Inverness CT 1 - 1 Dundee

League Match
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,940
Referee: Brian Colvin
Inverness CT  Dundee

Goalscorers
Greg Tansey (pen.) (64)
Rory Loy (50)

Team Managers
John Hughes Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Scott Bain
Paul McGinn
Kostadin Gadzhalov
Thomas Konrad
Kevin Holt
Nick Ross
Greg Stewart
Paul McGowan
Nicky Low
Rhys Healey
Rory Loy

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Gary Warren
Alasdair Sutherland
Lewis Horner
Nat Wedderburn
Andrew Macrae
David Mitchell
Gary Irvine
Daryll Meggatt
Kane Hemmings
Riccardo Calder
Gary Harkins
Josh Skelly

Substitutions
Alasdair Sutherland for Iain Vigurs (66)
Gary Warren for Danny Williams (79)
Riccardo Calder -> Nicky Low (70)
Kane Hemmings -> Rory Loy (71)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
David Raven (50)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 17 apps -
Carl Tremarco 48 apps -
Daniel Devine 55 apps2 goals
Josh Meekings 160 apps5 goals
David Raven 131 apps3 goals
Greg Tansey 119 apps18 goals
Ryan Christie 75 apps10 goals
Iain Vigurs 35 apps3 goals
James Vincent 59 apps5 goals
Danny Williams 82 apps4 goals
Liam Polworth 46 apps1 goal
Gary Warren (sub) 123 apps12 goals
Alasdair Sutherland (sub) 7 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 24 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2017 years 94 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 272 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Andrew Macrae (17 years 176 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 94 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 23 days
Domestic Players:11 (64.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Tale of two penalties:

This game was decided by two penalties and a sending off as the sides had to settle for a point apiece in a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium. Rory Loy slotted Dundee's penalty home to take the lead after David Raven was sent packing, but Greg Tansey returned the favour just after the hour. That ended the scoring but not the chances, with Liam Polworth left pounding the turf after dragging a glorious opportunity wide late in the game.

As expected, our injury situation dictated how we approached this game and the addition of Miles Storey to the casualty list saw Iain Vigurs start wide left with the versatile Danny Williams helping out up front. Gary Warren was a welcome addition to the bench, even if he might still be on crutches.

Dundee began with the side that ended the Kilmarnock game. That meant there was no starts for Gary Harkins, Kane Hemmings or Darryll Meggatt. They made way for Thomas Konrad, Paul McGowan and Nicky Low.

Heavy overnight wind and rain gave way to a pleasant Saturday afternoon and just under 3000 turned up to see if our fortunes could change.

As is traditional, we started brightly without threatening and the game soon settled into a midfield tussle with neither keeper being troubled. There were a few half snippets, but everything would fizzle out before the keepers were made to work.

We did find the net once our wide players worked out how to get the ball beyond the first defender, but unfortunately Josh Meekings was flagged for offside as he headed smartly into the net.

I suppose the best chance of the half fell to Ryan Christie, but he elected to chest down a long cross rather than use his head, in doing so he was closed down before shooting.

What were Dundee doing while we plugged away? Well, virtually nothing, that'll be why Hartley had them warming up on the pitch five minutes before the second half started.

Half Time 0-0

Well, it seemed to work as Dundee raced to the opposition box right from the restart. Only five minutes into the second period David Raven tackled Greg Stewart as he was about to shoot and referee Brian Colvin who was handily placed had no doubt it was a spot kick and to make things worse, he sent Raven for an early bath for his troubles :redcard: . Rory Loy converted from twelve yards as Fon-Williams tried to cover the opposite side of the goal frame.

Things looked bleak for Inverness and we expected the worst. The sending off left acres of space for Dundee to exploit and we were now under the cosh. Nicky Low had a shot deflected for a corner and from he resultant ball into the box, Healey headed wide from a good position.

Despite Dundee's dominance since Raven walked, Inverness drew level after 65 minutes. A decent break forward saw Polworth hitting the turf out wide in the box as he tried to cut back inside. It looked like a penalty, but play raged on and Ryan Christie spotted his chance. He burst onto the loose ball trying to head towards the corner flag, and before you could say for fecks sake ref, Colvin pointed to the spot as Christie was upended. Fair enough, one penalty from two shouts and when the dust settled, Greg Tansey tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

That sparked Dundee into more activity around our box but again most moves were breaking down without Fon-Williams being pestered.

Ricardo Calder and Kane Hemmings upped the pace when they were introduced and we did well to prevent Dundee from getting ahead. Healey and Hemmings had forced Fon-Williams into making tremendous stops but it was at the other end where the points should have been won.

Josh Meekings saw the headlines in the Courier as he burst into the box wide on the right side, but he blazed his shot high and not very handsomely into the North Stand. Well at least that's where I thought it ended up.

We received a boost when Gary Warren made a surprise return to action after his leg break and that locked the back door. We ventured forward, and after some neat interplay the ball looked to sit up nicely for Liam Polworth, but the midfielder dragged his shot across the goal from around twelve yards and that endeth the opportunities for the home side.

Dundee would still pressure our defence, but with Warren in there we looked impenetrable and held on for a welcome point, much to Dundee's frustration, especially with us being reduced to 10 men for most of the second half.

Full Time 1-1

It was a game of two penalties, simple as that. Neither side looked capable of carving out their own chances and it was probably fitting that the outcome was decided on penalties. Dundee will feel disappointed that they could not get the better of the ten men, but in all honesty they were atrocious in the first half and they could not take full advantage of a side reduced in numbers. Sounds familiar. A point each was probably a fair reflection on the overall play and neither side looked as if they were worth more than that. For us, it's a step in the right direction, even with more injuries to contend with and a sending off for Raven, but the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for ooooohhh Gary Warren.

MotM could be nobody else but Ryan Christie, who at times looked like the only home player tying to achieve something. His work rate was simply tremendous and some of his touches were sublime, fitting that he won the penalty that gave us a point. He was well backed up by Owain Fon-Williams in goal and Josh Meekings at the back. One or two others need to up their work rate though and Iain Vigurs will need to know that his honeymoon period is over and he must knuckle down to some serious hard graft. We have no room for luxury players at the moment. James Vincent's goal in the cup final seems like a lifetime away now as he struggles to create anything. I'll put it down to a shortage of players and some guys having to play unaccustomed roles.

Welcome back Gary. Tale of two penalties

This game was decided by two penalties and a sending off as the sides had to settle for a point apiece in a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium. Rory Loy slotted Dundee's penalty home to take the lead after David Raven was sent packing, but Greg Tansey returned the favour just after the hour. That ended the scoring but not the chances, with Liam Polworth left pounding the turf after dragging a glorious opportunity wide late in the game.

As expected, our injury situation dictated how we approached this game and the addition of Miles Storey to the casualty list saw Iain Vigurs start wide left with the versatile Danny Williams helping out up front. Gary Warren was a welcome addition to the bench, even if he might still be on crutches.

Dundee began with the side that ended the Kilmarnock game. That meant there was no starts for Gary Harkins, Kane Hemmings or Darryll Meggatt. They made way for Thomas Konrad, Paul McGowan and Nicky Low.

Heavy overnight wind and rain gave way to a pleasant Saturday afternoon and just under 3000 turned up to see if our fortunes could change.

As is traditional, we started brightly without threatening and the game soon settled into a midfield tussle with neither keeper being troubled. There were a few half snippets, but everything would fizzle out before the keepers were made to work.

We did find the net once our wide players worked out how to get the ball beyond the first defender, but unfortunately Josh Meekings was flagged for offside as he headed smartly into the net.

I suppose the best chance of the half fell to Ryan Christie, but he elected to chest down a long cross rather than use his head, in doing so he was closed down before shooting.

What were Dundee doing while we plugged away? Well, virtually nothing, that'll be why Hartley had them warming up on the pitch five minutes before the second half started.

Half Time 0-0

Well, it seemed to work as Dundee raced to the opposition box right from the restart. Only five minutes into the second period David Raven tackled Greg Stewart as he was about to shoot and referee Brian Colvin who was handily placed had no doubt it was a spot kick and to make things worse, he sent Raven for an early bath for his troubles :redcard: . Rory Loy converted from twelve yards as Fon-Williams tried to cover the opposite side of the goal frame.

Things looked bleak for Inverness and we expected the worst. The sending off left acres of space for Dundee to exploit and we were now under the cosh. Nicky Low had a shot deflected for a corner and from he resultant ball into the box, Healey headed wide from a good position.

Despite Dundee's dominance since Raven walked, Inverness drew level after 65 minutes. A decent break forward saw Polworth hitting the turf out wide in the box as he tried to cut back inside. It looked like a penalty, but play raged on and Ryan Christie spotted his chance. He burst onto the loose ball trying to head towards the corner flag, and before you could say for fecks sake ref, Colvin pointed to the spot as Christie was upended. Fair enough, one penalty from two shouts and when the dust settled, Greg Tansey tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

That sparked Dundee into more activity around our box but again most moves were breaking down without Fon-Williams being pestered.

Ricardo Calder and Kane Hemmings upped the pace when they were introduced and we did well to prevent Dundee from getting ahead. Healey and Hemmings had forced Fon-Williams into making tremendous stops but it was at the other end where the points should have been won.

Josh Meekings saw the headlines in the Courier as he burst into the box wide on the right side, but he blazed his shot high and not very handsomely into the North Stand. Well at least that's where I thought it ended up.

We received a boost when Gary Warren made a surprise return to action after his leg break and that locked the back door. We ventured forward, and after some neat interplay the ball looked to sit up nicely for Liam Polworth, but the midfielder dragged his shot across the goal from around twelve yards and that endeth the opportunities for the home side.

Dundee would still pressure our defence, but with Warren in there we looked impenetrable and held on for a welcome point, much to Dundee's frustration, especially with us being reduced to 10 men for most of the second half.

Full Time 1-1

It was a game of two penalties, simple as that. Neither side looked capable of carving out their own chances and it was probably fitting that the outcome was decided on penalties. Dundee will feel disappointed that they could not get the better of the ten men, but in all honesty they were atrocious in the first half and they could not take full advantage of a side reduced in numbers. Sounds familiar. A point each was probably a fair reflection on the overall play and neither side looked as if they were worth more than that. For us, it's a step in the right direction, even with more injuries to contend with and a sending off for Raven, but the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for ooooohhh Gary Warren.

MotM could be nobody else but Ryan Christie, who at times looked like the only home player tying to achieve something. His work rate was simply tremendous and some of his touches were sublime, fitting that he won the penalty that gave us a point. He was well backed up by Owain Fon-Williams in goal and Josh Meekings at the back. One or two others need to up their work rate though and Iain Vigurs will need to know that his honeymoon period is over and he must knuckle down to some serious hard graft. We have no room for luxury players at the moment. James Vincent's goal in the cup final seems like a lifetime away now as he struggles to create anything. I'll put it down to a shortage of players and some guys having to play unaccustomed roles.

Welcome back Gary.

Match report written by tm4tj



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 13 10 2 1 34 10 24 32
2. Hearts 13 8 2 3 24 14 10 26
3. Aberdeen 13 8 1 4 19 16 3 25
4. St. Johnstone 13 6 2 5 27 21 6 20
5. Ross County 13 5 3 5 18 15 3 18
6. Motherwell 13 4 2 7 10 15 -5 14
7. Hamilton Academical 13 5 3 5 18 18 0 18
8. Dundee 13 4 5 4 19 22 -3 17
9. Kilmarnock 13 4 3 6 14 22 -8 15
10. Inverness CT 13 3 5 5 12 16 -4 14
11. Partick Thistle 13 2 4 7 9 19 -10 10
12. Dundee Utd 13 2 2 9 10 26 -16 8

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

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