game in before

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that. Just a bit too much for Brian Graham

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to get onto. He was so prolific with Raith

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Rovers. Those three will be absolutely delighted with this

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afternoon's work. Breezing their way towards the last four.

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Trying to get into a tenth Scottish Cup final. Dundee United will play

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either St Johnstone, Aberdeen, or Rangers. The choice will be made

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after the match this afternoon. Could be a couple of cracking

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semifinals, Billy, on the horizon. Yeah, I'm sure they will be. Plenty

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to look forward to. For all four teams. Still Rangers and Albion

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Rovers to be sorted. We said at the top of the programme today that this

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was the most difficult of the quarterfinals to call, but Dundee

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United have made it look easy. They were dominating before Greg Tansey

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was ordered off, followed by Watkins. It has been all about them

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today. United have got the pace. Billy Mackay is about to be taken

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off by John Hughes, with five minutes to go. Armstrong takes the

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corner. I bet they wished they had defended

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like that all day. That ship has sailed.

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Graeme Shinnie got the home sponsor's man of the match there,

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and was roundly cheered by the Dundee United supporters. Graeme

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Shinnie is an excellent player. But I think he will be a tad

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embarrassed. Billy Mackay will come off now. 20 goals this season. Has

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not had a look in today. He is being replaced by Ryan Christie, the son

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of Charlie Christie, who will be joining us in our League Cup final

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coverage. He will have been watching from behind his seat in the box up

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in the main stand for is up Ryan Christie came on last week against

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Celtic and did OK. He looked lively. As things stand, there will be just

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one minute of stoppage time added an at the end. Inverness Thistle will

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be delighted about that. They will want to forget about this game.

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Massive games to come, none more so than at Eldrick Park next Sunday

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afternoon -- Celtic Park. The man of the match is having his

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name sung by the Dundee United supporters. Graeme Shinnie.

:52:50.:53:01.

The two subs are trying to sit out Warren. The referee did not blow the

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whistle that time. He had a good look at the challenge. Can Dundee

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United get six? He had a go. It was always rising. Talking about Dundee

:53:33.:53:39.

United fans having a laugh at Graeme Shinnie's expense, but who has stood

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out for you? Ciftci, before he went off. Not just because of his goals,

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but the presidency has got, his game awareness, throws in a few tricks

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and flicks. He was excellent again. Don't lame him for giving him a

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rest, either. Semifinals next month, both at Ibrox Stadium.

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Into the one minute of stoppage time here. Foul by Mercado Gomez. --

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Morgaro Gomis. This is a game to forget the Caley Thistle.

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Dundee United's hopes of reaching the Scottish Cup final, very much

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alive and kicking. Jackie McNamara will go and exchange a handshake

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with John Hughes, his former Celtic team-mate. John Hughes, well beaten

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here will stop a 5-star show from the Tangerines, who at times this

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season have been goal crazy. They did that again today. 3-0 up at

:55:54.:56:03.

half-time. Ciftci got the first two. Another virtuoso performance from

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the Turkish striker. Mackay-Steven on the counter attack made it 40

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macro. Caley Thistle will focus on the League Cup final. They will take

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on Aberdeen at Celtic Park next month. Dundee will find out who they

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will face later on today. Happy Arabs, and little wonder. They will

:56:40.:56:49.

believe they can move on to lift the silverware of the Scottish Cup for

:56:50.:56:55.

the second time in four years. But dream has gone to another John

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Hughes and his Inverness Caley Thistle side. An afternoon they will

:56:58.:57:05.

not want to remember. They have Hibs to get it out of their system before

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they make the journey to Glasgow next week. Gary Megson a, going off

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after scoring before today. A stunning performance and result

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for Dundee United as they cruised through to the night -- Scottish Cup

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semifinal. Aberdeen and St Johnstone were always there. Dundee United

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joining them in the last four of the competition. You will get live

:57:46.:57:57.

coverage on BBC Radio Scotland. Let's get the thoughts of Michael

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Stewart and the former Inverness captain, Grant Munro. You look very

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stunned as do all of the Caley Thistle fans at the moment. Now we

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can hear from Gary Mackay Stephen. Gary Mackay Stephen and Stuart

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Armstrong, what were the highlights of the game, you both scored, of

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course? Definitely getting an early goal put us on our way. We scored

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three quite early and that gave us a platform. All round it was a great

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team performance. It was a bullet of a header from you but by that stage

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you were well on top. Some people had it marked down as a draw but in

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the end a comfortable win? As Gary said, the two goals helped us along

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and the sending-off gave us a boost as well. It is the fifth win on the

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bounce for the club, and it looks like you are back to your form. Is

:58:57.:59:00.

it a game you expect it to win as easily as you did today? Not at all,

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it is Inverness at home and it is always very difficult. We were not

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expecting to win like that. But we felt if we took our chances we could

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win, and thankfully we did. A couple of sendings off, did that make a big

:59:20.:59:25.

impression in the game in terms of the result? It definitely deflated

:59:26.:59:30.

them and perhaps if they have their full complement coming out in the

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second half they would have had more of a go. But we killed them off

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because we had the man advantage. How do you fancy your chances, and

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who do you want to meet? We will take anyone, it is a Scottish Cup

:59:47.:59:52.

semifinal, a massive game for the club. We will look forward to it. We

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have a game on Wednesday, The Games are coming thick and fast.

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Confidence is high and hopefully we will keep picking up victories.

:00:01.:00:08.

Well done. We spoke at the top of the show who closely matched these

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two teams and they are in the Scottish Premiership. Only goal

:00:14.:00:15.

difference separates them, but they weren't close today? No, once the

:00:16.:00:21.

first goal went in, the fight went out of them straightaway. Dundee

:00:22.:00:30.

filled with confidence. Stunning? It is hard to believe what happened? As

:00:31.:00:36.

soon as first goal went in, you saw the life coming out of Inverness.

:00:37.:00:40.

Maybe it is because they lost five goals at Celtic last week? This one

:00:41.:00:47.

went in and made it 1-0. It was a fantastic finish from Ciftci. The

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goalkeeper made a mistake, the two centre halves. The second goal was a

:00:53.:00:59.

calamity all round. With a team like Dundee United, again we spoke about

:01:00.:01:07.

when they sense but, they go for it. When you give them a two goal start,

:01:08.:01:13.

you are fighting uphill. We don't know what the Inverness game plan

:01:14.:01:18.

was, because presumably it was ripped up early on? In the first

:01:19.:01:32.

half, when the first goal went in, the Dundee United, their tails went

:01:33.:01:41.

up. Red card the Times Eto'o? I am not convinced. -- Tanzi. I'm not

:01:42.:01:57.

convinced. The referee is not far away from it. He has seen it looking

:01:58.:02:06.

side on. If you go in for the ball with your studs up, you're taking

:02:07.:02:11.

chances? It wasn't necessarily over the ball, it was there to be won. I

:02:12.:02:16.

don't think there was any follow through or any power behind it, it

:02:17.:02:23.

was more of a dangling foot. But when you do that you are giving the

:02:24.:02:28.

referee the chance. Inverness in needed a goal early in the second

:02:29.:02:33.

half. There was a goal early in the second half but it was Dundee

:02:34.:02:38.

United. Graeme Shinnie drove forward. Inverness left exposed at

:02:39.:02:50.

the back. The pace he got, it is hard and when you are getting beat,

:02:51.:02:54.

your legs feel heavier and you cannot get there. It showed there.

:02:55.:03:01.

This is Dundee United at their best? Yes, some nice touches. It is a

:03:02.:03:12.

great ball and a fantastic header from Armstrong. Those players have

:03:13.:03:20.

such good movement amongst them. They interlink and change positions.

:03:21.:03:38.

Fantastic timing. If there was a question about the first red card,

:03:39.:03:42.

there has to be a major doubt about this one? No chance. Not many boys

:03:43.:03:49.

left on the park. Why did the referee feel the need to send him

:03:50.:03:54.

off, the game is over? That is where you want the referee to have an

:03:55.:03:57.

understanding of the game as a whole. The game is over, there is no

:03:58.:04:04.

need. It is a physical game and there will be contact at times.

:04:05.:04:07.

There is an argument he showed his studs, but if you slide in for a

:04:08.:04:12.

tackle, it is impossible not to have your studs showing. He got contact

:04:13.:04:17.

on the ball. The ball is what hit Paton. It is not a red card in my

:04:18.:04:26.

eyes. I think it is a poor decision. They will probably have another look

:04:27.:04:35.

at that. It is a bit late now, but I think they will want that rescinded.

:04:36.:04:45.

But Dundee were fantastic. It helped from the first two goals that were

:04:46.:04:55.

gifted. We have a chat to come on the BBC website. We are recording an

:04:56.:05:01.

interview at the moment with Jackie McManaman. We don't have time to put

:05:02.:05:07.

that on television. But it is on our website. Coming up tonight, we will

:05:08.:05:17.

round up everything in the way of football this weekend. The big

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matches in Scotland. Of course, the two Premiership matches played as

:05:25.:05:34.

well. Next Sunday, the league cup final, can Inverness recover in time

:05:35.:05:41.

to face Aberdeen. Thanks to my guests. It has been

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shocking for Inverness in the Scottish Cup quarterfinals. But it

:05:46.:05:50.

has been a big day in the North, it certainly has four Dundee United.

:05:51.:05:54.

Goodbye from us for now.

:05:55.:06:00.

Live from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness, with kick-off at 12.30pm.

The Sportscene cameras are in the Highlands for this all-Premiership tie with a place in the last four to play for. John Hughes's Caley Thistle side has the chance of success in both major Cup competitions this season. They play Aberdeen in the League Cup Final next Sunday and will be hoping to progress to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup too. The Caley Jags had to overcome a tricky tie against Stranraer in the last round which they eventually won 2-0 in a replay. They come up against Jackie McNamara's young Dundee Utd side, who put St Mirren out of the competition in the 5th round. The Tangerines last lifted the Scottish Cup in 2010 when they beat Ross County 3-0 in the final. The sides have already met in the League Cup quarter-finals this season, with Inverness winning 2-1 after extra-time.

Plus highlights from yesterday's semi-final between Aberdeen and St Johnstone at half-time.

Introduced by Rob Maclean with Grant Munro and Michael Stewart.

Commentary by Liam McLeod and Billy Dodds.


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