Inverness CT 1 - 2 Ayr United

League - Championship
Saturday, February 19th, 2022, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,850
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Lewis Nicolson (86)
Sean McGinty (35)
Tomi Adeloye (64)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Lee Bullen

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Wallace Duffy
David Carson
Reece McAlear
Logan Chalmers
Sam Pearson
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Aidan McAdams
Jordan Houston
Aaron Muirhead
Sean McGinty
Patrick Reading
Mark McKenzie
Andy Murdoch
Kerr McInroy
James Maxwell
Ben Dempsey
Sam Ashford

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Lewis Nicolson
Lewis Hyde
Aaron Doran
Austin Samuels
Joe Hardy
Tomi Adeloye
Daire O'Connor
Blaine Rowe
Jack Baird
Ryan Gondoh
Charlie Albinson
Markus Fjortoft
Fraser Bryden
Paul Smith

Substitutions
Austin Samuels for Shane Sutherland (65)
Joe Hardy for Wallace Duffy (71)
Aaron Doran for Sam Pearson (78)
Lewis Nicolson for Cameron Harper (78)
Lewis Hyde for Logan Chalmers (78)
Blaine Rowe -> Jordan Houston (62)
Tomi Adeloye -> Sam Ashford (62)
Ryan Gondoh -> Mark McKenzie (89)
Daire O'Connor -> James Maxwell (89)
Paul Smith -> Ben Dempsey (89)

Bookings
David Carson (19)
Cameron Harper (33)
David Carson (68)
Mark McKenzie (31)

Red Cards
David Carson (68)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 21 apps -
Cameron Harper 60 apps2 goals
Kirk Broadfoot 32 apps2 goals
Robbie Deas 67 apps1 goal
Wallace Duffy 31 apps1 goal
David Carson 80 apps1 goal
Reece McAlear 27 apps2 goals
Shane Sutherland 149 apps16 goals
Logan Chalmers 5 apps -
Billy Mckay 184 apps78 goals
Sam Pearson 5 apps -
Lewis Nicolson (sub) 3 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran (sub) 316 apps50 goals
Lewis Hyde (sub) 8 apps -
Austin Samuels (sub) 4 apps -
Joe Hardy (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 12 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 204 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 111 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 224 days)
Oldest Player:Lewis Nicolson (2023 years 207 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 351 days
Domestic Players:11 (64.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Lewis Nicolson scored his first goal for the Club.

Defensive blunders assist Ayr.

Ayr United took advantage of a midfield error and conceded corner from whence Sean McGinty headed the opening goal in a poor first half. McAdams saved Ayr before the interval with a great double save within ten seconds of each other as Inverness searched for an opening. Adeloye doubled the lead just after the hour seconds after coming on with Inverness in disarray. Lewis Nicolson struck with a first time cross that ended up in the top corner to throw Inverness a lifeline, but we remained winless in two months. Any hopes of promotion up in the Ayr.

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Inverness were still missing Scott Allardice, Danny Devine, Roddy MacGregor and Tom Walsh. Add to that surprise omissions of Mark Ridgers and captain Sean Welsh then you can see that our squad is down to the bare bones. Ryan Esson found himself on the bench with Aaron Doran. Michael Hewitt missed out for Ayr in their much altered squad since the January sales, but they were unchanged from the side that beat Kilmarnock.

The visitors got the game underway kicking towards the North Stand with the sun making an appearance after the storms earlier in the week.

Logan Chalmers had the first opportunity of the game after doing well down the left, but he opted to shoot and his angled effort was put behind for a corner which he took himself and made an arse of it.

Ashford responded for Ayr on the break as he burst forward, but his shot from the left side of the box was easily stopped by Cammy Mackay deputising for the unwell Mark Ridgers. Broadfoot will need to use his experience against Ashford who easily outpaced the veteran defender.

The only thing of note in the first twenty minutes was a needless booking for David Carson for a rash tackle in midfield, and that would determine his day later in the game.

Ayr opened the scoring out of nothing. Harper fresh from a booking lost the ball in midfield and Ayr broke forward to win a corner. When it came in Sean McGinty scored a simple header to open the scoring, the consequence of an error on the halfway line. Basic play gone wrong.

McAdams made a tremendous double save firstly from Logan Chalmers then seconds later from Shane Sutherland to keep Ayr ahead five minutes before the interval.

We tried to respond before the interval but Carson didn't have the legs to get away from the defender as he approached the box, and at the break it was Ayr that held the lead.

HALF TIME: 0-1

No changes at the interval and Inverness with it all to do as they play towards the North Stand, however the final ball would need to improve if the hosts were to get anything from this game.

Sam Pearson made a darting run down the right and cut along the bye-line, but McAdams put his shot come cross behind for a fruitless corner.

Harper almost cost a second goal with a replica error of the first, but this time there were no takers for the dangerous low cross that fizzed across the box. Kirk Broadfoot was next to make the error and Cammy Mackay got him out of jail with a superb block.

Reece McAlear fired a sharp thirty yard left foot effort wide of McAdams left hand post, but it was a tad ambitious to say the least.

Ayr substitute Tomi Adeloye scored with his first touch seconds after coming on, whether he knew much about it or not, but the ball ended up in the net after a great cross from McKenzie.

No surprise that the red card waiting to happen arrived when Carson made another ridiculous challenge and the promotion push looked to have ended right there.

Sub Lewis Nicolson fired a deep cross into the box and it ended up in the far corner of the net with five minutes left to throw the hosts a lifeline. But it was simply too little too late once more. How often have we said that this year.

FULL TIME: 1-2

We were simply clutching at straws as Ayr recorded their first win at the Caledonian Stadium in over nineteen years. Yes, gone are the days when we could give Ayr a three goal start and go on to thrash them. We better get used to this as the future looks bleak given our current circumstances and apparent demise.

Well, what can you say! The best ever chance of promotion and those at the helm seem hell bent on keeping jobs for boys rather than trying to get promoted. A complete lack of ambition has led to a complete lack of confidence. One has to question what the hell is going on at the club. Why have we no defenders. Are we preparing for obscurity. A once proud club that was always prepared to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in seem incapable of doing the basics at the moment. What was our marque signing. A striker that can't score, a disruptive winger that unsettled the whole squad, an ageing defender that is two yards off the pace, a proven penalty box striker that is starved of service, any amount of sub standard forwards and to top it all no defensive cover and a manager that can't manage.

Like the team, I've pretty much thrown the towel in for this season. If it weren't for the distant hope that we cling on for dear life and remain in a play-off place at the end of the season then, I'm done. Is it possible come the end of the season that we get a full squad back and triumph in the knock outs at the death? I for one won't be holding my breath, and there's plenty more like me who are just going through the motions, and that includes the players.

Management beware: The Long Knives are out and the fans are revolting! Many claim there's better in the commentary box.🎧

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Arbroath 25 12 10 3 38 18 20 46
2. Kilmarnock 26 14 4 8 34 19 15 46
3. Inverness CT 26 10 9 7 34 25 9 39
4. Raith Rovers 26 9 11 6 34 30 4 38
5. Partick Thistle 22 10 7 5 37 22 15 37
6. Hamilton Academical 26 7 9 10 28 40 -12 30
7. Ayr United 26 7 8 11 25 39 -14 29
8. Morton 25 6 9 10 29 35 -6 27
9. Dunfermline 25 4 11 10 24 40 -16 23
10. Queen of the South 25 4 8 13 25 40 -15 20