Inverness CT 0 - 3 Hamilton Academical

League Match
Saturday, February 18th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,471
Referee: Matthew MacDermid
Inverness CT  Hamilton Academical

None. Lucas De Bolle (47)
Jean-Pierre Tiehi (80)
Connor Smith (87) pen

Team Managers
Billy Dodds John Rankin

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Scott Allardice
David Carson
Sean Welsh
Daniel Mackay
Nathan Shaw
Jay Henderson
Billy Mckay
Ryan Fulton
Fergus Owens
Dylan McGowan
Daniel O'Reilly
Matthew Shiels
Scott Martin
Reghan Tumilty
Connor Smith
Lucas De Bolle
Lewis Smith
Jean-Pierre Tiehi

Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Robbie Deas
Robbie Thompson
Lewis Hyde
Aaron Doran
Steven Boyd
Ethan Cairns
Austin Samuels
Brian Easton
Dario Zantatta
Dylan Stevenson
Andy Winter
Steve Lawson
Jamie Smith
Chris McGinn
Cian Newbury
Lewis Latona

Austin Samuels for Daniel Mackay (69)
Ethan Cairns for Nathan Shaw (76)
Steven Boyd for Sean Welsh (79)
Dylan Stevenson -> Lewis Smith (58)
Andy Winter -> Lucas De Bolle (73)
Steve Lawson -> Reghan Tumilty (73)
Dario Zantatta -> Jean-Pierre Tiehi (87)
Chris McGinn -> Daniel O'Reilly (87)

Scott Allardice (63)
Daniel Devine (72)
Daniel O'Reilly (13)
Reghan Tumilty (30)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 222 apps -
Daniel Devine 169 apps6 goals
Wallace Duffy 64 apps3 goals
Cameron Harper 104 apps7 goals
Scott Allardice 85 apps4 goals
David Carson 126 apps1 goal
Sean Welsh 121 apps14 goals
Daniel Mackay 85 apps14 goals
Nathan Shaw 29 apps5 goals
Billy Mckay 232 apps95 goals
Jay Henderson 8 apps2 goals
Ethan Cairns (sub) 4 apps1 goal
Steven Boyd (sub) 31 apps1 goal
Austin Samuels (sub) 30 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jay Henderson (21 years 2 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 127 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 230 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ethan Cairns (18 years 67 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 127 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 325 days
Domestic Players:13 (65.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Hamilton Hammer Hapless Hackers: The season begins in earnest now with most sides having recruited in the January sales and squads should now be optimised for the last third of the season. For Inverness that's not so much about bringing new players in, it's more about getting injured players back on the park. This game is the first of a double header against Accies with six points up for grabs, but we have found Hamilton difficult to get point from of late.

Billy Mckay was in a rich vein of form lately, 8 goals since New Year and just like magic, Austin Samuels appeared on the bench alongside Robbie Deas. Accies had Connor Smith on from the start after he had been cup-tied since his loan deal from Hearts and Rheagan Tumilty started as well.


First Half

Inverness started the game on the front foot with Nathan Shaw involved in most things good, however the final ball would be elusive. Unbelievably, Billy Mckay of all people missed an open goal from around six yards after being teed up by Daniel Mackay, his simple roll into the net hit the post when it was easier to score. Accies eventually grew into the game midway through the half without troubling Ridgers. In fairness, Fulton in the Accies goal wasn't over exerted either and it was little surprise that it was goalless at the interval.


Two minutes after the interval Accies took the lead and once more it was self inflicted. Nathan Shaw who had been prominent in the first half passed the ball to the opposition around the halfway line. Jean-Pierre Tiehi burst forward but he was blocked and Lucas De Bolle got the break of the ball after the initial burst forward broke down and he buried the loose ball behind Ridgers. We were still in the game at this point but showed little urgency to get forward quickly. Sean Welsh missed an opportunity when he sliced a fizzed cross well wide from a good position. Welsh also tried his luck from a tight angle but Fulton parried away for a corner. From that corner, Fulton pulled off a great save to deny a powerful Danny Devine header as we started to up the urgency. However in true Accies encounter fashion we shot ourselves in the foot again. As the ball ran towards our goal line on the Accies right side, our defenders all seemed to leave the ball to each other. That allowed Winter to knock the ball into the middle for Jean-Pierre Tiehi to knock in. Worse was to follow in the dying minutes when Wallace Duffy was adjudged to have fouled Scott Martin as Accies countered again. I was convinced he was about to be booked for diving when referee MacDermid pointed to the spot. Exit the fans as Connor Smith slammed the spot-kick high into the net and few were left to see Accies miss a fourth through Dario Zanatta and Winter in the final minute.


An absolute shocker of a result that will have us looking over our shoulder rather than upwards to the top four. And the bad news is we have to travel to Hamilton in three days time. Think I'll go into hiding.

After last weeks cup result at Livingston, many were expecting better things. However the Caley Jags have the knack of ruining the weekend with another horror show against a poor Accies side who seem to be able to beat us whenever they want these days. In truth we were the architect of our own downfall with misplaced passes, defence at sixes and sevens and was that really a penalty. Difficult to pick a MotM from that performance but David Carson was one of the few who made himself available all the time and was willing to get forward.

Just when it looks like we might be turning a corner we come up with a performance like that. It defies logic to be honest and even the diehards are wondering why they bother.

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Queens Park 25 13 5 7 49 34 15 44
2. Dundee 24 12 6 6 40 27 13 42
3. Ayr United 24 11 6 7 46 32 14 39
4. Morton 24 10 7 7 35 28 7 37
5. Partick Thistle 24 11 3 10 43 38 5 36
6. Raith Rovers 25 9 7 9 33 33 0 34
7. Inverness CT 24 8 8 8 34 35 -1 32
8. Cove Rangers 25 6 8 11 32 51 -19 26
9. Arbroath 25 4 10 11 24 40 -16 22
10. Hamilton Academical 24 5 6 13 22 40 -18 21