Inverness CT 1 - 1 Dundee

League Match
Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,362
Referee: Willie Collum
Inverness CT  Dundee

Goalscorers
Graeme Shinnie (55)
Paul McGowan (53)

Team Managers
John Hughes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Ryan Christie
Marley Watkins
Scott Bain
William Dyer
Thomas Konrad
James McPake
Paul McGinn
Kevin Thomson
Simon Ferry
Paul McGowan
Stephen McGinn
Greig Stewart
David Clarkson

Substitutes
Dean Brill
Daniel Devine
Liam Polworth
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Edward Ofere
Tarmo Kink
Kyle Letheren
Kostadin Gadzhalov
Ian Davidson
Jim McAlister
Alex Harris
Craig Wighton
Paul Heffernan

Substitutions
Edward Ofere for Ryan Christie (71)
Tarmo Kink for Nick Ross (84)
Ian Davidson -> James McPake (61)
Jim McAlister -> Simon Ferry (71)
Alex Harris -> David Clarkson (81)

Bookings
Ross Draper (57)
David Raven (66)
Paul McGowan (54)
William Dyer (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 170 apps -
Gary Warren 110 apps11 goals
Josh Meekings 139 apps3 goals
David Raven 109 apps1 goal
Marley Watkins 63 apps9 goals
Greg Tansey 93 apps15 goals
Ryan Christie 50 apps7 goals
Aaron Doran 143 apps19 goals
Nick Ross 169 apps13 goals
Graeme Shinnie 178 apps8 goals
Ross Draper 112 apps7 goals
Edward Ofere (sub) 4 apps1 goal
Tarmo Kink (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (23 years 332 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2016 years 249 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 162 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (20 years 179 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2016 years 249 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 38 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ryan Christie played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Easter Borefest:

Dundee came, they saw and almost conquered, but a quick reply by Man of the Match Graeme Shinnie ensured that the clubs shared the points. Dundee seemed intent on not losing and Inverness had little clue how to win all three points. In the end the draw was the right result given the ineptitude of both sides. David Clarkson scored in the Dark Blues first serious attempt before Shinnie scored moments later. Edie Ofere almost added the winner, but the ball squirmed agonisingly wide of the post, but that was about it. 

Inverness blew another chance to close the gap on Aberdeen as they were held to a draw by mid-table Dundee in a rather scrappy affair where Paul Hartley will be better pleased than John Hughes.

A bright afternoon for the game saw Inverness attack the South end of the stadium from the start, and Dundee showed their intent by defending deep from the off, not looking interested in getting bodies forward.

Whilst Inverness had the bulk of the play in the opening half, few clear cut chances were created. What we did best in the first forty-five was have a go from distance. Greg Tansey fired a free kick through a gap in the wall but Scott Bain gathered easily. Tansey then danced across the Dundee defence some 25 yards out but his shot was once again too close to the keeper and he clutched the ball comfortably again. Aaron Doran made him work harder with a rasping thirty yard shot but again it was not far enough away from the alert Bain who punched the ball clear as Inverness held the upper hand.

Dundee were rarely seen in the first half and Esson could easily have sat on the bench with Brill, such was their lack of adventure.

Half Time 0-0

The second half began in stop start fashion as free kicks were being dished out like nobody's business. However, ten minutes in Dundee went over the half way line. Despite being in unfamiliar territory, they carved out a chance and when the move between Mark Stewart and Paul McGowan broke off Josh Meekings, David Clarkson tucked the free ball beyond Esson to give the visitors an undeserved lead.

This stirred the home side into a bit of a frenzy and two minutes later they were level. The ball was worked down the right flank with a long ball from Tansey. Watkins held it up and played a one-two with Nick Ross. His telling cross found Shinnie coming into the box at the back edge of the box. Graeme's tenacity saw him get the break of the ball under the defensive challenge and he slammed a left foot shot low into the far corner for a deserved equaliser.

In fairness to Dundee, after realising that they could cross the halfway line the game became more open and possession levelled out, but the goal threats still came from the home side, although they were not as frequent as the home fans would have liked.

The best chance went the way of substitute Edward Ofere after Watkins had nodded a long ball into his path. He stuck a leg out to divert the ball as the keeper came out but it bounced just the wrong side of the post. The right side if you were a Dundee fan and the spin took the ball just wide. Meh!

Doran had an opportunity on the left but he chose to blast the ball into the side netting when a cut back would have been more productive and that was the end of the incidents.

Full Time 1-1

In truth it was another disappointing game and performance on a tired pitch. It's just that time of year I'm afraid when our wafer thin squad fails to grind out results. On a bright not, the rest of the contenders are struggling to cope as well, but it's getting very difficult to see where our next win is going to come from. Nick Ross and Aaron Doran did their prospects no harm as did Eddie Ofere who almost nicked the winner. MotM though was captain supreme, Graeme Shinnie who showed great determination to score his goal and led the team forward at every opportunity. The lack of a proven striker was sadly evident though as we found it difficult to create clean space in a packed penalty box time and time again. We miss Billy making those runs across the defence to create the openings.

It's a tough couple of weeks coming up for us, with Aberdeen away and a double header against Celtic, one in the league and one in the cup and a game against the Arabs to come as well.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 22 3 4 61 14 47 69
2. Aberdeen 30 19 5 6 50 27 23 62
3. Inverness CT 30 16 6 8 43 31 12 54
4. Dundee Utd 29 14 4 11 50 43 7 46
5. St. Johnstone 31 13 6 12 28 31 -3 45
6. Hamilton Academical 32 12 7 13 42 47 -5 43
7. Dundee 30 10 11 9 41 41 0 41
8. Kilmarnock 31 10 8 13 33 40 -7 38
9. Partick Thistle 31 9 8 14 39 36 3 35
10. Ross County 31 8 7 16 35 56 -21 31
11. Motherwell 31 8 4 19 28 55 -27 28
12. St. Mirren 31 6 3 22 22 51 -29 21