Inverness CT 2 - 2 Dundee

League - Championship
Saturday, December 12th, 2020, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 300
Referee: Craig Napier
Inverness CT  Dundee

Goalscorers
Robbie Deas (72)
James Keatings (75)
Liam Fontaine (37)
Jordan McGhee 82)

Team Managers
John Robertson James McPake

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Cameron Harper
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Brad Mckay
Roddy MacGregor
Scott Allardice
Kai Kennedy
James Keatings
Shane Sutherland
Miles Storey
Jack Hamilton
Christie Elliot
Lee Ashcroft
Liam Fontaine
Jordan McGhee
Shaun Byrne
Charlie Adam
Jordan Marshall
Paul McGowan
Alex Jakubaik

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Sean Welsh
Aaron Doran
James Vincent
Nikolay Todorov
Daniel Mackay
Cammy Kerr
Jordan Forster
Declan McDaid
Calum Ferrie
Finlay Robertson
Osman Sow
Max Anderson

Substitutions
Aaron Doran for Kai Kennedy (67)
Nikolay Todorov for Shane Sutherland (81)
Osman Sow -> Danny Mullen (64)
Declan McDaid -> Paul McGowan (68)
Max Anderson -> Alex Jakubaik (72)

Bookings
Robbie Deas (46)
Scott Allardice (50)
James Keatings (90)
Brad Mckay (94)
Charlie Adam (84)
Shaun Byrne (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 134 apps -
Daniel Devine 92 apps4 goals
Brad Mckay 148 apps7 goals
Cameron Harper 20 apps -
Robbie Deas 11 apps1 goal
Roddy MacGregor 38 apps2 goals
Scott Allardice 11 apps2 goals
Kai Kennedy 8 apps1 goal
James Keatings 40 apps10 goals
Miles Storey 77 apps19 goals
Shane Sutherland 97 apps5 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 285 apps48 goals
Nikolay Todorov (sub) 41 apps10 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kai Kennedy (18 years 264 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (30 years 133 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 290 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kai Kennedy (18 years 264 days)
Oldest Player:James Vincent (31 years 84 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 21 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
James Keatings reached 10 goals for the Club.
Robbie Deas scored his first goal for the Club.

Dee grab late point.

After a pulsating game at the Caledonian Stadium it ended all square. Liam Fontaine opened the scoring just before the interval reacting quickest to a rebound from the crossbar. Robbie Deas deservedly equalised with twenty minutes left and James Keatings put the hosts ahead three minutes later only for Jordan McGhee to peg us back again eight minutes from the end. No damage done to either club although with Dunfermline losing to Morton, it tightens up in the middle of the table. Hearts pumped Queens 6-1 to move further ahead at the top.

Matchday 7 and Dundee were the visitors to the Caledonian Stadium to take on the Caley Jags in a battle for mid-table supremacy. The game kicked off at 3:00pm with a hand picked crowd of just 300 in attendance to this game. Both sides had got off to an inauspicious start to the campaign but were edging upwards recently. Something had to give. The last time the clubs met was in front of over 5,000 fans at Dens Park when first half goals from Aaron Doran and James Keatings put Inverness second in the table with Dundee six points behind in fourth. All this was in a previous life before covid19 came along and closed the world. The atmosphere was less raucous today, (muffled cheering and polite hand clapping), with only the chosen few allowed entry in a tier 1 covid zone. How would it pan out today?...

Both sides were near to full strength, Inverness still without Kevin McHattie, Lewis Toshney and the likes of David Carson who needs match fitness along with three or four others who are being eased back up to speed. Dundee were reported to be at full strength with on loan Celt Jonathan Afolabi back in the squad after he missed the Arbroath game. That will be competition for Danny Mullen and Osman Sow. Jordan Foster and Callum Moore are both back in training but will be doubtful if they make the bench today.

Dundee kicked off towards the North Stand on a dour afternoon but it would make for better viewing on Pixie Lott, the skies overcast, the ground wet after days of rain. The league record for the Dark Blues in Inverness reads five draws and seven defeats in 12 trips up the A9...

Dundee were first to show when Jakubiak volleyed wide with Ridgers a spectator.

The hosts first opportunity fell to Shane Sutherland who also volleyed wide after great work by Miles Storey down the left, the shot flashing past the keepers right hand post.

Great save by Hamilton after 20 minutes to deny Roddy MacGregor from the edge of the box after some good pressure from the Caley Jags.

Danny Mullen broke forward on the Dundee right but the flag stayed down. It took a massive blocking tackle from Danny Devine to to stop him just as he pulled the trigger. Mullen stayed down for fully five minutes before getting back to his feet. He continued after more treatment.

The game evolved into a tense midfield battle with defences on top.

Ten minutes before the break Jordan McGhee powered a header off the crossbar from a corner and Liam Fontaine scrambled the loose ball into the net through a ruck of players in the six yard box.

We almost responded immediately but a simple tap in ended with Dundee scrambling the ball to safety. Looked like Keatings blocked from close range. Another foray forward saw a header over the bar and soon after Storey delayed his effort and Hamilton got down to block with Sutherland in a promising position.

Dundee once more scrambled the ball away just before the interval as Inverness pressed for a leveller, the ball just not quite rolling for us.

Half Time 0-1

Five minutes into the half and from a corner Mullen lashed the ball just over the bar at the back post.

Robbie Deas should have scored when the ball landed at his feet six yards from goal, but he inexplicably dollied it into Hamilton's body as the keeper sprawled across his line.

Storey made a superb break down the right before a half cleared ball was headed goalwards by substitute Aaron Doran, but Hamilton saved down low.

Plenty of home pressure now and Robbie Deas popped up at the back post to hammer the ball home after a corner from the left was flicked on to make amends for his earlier miss.

Inverness turned the game on its head few minutes later when Sutherland headed on and James Keatings struck a low shot into the net.

Jordan McGhee equalised minutes later after substitute Osman Sow knocked the ball into his path. Meh!

In a frantic ending to the game substitute Nikolay Todorov had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside and that's how it ended, all square after an entertaining match where no quarter was given or asked.

Dundee will be delighted with the point and Inverness will rue some missed sitters. Hamilton was probably Dundee's busiest man with some crucial stops.

Downside to all this was an injury to Shane Sutherland late in the game.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hearts 7 6 0 1 21 6 15 18
2. Dunfermline 7 4 2 1 15 9 6 14
3. Raith Rovers 7 3 3 1 16 7 9 12
4. Ayr United 7 3 3 1 9 5 4 12
5. Inverness CT 7 3 2 2 13 9 4 11
6. Greenock Morton 7 3 1 3 6 11 -5 10
7. Dundee 7 2 3 2 10 14 -4 9
8. Alloa Athletic 7 1 1 5 5 15 -10 4
9. Queen of the South 7 1 1 5 9 20 -11 4
10. Arbroath 7 0 2 5 2 10 -8 2