Gretna 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 5th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 431
Referee: Mike Tumilty
Gretna Inverness CT

Barr (80) Roy McBain (71)
Don Cowie (73)

Team Managers
Davie Irons Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
David Proctor
Phil McGuire
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Markus Paatelainen
Don Cowie
Dennis Wyness
Dougie Imrie

Zbigniew Małkowski
Guy Kerr
Jamie Duff
Richie Hart
Iain Vigurs
Dale Gillespie
Rory McAllister

Wilkinson -> Murray (78)
Hogg -> Deverdics (78)
Taylor -> Kissock (85)
Rory McAllister for Dennis Wyness (82)
Richie Hart for Markus Paatelainen (82)

Osman (44) Ross Tokely (44)
Dougie Imrie (56)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 55 apps -
Richard Hastings 331 apps3 goals
Ross Tokely 435 apps29 goals
David Proctor 61 apps4 goals
Phil McGuire 25 apps -
Don Cowie 36 apps8 goals
Roy McBain 295 apps18 goals
Markus Paatelainen 20 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 333 apps81 goals
Dougie Imrie 10 apps -
Dennis Wyness 240 apps101 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 162 apps16 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 53 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Proctor (24 years 37 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Wyness (2009 years 249 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 362 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (19 years 338 days)
Oldest Player:Dale Gillespie (2009 years 249 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 175 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Caley Thistle ended their run of defeats with a 2-1 victory over Gretna but it was heavy going. Wyness, Imrie, Paatelainen and Wilson all had numerous chances before Caley Thistle scored in the 71st minute and when the goals came, they weren't strikers' goal but scored by midfielder Roy McBain who got the first and fellow midfielder Don Cowie two minutes later.

In 80 minutes, Gretna - who were actually playing without a recognised striker - scored their first ever goal against the mediocre Caley Jags but ICT managed to hang on for the final 10 minutes to grab a valuable win.

Alternative Maryhill:

Just back from a riveting performance, where a lot of the game consisted of Mikey punting the ball up the field to Imrie, where it would generally be won by Gretna. For the five minutes surrounding the two goals we looked like a team with a bit of fight and confidence again, and then it all just drained away again. Why?? Having said that, there were plenty of chances, but these were epitomised by a lovely cross along the goalmouth behind the keeper which Patti and AN Other (can't remember who) somehow magically failed to convert even though the ball was about a foot from the line and no Gretna players were close. Best players on the field were Kissock and Naughton from Gretna. Patti should have been subbed at half time for Hart, just seemed too lightweight today. Most depressing three points I've ever seen. Bayne, Duncan and Munro were all in the stands with us, so I hoped they enjoyed the show...

Caley Stan:

Although this fixture was a meaningless joke, it's still nice to see us win at last.

We made hard work of though. Brewster went back to 4-4-2, with Wyness and Imrie up front, Wilson on the right and Markus on the left. Strange then that we spent most of the game punting high balls up to our wee strikers.

There was a general lack of confidence and composure throughout the team - most of the players seemed to panic and hoof as soon as they received the ball instead of looking around for a simple pass. In spite of this, we managed to carve out a fair few chances, especially in the first half when Dennis could've had a hat-trick. Gretna came into the game more in the second half, with our defence looking as shaky as ever. McBain and Cowie deserved their goals, they worked well together in the middle of the park and were probably our best players today.

Match report written by CaleyD

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 29 24 2 3 70 21 49 74
2. Celtic 31 21 5 5 69 21 48 68
3. Motherwell 31 16 4 11 41 35 6 52
4. Hibernian 33 14 8 11 47 38 9 50
5. Dundee Utd 32 14 7 11 45 35 10 49
6. Falkirk 32 11 9 12 39 42 -3 42
7. Hearts 33 11 9 13 42 48 -6 42
8. Aberdeen 32 11 8 13 41 52 -11 41
9. Inverness CT 33 11 3 19 41 58 -17 36
10. Kilmarnock 33 8 9 16 34 46 -12 33
11. St. Mirren 31 8 8 15 22 48 -26 32
12. Gretna 32 4 4 24 29 76 -47 16