Inverness CT 1 - 2 Ayr United

League - Championship
Saturday, March 16th, 2024, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,979
Referee: Iain Snedden
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (pen.) (48)
George Stanger (5)
Fraser Bryden (61)

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Scott Brown

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
James Carragher
Cameron Harper
Remi Savage
Cameron Kerr
Daniel Devine
Max Anderson
Samson Lawal
Alex Samuel
Billy Mckay
Josh Clarke
Nick McAllister
Jack Sanders
George Stanger
Frankie Musonda
Mark McKenzie
Roy Syla
Harry McHugh
Fraser Bryden
Kurt Willoughby
Anton Dowds

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Morgan Boyes
Aaron Doran
Adam Brooks
Austin Samuels
Aribim Pepple
Charlie Albinson
Sean McGinty
Ben Dempsey
Aiden McGeady
Logan Chalmers
Jamie Murphy
Frances Amartey
Scott Tomlinson
Nathan McGinley

Substitutions
Aaron Doran for James Carragher (69)
Aribim Pepple for Samson Lawal (69)
Jamie Murphy -> Kurt Willoughby (62)
Francis Amartey -> Fraser Bryden (70)

Bookings
James Carragher (11)
Aribim Pepple (87)
Jamie Murphy (68)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 269 apps -
Cameron Harper 153 apps10 goals
Remi Savage 9 apps1 goal
Cameron Kerr 9 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 208 apps7 goals
Wallace Duffy 95 apps3 goals
James Carragher 10 apps -
Samson Lawal 2 apps -
Max Anderson 26 apps2 goals
Alex Samuel 8 apps4 goals
Billy Mckay 282 apps111 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 388 apps57 goals
Aribim Pepple (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Samson Lawal (19 years 330 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 154 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 181 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Samson Lawal (19 years 330 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 154 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 240 days
Domestic Players:7 (41.18 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Butcher's meet not enough for sad Caley Jags



In the presence of the great man himself, Inverness and Ayr locked horns at the relegation end of the table. A far cry from the euphoric scenes when Inverness were in seventh heaven after winning the First Division back in 2010. This game took on a more sinister roll after Dunfermline trashed Dundee United 3-1 last night to move four points above Inverness in the table. A win for either side here could prove pivotal come the business end of the season. Defeat may start the downward spiral for either side as they could become detatched from the peleton above. Inverness had to put the Battery Farm debacle behind them and concentrate on the job in hand on the park. At the end of the day the only word I have after this display is despondency.

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A beautiful afternoon for a kick about in the Highlands was ruined by a rubbish game of football. Inverness were down to the bare bones with only six subs, mainly the walking wounded on the bench. The visitors had Frankie Musonda as captain and a strong starting XI with an equally strong bench that included Logan Chalmers, Jamie Murphy and Aiden McGeady.

Inverness as they do started brightly. A long free kick from Savage caused problems in the first minute before being cleared and a couple of minutes later keeper Clarke let a shot squirm under him and narrowly missed going in at his far post. However, our usual ten minute flurry only lasted until that ball slipped past the post. The industrious Alex Samuel had our best moment when he guided a volley just over the bar. Ayr dominated the half thereafter and took an early lead through a poked effort from Stanger on the line or possibly an own goal from Anderson after we failed to clear our lines on Ayr's left flank and gave the ball away too easily. We were absolutely honking for the rest of the half, unable to string one pass together and constantly gave the ball away. Fortunately on the stroke of half time we were thrown a lifeline from the spot. Fair play to Billy Mckay for grabbing the ball and slamming it into the net for an undeserved but welcome equaliser. Given the abuse he and his son took after he missed his penalty against the Pars, this was a sweet moment for a legend. After the interval nothing changed. We continued to fail to create anything and Ayr continued to look the more likely to score again. There wasn't a lack of effort. However a lack of tactical nous and quality were in abundance. Ayr always looked like breaking clear and we always looked pedantic and predictable and turned backwards at every opportunity. Is that a lack of confidence or a lack of quality. Probably both. Predictable Ayr took all three points when Bryden knocked home in front of the Ayr fans to complete our demise. Although there was still half an hour to go, nobody in the home support could see us scoring and they amused themselves by taunting security and anyone else that would listen. Mark Ridgers kept us close with a big save ten minutes from the end as we feared the worst. Cammy Harper did eventually fire a great ball across the box near the end but there were no takers as it flashed across the goal a yard from the line. Therein lies the difference. When Ayr did that in the fifth minute, Stanger scored from practically on the goalline. As it was, we played out the final half hour without otherwise threatening and Ayr took all three points back home.

FULL TIME: 1-2

Having sat through one of the worst games for many a year there is little to hope for now apart from Arbroath to keep losing because we certainly appear to find it difficult to win. We have no game changers in our squad and our manager is playing the wrong type of anti-football to help our cause.

Big Dunc thought we were the better team. Pleeeeeaaase, give me a break! We were second to everything and Ayr were always one step ahead of us after the first three minutes. SHOCKER springs to mind.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 29 17 7 5 56 20 36 58
2. Raith Rovers 29 17 7 5 49 36 13 58
3. Partick Thistle 29 11 10 8 55 49 6 43
4. Airdrieonians 28 11 6 11 33 32 1 39
5. Morton 28 10 7 11 35 33 2 37
6. Dunfermline 29 9 8 12 33 39 -6 35
7. Ayr United 28 10 5 13 40 51 -11 35
8. Queens Park 29 8 9 12 41 47 -6 33
9. Inverness CT 29 7 10 12 33 34 -1 31
10. Arbroath 28 6 5 17 30 64 -34 23