Inverness CT 3 - 0 St. Mirren

League Match
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,215
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
James Vincent (pen.) (47)
Aaron Doran (49)
Billy Mckay (57)
None.

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Tommy Craig

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Ross Draper
James Vincent
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay
David Cornell
Danny Grainger
David van Zanten
Jim Goodwin
Marc McAusland
John McGinn
Gary Harkins
Paul McGowan
Thomas Reilly
Gary Teale
Steven Thompson

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Liam Polworth
Danny Williams
Ben Greenhalgh
Torbjorn Agdestein
Christopher Dilo
John Robertson
Darren McGregor
Jason Naismith
Shaun Kelly
Kealan Dillon
Anthony Brady

Substitutions
Liam Polworth for Ross Draper (81)
Torbjorn Agdestein for James Vincent (82)
Danny Williams for Aaron Doran (89)
John McGinn -> John Robertson (64)
Paul McGowan -> Shaun Kelly (64)

Bookings
Gary Warren (39)
Ross Draper (60)
David Raven (81)
Steven Thompson (27)
John McGinn (39)
Paul McGowan (44)
David van Zanten (47)

Red Cards
None. David van Zanten (80)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Gary Warren 39 apps6 goals
David Raven 44 apps -
Josh Meekings 63 apps -
Ross Draper 41 apps5 goals
Nick Ross 106 apps7 goals
James Vincent 1 app (debut)1 goal
Aaron Doran 74 apps7 goals
Graeme Shinnie 101 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 70 apps31 goals
Richie Foran 169 apps40 goals
Danny Williams (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Liam Polworth (sub) 5 apps -
Torbjorn Agdestein (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (22 years 88 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (2015 years 5 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 0 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:Torbjorn Agdestein (2015 years 5 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 254 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Dean Brill(Signed )
James Vincent(Signed July 1st, 2019)
Danny Williams(Signed )
Torbjorn Agdestein(Signed )

Milestones
James Vincent scored his first goal for the Club.

One down, thirty-seven to go

Inverness got off to the best possible start with a second half blitz to blow away St Mirren at a blustery Inverness, although that never looked likely after a terse first forty-five where neither side looked capable of taking control of the game.

A quick fire second half treble from Inverness settled the game with James Vincent scoring from the spot. Aaron Doran capitalised on a defensive blunder and who else but Billy McKay completed the job to give Inverness their best ever start to a season at the top table. St Mirren's day got even worse with 10 minutes to go when David van Zanten was red carded.

Dean Brill started his first competitive game, but the back four were familiar faces. Vincent was added to the midfield alongside Draper, Foran, Doran and Ross with McKay in his lone striker role as per norm.

St Mirren had new boys David Cornell, Danny Grainger and Gary Harkins on from the start to compliment their experienced squad that ended last season with the League Cup in their trophy cabinet.

And it was the Paisley side that made the early running with Gary Harkins prominent from the start, forcing Brill to keep out a couple of efforts from the former Partick man. Aaron Doran almost got his season off to a flyer after he was threaded through on goal by Vincent but his angled drive was wide with the Caley Jags players screaming for a corner.

Marc McAusland snatched at a ball laid back to him some 25 yards out but his half volley sailed over the bar, whilst at the other end some neat interplay between Ross and Shinnie ended with Ross firing a loose clearance just over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

A free kick some 25 yards out saw the closest action around the Inverness goal as Goodwin smashed the ball off a diving Dean Brill's left hand post and away to safety and that was as close to a goal in a gritty first half which gave no indication of what was to come.

Half-Time 0-0

The second half was barely underway for three minutes when David van Zanten blocked a shot from Vincent ilegally with a hand, and after van Zanten received a yellow card Vincent neatly slotted home the opener. No sooner had the fans sat down in their seats than they were up again, Doran pouncing on a sloppy clearance after McKay hassled Cornell and Doran side footed the ball home from the edge of the box.

But the entertainment did not stop there and the quick-fire treble was completed within eleven minutes when Raven swung in a tantalising ball and who else but Billy McKay nodded home. Doran did well to free Raven for his assist and he scores when he wants did the rest with his napper.

Meekings could not emulate his Charlton heroics and skied a bouncing ball well over from inside the box and David van Zanten eventually saw red after 80 minutes, but the result was way beyond St Mirren by then and Inverness deservedly started the season in great style. The Buddies on the other hand, would appear to have a bit of work to do.

Full-Time 3-0

An excellent start to the campaign makes a welcome change for Butcher's boys and it was good to see Vincent and Doran get on the scoresheet early. Billy McKay will continue where he left off and with the defence along the same lines then it could be another bright season for Inverness.

MotM from Inverness fans point of view has been taken by newbie James Vincent who could well fill Andy Shinnie's shoes, with Richie Foran showing why we miss him when he is not present with a solid display.

Match report written by tm4tj



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
2. Aberdeen 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
3. Celtic 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
4. Dundee Utd 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
5. Partick Thistle 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
6. Kilmarnock 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
7. Ross County 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
8. St. Mirren 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0