Inverness CT 1 - 1 Ross County

League Match
Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 4,123
Referee: Crawford Allan
Inverness CT  Ross County

Goalscorers
Greg Tansey (48)
Alex Schalk (86)

Team Managers
Richie Foran Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
David Raven
Carl Tremarco
Jamie McCart
Louis Laing
Iain Vigurs
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Billy Mckay
Henri Anier
Aaron McCarey
Jason Naismith
Marcus Fraser
Andrew Davies
Kenny van der Weg
Christopher Routis
Liam Boyce
Tim Chow
Michael Gardyne
Alex Schalk
Craig Curran

Substitutes
Daniel Hoban
Brad Mckay
Liam Polworth
Larnell Cole
Scott Boden
Billy King
Dean Ebbe
Mark Foden
Jim O-Brien
Ryan Dow
Oscar Gobern
Milan Lalkovic
Reghan Tumility
Dylan Dykes

Substitutions
Liam Polworth for Iain Vigurs (42)
Dean Ebbe for Henri Anier (90)
Milan Lalkovic -> Michael Gardyne (80)
Ryan Dow -> Craig Curran (85)

Bookings
Carl Tremarco (88)
Jason Naismith (52)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 78 apps -
Carl Tremarco 107 apps9 goals
Louis Laing 5 apps -
David Raven 159 apps4 goals
Jamie McCart 5 apps -
Gary Warren 184 apps15 goals
Ross Draper 193 apps16 goals
Iain Vigurs 95 apps16 goals
Greg Tansey 182 apps30 goals
Billy Mckay 149 apps64 goals
Henri Anier 9 apps -
Liam Polworth (sub) 106 apps10 goals
Dean Ebbe (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 276 days)
Oldest Player:Henri Anier (2018 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 348 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Hoban (18 years 352 days)
Oldest Player:Henri Anier (2018 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 1 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Greg Tansey reached 30 goals for the Club.

Derby Draw Disappoints Inverness:

The Highland derby ended in a disappointing draw as County came from behind to snatch a point with a late Alex Schalk strike. Greg Tansey's deflected strike just after the break gave Inverness an unexpected lead given the poor first forty-five, but they failed to capitalise on some early second half pressure, Billy Mckay hitting the crossbar as he tried to turn a cross home. County were menacing on the counter and Craig Curran missed a sitter when he headed wide when he should have hit the target. Overall, a draw was just about right although either side could have sneaked all three points.

Inverness were dealt a blow before kick-off with the news that pacey winger Jake Mulraney was not fit. The converse for Ross County, with big stopper Andrew Davies given the go ahead to play. Richie Foran seemed to go for a formation that was designed not to concede rather than go for glory. Iain Vigurs started with Ross Draper and Carl Tremarco back after suspension. County had Aaron McCarey between the sticks.

The game kicked off on a heavy pitch after Friday's constant rain and it was a cagey opening. Vigurs was looking more involved than he has been of late and he curled a ball that skiffed the top of the bar with the keeper beaten. Good effort with his right foot from twenty yards but he was injured soon after and replaced before the break by Liam Polworth.

County were looking the more likely as our lack of width allowed them access to the wide areas and they flashed a couple of dangerous low crosses into the box that just eluded the strikers when a touch would have given them the lead.

We were devoid of attacking intent in the first half and getting to the break all square was a bonus.

Half Time 0-0

However, we exploded out of the blocks after the interval and Greg Tansey smacked a shot low towards the keepers left after indecision in the visitors ranks. The ball took a wicked deflection off County defender Andrew Davies and wrong footed Aaron McCarey in goal to find the opposite corner.

We took the game by the scruff of the neck and minutes later Tansey brought out a good save from McCarey from a free kick wide on the Inverness left, the keeper tipping the ball over the bar. Ross Draper drifted a header back towards goal but it went narrowly over the bar from a deep cross as we tried to extend our lead. Carl Tremarco might feel he should have done better as well when presented with an opportunity to score. Costly misses as it turned out.

County broke forward and Curran missed a golden opportunity to level matters. A deep cross found him at the back post all on his own but he contrived to miss the target from just six yards.

It was Inverness that were still turning the screw though and Tansey hit a thunderous shot from twenty-five yards that McCarey did well to parry. A foot either side and he would have had no chance of touching it. From the resultant clearance, Inverness burst forward again Henri Anier setting up Billy Mckay but under pressure his close range strike cannoned off the bar, the rebound just evading Carl Tremarco's head before being cleared by a grateful County defence.

Fon Williams was eventually called into serious action in the 81'st minute as he tipped over a Milan Lalkovic shot from distance. The warning was not heeded and when we failed to deal properly with a County attack, from the resultant throw in Alex Schalk latched onto the ball in the box, turned and fired high behind Fon Williams to make this feel like a defeat.

Still time for substitute Dean Ebbe to try his luck from the edge of the box but his shot leaked to the left of goal and that was about it, game over and a better point for County than it was for Inverness.

Full Time 1-1

So, the Highlands belong to Ross County for this season, but there will be one more derby to come and neither club are clear of the threat of relegation yet. It could be a season defining game for either club,

What did we learn from that game? County are no better than us, but our poor start to the campaign and two derby losses see us in this predicament and not them. Richie Foran didn't cover himself in glory with his team selection and strategy. No width, no pace, no clean sheet and not killing the game off when we were on top all cost us dear. Why did he not bring on the substitutes earlier? We were crying out for fresh legs to further stretch the overworked visitors defence ten minutes before they equalised. Everyone could see that, County shuffled theirs effectively; we paid the price.

Not a great crowd for the most crucial Highland derby ever, but those that were there gave the side plenty of encouragement.

Overall, a draw was the most deserving of results. It's not the result we had hoped for but it's not a disaster. We climbed above Accies on goal difference and gained a point on Motherwell. Next game is at home to Kilmarnock and we really need to start turning draws into victories.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 28 26 2 0 74 17 57 80
2. Aberdeen 29 18 4 7 53 24 29 58
3. Rangers 29 14 8 7 42 33 9 50
4. St. Johnstone 29 12 7 10 39 37 2 43
5. Hearts 29 11 8 10 50 37 13 41
6. Partick Thistle 29 8 10 11 31 34 -3 34
7. Kilmarnock 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32
8. Dundee 28 8 6 14 31 39 -8 30
9. Ross County 29 6 10 13 31 48 -17 28
10. Motherwell 29 7 6 16 33 57 -24 27
11. Inverness CT 29 4 12 13 33 53 -20 24
12. Hamilton Academical 29 4 12 13 26 47 -21 24