Inverness CT 3 - 1 Ayr United

League - Championship
Saturday, November 11th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,259
Referee: Iain Snedden
Inverness CT  Ayr United

David Wotherspoon (32)
David Wotherspoon (43)
Billy Mckay (pen.) (45)
Jamie Murphy (61) pen

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Lee Bullen

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Nikola Ujdur
Cameron Harper
Morgan Boyes
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
David Wotherspoon
David Carson
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Robbie Mutch
Nick McAllister
Paddy reading
Sean McGinty
Logan Chalmers
George Stanger
Jamie Murphy
Anton Dowds
Roy Syla
Mark McKenzie
Jay Senga

Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Wallace Duffy
Lewis Hyde
Cillian Sheridan
Robbie Thompson
Luis Longstaff
Harry Lodovica
Adam Brooks
Ollie Ecrepont
Ahkeem Rose
Aiden McGeady
Francis Amartey
Paul Smith
Finn Ecrepont
Fraser Bryden
Jack Young

Luis Longstaff for Max Anderson (45)
Wallace Duffy for David Carson (57)
Cillian Sheridan for Billy Mckay (78)
Adam Brooks for David Wotherspoon (89)
Finn Ecrepont -> George Stanger (12)
Ahkeem Rose -> Logan Chalmers (45)
Jack Young -> Anton Dowds (69)
Francis Amartey -> Jay Senga (69)
Aiden McGeady -> Mark McKenzie (79)

Max Anderson (27)
Adam Brooks (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 250 apps -
Nikola Ujdur 6 apps -
Daniel Devine 190 apps6 goals
Cameron Harper 134 apps9 goals
Morgan Boyes 8 apps -
Charlie Gilmour 15 apps1 goal
Max Anderson 8 apps -
David Wotherspoon 3 apps3 goals
David Carson 155 apps2 goals
Nathan Shaw 60 apps13 goals
Billy Mckay 261 apps104 goals
Wallace Duffy (sub) 83 apps3 goals
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 3 apps -
Luis Longstaff (sub) 13 apps1 goal
Adam Brooks (sub) 10 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 6 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 28 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 115 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 203 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 28 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 249 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Mark Ridgers played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

Inverness ease away from the bottom

Inverness added Sean Welsh to the ever expanding longer term injury list suffering from a recurring back injury, but Luis Longstaff was fit enough to make the bench. Ayr United had Logan Chalmers, Jamie Murphy and Anton Dowds as a triple threat up front. Despite this, Inverness cruised home without having to get out of second gear. Three goals inside the last ten minutes of the first half ended the game as a contest. Two from David Wotherspoon and a penalty from Billy Mckay. Ayr got a consolation penalty in a poor second half, but it was an important three points for the Caley Jags and Big Dunc


A bright and calm afternoon saw the teams take to the pitch with a growing army of disciples watching from the stands. As kick-off approached, a shrill whistle from the referee saw the crowd fall impeccably silent to commemorate those that made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflicts...... lest we forget.

An early injury to birthday boy Cammy Harper was a worry for Duncan Ferguson but that wasn't enough to keep Cammy from his own party. In truth we gave a mediocre Ayr United too much respect. That was until David Wotherspoon tapped in from one yard after we opened the Ayr defence inside their own box. He added a second with the aid of a deflection as we looked to kill the game and the icing was on the cake when Billy Mckay buried a penalty after Reading tripped Charlie Gilmour in the box in the final act of the first half.


The second half was the epitome of an anti-climax. After the opening ten minutes of the second period when we toyed with Ayr and looked likely to run up a Rugby score, neither keeper was over exerted and the game deteriorated as a spectacle. With Ayr looking unlikely to breach our defence they were awarded a stonewall penalty when Rose was brought down by Ridgers as he raced onto a ball into the box. Murphy drilled home the resultant spot kick. In fairness to both sides, the damage was done in the last few minutes of the first half which took any urgency out of the game, especially for Inverness.


As comfortable as it was it was still a poor second half where we should have gone on to put Ayr to the sword. As it was, the result was huge in the context of our season and we can overlook the turgid performance in the light of three excellent points and a step up the table to eighth place with games in hand over some teams.

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 13 9 4 0 33 6 27 31
2. Raith Rovers 12 8 3 1 20 13 7 27
3. Partick Thistle 13 6 4 3 26 20 6 22
4. Airdrieonians 13 5 2 6 12 17 -5 17
5. Dunfermline 11 4 2 5 12 13 -1 14
6. Ayr United 13 4 2 7 17 25 -8 14
7. Queens Park 13 3 4 6 18 27 -9 13
8. Inverness CT 11 3 3 5 11 12 -1 12
9. Arbroath 11 4 0 7 16 22 -6 12
10. Morton 12 2 2 8 12 22 -10 8