Inverness CT 1 - 0 St. Johnstone

Scottish Cup - Rd 3
Sunday, January 9th, 2005, 3:00 PM at Victoria Park, Dingwall
Attendance: 2,021
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Inverness CT  St. Johnstone

Stuart Golabek (74)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Owen Coyle

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Bryan Prunty
Craig Brewster

Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Richie Hart
Graham Bayne
Juanjo Carricondo

Juanjo Carricondo for Bryan Prunty (65)
Richie Hart for Roy McBain (73)
Graham Bayne for Craig Brewster (78)
Hay -> Rutkiewicz (78)
Forsyth -> Fotheringham (83)
McAnespie -> McCann (85)

Ross Tokely (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 115 apps -
Darren Dods 12 apps -
Grant Munro 112 apps2 goals
Stuart Golabek 190 apps5 goals
Ross Tokely 306 apps22 goals
Russell Duncan 135 apps2 goals
Liam Keogh 87 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 213 apps64 goals
Roy McBain 189 apps10 goals
Bryan Prunty 16 apps -
Craig Brewster 1 app (debut) -
Richie Hart (sub) 87 apps13 goals
Graham Bayne (sub) 24 apps5 goals
Juanjo Carricondo (sub) 24 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (25 years 314 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (2006 years 162 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 107 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (20 years 315 days)
Oldest Player:Bryan Prunty (2006 years 162 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 159 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Craig Brewster(Signed )


Another unusual 'home' match for Caley Thistle and the first playing appearance of the manager.

With Caledonian Stadium being upgraded to SPL requirements the tie was moved to Dingwall. Gales and heavy rain around the country caused many matches to be postponed but the pitch dried out just enough to allow play to go ahead.

Victory came via the head of captain Stuart Golabek when a draw looked a strong possibility.

The pressure on the Perth Saints started in the fourth minute when a Barry Wilson low 20 yard shot was blocked. Wilson's free kick two minutes later rebounded off the wall and Liam Keogh hit over the bar.

In a good Saints spell after 15 minutes Peter MacDonald shot wide then a good Paul Sheerin run was halted by Russell Duncan. The visitors had their best chance of the match after 25 minutes when a curling Sheerin ball from the right fell for Ian Maxwell but his low shot went just wide.

Right on the whistle a Duncan drive was deflected onto the Saints post.

Caley Thistle took control in the second half and a spirited Ross Tokely run in 58 minutes nearly came off after he ran from his own half, beat two defenders close to goal then his low shot was held by Cuthbert. A goal looked a racing certainty in 66 minutes when Wilson's pressure forced Cuthbert into an error and the ball broke free. Wilson passed to Brewster 15 yards out but his roll towards the empty goal slid past. The crowd were on their feet but it took another eight minutes before they had something to really shout about.

Tokely crossed from the right, the ball flew over Brewster and Golabek was at the back post to head home. A slick move in 83 minutes set up Wilson but he hit high. A minute later Duncan played a 1-2 with substitute Graham Bayne, and Cuthbert did very well to stop Duncan's net-bound shot.

A minute into added time a Wilson long-shot was pushed out by Cuthbert to Richie Hart but his angled shot came off the bar. Not the best performance of the season but a welcome win in difficult conditions. Now it is back along the A96 to the familiar surroundings of Pittodrie for the fourth round.

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