Inverness CT 1 - 0 Morton

League Match
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,413
Referee: Steven Reid
Inverness CT  Morton

Goalscorers
Carl Tremarco (11)
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Team Managers
John Robertson Jonatan Johansson

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Shaun Rooney
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Anthony McDonald
Sean Welsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White
Ross McCrorie
Jim McAlister (c)
Kerr Waddell
Gregor Buchanan
Jack Iredale
Chris Millar
Charlie Telfer
Dylan Dykes
Keelan O'Connell
Robert McHugh
Greg Kiltie

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Kevin McHattie
Coll Donaldson
Darren McCauley
Charlie Trafford
Daniel Mackay
Nathan Austin
Reghan Tumilty
Reece Lyon
Derek Gaston
Lee Kilday
Robert Thomson
Michael Tidser
Andrew Dallas

Substitutions
Coll Donaldson for Jamie McCart (32)
Darren McCauley for Anthony McDonald (45)
Charlie Trafford for Liam Polworth (83)
Reghan Tumilty -> Keelan O'Connell (59)
Michael Tidser -> Charlie Telfer (60)
Reece Lyon -> Dylan Dykes (70)

Bookings
Carl Tremarco (36)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 75 apps -
Carl Tremarco 162 apps13 goals
Brad Mckay 107 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 79 apps5 goals
Shaun Rooney 30 apps5 goals
Jamie McCart 34 apps1 goal
Anthony McDonald 5 apps -
Sean Welsh 29 apps3 goals
Liam Polworth 194 apps18 goals
Aaron Doran 226 apps34 goals
Jordan White 35 apps13 goals
Coll Donaldson (sub) 62 apps1 goal
Charlie Trafford (sub) 50 apps -
Darren McCauley (sub) 7 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Anthony McDonald (17 years 347 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 143 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 282 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Mackay (17 years 314 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 143 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 364 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Charlie Trafford played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

No rest for Coll: The gruelling recent schedule was taking it's toll as Inverness played out a slender one goal win against Morton. Carl Tremarco glanced an early header home with what proved to be the only goal of the game.

The final result was closer than it could have been, but given our recent exertions, then we'll take a narrow win over the Greenock side any day as we tried to conserve our energy levels.

This win gives us a five point cushion in fourth place in the quest for a play-off slot, with Dunfermline emerging as the next best placed team to mount a challenge. Queen of the South and Morton are a further point behind the Pars.

So it's still all to play for as we get down to the business end of the season with Ross County looking most likely to top the table after a great 4-2 win at Partick who hit the bottom.

John Robertson tried to protect some players by giving Shaun Rooney a start at right back and moving Brad Mckay alongside Jamie McCart in central defence whilst resting Coll Donaldson. That plan went pear shaped when McCart had to leave the field after sustaining an injury on the half hour which meant no day of rest for Coll Donaldson. Tom Walsh missed out after picking up an injury against County in the cup and Anthony McDonald took his place.

The more mundane atmosphere of the Championship fixture barely whispered round the ground with only a busload or two in the away end amongst some 2400 fans in the stadium. Liam Polworth set the ball rolling as we kicked off towards the away end.

Nothing of note in the opening exchanges as both sides jockeyed for position, but Captain Carl would break the deadlock in the eleventh minute as he met a Liam Polworth corner at the near post to send the ball behind keeper McCrorie.

The visitors responded and Mark Ridgers had to tip an effort from Chris Millar behind for a corner a couple of minutes after the goal. The ball looked like it might just be heading for the outside of the woodwork, but Mark took no chances and dealt with it accordingly.

Brad McKay missed an opportunity after a ball found him in the box. Unfortunately it was more of the ball hitting Brad than Brad hitting the ball and the chance was missed.

The game had little flow about it as players from both sides looked too eager to impress, nobody willing to put their foot on the ball and control proceedings.

Jamie McCart went down and had to be replaced by courageous Coll on the half hour.

Jordan White knocked a header forward but it just evaded the strikers as it ran through to the box after Polly passed on.

We saw out the half with little coming from Morton in an attacking sense, the hosts doing just enough to keep their advantage.

Half-Time 1-0

Darren McCauley replaced the injured Anthony McDonald at the interval and it was more of the same after the break. Morton struggling to create, Inverness happy with the reprieve.

In the 57th minute Tremarco almost got his second goal but his header was cleared off the line by Buchanan to deny the captain as he met a great ball in from Sean Welsh.

There followed a spell of Inverness pressure where we threatened to run a way with the game, but some last ditch defending and wayward shooting kept the score at 1-0.

The second half was fast becoming an anti-climax as we were content to give the lightweight Morton offence the ball, and fortunately they had little idea what to do with it.

Donaldson received more treatment towards the end after going down injured, but he is made of strong stuff is Coll and he resumed after being repaired.

As the clock ticked away, we sat deeper and deeper allowing the visitors the freedom of the park. We did counter on a few occasions but in all honesty neither side looked likely to get another goal. The game ended with Morton frantically trying to put pressure on our defence, but we held out comfortably enough to record only our third home win in the Championship.

It was a much needed low key encounter and a welcome three points that boosts our play-off chances. Carl Tremarco is the proverbial Duracell Bunny and he gets my nod for MotM. That was his first goal this term and it was good enough to win all three points.

The future is bright, the future is orange. It's a difficult week coming up with two visits to Tannadice. On Wednesday it's Championship night and Sunday is the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, so no let up in the intensity and challenges for our stretched squad.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 24 14 6 4 43 23 20 48
2. Ayr United 25 12 7 6 40 23 17 43
3. Dundee Utd 25 12 7 6 35 32 3 43
4. Inverness CT 25 8 12 5 34 29 5 36
5. Dunfermline 25 8 7 10 25 30 -5 31
6. Queen of the South 25 7 9 9 35 31 4 30
7. Morton 25 7 9 9 25 33 -8 30
8. Stirling Albion 26 6 8 12 27 40 -13 26
9. Falkirk 25 6 7 12 26 36 -10 25
10. Partick Thistle 25 7 4 14 27 40 -13 25