Inverness CT 3 - 3 Partick Thistle

League - Championship
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,781
Referee: Peter Stuart
Inverness CT  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (21)
Shane Sutherland (46)
Kirk Broadfoot (94)
Brian Graham (8, 27, 72 pen)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Robbie Deas
Kirk Broadfoot
Sean Welsh
David Carson
Reece McAlear
Sam Pearson
Austin Samuels
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Jamie Sneddon
Ciarian McKenna
Tunji Akinola
Lewis Mayo
Kevin Holt
Robbie Crawford
Ross Docharty
Stuart Bannigan
Scott Tiffoney
Cammy Smith
Brian Graham

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Lewis Nicolson
Cameron Harper
Lewis Hyde
Joe Hardy
Logan Chalmers
Kyle Turner
Alex Jakubiak
Connor Murray
Ross MacIver
Mason McCready
Stephen Hendrie
Kyle McAllister

Substitutions
Logan Chalmers for Austin Samuels (53)
Cameron Harper for Robbie Deas (72)
Joe Hardy for Sam Pearson (82)
Alex Jakubiak -> Cammy Smith
Stephen Hendrie -> Scott Tiffoney
Ross MacIver -> Brian Graham

Bookings
Robbie Deas (24)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 186 apps -
Wallace Duffy 30 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 66 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 31 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh 92 apps13 goals
David Carson 79 apps1 goal
Reece McAlear 26 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 183 apps78 goals
Shane Sutherland 148 apps16 goals
Sam Pearson 4 apps -
Austin Samuels 3 apps -
Cameron Harper (sub) 59 apps2 goals
Logan Chalmers (sub) 4 apps -
Joe Hardy (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 2 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 194 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 46 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 214 days)
Oldest Player:Lewis Nicolson (2023 years 197 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 130 days
Domestic Players:12 (70.59 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Late Leveller

Partick Thistle struck early to add to our gloom through Brian Graham but Billy Mckay squared the game after twenty minutes with a close range finish from a Carson cross. Graham scored his second with a header soon after, Scott Tiffoney once again the provider and he almost scored one for himself but for a fine save from Ridgers. Shane Sutherland equalised just on the interval with a header from a McAlear corner. With twenty minutes left Deas conceded a stone wall penalty and Graham notched his hat-trick. Substitute Cammy Harper drove into the box but Sneddon blocked his shot and moments later Pearson appeared to hit the bar with an angled drive from twelve yards and Mckay rolled one past the post. We got the draw with the last head of the ball deep into stoppage time when Broadfoot headed in a cross from McAlear.

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With Inverness struggling so badly over the last two winless months, not much was expected from the hosts on a wet and windy night after a day of snow flurries and wind. Partick, on the other hand, have been resting since they beat Ayr United 1-0 on Tuesday 1st February and were lurking in fifth position ahead of this encounter, a win could bump them up to third and they will still have games in hand over everyone including three over us. With an Ayrshire derby in Kilmarnock tonight, that made it more crucial that we got back to winning ways before we hit the skids and slide out of the promotion race.

Under fire Billy Dodds would be without the influential Scott Allardice (rest of season), central defender Danny Devine (month at least), Aaron Doran, Roddy MacGregor and Tom Walsh. Billy Mckay returned last week but like the rest of the side, he looked off the pace. Our bench was sparse with basically no threat on it and youth players and empty spaces. Wee Jobbie McCall had Brian Graham up front as a target man. Well he's always a target of our boo boys anyway. Zac Rudden left in the January sales so that's one threat less. Kevin Holt replaced former County defender Richard Foster.

Inverness set the ball rolling kicking towards the South Stand, guess we lost the toss then.

The stands were as sparsely populated as our bench as both sides set about feeling their way into the game on a bitter night in the Highland capital.

Partick settled better and surprise surprise, Brian Graham tapped in from one yard as our static defence were prized open by Tiffoney down the left, easily bypassing David Carson to set up the opener after eight minutes.

Kevin Holt fired narrowly over from twenty yards as Partick looked to add a second whilst Inverness struggled to get forward.

However, David Carson turned a great ball into the box after a lay off from Sam Pearson and who else but Billy Mckay pounced from six yards to level the game as the snow was about to descend on the stadium.

Tiffoney was the man causing the problems and once again he skinned Carson down the left and Graham headed his deep cross in at the back post from close range. Tiffoney almost added a third but for a great save by Mark Ridgers in the top corner from his curling twenty yard effort.

Unlike their hosts, Partick looked dangerous every time they went forward and Holt ruffled the top of the net with a twenty yard shot watched closely by Ridgers.

We forced a couple of corners before the break and from the second one Shane Sutherland scored at the back post, with only seconds to go before the interval, Reece McAlear the provider of the deep corner kick.

Half Time: 2-2

Time: 2-2

No changes at the interval but six minutes in Dodds pulled Samuels and Logan Chalmers entered the fray.

Sutherland almost muscled onto a ball into the box but it was knocked away for a corner. Good spell for Inverness and Sam Pearson and Sutherland were not far away from creating something, but a reminder from Partick as Cammy Smith fired just over after a corner.

It's been an open encounter and it's looking likely that there's more goals in this one.

Pearson did well again to win another corner but Partick eventually cleared their lines as Inverness showed more urgency than they did at the weekend.

A rash tackle by Robbie Deas offered Partick the opportunity to go ahead for the third time and Graham completed his hat-trick from the spot smashing the ball straight down the middle.

Deas was promptly subbed and his replacement Cammy Harper saw a low effort blocked by Sneddon after the defence parted to allow Cammy to get a shot away as he raced into the left side of the box. Pearson then looked to have hit the corner of the bar moments later and Mckay prodded one just wide of the post with fifteen minutes left and at the other end Tiffoney rifled one just wide.

Sneddon produced another good save from a low twenty yard free kick by Chalmers as Inverness chased the game and MacAlear drilled one wide as we pushed for a leveller.

A wee flurry at the end saw Kirk Broadfoot head a McAlear cross into the net after a corner had been cleared as we got out of jail. Phew, that was close.

Don't get me wrong, the result was thoroughly disappointing but the effort was there and with a bit of fortune we could easily have taken all three points, but when you are down on your luck, thems the breaks. An opportunity missed with Arbroath drawing and Killie losing, but a hugely better performance after the dross of the Morton game.

MotM for me was Sam Pearson

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Arbroath 24 12 9 3 38 18 20 45
2. Kilmarnock 24 12 4 8 29 18 11 40
3. Inverness CT 25 10 9 6 33 23 10 39
4. Raith Rovers 25 9 11 5 34 27 7 38
5. Partick Thistle 22 10 7 5 37 22 15 37
6. Hamilton Academical 25 6 9 10 27 40 -13 27
7. Ayr United 25 6 8 11 23 38 -15 26
8. Morton 23 5 9 9 27 33 -6 24
9. Dunfermline 24 4 11 9 23 38 -15 23
10. Queen of the South 23 4 7 12 24 38 -14 19