Hibernian 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 27th, 2004, 3:00 PM at Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 9,728
Referee: Steve Conroy
Hibernian Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Beuzelin (39)
Riordan (47)
Juanjo Carricondo (34)

Team Managers
Tony Mowbray Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Brown
Whittaker
Caldwell
Murray
Murphy
Orman
Beuzelin
Morrow
Shiels
Rocastle
Riordan
Mark Brown
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Graham Bayne
Juanjo Carricondo

Bench
Brown
Dobbie
O'Connor
Glass
Smith
McCluskey
Fletcher
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
David Proctor
Darran Thomson
Liam Fox
Ian Black
Bryan Prunty

Substitutions
McCluskey -> Shiels (45)
O'Connor -> Morrow (61)
Glass -> Orman (83)
Liam Fox for Barry Wilson (65)
Bryan Prunty for Juanjo Carricondo (78)

Bookings
Murray (56) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 109 apps -
Stuart Golabek 184 apps4 goals
Grant Munro 106 apps2 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 161 apps6 goals
Darren Dods 6 apps -
Barry Wilson 208 apps64 goals
Richie Hart 81 apps12 goals
Liam Keogh 81 apps3 goals
Russell Duncan 129 apps2 goals
Juanjo Carricondo 18 apps3 goals
Graham Bayne 18 apps3 goals
Liam Fox (sub) 6 apps2 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 12 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Barry Wilson (32 years 293 days)
Oldest Player:Liam Keogh (2006 years 119 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 293 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (20 years 272 days)
Oldest Player:Bryan Prunty (2006 years 119 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 12 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

New manager Craig Brewster took charge of the team for the first time and was immediately dealt a blow when Roy McBain had to be replaced at the warm-up due to a muscle spasm. Liam Keogh took his place. The other change saw Stuart McCaffrey coming into the side for the suspended Ross Tokely.

Most of the play in the early stages of the match was in midfield with both sides creating few chances. On the half hour mark Hibs nearly scored when Sam Morrow's 12-yard volley was well blocked by Mark Brown and from the rebound Gary Caldwell blazed the ball high into the stand.

Three minutes after that Caley Thistle took the lead with a superb goal from Juanjo. The Spaniard broke down the left and moved into the box before curling an exquisite right foot shoot round the keeper into the net at the far post.

The lead, however, was short-lived as the home side equalised five minutes later when the ever dangerous Derek Riordan ran down the left to the line and then cut the ball back for Guillaume Beuzelin to hit the ball home from 12 yards.

The Hibees nearly made it two but Riordan drove wide with only Brown to beat.

Half Time:1-1

Hibs made a substitution at the start of the second half and two minutes later they took the lead. David Murphy disposed Juanjo and moved the ball quickly through to Samuel Morrow who sent the ball to the right for Alen Orman. Orman drove the ball across the face of the ICT area and Riordan was onto it like a flash to volley past Brown.

Richie Hart replied with a terrific header which was tipped over the crossbar by Simon Brown. At the other end Mark Brown was called into action once again to deny McCluskey's snapshot in a packed penalty area and Riordan then had another effort saved by the ICT No1.

ICT's best chance for an equaliser came in the dying minutes of the game when Hart's long ball found Fox and the ex-Hearts youngster headed it down for the incoming Graham Bayne but the striker just missed making contact with the ball as he slid in.

With the seconds ticking away there was just time for Mark Brown to pull off another fantastic save when he denied Riordan once again after fine work by David Rocastle.

Full Time: 2-1

Overall we might have taken a point from the game. Livingston beat Kilmarnock and it is very tight at the bottom once again.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 15 12 1 2 38 15 23 37
2. Rangers 15 11 3 1 30 5 25 36
3. Aberdeen 16 9 4 3 19 14 5 31
4. Hibernian 16 8 3 5 26 23 3 27
5. Hearts 15 6 5 4 13 10 3 23
6. Motherwell 16 7 2 7 23 21 2 23
7. Kilmarnock 16 6 2 8 22 28 -6 20
8. Dunfermline 16 4 4 8 16 22 -6 16
9. Inverness CT 16 3 4 9 16 26 -10 13
10. Dundee Utd 16 2 6 8 15 27 -12 12
11. Livingston 16 3 3 10 15 28 -13 12
12. Dundee 15 3 3 9 15 29 -14 12