Inverness CT 0 - 0 Morton

League - Championship
Saturday, December 30th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,114
Referee: Colin Steven
Inverness CT  Morton

Goalscorers
None. none

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Dougie Imrie

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Nikola Ujdur
Jake Davidson
Morgan Boyes
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
David Wotherspoon
Max Anderson
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Ryan Mullen
Tyler French
Jack Baird
Kirk Broadfoot
Lewis Strapp
Alan Power
Iain Wilson
Cameron Blues
Robbie Crawford
Steven Boyd
Robbie Muirhead

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Robbie Thompson
David Carson
Roddy MacGregor
Sean Welsh
Cillian Sheridan
Adam Brooks
Luis Longstaff
Darragh O'Connor
Lewis McGrattan
Jack Bearne
Grant Gillespie
Jamie MacDonald
Logan O'Boy

Substitutions
Luis Longstaff for David Wotherspoon (40)
Adam Brooks for Billy Mckay (71)
David Carson for Jake Davidson (73)
Lewis McGrattan -> Steven Boyd (61)
Grant Gillespie -> Alan Power (72)
Darragh O'Connor -> Tyler French (74)
Jack Bearne -> Cameron Blues (84)

Bookings
None. Robbie Muirhead (55)

Red Cards
None. none
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 257 apps -
Nikola Ujdur 14 apps1 goal
Jake Davidson 17 apps1 goal
Morgan Boyes 15 apps -
Daniel Devine 198 apps7 goals
Cameron Harper 141 apps9 goals
Charlie Gilmour 23 apps1 goal
David Wotherspoon 11 apps5 goals
Max Anderson 15 apps2 goals
Nathan Shaw 68 apps13 goals
Billy Mckay 269 apps108 goals
David Carson (sub) 158 apps2 goals
Luis Longstaff (sub) 20 apps1 goal
Adam Brooks (sub) 15 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 55 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 77 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 361 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 252 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 77 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 81 days
Domestic Players:11 (55.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Stalemate in the Highlands



Inverness were along familiar lines of late with Welsh, Carson and Macgregor on the bench. Morton were without the suspended George Oakley, with long throw specialist Lewis Strapp in there for a reason other than just defending. Steven Boyd started for Morton. Alas there was no goals to cheer as the last game of the year ended a point apiece.

Have a good & safe New Year

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A chilly afternoon up North saw Inverness look for an early breakthrough with Max Anderson and David Wotherspoon having early efforts blocked en route to goal. Wotherspoon had another one blocked from close range twenty minutes in, however clear opportunities were at a premium. Five minutes before the break Charlie Gilmour had a pop from distance but Mullen was able to save comfortably. Disaster for Inverness minutes later as chief playmaker Wotherspoon went off injured to be replaced by Luis Longstaff. A poor first forty-five ended goalless.

HALF TIME: 0-0

No changes at the break and five minutes into the second half Nikola Ujdur put Billy Mckay through but his effort from a tight angle enabled Mullen to deny him. Gilmour shot over as the tempo increased and Robbie Muirhead shot just wide at the other end when he might have done better. Substitute Lewis McGrattan won a corner with a blocked shot but it came to nothing as both sides made more changes. Claims for a late penalty went unanswered as Danny Devine went down in the box. David Carson missed a late chance to win it and that was your lot for 2023.

FULL TIME: 0-0

Stalemate in the Highlands in a poor game to end the year with David Wotherspoon possibly having made his last appearance for the Caley Jags coming off injured before the break. Meh!

A selection of comments on CTO:

Shocking performance. Could have played for weeks and not scored, Some players were awful, Shaw needs to be dropped and Gilmore needs shooting practice. The subs that came on showed how poor our squad is. As Ferguson says we're def in a relegation battle.

Dreadful, dreadful stuff. One of the worst football matches I've ever suffered. We are going to be worryingly looking over our shoulder if this is the level of output until May.

Match report written by tm4tj

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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 19 12 6 1 39 28 11 42
2. Dundee Utd 18 11 6 1 37 7 30 39
3. Partick Thistle 18 8 5 5 34 30 4 29
4. Dunfermline 17 6 5 6 22 20 2 23
5. Airdrieonians 18 6 3 9 16 23 -7 21
6. Ayr United 18 5 5 8 28 36 -8 20
7. Morton 17 5 4 8 17 24 -7 19
8. Inverness CT 18 4 6 8 20 21 -1 18
9. Arbroath 17 5 2 10 23 33 -10 17
10. Queens Park 18 3 6 9 20 34 -14 15