Inverness CT 2 - 1 Kilmarnock

League - Championship
Friday, April 15th, 2022, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,829
Referee: Don Robertson
Inverness CT  Kilmarnock

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (76)
Logan Chalmers (82)
Ash Taylor (60)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Wallace Duffy
Daniel Devine
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
Logan Chalmers
Austin Samuels
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Zach Hemming
Lee Hodson
Ash Taylor
Chris Stokes
Stephen McGinn
Fraser Murray
Brad Lyons
Blair Alston
Dean Campbell
Kyle Lafferty
Oli Shaw

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Roddy MacGregor
Tom Walsh
David Carson
Lewis Hyde
Aaron Doran
Joe Hardy
Euan Murray
Daniel Armstrong
Sam Walker
Jack Sanders
Declan Glass
Jason Nasmith
Dylan McGowan
Chris Burke
Daniel MacKay

Substitutions
David Carson for Reece McAlear (70)
Aaron Doran for Austin Samuels (70)
Cameron Harper for Logan Chalmers (85)
Joe Hardy for Billy Mckay (88)
Stephen McGinn -> Declan Glass (83)
Fraser Murray -> Daniel MacKay (90+1)

Bookings
Robbie Deas (73)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 187 apps -
Kirk Broadfoot 39 apps2 goals
Daniel Devine 145 apps5 goals
Robbie Deas 74 apps1 goal
Wallace Duffy 35 apps1 goal
Sean Welsh 99 apps13 goals
Reece McAlear 34 apps4 goals
Logan Chalmers 10 apps4 goals
Austin Samuels 10 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 191 apps80 goals
Shane Sutherland 156 apps19 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 66 apps2 goals
David Carson (sub) 86 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran (sub) 323 apps50 goals
Joe Hardy (sub) 10 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 67 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 265 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 279 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 15 days
Domestic Players:13 (68.42 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Title on hold as ICT win.



Killie came North with a big following looking to get one hand on the title whilst Inverness were hoping to strengthen their grip on a play-off spot. A win for Killie tonight and defeat for Arbroath tomorrow afternoon and they will have both hands on the title and on their way back to the Premiership. An even first forty-five with Campbell and Shaw coming closest for the visitors and Chalmers and Samuels having the best efforts for the hosts, but it remained scoreless at the interval. The pace warmed up after the break and it was Ash Taylor that opened the scoring after a misplaced header from Kirk Broadfoot landed at his feet. Dodds took the bull by the horns with a double substitution and that seemed to give us the impetus to have a go at Killie. Billy Mckay hustled a poachers goal with fifteen minutes left, and once more Logan Chalmers came up trumps with a well executed goal to round off the scoring. What this means is that Inverness are guaranteed a play-off place and Killie have a bit more work to do.

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No fresh injury worries for Inverness but Aaron Doran was on the bench with Austin Samuels starting and Wallace Duffy started at right back with David Carson benched. Roddy MacGregor returned to the bench after showing no reactions to his appearance last weekend. Kilmarnock were unchanged which meant that Daniel Mackay was on the bench for the visitors.

A beautiful calm night for a game of football, also shown on council TV, saw the Caley Jags set the ball rolling and it was a cagey opening ten minutes that followed as both sides probed for an opening.

Danger man Kyle Lafferty had the ball in the net in the tenth minute but was adjudged offside as Killie just shaded the opening stages.

Inverness were giving away numerous petty free kicks and from one of those Mark Ridgers made a diving interception from a dangerous ball whipped into the box.

Oli Shaw had a twelve yard shot blocked by Danny Devine as Killie opened up their hosts down their left wing with Ridgers sprawling across his line.

At the other end Zach Hemming made a great interception as Billy Mckay tried to latch onto a ball forward.

Ridgers stood tall to make a good save as Campbell burst forward at pace, the keeper using strong hands to beat the ball over the bar for a corner but again Ridgers dealt well with the cross.

Half way through the first period and Killie were having the better of the game so far as Inverness struggled to hold onto the ball.

However, a tremendous diagonal ball forward from Kirk Broadfoot picked out Logan Chalmers and he shot early from distance on the left, but his effort caught the side net and Austin Samuels had a close range shot blocked six yards out as Inverness opened up.

Danny Devine conceded a corner with a well timed interception as Shaw tried to get onto a ball flicked into the box. From the corner, Shaw's header clipped the top of the crossbar on the way behind for a goal kick.

Mckay was very close to connecting with the ball as a Sean Welsh delivery curled into the box, but once again Hemming did well to put Billy off his stride and the keeper was able to tidy up. Reece McAlear volleyed over after a free kick as the hosts got to grip with the game, the ball going for a fruitless corner five minutes before the break.

HALF TIME: 0-0

Killie came out of the blocks quickest at the start of the second half and Fraser Murray had a shot blocked on the angle of the six yard box by Robbie Deas.

Hemming did well to push away a powerful shot from Samuels after he turned well twenty yards out and a minute later Broadfoot was denied by a diving Hemming at the expense of a corner.

Blair Alston won a corner as he lashed an effort just wide and seconds later Killie took the lead after Broadfoot inadvertently knocked a header towards Ash Taylor who deftly tucked the ball over Ridgers and into the net.

Double sub for Inverness with Samuels and McAlear being replaced by Aaron Doran and David Carson and that triggered an impressive spell for Inverness culminating in a pulsating finale.

Some good pressure from the hosts paid off when Billy Mckay scrambled the ball in from close range to restore parity. Even better would follow six minutes later. Once again it was Logan Chalmers to the rescue as he drove a low shot into the net from ten yards at the back post. Get in ya dancer.

FULL TIME: 2-1

Inverness saw out the game well in control and thoroughly deserved the three points and a play-off slot. Killie have more work to do to clinch the cinch.

Good performances all round with Devine a rock at the back. Ridgers did well with some great interceptions early on, punching dangerous cross balls clear of danger. Deas, Duffy did well to shackle the early advances of Killie. The midfield worked tirelessly and what else can you say about Billy Mckay. He scores when he wants and Logan the loan did it again. Four goals in four games. Good work lad and much appreciated.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Kilmarnock 34 19 6 9 47 25 22 63
2. Arbroath 33 15 14 4 45 25 20 59
3. Inverness CT 33 14 11 8 47 32 15 53
4. Partick Thistle 33 13 10 10 44 36 8 49
5. Raith Rovers 33 10 13 10 40 43 -3 43
6. Morton 33 9 13 11 36 42 -6 40
7. Hamilton Academical 33 9 12 12 37 47 -10 39
8. Ayr United 33 8 11 14 34 48 -14 35
9. Dunfermline 33 6 14 13 33 49 -16 32
10. Queen of the South 32 6 8 18 30 46 -16 26