Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, August 28th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock
Attendance: 5,004
Referee: Euan Anderson
Kilmarnock Inverness CT

None. Michael Gardyne (5)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Zach Hemming
Jason Naismith
Dylan McGowan
Euan Murray
Brandon Haunstrup
Stephen McGinn
Blair Alston
Chris Burke
Liam Polworth
Rory McKenzie
Scott Robinson
Mark Ridgers
Robbie Deas
Kirk Broadfoot
Daniel Devine
Tom Walsh
Scott Allardice
Michael Gardyne
Roddy MacGregor
David Carson
Manny Duku
Shane Sutherland

Danny Armstrong
Sam Walker
Jack Sanders
Fraser Murray
Brad Lyons
Calum Waters
Innes Cameron
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
Aaron Doran
Lewis Jamieson
Billy Mckay

Innes Cameron -> Scott Robinson (30)
Fraser Murray -> Rory McKenzie (63)
Danny Armstrong -> Liam Polworth (79)
Sean Welsh for Manny Duku (61)
Aaron Doran for Tom Walsh (69)
Billy Mckay for Shane Sutherland (86)

Blair Alston (75)
Dylan McGowan (81)
Daniel Devine (24)
Shane Sutherland (42)
Scott Allardice (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 163 apps -
Robbie Deas 40 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 119 apps4 goals
Kirk Broadfoot 8 apps -
Tom Walsh 76 apps13 goals
Scott Allardice 40 apps3 goals
Michael Gardyne 7 apps1 goal
Roddy MacGregor 65 apps4 goals
David Carson 61 apps1 goal
Shane Sutherland 128 apps11 goals
Manny Duku 8 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh (sub) 71 apps9 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 297 apps49 goals
Billy Mckay (sub) 160 apps66 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (19 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 29 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 2 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Jamieson (19 years 169 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 29 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 310 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Michael Gardyne scored his first goal for the Club.

Table Toppers

Both sides had won their opening three fixtures with Killie having the better goal difference. Both sides had yet to concede a goal; something was going to give, and it did after five minutes. This game had the potential to be the toughest test so far in the Billy Dodds era and it was a tight affair but Inverness scored the only goal of the game when Michael Gardyne lashed the ball into the net via the keepers palms. That proved to be the winner. Blair Alston nicked one off the outside of the post before the interval and Mark Ridgers kept Killie out with his 4th clean sheet in a row in the Championship after denying Innes Cameron from point blank range to put the Caley Jags at the top of the table on their own.

Tommy Wright was without Chris Stokes but had former Inverness midfielder Liam Polworth in his starting XI and his counterpart Billy Dodds fielded former Killie defender Kirk Broadfoot. Roddy MacGregor continued in midfield, with captain Sean Welsh on the bench amongst other strong attacking options.

A bright afternoon and a healthy crowd greeted the teams as the game kicked off and it was only five minutes old when Michael Gardyne lashed the ball into the net via the keepers palms from the left side of the box around twelve yards out, Shane Sutherland with the assist.

Liam Polworth looked to reply for the hosts but Ridgers comfortably saved his low shot. Two minutes later Ridgers pulled off a tremendous save diving full length to tip a Blair Alston shot onto the outside of the post and behind for a corner. Great work by the big keeper on his way to his 60th clean sheet for the Caley Jags.

For all their possession, Killie were unable to put the visiting defence under sufficient pressure, Devine and Broadfoot mopping up most advances with ease although there was a bit of a scramble in the Inverness box before the ball was cleared after Polworth tried his luck.

Inverness were content to hit on the break in the first forty-five after getting the early break as Killie toiled to create clear opportunities.

Half Time: 0-1

Sean Welsh replaced the subdued Manny Duku as Inverness began to control the pace of the game more effectively, but Innes Cameron had the best opportunity of the second half when he met a cross some eight yards out only for Ridgers to pull off an instinctive reaction save to keep the ball out.

The hard working Shane Sutherland set up Aaron Doran but he shot over and a minute later David Carson saw Hemming save from his shot as Inverness began to assert themselves on this game with Kilmarnock running out of ideas. Sutherland broke forward with ten minutes left after Sean Welsh set him free but his floated effort from outside of the box drifted over the bar with the keeper beaten.

Full Time: 0-1

Inverness saw out the final few minutes with little threat coming their way for an excellent three points with a very workmanlike performance, every man doing his job. Killie floundered on a solid defensive performance from the visitors who's game plan worked a treat, stifling any threat, snapping at ankles and pressing high enough to keep Killie away from goal. Ridgers was impeccable, assisted by his defence, and Roddy MacGregor once more showed why he is keeping others on the bench. Sutherland worked tirelessly up front and well done to Michael Gardyne for getting his first goal for the club.

Match report written by tm4tj

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