Inverness CT 2 - 0 St. Johnstone

League Match
Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 12:15 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,121
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  St. Johnstone

Goalscorers
Ryan Christie (59)
Greg Tansey (90)
None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Billy Mckay
Alan Mannus
Gary Miller
Dave Mackay
Steven Anderson
Brian Easton
David Wotherspoon
Chris Millar
James Dunne
Michael O-Halloran
Nigel Hasselbaink
Steven MacLean

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins
Jason Brown
Alasdair Sutherland
Steve Banks
Gary McDonald
Stevie May
Scott Brown
Lee Croft
Tim Clancy
Chris Iwelumo

Substitutions
Marley Watkins for James Vincent (68)
Danny Williams for Billy Mckay (72)
Nick Ross for Ryan Christie (82)
Lee Croft -> David Wotherspoon (60)
Chris Iwelumo -> Nigel Hasselbaink (65)
Steve May -> Steven MacLean (74)

Bookings
Graeme Shinnie (67)
James Dunne (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 45 apps -
Carl Tremarco 24 apps -
Daniel Devine 27 apps -
David Raven 75 apps1 goal
James Vincent 27 apps1 goal
Ross Draper 81 apps7 goals
Ryan Christie 17 apps3 goals
Aaron Doran 114 apps14 goals
Graeme Shinnie 144 apps5 goals
Greg Tansey 60 apps8 goals
Billy Mckay 115 apps52 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 144 apps11 goals
Marley Watkins (sub) 33 apps1 goal
Danny Williams (sub) 24 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (21 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 286 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 307 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alasdair Sutherland (17 years 238 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 286 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 212 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Fifth it is:

Inverness ran out comfortable winners eventually after a first half to forget. There was little evidence that anything would change as the teams trudged off at the interval in what was a complete non-event. However things picked up after the break and Ryan Christie was alert enough to head home a rebound from Aaron Doran's shot. Greg Tansey ensured we remained fifth with a thunderous shot. Lashing the ball home from just inside the box after creating the space for himself. Pick that one out ya dancer!. This was a great way to end a season that promised so much but fizzled out somewhat, but overall it has been a good season all round, unless your name is Terry Butcher.


Early morning rain gave way to a bright sunny afternoon and the game was preceded by the now traditional march past by our nutters known as the Highland Marchers. Great effort from these guys once more.

For Inverness it was another makeshift back line with Josh Meekings and Gary Warren missing out and regular deputy Danny Devine pairing up with Ross Draper at the heart of the defence. James Vincent started along with rising star Ryan Christie, and Marley Watkins, Danny Williams and Nick Ross all began on the bench. St Johnstone's own hot shot Stevie May was not risked from the start with Nigel Hasselbaink on from the beginning.

Our own nomadic superfan Johndo made the sojourn from Chorley to see off the season and partake in some light refreshments around the local hostelries and he will be penning his thoughts for us once he relaxes on the train back to Englandshire.............................

The Chorley Brief

It was the last game of the year and the powers that be decide to play a nothing at stake game at 12:15 on a Sunday morning; or perhaps it may be a Subway morning in the near future?!!

The last game of the season, to moi, gives far more positives than many have given credit to. The first half was drab but the passing, to me, was nowhere near the negativity that has been posted on here recently. Both teams were negative and it was as if we were both looking for a 1-0.

The first half was totally bereft of any real skill and was as dull a 45 as I have ever witnessed. But we stuck to a very defensive system and we changed it after half time. GAWD if we had nicked a goal we may have gone ballistic!

Brill was forced to save with his legs because it was hit straight at him and we never looked like scoring, the nearest we came in the first half was when Christie fed McKay who screwed a shot just over the bar.

But the second half was SO much better and, like at Motherwell we could have rained goals IMHO.

After the break we relaxed and if we had scored a second early doors we may have hammered Perth. McKay, Watkins, Raven and Tansey could easily have added to the tally. Doran had one cleared off the six yard line with Mannus stranded, but Christie got a poachers goal and anyone of four could have snatched the second but Tansey did dispatch it with force.

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Final words from tm4tj...........

Well that's the season over folks and it's been a pretty decent one overall. Top highlights for many include the League Cup Semi-Final win over Hearts, a fantastic exhilarating experience coming back and beating them with nine men, Nick Ross' goal kicking of joyous scenes. The Final itself was a superb occasion with a less favourable scoreline. Others thought that stuffing the village pub team from Dingwall 3-0 was high up on the list and who can forget the comedy moment when Derek Adams thought he could halt Jamie Hamill's celebration jaunt along the touchline; wrong Derek. A late entry in this categories is the trouble and strife happening at Hibernian to someone who was once adored at Inverness by most Inverness fans. Yes, Terry Butcher blotted his copybook and turned his back on us at Easter Road by hobnobbing with his Hibernian chums whilst still in employment at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Well well Judas, not going so well now, hope you are enjoying your Marks and Spencer cakes while Yogi dunks his Tesco ones in his tea.

Match report written by tm4tj/IHE



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 38 31 6 1 102 25 77 99
2. Motherwell 38 22 4 12 64 60 4 70
3. Aberdeen 38 20 8 10 53 38 15 68
4. Dundee Utd 38 16 10 12 65 50 15 58
5. Inverness CT 38 16 9 13 44 44 0 57
6. St. Johnstone 38 15 8 15 48 42 6 53
7. Ross County 38 11 7 20 44 62 -18 40
8. St. Mirren 38 10 9 19 39 58 -19 39
9. Kilmarnock 38 11 6 21 45 66 -21 39
10. Partick Thistle 38 8 14 16 46 65 -19 38
11. Hearts 38 10 8 20 45 65 -20 38
12. Hibernian 38 8 11 19 31 51 -20 35