Motherwell 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 4,482
Referee: William Collum
Motherwell Inverness CT

John Sutton (pen.3)
Garry Warren (og.32)
Graeme Shinnie (55)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Lee Hollis
Craig Reid
Shaun Hutchinson
Stephen McManus
Steven Hammell
Lionel Ainsworth
Keith Lasley
Iain Vigurs
Zaine Francis-Angol
John Sutton
James McFadden
Dean Brill
Gary Warren
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Marley Watkins
Billy Mckay

Gunnar Nielsen
Lee Erwin
Fraser Kerr
Craig Moore
Euan Murray
Henri Anier
Jack Leitch
Ryan Esson
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Alasdair Sutherland

Fraser Kerr -> James McFadden (55)
Henri Anier -> Lionel Ainsworth (78)
Craig Moore -> Zaine Francis-Angol (79)
Danny Williams for Aaron Doran (65)
Ryan Christie for Marley Watkins (75)

Iain Vigurs (75) Greg Tansey (22)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 44 apps -
Daniel Devine 26 apps -
David Raven 74 apps1 goal
Gary Warren 78 apps9 goals
Carl Tremarco 23 apps -
Greg Tansey 59 apps7 goals
Marley Watkins 32 apps1 goal
Ross Draper 80 apps7 goals
Aaron Doran 113 apps14 goals
Graeme Shinnie 143 apps5 goals
Billy Mckay 114 apps52 goals
Danny Williams (sub) 23 apps1 goal
Ryan Christie (sub) 16 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (21 years 247 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 54 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alasdair Sutherland (17 years 234 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 14 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Inverness come back falls just short:

It only took Inverness three minutes to concede at Fir Park when John Sutton scored from the spot after he had been fouled by Ross Draper. Inverness struggled to make much headway and Motherwell doubled their lead from an unexpected source, Gary Warren heading home an own goal superbly after half an hour. Graeme Shinnie took the bull by the horns and drove at the Well defence before firing the visitors back into the game ten minutes into the restart. This sparked Inverness into life and they took the game to Motherwell, but despite dominating the second half they just failed to get back on level terms, and it was summed up When Billy McKay hit the post deep into injury time..

A crowd of 4482 saw Motherwell's last home game and that included 80 Inverness fans, and one snare drum, and they also saw Iain Vigurs and Stephen McManus have a go at each other to add to the occasion .......................................

ICTRoughi will tell us how it all unfolded

CaleyAway has closed the curtains for the final time of season 2013/2014. What a memorable season it has been for the CaleyAway troops with many highs and some lows. The final destination was Fir Park against high flying Motherwell who had secured European football for next season after Aberdeen beat Dundee United 3-1 at Tannadice. Well done to Motherwell!

The Caley Jags made two changes from the side that got a draw against Dundee United last Saturday. Caley Thistle welcomed back stand out right back David Raven to the team also stalwart defender Gary Warren returned. Josh Meekings was still struggling for fitness meaning that Danny Devine was given another chance to impress Yogi adding to the defending options. Danny Williams and goal scorer from last weekend Ryan Christie were dropped to the bench.

Stuart McCall named an unchanged team from the side that got the victory over St Johnstone last Saturday.

I got into Fir Park and read the programme only to be disappointed to see who the referee was for the game and you guessed it, Willie Collum. What a nightmare. If I knew a couple of days ago I would have made a trip to the bookies to stick on an Inverness red card, he seems to have something against us. The last two games he has refereed he has sent off three of our players in the two games!

Motherwell kicked off the first half and we played with very nice passing football until Willie Collum decided that the headlines weren't about him and decided to give Motherwell a penalty - shock horror. Ross Draper tripped John Sutton in the 3rd minute in the box gifting the 'Well an early chance to gain an advantage over Inverness. Sutton converted very convincingly to send the Motherwell faithful into jubilation mode.

To further the disappointment, Iain Vigurs crossed the ball into the box from a corner; unfortunately Warren sends the ball in to our net.

Lionel Ainsworth came close to adding to the woes with a great effort, smashing the ball off the crossbar in the 36th minute of the game. At this point you just got the feeling it wasn't going to be our day.

HT Motherwell 2-0 Inverness CT

A special mention to CaleyThistleOnline’s young member ‘CaleyCalum’ who participated in the half time entertainment of rolling a giant inflatable ball into the goal from the half way line. Calum was against a Motherwell fan to see who could roll it into the goal the quickest with the winner receiving a whopping £150. Calum was unfortunately beaten to it by roughly 15 seconds but it was a valiant effort by him nonetheless.

The Caley Jags got the game restarted and we seemed to play with more urgency about us which we were sadly lacking in the first half.

Stand in captain Graeme Shinnie drove through the middle leaving Craig Reid in his trail. Shinnie went for a long ranged shot from 20 yards which took a deflection to reach the middle of the goal past Lee Hollis to make it 2-1.

The goal gifted the team a ray of hope to show there was still life in Caley Thistle and we seemed to be well up for a fight. Game on!

In the 58th minute Greg Tansey had a well struck shot from distance needing Hollis to get both his hands to it.

Tansey again delivered the ball into the box in the 61st minute for Warren to get a head to it to try and redeem himself from the earlier own goal but it was agonisingly close over the crossbar.

We continued to dominate the possession and never gave Motherwell a look in – we looked like we should have been 3-0 up!

Aaron Doran tried to get the ball into the box in the 80th minute with a really strong case of handball when the ball connected with Shaun Hutchinson’s hand but the claims were denied and Inverness were given the corner instead. Tansey delivered a decent cross to be met by a rushing Gary Warren but it was déjà vu for the Caley Jags defender

Greg Tansey had a well struck free kick through the middle in the 85th minute which rocketed at goal only for Hollis get his feet to save it from going in to the ‘well net. – Lucky bar stewards!

Billy Mckay was fed the ball from a header by Tansey only to hit the ball off the post in time added on. I give up with football!

The annoying thing that I took away from Fir Park last night was the fact the best team didn’t win.

FT Motherwell 2-1 Inverness CT

My overall thoughts of the game is that I felt the first half we were sitting too deep and passing about at the back too much meaning we were inviting too much pressure to gift Motherwell two easy goals. The second half was pretty much a replica of the first half of last Saturday and that's how I really want us to play with great intensity getting the ball forward causing trouble for the opposition. I really don’t understand this Jekyll and Hyde thing we have going on at the moment! We gave it a right good go right enough but the effort of the lads should be applauded rather than looking at the defeat. I am most definitely looking forward to the final home game of the season on Sunday with St Johnstone with the fight for fifth place at stake – you don’t want to miss it!

Match report written by roughi

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 30 6 1 99 24 75 96
2. Aberdeen 37 20 8 9 53 37 16 68
3. Motherwell 37 21 4 12 63 60 3 67
4. Dundee Utd 37 16 10 11 64 47 17 58
5. Inverness CT 37 15 9 13 42 44 -2 54
6. St. Johnstone 37 15 8 14 48 40 8 53
7. Partick Thistle 37 8 14 15 44 62 -18 38
8. St. Mirren 37 10 8 19 38 57 -19 38
9. Ross County 37 10 7 20 41 60 -19 37
10. Hearts 37 10 7 20 44 64 -20 37
11. Kilmarnock 37 10 6 21 44 66 -22 36
12. Hibernian 37 8 11 18 31 50 -19 35