Livingston 3 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, August 7th, 2004, 3:00 PM at Almondvale Stadium, Livingston
Attendance: 3,310
Referee: Charlie Richmond
Livingston Inverness CT

O’Brien (44)
Easton (57)
Lovell (66)

Team Managers
Allan Preston John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Steven Hislop
Graham Bayne

Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Darren Dods
Richie Hart
Ian Black
Juanjo Carricondo
Bryan Prunty

Hamilton -> Libbra (65) Richie Hart for Russell Duncan (58)
Juanjo Carricondo for Steven Hislop (58)
Ian Black for Roy McBain (65)

Graham Bayne (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 92 apps -
Grant Munro 90 apps2 goals
Stuart Golabek 167 apps3 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 148 apps5 goals
Ross Tokely 284 apps20 goals
Russell Duncan 117 apps2 goals
Liam Keogh 65 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 191 apps59 goals
Roy McBain 167 apps9 goals
Steven Hislop 48 apps16 goals
Graham Bayne 1 app (debut) -
Richie Hart (sub) 65 apps12 goals
Ian Black (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Juanjo Carricondo (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (25 years 159 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (2006 years 7 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 353 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (20 years 160 days)
Oldest Player:Bryan Prunty (2006 years 7 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 45 days
Domestic Players:18 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Graham Bayne(Signed )
Ian Black(Signed )
Juanjo Carricondo(Signed )


An historic day in the short life of Inverness Caledonian Thistle but, in the end, bitter disappointment.

The meeting of the two clubs in the SPL completed a piece of Scottish football history – Livingston and ICT became the first clubs to meet in all four divisions.

Unfortunately for Inverness it was not the introduction to the SPL that they wanted, but a lesson learned for the future, and one they would heed.

As Vera Lynn once said: We'll Meet Again

A new SPL rule meant that seven substitutes were named but only three could play. Caley Thistle started brightly and in the second minute a Russell Duncan header was only partly cleared and the ball fell to Liam Keogh – from 15 yards he shot high.

In nine minutes Livi’s Scott McLaughlin raced down the left, found Steve Boyack and his ball across goal came off the woodwork. Wilson hit low and just wide of the Livi goal and a David McNamee shot was blocked.

Burton O’Brien hit wide in 33 minutes after Mark Brown pushed down a cross then Brown held a shot from Derek Lilley. With the half-time whistle only seconds away Livi made the breakthrough when McCaffrey tried to head back to Brown. Communications broke down as the ‘keeper came out and O’Brien only had to tap in to the empty goal for 1-0.

The second half was mostly Livingston but in 54 minutes Steve Hislop set Wilson up one-on-one with Roddy McKenzie but it fell to his left foot and he hit wide. It was no surprise when Livi extended their lead in 57 minutes. Boyack sprinted down the right, neatly rounded Golabek then his low ball was turned in at the near post by Easton.

Substitute Richie Hart tried from 25 yards in 63 minutes but it went wide then McKenzie held a deflected Hart effort from long range.

The third goal in 66 minutes was a simple one as Lovell and Jim Hamilton combined to walk through the defence – Lovell touched it in from close-range. ICT created a couple of good late chances when a curling Hart free kick was headed over by Tokely then a McCaffrey lob gave Bayne an opening – Rubio stepped in quickly to clear.

With two minutes added time on the clock Lilley headed wide and it stayed 3-0. A bad start to the season and a taste of the level of football to expect in the coming months.

Welcome to the SPL.

Match report written by Site

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
2. Hearts 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
3. Kilmarnock 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
4. Dundee Utd 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
5. Dunfermline 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
6. Aberdeen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
7. Rangers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
8. Dundee 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
9. Hibernian 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
10. Inverness CT 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0