Queens Park 1 - 4 Inverness CT

(Won 1 - 0 on pens.)
League - Championship
Saturday, December 9th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 1,203
Referee: Craig Napier
Queens Park Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Jack Turner (10) Max Anderson (21)
Nikola Ujdur (59)
David Wotherspoon (75)
Billy Mckay (pen.) (80)

Team Managers
Robin Veldman Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Calum Ferrie
Ben McPherson
Alex Bannon
Lewis Reid
Tommy Robson
Jack Thomson
Jack Spong
Jack Turner
Dom Thomas
Ruari Paton
Stuart McKinstry
Mark Ridgers
Cameron Harper
Morgan Boyes
Wallace Duffy
Nikola Ujdur
Daniel Devine
David Wotherspoon
Max Anderson
Charlie Gilmour
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Bench
Barry Hepburn
Aaron Healy
Will Tizzard
Cameron Bruce
Louis Longridge
Pat Jarrett
Lucas McCormick
Sam Kane
Zach Mauchin
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Cillian Sheridan
Sean Welsh
Robbie Thompson
Luis Longstaff
Harry Lodovica
Adam Brooks

Substitutions
Louis Longridge -> Jack Thomson (60)
Barry Hepburn -> Stuart McKinstry (61)
Will Tizzard -> Jack Spong (70)
Cameron Bruce -> Tommy Robson (70)
Adam Brooks for Billy Mckay (83)
Harry Lodovica for David Wotherspoon (83)
Jake Davidson for Wallace Duffy (84)
Sean Welsh for Charlie Gilmour (91)

Bookings
Jack Turner (17)
Alex Bannon (66)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 253 apps -
Cameron Harper 137 apps9 goals
Daniel Devine 194 apps7 goals
Morgan Boyes 11 apps -
Wallace Duffy 87 apps3 goals
Nikola Ujdur 10 apps1 goal
David Wotherspoon 7 apps5 goals
Max Anderson 11 apps1 goal
Charlie Gilmour 19 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 265 apps107 goals
Nathan Shaw 64 apps13 goals
Jake Davidson (sub) 13 apps1 goal
Sean Welsh (sub) 140 apps16 goals
Adam Brooks (sub) 12 apps1 goal
Harry Lodovica (sub) 10 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 34 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 56 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 24 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 231 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 56 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 46 days
Domestic Players:11 (55.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Max Anderson scored his first goal for the Club.
Nikola Ujdur scored his first goal for the Club.

Hampden Success

Danny Devine had recovered from the knock that saw him limp off against Raith Rovers on the hour last week. Sean Welsh and Luis Longstaff were on the bench. Grant Savoury, Charlie Fox and Craig Napier missed out for the Spiders. Jack Turner put Queens Park ahead early in the first half before Max Anderson levelled the match ten minutes later. Jack Thomson hit the bar, Mckay deemed offside when putting a loose ball into the net after Wotherspoon's header was saved and that prompted some words of comfort for the referee for which Big Dunc eventually ended up in the stands at the break. After the interval Inverness eased themselves up into sixth place in the league with goals from Nikola Ujdur, his first for the club, David Wotherspoon and a Billy Mckay penalty.

In the eerie atmosphere of a sparse Hampden crowd, Billy Mckay had an early effort deflected behind for a corner which came to nothing. However it didn't take long for the Spiders to get their noses in front when Dom Thomas' delivery into the box was turned in by Jack the Turner. The visitors hit back on twenty-one minutes when Max Anderson met Nathan Shaw's cross to fire the ball behind Calum Ferrie. On the half hour another ball in from Shaw saw Ferrie save from Mckay. A minute later Mckay turned provider but defender Nikola Ujdur's effort was also stopped by Ferrie in the home goal. Ujdur and Mckay almost linked up again but Mckay was just short of getting on the end of his shot. Touch wood, but it was Inverness that looked most likely to get the next goal with Mckay adjudged offside after Wotherspoon's header was saved then Shaw and Anderson made Ferrie work for his money. Touch wood was appropriate as Jack Thomson struck the bar before Ridgers then saved from Stuart McKinstry as the Spiders came back to life just before the break. Duncan Ferguson also spaked into life just on the interval and was sent to the stand by referee Craig Napier for a second yellow. Settle down Dunc! 

HALF TIME 1-1

Tit for tat opening to the second half with Paton blocked at one end and Ferrie saving from Wotherspoon at the other end after a counter attack with Cammie Harper. Anderson saw an effort put behind for a corner, and from that corner Nikola Ujdur headed Harpers ball into the box behind Ferrie to put Inverness ahead. Better was to come after seventy-five minutes when November's Player of the Month David Wotherspoon scored his fifth goal for Inverness to put us 3-1 ahead on the day. Spoony then earned us a spot kick when he was taken down by substitute Cameron Bruce, and who else but Billy Mckay scored from the spot with a low shot into the bottom corner. The play was broken up after this by a spate of substitutions and that was our first win over Queens Park in six games.

FULL TIME: 1-4

Happy Days! Our biggest win of the season, first goal for Ujdur with Anderson, Spoony and Mckay all hitting the back of the net. All this with Ferguson sent to the stands at half time. Plenty room for him there in an empty National Stadium. Inverness move up to sixth in the table and we play Morton  at Cappielow on Tuesday night where a win would see us jump another place to fifth.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 14 10 4 0 34 6 28 34
2. Raith Rovers 14 10 3 1 26 17 9 33
3. Partick Thistle 15 7 4 4 31 25 6 25
4. Dunfermline 14 6 3 5 18 15 3 21
5. Airdrieonians 15 5 2 8 14 21 -7 17
6. Inverness CT 14 4 4 6 17 16 1 16
7. Ayr United 14 4 2 8 17 26 -9 14
8. Queens Park 14 3 4 7 19 31 -12 13
9. Arbroath 13 4 0 9 17 27 -10 12
10. Morton 13 3 2 8 14 23 -9 11