Inverness CT 1 - 0 Dunfermline

League Match
Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,828
Referee: Graham Beaton
Inverness CT  Dunfermline

Goalscorers
Nathan Austin (35)
None.

Team Managers
John Robertson Stephen Crawford

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Shaun Rooney
Coll Donaldson
Kevin McHattie
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Darren McCauley
Tom Walsh
Jordan White
Nathan Austin
Cameron Gill
Mark Durnan
Danny Devine
Lee Ashcroft
James Craigen
Stuart Morrison
Ryan Blair
Louis Longridge
Lewis Martin
Kallum Higginbotham
Bruce Anderson

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Jamie McCart
Matheus Machado
Anthony McDonald
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Craig Burt
Andy Ryan
Myles Hippolyte
Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Paul Allan
Matthew Todd
Lewis McCann

Substitutions
Jamie McCart for Coll Donaldson (46)
Liam Polworth for Charlie Trafford (65)
Aaron Doran for Nathan Austin (73)
Matthew Todd -> Ryan Blair (62)
Andy Ryan -> Louis Longridge (73)
Lewis McCann -> Kallum Higginbotham (88)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 85 apps -
Shaun Rooney 42 apps6 goals
Coll Donaldson 72 apps1 goal
Kevin McHattie 11 apps -
Brad Mckay 118 apps7 goals
Joe Chalmers 92 apps6 goals
Charlie Trafford 62 apps1 goal
Darren McCauley 16 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 40 apps10 goals
Jordan White 48 apps14 goals
Nathan Austin 46 apps13 goals
Jamie McCart (sub) 45 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran (sub) 239 apps38 goals
Liam Polworth (sub) 207 apps18 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (22 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (28 years 275 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 279 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (17 years 179 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (28 years 275 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 340 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Third it is: After all the speculation as to where we would finish in the league, a 1-0 victory over Dunfermline coupled with Ayr drawing with Alloa ensured we would finish third in the table. That means that the first play-off game will be on Tuesday night at Somerset Park with the return leg at the Caledonian Stadium the following Saturday. Ticket prices have been set at £12 for this game.

We achieved this by virtue of a 1-0 defeat of the Pars in a low key game, but one that had an extra £75K bonus for finishing third tagged on to it. Nathan Austin tapped in the winner after a couple of bloopers saw him pick up the loose ball to score easily. Stuart Morrison's chest high pass back was not cleared successfully by keeper Cammy Gill and Austin was left with the simple task of rolling the ball into the net. Simples.

John Robertson was without the injured Carl Tremarco and Sean Welsh. Mark Ridgers returned between the sticks after his finger dislocation at Hampden and Jamie McCart, Aaron Doran and Liam Polworth were all benched to give them a break. Darren McCauley and Nathan Austin had rare starts and Kevin McHattie deputised for Tremarco.

Jordan White headed wide in the opening minutes and Nathan Austin shot past as we looked to open the scoring. It was however a bit like an end of season game. Wait a minute, that's exactly what it was.

Tom Walsh and Austin had further attempts to score and at the other end Mark Ridgers was called into action to deny Bruce Anderson with a comfortable save, the shot lacking any real conviction.

Joe Chalmers fired a free kick narrowly over, the ball rippling the roof of the net as it dipped just over the bar and one minute later Inverness broke the deadlock.

Stuart Morrison was in no danger when he tried to pass back to keeper Cammy Gill. Unfortunately for Cammy, the ball arrived around head height. He tried to chest it down before hoofing it clear but it bounced off him and Austin reacted well to nick the ball and roll it into the empty net. Calamitous defending but a welcome goal for Austin and the home fans.

James Craigen had an effort saved by Ridgers as the Pars tried to respond but we saw out the half to go in at the interval ahead.

One worrying moment just on the half time whistle when Caley Thistle Online player of the year Coll Donaldson stretched low to thigh the ball back to Ridgers and looked as though he might have tweaked his thigh muscle slightly.

Half Time 1-0

Our fears were confirmed after the break when Jamie McCart replaced Coll, hopefully just a precaution and CTO PotY Donaldson was subbed for Jamie McCart the CTO joint Young Player of the Year (with Tom Walsh).

The visitors looked lively at the restart and Kallum Higginbotham's effort was well saved by Ridgers in the top half of the goal. To be honest, it was an uncomfortable second half display by the hosts who were not over exerting themselves, and with Dunfermline unable to take advantage it descended into the proverbial end of season fare.

One bright spot was Tom Walsh thumping a shot off the post, the keeper doing well to push the ball onto the wood. We did just enough to hold onto the three points and the result from somerset Park confirmed our third position.

Not the most exciting of games, but one with plenty of connotations, and they have been all sorted out now, so Ayr it is on Tuesday night and the prospect of a high energy game back at the Caledonian Stadium next Saturday, and for just £12. Bargain, see you all there.

Lots of accolades dished out after the final whistle with Aaron Doran being awarded the Official player of the year by the fans and Tom Walsh the Young Player of the Year.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 36 21 8 7 63 34 29 71
2. Dundee Utd 36 19 8 9 49 40 9 65
3. Inverness CT 36 14 14 8 48 40 8 56
4. Ayr United 36 15 9 12 50 38 12 54
5. Morton 36 11 13 12 36 45 -9 46
6. Partick Thistle 36 12 7 17 43 52 -9 43
7. Dunfermline 36 11 8 17 33 40 -7 41
8. Stirling Albion 36 10 9 17 39 53 -14 39
9. Queen of the South 36 9 11 16 41 48 -7 38
10. Falkirk 36 9 11 16 37 49 -12 38