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
again and it is a good save. Dundee kept the ball alive. Did you think
instinctively when this happened it was a penalty? I don't think it was,
but we will look at it that. You see in this phase, this is where the
game began to stretch, it is one touch passing from Dundee United.
They are difficult to pick up and a lot of movement amongst the
players. Gavin Gunning came on the blindside of Graeme Shinnie. Graeme
Shinnie was committed to going about and does not see him. It is a
penalty, but he was committed to going for the ball. Central
defender, a couple of weeks ago had not scored at all, Gavin Gunning.
Great penalty. 3-0, Dundee United against in Menez. I am thinking this
is some sort of tribute to Robbie Keane? -- Inverness. A bad situation
for John Hughes and his team is about to get even worse when they
had a player sent off. He has given the referee the opportunity to give
him the red card? I still think it is harsh, maybe it is a yellow. He
has got a split second to make the decision. I thought he was quick to
give that decision. He has not gone with intent to hurt him but the
referee will not be slow at throwing out cards. He is one of the most
officious officials we have in the game. You felt as if the red card
was inevitable. Not much to cheer up the Inverness fans in the first
half. These are the only real efforts on target. Graeme Shinnie's
shot was pretty much at the goalkeeper and then this. Just
wishing McKay was a couple of inches taller, he might have scored. It is
an uphill task for them. If they come out and get an early goal, keep
the pressure on United, but you fear for the sort of space Inverness
might leave at the back and a day could pick them off. That was a good
strike from Graeme Shinnie. That is the one positive they have had with
him linking up with Aaron Doran. I feel at times they need to stretch
in the final third to cause problems for the Dundee United defence. In
stepping in off the line has just congested it. Paul Paton, Rankin and
those players are there to close it down. It is safe to say there is no
good news the Inverness at the moment. That dressing room will be
an interesting place to be. There is good news the St Johnstone who are
in the draw later on for the semifinals. They beat Raith Rovers
yesterday and they got the ideal start when Gary Mac Donald scored?
It is a great finish. Did not give the goalkeeper much chance. That
will have been a difficult game the St Johnstone. They will have been
looking at that thinking they will have to give Raith Rovers respect
after knocking out Hibs as well. Great technique. A lot of the guys
last night were talking about whether he should be playing higher
than the level he is out at the moment. That is no disrespect to
Raith Rovers, he is a good player and I don't see why he shouldn't be
playing in the Premiership when he has ability like that. He scored
early in the second-half as well. Credit the Nigel Hasselbaink, but
from this position, Raith Rovers probably cannot believe this
happened? They probably thought they were going to bring him down and
take a booking. 1-0 and -- 1-1 low you are still in the cup tie. That
just sealed things for them? Nobody on the front post. If there was
somebody on the front post, they could control it and play it out. I
don't understand how so many teams don't have guys on the post. There
was Aberdeen against Dumbarton, they did enough to keep another cup run
going. And surprise, it was Adam Rooney with his sixth goal in seven
games, grand? He has beaten the defender. You will always get
chances like that. It is a great header. If there was somebody on the
post again, he might have got to that. He did well to generate the
power. He has always got good delivery. It is the pace he puts on
it. That was a lovely curling shot came back off the post but Aberdeen
kept it alive and there was a save from Jonny Hayes to keep Aberdeen
out. As they were searching for the second goal was always a chance
Dumbarton might come back at them? Aberdeen have got the bit between
their teeth this season. When it is 1-0, there is always a chance you
can get back into the game from Dumbarton's perspective. Nothing
pretty, just a straightforward ball up the pitch. This is Gary Fleming.
Paul McGinn on the end of it. Maybe not the player Dunbarton wanted on
the end of it. But he might have scored here and taken it to a
replay? If Aberdeen could score goals, they are looking good to have
a good season themselves. We have seen the goals from yesterday's two
Scottish Cup quarterfinals. You can see a follower version of the
highlights tonight at 10:25pm. -- fuller. And next week:
I think we can assume, in the home dressing room in the last 15
minutes, grand, there has been no chat whatsoever about next Sunday,
what will the talk be like in there at the moment? They need to get some
pride back. Not to make it embarrassing, which it could turn
out that way. Usually with ten men, it will be harder for Dundee United
to play against them. You never know. It is looking very, very
difficult. Inverness were 40 macro down against Aberdeen and they came
back into it. Let's give Dundee United credit as well because they
have gone for the jugular. They are not a team that will sit back. They
have scored a few goals this season, once they smell blood, they go for
it, Dundee United and that it will be the same tactic in this half as
well. The second half will have two go some to rival the first 45 the
talking points. It has been sensational, two from Ciftci and
Dundee United against ten man, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Here
is the second-half. What can Inverness do hear? They had
11 men on the park before. It is they who get us back under way. They
will have had a thin year from John Hughes, who won the Scottish Cup
twice. Once in 1994, and then in 2010, the 3-0 win over Ross County,
from just up the road. A good run from Shinnie. Inverness
need an early goal in the second half, and they almost had one there.
That was the second time she need got forward. -- Shinnie got forward.
I am hearing that John Hughes did go to see, recalling the referee at
half-time. Goalkick. That chat between John Hughes and the referee
did end amicably. There were no afters, but he obviously had plenty
to say. I think he had plenty to say to his team.
United nearly caught Inverness a few moments ago. They know they have a
way to go. Ciftci, making a nuisance of himself
again. Two goals today. Dundee United unbeaten in their last
five games since losing 3-0 against Ross County in January. They found
their feet again, because for the majority of the winter, the
Christmas period in particular was a kind of winter of discontent as far
as results were concerned. They still have ideals on second place in
the premiership. Their form has come back at just the right time.
It is four! Wonderful counterattack from Dundee United. Mackay-Steven, a
Highlander, has surely now put them through. There is no catching this
lad. Armstrong picks him out. They never catch him. Through the legs of
Cierzniak. Nice and easy for United now. The man from Caithness. Knocks
the ball in off the post and Inverness are four down. Dundee
United well on their way. I am sure Jackie McNamara could not have
envisaged this kind of afternoon. Everything has gone right for them.
That was a wonderful counterattack as well from Mackay-Steven. It was a
set piece. There is a problem for United here.
Ryan Dow is the man on the deck. And this is why. Dundee United looking
like cup winners, Billy? They have got the players, no doubt. I worry
about them sometimes defensively. But if you look at that front four
and then the balance with Paton and Rankin, they have the talent to
win. Richie Foran will be hoping to lift
silverware above his head next weekend. Defeat today far from end
their season. Ryan Dow still struggling after that challenge from
Graeme Shinnie. The only question is how many United
are going to score today. They have scored four in a match for the 10th
time this season. They are very good. You feel for them. It has all
gone against them. Poor defending, then the penalty decision, the
sending off. It will take some reaction from them to go and win the
cup final next week. But they are capable. We have seen that before.
Here is a change for Dundee United. This is the former Falkirk player
and a bit of a goal machine. After John Hughes had left the Falkirk
Stadium. The Moroccan will be in place shortly. Here he comes now.
Ryan Dow goes off. El Alagui scored a couple for Dundee
United. He scored 27 for Falkirk in his one season there from 2011-12.
It is going to be a very long second half for Inverness Thistle. The
Dundee United fans are dancing away up the other end of the park, the
one that Dundee United are attacking. They are loving this.
Paul Paton has found a home at Tannadice. He really does look the
part. Yes, but Rankin has helped him. When he first came to United,
he was still playing that role himself, but since Rankin has gone
in there with him, he really has shone in that department. Chris
Erskine is back at Partick Thistle on loan.
Dundee United, looking for a second Scottish Cup victory in four years.
Considering that they only had one before that, it would be some
achievement. Really good quarterfinal record recently, Dundee
United. Last season, they were beaten by Rangers. They did not lose
out to Celtic in 2012. Armstrong! And it is five. They are making it
look very, very simple. Just had quality written all over it. The
ball came in with pace and power. What a header that was. It has
rubbed salt in the wound. Last year's Young player of the year,
Stuart Armstrong, with his eighth goal of the season. Wonderful ball
in by Keith Watson. And Inverness have lost five goals for the second
successive match. Now it is just damage limitation.
I really feel for them. Give them credit, Inverness. They are still
trying to play. They are trying to get players forward. They will try
to keep it at five. Although that sounds ridiculous, it could be a
whole lot worse. I do not think they will have a say. The Dundee United
fans are shouting, we want ten! United have had a couple since
half-time. If Nadir Ciftci once a hat-trick, he
had better do it quick. Side net. They are still going at it.
It did not happen for Billy Mackay. Caley Thistle are going to throw a
couple on. John Rankin is the first to be replaced for Dundee United.
Jackie McNamara has this luxury now, where he can rest a couple of
players. There are big league games to come as they chase Aberdeen and
Motherwell in second and third. Nadir Ciftci got the first two
today, and he is getting a rest now. Good day at the office, job done.
Now he can get a rest. Replaced by Brian Graham. Pat on the back the
Ciftci. Inverness have made a Kabbalah changes as well. -- a
couple of changes. Aaron Doran didn't play against Celtic last
week, he was injured. He has been taken up with half an hour to go. I
think he might be tented to bring Willie McKay off as well with next
week in mind. -- Billy McKay. Paton switching to Watson. The
question is, do Dundee United fancy getting more goals today? Sometimes
they think they are so far ahead they can just play the game out?
Dundee don't do things like that. Inverness need to think, don't give
them any more, don't drain any more confidence out. Richie Foran is the
Inverness player to come off. Williams lost out to Paton. The sun
has come out in the Highland capital, but it is only shining on
the one team. The one in possession just now. The one moving all the way
forward to the Scottish Cup semifinals. The draw will come after
Rangers play Albion Rovers. Both semifinals at Ibrox Stadium this
season. Foul against Farid El Alagui. Nothing more frustrating,
all of those passes. Dundee have had a couple of players
a booking away from missing the semifinal. John Rankin was one of
those, he has gone off. Two bookings and you miss the next game. Caley
Thistle have had a few not far from missing the semifinal, but they are
not going to worry about that. Gary Warren put himself under pressure.
Dundee are pinning Caley Thistle back again.
He has had to pick the ball out of the back of his net five times but
the second game in a row. He is a good goalkeeper. But it has not been
his day to day. It has not been any of the Inverness players'
day-to-day. -- day today. McKay sizes it up. When it is not
your day. You see the fullback, Shinnie up the pitch. Just cannot
hit the target. Still giving it a go. I was at a game early in the
season, back in August at Tannadice between these two. Inverness bossed
it. They were pretty woeful that day, Dundee United. Since then may
have gone on a couple of brilliant runs, most notably in the autumn.
They are level with Caley Thistle in the league, but a complete contrast
to that match today to the one back in August is frightening.
Caley Thistle have still got a quarter of this match to negotiate.
In fairness, Dundee United have not scored for a while now!
McKay has got no one behind him. Jackie McNamara giving the Dundee
United fans a wave. Loads to hit with tangerine in the
middle. Spoilt for choice. The likes of Ryan Gauld, people like
that, often get the headlines. But Stuart Armstrong has had another
solid season? He is a player, but Jackie McNamara, gets the best out
of him. That says a lot because he has got a lot to choose from.
Watson threw for McKay Stephen. -- Mackay-Steven.
Forehead El Alagui was blocked. Three defenders around him. He
brought it down, he could have got a boot to it, but they cannot fashion
out a shot at the moment, United. El Alagui goes up. It just seems a bit
too easy from an Inverness point of view. Gary Mackay Stephen on the
showboat again. It is all you need when you are 5-0 down. If you cannot
get the tricks out when you are 5-0 up, when can you? This must be a
delight as a Dundee United fan to sit down and watch this? Fan,
manager, chairmen are having a nice easy day at the office. You don't
get many of them. The cigars are out.
A day in the Highlands is normally a good experience, especially if you
are a Dundee United supported this afternoon.
Watkins stepping away from McKay. It is a red card again. Caley Thistle
down to nine men, as they were in the league cup semifinal. Watkins is
off. Dreadful day the Inverness Caledonian football club. What
next? I think there was intent in the first sending-off because he
does not have to leave his leg and studs showing. I think he just went
for the ball in this one. I think he genuinely goes for the ball,
Watkins. Maybe he shows his studs, maybe it is similar? But I think he
makes a genuine attempt for the ball. Yes, his studs are showing. He
catches him. The referee, no doubt in his mind. He does not have to go
with his studs. Former Chelsea trainee, Marley Watkins has gone.
Caley Thistle down to nine men. They have been there before, but I don't
think they will be pulling back this one rush to mark No! As preparations
go for a cup final, this is the worst. Bernie and come to visit
midweek. But in seven days, John Hughes needs to turn this around,
big-time. -- Hibernian come to visit. Now, John News has said too
much. -- John Hughes. Things cannot get much worse for him, surely?
A slip from a loudly. We will try and get as much post match reaction
to you, but we will be on the website. John Hughes might take a
while to come out from the dressing room as Gary Mackay Stephen goes
into Willie column. When you look at the replay it did not look as bad,
but at pays the referee sees it. I think the Inverness fans were baying
for that one. They have at times last gluts of goals at times, Dundee
United have of course scored gluts of goals. Lost five to Celtic last
week, five so far today. 15 minutes left to go.
The nine men are stretched at the back.
The noise you are hearing is no coming from the Dundee United
supporters. That is the kind of shot you take on
when you are 50 down -- 5-0 down. He was beaten before he took it.
The Moroccan continues. Goalkick. He wants the corner.
Billy Mackay has taken another not. -- knock. If Caley Thistle are going
to win the League Cup next week, we feel they will need Billy Mackay.
They do not need him picking up an injury today. He is back on his
feet. He has been in the wars today. That would be the only thing that
could make Caley Thistle's day worse, to lose one of their
important players for the next week or two. Probably the most important,
isn't it? Dean Brill has had loads of clean
sheet this season. It has gone off the rails Spec Achill little Caley
Thistle today. -- spectacularly. The Dundee United defence have not been
duly troubled today. Chemise somehow wins the free kick. -- Shinnie
somehow wins the free kick. To be fair, I think he just misses
by a fraction. It is not his forte, to be fair,
David Raven. Played a handful of games for Liverpool.
Meekings was due to missed the League Cup final. They appealed his
red card that he got in the League Cup semi. It was downgraded to a
yellow, so he will be available next week, injury dependent.
Good play by Gunning. He has taken Raven out of it.
United corner. Caley Thistle are down to nine men, remember. Tansey
and Watkins were sent off. Roundly booed by the Dundee United
supporters, but he can afford to smile. He has not had a bad couple
of weeks. Four goals. Scored a penalty today. United missed two
penalties in that game at Easter Road, and still won comfortably. The
Hibernian team will come here midweek.
Is it a good thing that Inverness have a game before the final? I
think it is on this occasion. Over the years, they have shown a great
team spirit. But that confidence, looking at the last two games, will
be at an all-time low, so it is no bad thing to get a game in before
that. Just a bit too much for Brian Graham
to get onto. He was so prolific with Raith
Rovers. Those three will be absolutely delighted with this
afternoon's work. Breezing their way towards the last four.
Trying to get into a tenth Scottish Cup final. Dundee United will play
either St Johnstone, Aberdeen, or Rangers. The choice will be made
after the match this afternoon. Could be a couple of cracking
semifinals, Billy, on the horizon. Yeah, I'm sure they will be. Plenty
to look forward to. For all four teams. Still Rangers and Albion
Rovers to be sorted. We said at the top of the programme today that this
was the most difficult of the quarterfinals to call, but Dundee
United have made it look easy. They were dominating before Greg Tansey
was ordered off, followed by Watkins. It has been all about them
today. United have got the pace. Billy Mackay is about to be taken
off by John Hughes, with five minutes to go. Armstrong takes the
corner. I bet they wished they had defended
like that all day. That ship has sailed.
Graeme Shinnie got the home sponsor's man of the match there,
and was roundly cheered by the Dundee United supporters. Graeme
Shinnie is an excellent player. But I think he will be a tad
embarrassed. Billy Mackay will come off now. 20 goals this season. Has
not had a look in today. He is being replaced by Ryan Christie, the son
of Charlie Christie, who will be joining us in our League Cup final
coverage. He will have been watching from behind his seat in the box up
in the main stand for is up Ryan Christie came on last week against
Celtic and did OK. He looked lively. As things stand, there will be just
one minute of stoppage time added an at the end. Inverness Thistle will
be delighted about that. They will want to forget about this game.
Massive games to come, none more so than at Eldrick Park next Sunday
afternoon -- Celtic Park. The man of the match is having his
name sung by the Dundee United supporters. Graeme Shinnie.
The two subs are trying to sit out Warren. The referee did not blow the
whistle that time. He had a good look at the challenge. Can Dundee
United get six? He had a go. It was always rising. Talking about Dundee
United fans having a laugh at Graeme Shinnie's expense, but who has stood
out for you? Ciftci, before he went off. Not just because of his goals,
but the presidency has got, his game awareness, throws in a few tricks
and flicks. He was excellent again. Don't lame him for giving him a
rest, either. Semifinals next month, both at Ibrox Stadium.
Into the one minute of stoppage time here. Foul by Mercado Gomez. --
Morgaro Gomis. This is a game to forget the Caley Thistle.
Dundee United's hopes of reaching the Scottish Cup final, very much
alive and kicking. Jackie McNamara will go and exchange a handshake
with John Hughes, his former Celtic team-mate. John Hughes, well beaten
here will stop a 5-star show from the Tangerines, who at times this
season have been goal crazy. They did that again today. 3-0 up at
half-time. Ciftci got the first two. Another virtuoso performance from
the Turkish striker. Mackay-Steven on the counter attack made it 40
macro. Caley Thistle will focus on the League Cup final. They will take
on Aberdeen at Celtic Park next month. Dundee will find out who they
will face later on today. Happy Arabs, and little wonder. They will
believe they can move on to lift the silverware of the Scottish Cup for
the second time in four years. But dream has gone to another John
Hughes and his Inverness Caley Thistle side. An afternoon they will
not want to remember. They have Hibs to get it out of their system before
they make the journey to Glasgow next week. Gary Megson a, going off
after scoring before today. A stunning performance and result
for Dundee United as they cruised through to the night -- Scottish Cup
semifinal. Aberdeen and St Johnstone were always there. Dundee United
joining them in the last four of the competition. You will get live
coverage on BBC Radio Scotland. Let's get the thoughts of Michael
Stewart and the former Inverness captain, Grant Munro. You look very
stunned as do all of the Caley Thistle fans at the moment. Now we
can hear from Gary Mackay Stephen. Gary Mackay Stephen and Stuart
Armstrong, what were the highlights of the game, you both scored, of
course? Definitely getting an early goal put us on our way. We scored
three quite early and that gave us a platform. All round it was a great
team performance. It was a bullet of a header from you but by that stage
you were well on top. Some people had it marked down as a draw but in
the end a comfortable win? As Gary said, the two goals helped us along
and the sending-off gave us a boost as well. It is the fifth win on the
bounce for the club, and it looks like you are back to your form. Is
it a game you expect it to win as easily as you did today? Not at all,
it is Inverness at home and it is always very difficult. We were not
expecting to win like that. But we felt if we took our chances we could
win, and thankfully we did. A couple of sendings off, did that make a big
impression in the game in terms of the result? It definitely deflated
them and perhaps if they have their full complement coming out in the
second half they would have had more of a go. But we killed them off
because we had the man advantage. How do you fancy your chances, and
who do you want to meet? We will take anyone, it is a Scottish Cup
semifinal, a massive game for the club. We will look forward to it. We
have a game on Wednesday, The Games are coming thick and fast.
Confidence is high and hopefully we will keep picking up victories.
Well done. We spoke at the top of the show who closely matched these
two teams and they are in the Scottish Premiership. Only goal
difference separates them, but they weren't close today? No, once the
first goal went in, the fight went out of them straightaway. Dundee
filled with confidence. Stunning? It is hard to believe what happened? As
soon as first goal went in, you saw the life coming out of Inverness.
Maybe it is because they lost five goals at Celtic last week? This one
went in and made it 1-0. It was a fantastic finish from Ciftci. The
goalkeeper made a mistake, the two centre halves. The second goal was a
calamity all round. With a team like Dundee United, again we spoke about
when they sense but, they go for it. When you give them a two goal start,
you are fighting uphill. We don't know what the Inverness game plan
was, because presumably it was ripped up early on? In the first
half, when the first goal went in, the Dundee United, their tails went
up. Red card the Times Eto'o? I am not convinced. -- Tanzi. I'm not
convinced. The referee is not far away from it. He has seen it looking
side on. If you go in for the ball with your studs up, you're taking
chances? It wasn't necessarily over the ball, it was there to be won. I
don't think there was any follow through or any power behind it, it
was more of a dangling foot. But when you do that you are giving the
referee the chance. Inverness in needed a goal early in the second
half. There was a goal early in the second half but it was Dundee
United. Graeme Shinnie drove forward. Inverness left exposed at
the back. The pace he got, it is hard and when you are getting beat,
your legs feel heavier and you cannot get there. It showed there.
This is Dundee United at their best? Yes, some nice touches. It is a
great ball and a fantastic header from Armstrong. Those players have
such good movement amongst them. They interlink and change positions.
Fantastic timing. If there was a question about the first red card,
there has to be a major doubt about this one? No chance. Not many boys
left on the park. Why did the referee feel the need to send him
off, the game is over? That is where you want the referee to have an
understanding of the game as a whole. The game is over, there is no
need. It is a physical game and there will be contact at times.
There is an argument he showed his studs, but if you slide in for a
tackle, it is impossible not to have your studs showing. He got contact
on the ball. The ball is what hit Paton. It is not a red card in my
eyes. I think it is a poor decision. They will probably have another look
at that. It is a bit late now, but I think they will want that rescinded.
But Dundee were fantastic. It helped from the first two goals that were
gifted. We have a chat to come on the BBC website. We are recording an
interview at the moment with Jackie McManaman. We don't have time to put
that on television. But it is on our website. Coming up tonight, we will
round up everything in the way of football this weekend. The big
matches in Scotland. Of course, the two Premiership matches played as
well. Next Sunday, the league cup final, can Inverness recover in time
to face Aberdeen. Thanks to my guests. It has been
shocking for Inverness in the Scottish Cup quarterfinals. But it
has been a big day in the North, it certainly has four Dundee United.
Goodbye from us for now.
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.