Inverness CT 2 - 0 Morton

League - Championship
Saturday, October 16th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,900
Referee: Mike Roncone
Inverness CT  Morton

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (20)
Michael Gardyne (49)
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Team Managers
Billy Dodds Gus MacPherson

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Reece McAlear
Scott Allardice
Roddy MacGregor
Michael Gardyne
Sean Welsh
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Jack Hamilton
Kyle Jacobs
Oisin McEntee
Alan Lithgow
Lewis Strapp
Jaakko Oksanen
Jimmy Knowles
Cameron Blues
Tom Allan
Gary Oliver
Gavin Reilly

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Lewis Jamieson
Anthony McDonald
Manny Duku
Michael Ledger
Brian Mclean
Robbie Muirhead
Reece Lyon
Mark Russell
Lewis McGrattan
Alexander Kink

Substitutions
Manny Duku for Shane Sutherland (58)
Aaron Doran for Reece McAlear (61)
Lewis Jamieson for Billy Mckay (77)
Mark Russell -> Thomas Allan (45)
Robbie Muirhead -> Jimmy Knowles (62)
Reece Lyon -> Gavin Reilly (69)

Bookings
Scott Allardice (36)
Roddy MacGregor (76)
Manny Duku (90)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 168 apps -
Kirk Broadfoot 13 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 124 apps4 goals
Robbie Deas 47 apps1 goal
Reece McAlear 11 apps -
Scott Allardice 47 apps3 goals
Roddy MacGregor 71 apps4 goals
Michael Gardyne 10 apps4 goals
Sean Welsh 78 apps10 goals
Shane Sutherland 133 apps12 goals
Billy Mckay 166 apps71 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 302 apps50 goals
Manny Duku (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Lewis Jamieson (sub) 5 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (19 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 78 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 188 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Jamieson (19 years 218 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 78 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 300 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Caley Jags open up a gap

Inverness extended their lead at the top of the Championship as the Pars got a late leveller against Killie. The hosts opened the scoring after twenty minutes through Billy Mckay with the credit for the assist going to Mark Ridgers from his quick goal kick. Inverness stepped up a gear after the interval and Michael Gardyne scored the second early in the second half as he crashed a loose ball in the box high into the net. That was enough to see off Morton who battled hard throughout but fell short. It could have been a different story had the visitors made more of their own opportunities. Five points clear after the first quarter: Who knew?

Inverness were looking to bounce back after their miserable performance against whipping boys Hamilton Accies who were ransacked 6-1 by Partick Thistle last night.

The Caley Jags were without David Carson due to a family bereavement and Cammy Harper who took a knock at Elgin last Saturday. That left us a tad short for defenders. Reece McAlear came into midfield with Scott Allardice deputising at right back with hat-trick hero Billy Mckay partnering Shane Sutherland up front. Manny Duku was on the bench.

Despite their lowly league status, the visitors were looking sharp in the early stages and Thomas Allan danced down the left wing and sent a cross into the box which hit the outside junction of post and crossbar with Mark Ridgers keeping a close eye on the ball.

Reece McAlear drove wide with the aid of a deflection after good set up play down the Inverness left, the ball spinning out wide for a corner. Slack play at the other end saw Morton get the ball into the box and two attempts were blocked by last ditch tackles, Devine doing brilliantly to stop Gavin Reilly's effort from going on target from ten yards. Let off for the hosts.

When Kyle Jacobs header went wide from a Morton corner, Ridgers spotted Billy Mckay lurking around the centre circle. His hastily taken goal kicked bounced off a defenders head and Billy anticipated superbly to stride forward before notching his 71st goal for the Caley Jags as he placed the ball into the net with his left peg low across the keeper.

Michael Gardyne was instrumental in offering Mckay another shooting opportunity on the half hour but Billy dragged his shot wide of the goal.

Shortly before the interval, Jimmy Knowles shot across the face of the goal after good build up play from the Ton across the park. Moments later Ridgers dealt with another effort from Knowles. Just before the whistle, a clash of heads led to an extended tea break as Michael Gardyne came back out after receiving treatment. Thomas Allan was not so fortunate and was replaced by Mark Russell.

Half Time: 1-0

Despite his injured head being plastered over, he was alert enough to get onto the loose ball after Roddy MacGregor and Mckay were blocked inside the box, Michael stepping onto the ball to smash home the second goal and his fourth in four games.

McAlear saw an effort saved before substitute Manny Duku should have opened his Championship account. He was fed through on the left side of goal by Gardyne, but caught the keepers legs with his angled shot which ran out for a corner. Likewise, Morton should have scored after a long range shot by Reece Lyon was pushed out by Ridgers, but the follow up header from Gary Oliver was knocked wide.

Lewis Jamieson shot wide as Inverness kept the visitors options down to a minimum and by the end of the game it was another three points in the bag without over exerting ourselves.

Full Time: 2-0

Morton did have their moments and should have scored, but thems the breaks.

MotM performances from Michael Gardyne and Roddy MacGregor and another good display at the back from Danny Devine.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 9 7 1 1 12 4 8 22
2. Raith Rovers 9 5 2 2 16 11 5 17
3. Kilmarnock 9 5 2 2 11 6 5 17
4. Partick Thistle 9 5 0 4 23 14 9 15
5. Arbroath 9 4 3 2 17 8 9 15
6. Ayr United 9 3 2 4 9 13 -4 11
7. Queen of the South 9 3 0 6 10 14 -4 9
8. Hamilton Academical 9 2 2 5 9 21 -12 8
9. Morton 9 1 3 5 7 14 -7 6
10. Dunfermline 9 0 5 4 6 15 -9 5