Inverness CT 1 - 2 Raith Rovers

League - Championship
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,143
Referee: Duncan Williams
Inverness CT  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (61)
Lewis Vaughan (86)
James Gullan (94) pen

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Nikola Ujdur
Wallace Duffy
Morgan Boyes
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Max Anderson
David Wotherspoon
Charlie Gilmour
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Kevin Dabrowski
Josh Mullin
Sam Stanton
Daniel O'Reilly
Liam Dick
Aidan Connolly
Shaun Byrne
Dylan Corr
Dylan Easton
Lewis Vaughan
Jack Hamilton

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Sean Welsh
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Harry Lodovica
Luis Longstaff
Adam Brooks
Jamie Gullan
Callum Smith
Robbie Thomson
Scott McGill
Callum Hannah
Adam Masson

Substitutions
Luis Longstaff for Daniel Devine (63)
Cillian Sheridan for Billy Mckay (79)
Sean Welsh for David Wotherspoon (80)
James Gullan -> Jack Hamilton (73)
Callum Smith -> Aidan Connolly (73)
Scott McGill -> Dylan Corr (84)
Callum Hannah -> Lewis Vaughan (92)

Bookings
Daniel Devine (34)
Charlie Gilmour (83)
Dylan Corr (75)
James Gullan (94)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 252 apps -
Morgan Boyes 10 apps -
Cameron Harper 136 apps9 goals
Daniel Devine 193 apps7 goals
Nikola Ujdur 9 apps -
Wallace Duffy 86 apps3 goals
David Wotherspoon 6 apps4 goals
Charlie Gilmour 18 apps1 goal
Max Anderson 10 apps -
Nathan Shaw 63 apps13 goals
Billy Mckay 264 apps106 goals
Sean Welsh (sub) 139 apps16 goals
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 5 apps -
Luis Longstaff (sub) 16 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 27 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 49 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 17 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 224 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 49 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 39 days
Domestic Players:11 (55.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Just Like Buses

None for 23 years then two in a row as Raith came from behind to win with a time added on penalty converted by Jamie Gullan. Billy Mckay had opened the scoring with a header on the hour but a late surge by Rovers won it. Lewis Vaughan four minutes from the end then the penalty to take the win at the death scored by Jamie Gullan. We should have had a penalty of our own after that, but Mr Williams chose to ignore it. We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and that one hurt.

Second top with only one defeat, Raith had been flying high before this one. Big Dunc has turned the fortunes around of a once jaded looking Caley Jags, unbeaten in seven. Something was going to give and it did, Dunc's streak came to an end. Ferguson was without the usual long term injured and David Carson was expecting 🍼. Harper and Boyes were struggling through the week but made the starting XI. Raith Rovers defender Ross Millen missed this one through suspension and Liam Dick had been missing lately through injury but was fit enough to start this one. The games at Ayr, Dunfermline and Morton were all frozen off. Only Inverness and Maryhill escaped the big freeze.

Temperatures were hovering around freezing as the game kicked off in bright sunshine. The visitors were first to settle and enjoyed the early pressure with Inverness comfortably mopping up most attacks. However we failed to find an outlet with a lot of misplaced passes from defence and the midfield were struggling to get to grips with the game. Closest to a goal in the first half was when the ball bounced off a surprised Ridgers' shins onto the post and he cleared it at the second fumble. In truth we were equally as poor as we were the week before against Cowdenbeath. Slow out of the blocks, sluggish all over the park and misplacing passes like nobody's business. Little surprise it was goalless at the break.

HALF TIME: 0-0

The second half was played at a better pace and we were more in Raith's face. Raith managed a shot and couple of headers from Hamilton as they still looked the most likely to score, but neither keeper was overly troubled. On the hour we broke well down the left before we found ourselves outside the box on the right side. Wotherspoon lifted a cross into the box and Billy Mckay did well to make it his ball and headed low into the bottom corner of the net. With twenty minutes left Longstaff should have done better after a sweeping move down the left saw Shaw find him at the far side of the box. It all happened in slow motion thereafter and Longstaff's weak shot was easily saved by Dobrowski. Longstaff then turned provider but Anderson's effort from the cut back cannoned back off the crossbar. That would have given us a decent cushion. Alas it all went pear shaped in the final ten minutes. We began to look nervy in defence and sat deeper and deeper. Ujdur and Wotherspoon missed the target when we did go forward but we paid the penalty with five minutes left when Vaughan turned in the box to drill home through a ruck of players. Worse was to come deep into stoppage time when Longstaff brought down Sam Stanton. Game over as Gullan smashed the ball high into the net to win the game. Longstaff again was involved in the final effort of the game after Sheridan was getting the shirt pulled off his back, but the ball fell just behind him and a decent opportunity just became another clearance and that was it.

That was a sore one after putting in a much better second half performance. Maybe Dunc will sort out why we are so ponderous at times compared to other sides, even Cowdenbeath broke quicker than we did. Poor first half again followed by a great header from Billy and one off the bar from Anderson. Then we regressed. Danny Devine going off injured didn't help and taking Mckay and Wotherspoon off doesn't seem like such a good idea now. Hey ho! We could have broken up play in time added on by using our last two substitutes. Instead we gifted a penalty and lost the game. Meh!

Best for Inverness were Mckay, Wotherspoon and Ujdur and maybe Longstaff if he had a bit more belief in himself. The rest need to go back to basic passing. Our throw ins are as bad as ever and whilst I'm at it, we have no outlet when defending a corner. Stick someone on the halfway line Dunc.

Closest to a goal in the first half was when the ball bounced off a surprised Ridgers' shins onto the post and he cleared it at the second fumble.

Plenty of talk after the game about this scramled effort early in the game. I thought at the time it was fortunate but the whole ball did not cross the line. What is it with us and the woodwork just now?

Video shows the ball never crossed the line. Close though!

Best for Inverness were Mckay, Wotherspoon and Ujdur and maybe Longstaff if he had a bit more belief in himself. The rest need to go back to basic passing. Our throw ins are as bad as ever and whilst I'm at it, we have no outlet when defending a corner. Stick someone on the halfway line Dunc.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 13 9 4 0 33 6 27 31
2. Raith Rovers 13 9 3 1 22 14 8 30
3. Partick Thistle 14 7 4 3 28 21 7 25
4. Dunfermline 13 5 3 5 16 14 2 18
5. Airdrieonians 14 5 2 7 13 19 -6 17
6. Ayr United 13 4 2 7 17 25 -8 14
7. Inverness CT 13 3 4 6 13 15 -2 13
8. Queens Park 13 3 4 6 18 27 -9 13
9. Arbroath 12 4 0 8 16 25 -9 12
10. Morton 12 2 2 8 12 22 -10 8