Ross County 0 - 3 Inverness CT

League Match
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 4,805
Referee: Calum Murray
Ross County Inverness CT

None. David Raven (8)
Billy Mckay (42)
Marley Watkins (78)

Team Managers
Derek Adams John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Erik Cikos
Brian McLean
Evangelos Ikonomou
Yann Songo'o
Filip Kiss
Richard Brittain
Michael Tidser
Alex Cooper
Jordan Slew
Yoann Arquin
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
James Vincent
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Ben Gordon
Scott Boyd
Rocco Quinn
Melvin De Leeuw
Gary Glen
Graham Carey
Sean McCarthy
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Marley Watkins

Graham Carey -> Evangelos Ikonomou (54)
Melvin De Leeuw -> Richard Brittain (66)
Marley Watkins for Billy Mckay (76)
Carl Tremarco for Aaron Doran (85)
Nick Ross for Richie Foran (86)

Melvin De Leeuw (0)
Michael Kovacevic (0)
Kevin Luckassen (0)
Gary Warren
Ross Draper
Graeme Shinnie (42)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 31 apps -
David Raven 63 apps1 goal
Josh Meekings 93 apps -
Gary Warren 67 apps9 goals
Aaron Doran 104 apps13 goals
Greg Tansey 46 apps6 goals
James Vincent 16 apps1 goal
Ross Draper 69 apps6 goals
Graeme Shinnie 131 apps4 goals
Billy Mckay 100 apps50 goals
Richie Foran 191 apps44 goals
Carl Tremarco (sub) 16 apps -
Marley Watkins (sub) 20 apps1 goal
Nick Ross (sub) 134 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (22 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2015 years 211 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 143 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 141 days)
Oldest Player:Conor Pepper (2015 years 211 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 345 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Billy Mckay played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Billy Mckay scored his 50th goal for the Club.
David Raven scored his first goal for the Club.
Marley Watkins scored his first goal for the Club.

This was the replayed match between Ross County and ICT. The original fixture on 25/10/2013 was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure. The score was tied at 0-0 at that point.

According to SPFL/SFA rules. Bookings from the abandoned game stand and are shown in the stats. Gary Warren (4) and Ross Draper (42) were booked for ICT with Melvin De Leeuw (42), Michael Kovacevic (42) & Kevin Luckassen (45) booked for County. In this fixture only Graham Shinnie was booked - coincidentally also in 42 minutes !!!

Report of replayed game:

Inverness Delight:

Caley Thistle won this game at a canter long before the final whistle sounded after running rings round the County team who capitulated in the second half after being unable to breach the Inverness back line. David Raven scored his first goal after pick pocketing the defender on the goal line and Billy McKay rattled home a second before the interval to give the visitors a fully deserved lead, which flattered the home side somewhat. Substitute Marley Watkins steered home a third goal in the second half and it was no more than Inverness deserved.

Slew and Arquin proved to be a handful for Warren and Meekings, but they were well marshalled long before the end and Brill was rarely troubled, but he did make an important acrobatic save early in the second half from a Songo'o header to enable Inverness to build on their lead and control the rest of the game.

This win puts Inverness back into fourth position and only three points behind Motherwell with a game in hand; good times!

Inverness light up the Global Energy Stadium

Inverness literally lit up the Global Energy Stadium with a powerful display that left Ross County in the Shadows. Yes, it would appear that the Highlands are ours!

There were a few firsts tonight. An unprecedented first ever ICT goal for David Raven. It will never win goal of the month, but what an occasion to score your first team goal, right in front of the Inverness fans in a high tempo derby. John Hughes doing what Terry Butcher never did for Inverness, he worked out how to beat Ross County on their own patch, and boy did he do it in style, our first win here since 2003. The Jailend emptied quicker than Grant Michaels' bottle of Glenmorangie after Marley Watkins stroked home the third goal and was completely vacant by the 95th minute: Jeepers!

Hughes made a subtle change to the side that beat St Johnstone at the weekend bringing back James Vincent and placing Marley Watkins on the bench alongside Nick Ross and Carl Tremarco.

Derek Adams started Alex Cooper ahead of the benched Graham Carey and would be looking to Slew and Arquin to use their height and power to unsettle the robust Inverness back line.

After the last game at Dingwall ended in darkness, this one started brightly for Inverness who took the game to their fancied opponents, playing some neat football on the lush surface.

Only eight minutes on the clock and Inverness took the lead from an unusual source. David Raven had not scored since he joined Inverness some 60 odd games ago, but tonight was his night. The move started in the Inverness six yard box, but six passes later it was in the back of the Dingwall net. Shinnie cleared his line to Doran who moved it on to Draper who in turn swept it forward to McKay. He turned his man then laid it into the path of Vincent who freed Doran who had sprinted forward and he proceeded to skin the defender on the left touch line. He drove into the corner of the box then hit a low ball across the six-yard line. Oikonomou should have put his foot through the ball, but he stopped it and Raven slid in to bundle the ball over the line for a vital first goal in this derby. Great build up play but horror defending from the nervy County back line.

Inverness were on top and looked the slicker of the two sides and James Vincent should have done better than miss the target after great work by captain Richie Foran down the right, should have at least made the keeper work.

County were clutching at straws and their only creation of note came from numerous free kicks around the visitors box and from one flurry they shouted for a handball, but Inverness swept forward briskly as Foran fed Shinnie who drove through the County defence and fizzed a cross come shot across Brown's box, but there were no takers.

With just over half an hour gone, the troublesome Doran fired a wicked shot just wide as Inverness kept the pressure on the wobbly home defence.

The decisive goal was coming though and a great one it was as well. County half cleared their lines, and Graeme Shinnie took full advantage of hesitation on the left midfield to drive towards the box. His cut back across the box was met perfectly by McKay on the run to hit a low left foot shot beyond Brown from twelve yards for a deserved second goal for Inverness, just five minutes before the break.

Half Time 0-2

Inverness had worked themselves into a commanding position, but they had Brill to thank for preserving their two goal lead. A long ball from Brittain saw Cooper free on the left and his ball into the box was caught by Tidser on the penalty spot but Brill threw himself high to his right to palm the ball away for a corner.

Filip Kiss went close with a long range strike which missed Brill's left upright by a yard but that was as close as County came to getting a foothold in this match.

Billy McKay became the surprise provider after dispossessing substitute Graham Carey. He sent a tremendous forty yard ball into the path of Doran who was stopped in his tracks as he was about to pull the trigger by Cikos, an important block and well timed challenge.

Slew suddenly found time to turn and shoot in the visitors box, the defenders standing off him fearful of giving away a penalty, but his drive was straight at a confident Brill.

Doran looked to have won a penalty cutting in from the left, but the ref adjudged the ball to have crossed the bye line, despite seemingly awarding a penalty at first. He used to be indecisive, but now he's not so sure.

In seventy eight minutes it was all over for County. Marley Watkins was on the park for less than two minutes when he raced onto a Doran pass and calmly slotted the ball low past an exposed Mark Brown from twelve yards.

Contest over and the showboating began as Inverness played keep ball with the County players chasing shadows, the Jailend now empty as referee Calum Murray put County out of their misery after ninety five minutes.

Full Time 0-3

Make no bones about it, this was a committed display from Inverness who took the game to County from the off and thoroughly deserved this win. John Hughes appeared to have got it spot on and his counterpart will need to lick his wounds and get his team sorted quickly before Partick come calling on Saturday.

tm4tj MotM:- Richie Foran was missing during our lean spell and it's great to have him back leading the charge and defending when required. He was the driving force behind everything that Inverness did and is my MotM. To be honest, there were no failures in an ICT shirt, but Doran, Shinnie, McKay............ach to hell with it, they were all superb.

Celtic at Parkhead next, tough game as they will be smarting from the defeat at Aberdeen. Let's just see how it goes.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 27 23 3 1 63 14 49 72
2. Aberdeen 27 16 3 8 39 26 13 51
3. Motherwell 26 15 2 9 39 39 0 47
4. Inverness CT 25 13 5 7 33 21 12 44
5. Dundee Utd 26 11 8 7 46 31 15 41
6. St. Johnstone 26 10 5 11 34 30 4 35
7. Hibernian 26 8 8 10 24 29 -5 32
8. Kilmarnock 27 7 6 14 33 45 -12 27
9. Partick Thistle 27 5 10 12 28 44 -16 25
10. Ross County 27 7 4 16 32 49 -17 25
11. St. Mirren 27 6 6 15 25 44 -19 24
12. Hearts 27 5 6 16 22 46 -24 21