Scottish League Cup: Inverness beat 10-man Dundee Utd 2-1 after extra time to reach semi-finals
Last Updated: October 30, 2013 9:06am
Inverness made the semi-finals of the League Cup thanks to Ross Draper's late header
On a night of high drama and short tempers in the Highlands, Ross Draper scored for Inverness deep in extra-time to send his side into the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Dundee United.
Keith Watson had fired United ahead before an unseemly stramash led to a red card for Nadir Ciftci and saw Terry Butcher and United coach Darren Jackson sent to the stands.
Gary Warren brought the home side level early in the second half but the 10 men of United stood firm until the 120th minute when Draper pounced to send the home fans wild.
Watson had gathered a lovely ball from Ryan Gauld after just five minutes and drilled past Dean Brill from 18 yards for the opening goal.
Billy McKay was inches away from an equaliser while Ross Draper and Aaron Doran also went close for the home side.
The high drama came just before the break when Gary Mackay-Steven fell to the ground clutching his face after a clash with Inverness skipper Richie Foran sparking a bout of shoving and jostling.
When the dust had settled, Ciftci was heading for an early bath and Butcher was sent from the dug-out, along with Jackson.
Graeme Shinnie then swung in a free-kick and Warren (54) headed home from six yards as Inverness looked to make their extra man count.
United did manage to break the shackles as John Rankin saw his effort deflected wide but McKay was soon threatening again at the other end.
A flurry of substitutions failed to change the pattern in extra-time and Inverness' looked to have run out of ideas and invention - until Draper (120) popped up at the far post for the match-winning header.