Inverness CT 1 - 0 Motherwell

League Match
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 3,746
Referee: Brian Cassidy
Inverness CT  Motherwell

Goalscorers
Graham Bayne (22)
None.

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Richie Hart
Ian Black
Graham Bayne
Bryan Prunty
Marshall
Quinn
Craigan
Partridge
Hammell
McBride
Leitch
Fagan
Paterson
McDonald
Hamilton

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Stuart McCaffrey
David Proctor
Russell Duncan
Liam Fox
Bajram Fetai
Corr
Kinniburgh
Britton
Foran
Clarkson
Fitzpatrick
Kerr

Substitutions
Russell Duncan for Roy McBain (62)
Bajram Fetai for Graham Bayne (78)
David Proctor for Barry Wilson (87)
Clarkson -> McDonald (16)
Corr -> Fagan (24)
McBride -> Fagan (36)

Bookings
Ian Black (86)
Partridge (70)
Hamilton (84)
Craigan (86)

Red Cards
None. Marshall (23)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 127 apps -
Darren Dods 24 apps1 goal
Ross Tokely 316 apps22 goals
Grant Munro 124 apps2 goals
Stuart Golabek 202 apps5 goals
Richie Hart 99 apps14 goals
Roy McBain 200 apps10 goals
Ian Black 8 apps -
Barry Wilson 225 apps69 goals
Graham Bayne 36 apps7 goals
Bryan Prunty 23 apps1 goal
David Proctor (sub) 20 apps -
Russell Duncan (sub) 147 apps3 goals
Bajram Fetai (sub) 9 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (26 years 42 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (2006 years 255 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 236 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (21 years 43 days)
Oldest Player:Bajram Fetai (2006 years 255 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 30 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Roy McBain made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.

This was billed as a top six showdown and it was Caley Thistle who took the points. The victory was a narrow one but the margin could easily have been greater.

For Motherwell it was a disaster; defeat, a red card and two key players injured. Heavy rain left the pitch soggy but referee Brian Cassidy, on his first and last SPL appearance in the middle before retirement, deemed it playable.

Craig Brewster rotated the squad and brought in Bryan Prunty instead of himself. Roy McBain made his 200th appearance. For Gordon Marshall it was a night to forget although it did start well when he turned a curling Barry Wilson shot for a corner in 13 minutes. Four minutes later he spilled a seemingly easy ball and it was booted clear by a defender.

In 22 minutes Stuart Golabek slid a measured pass to Prunty down the left and Marshall came well out of his goal to block the strikers path. Prunty rolled the ball past the keeper to Graham Bayne six yards out and he touched it home for his seventh and easiest goal of the season. Two minutes later Prunty was through on Marshall and he chipped it past the keeper with the intention of racing on and netting. The goal was virtually certain but Marshall chose to take Prunty out of play just outside the box. The inevitable red card was brandished and Terry Butcher was forced to sacrifice Shaun Fagan for reserve keeper Barry-John Corr.

Injuries to Scott McDonald and Kevin McBride meant that Butcher had used all three substitutes by the 37th minute. The ten men dug in and Caley Thistle failed to add to their tally.

Half Time: 1-0

Just after the break a poor clearance fell to Wilson but his angled shot sailed wide. The pattern of ICT pressure continued for most of the match and Motherwell never threatened until the closing stages.

In 71 minutes Bayne hit low and wide then six minutes later another chance fell to Wilson. He sent in a shot from just outside the area and the home crowd rose to salute goal number two; in the end it grazed the post and went harmlessly wide.

In the last ten minutes Motherwell could easily have equalised. In 84 minutes Mark Brown had to be alert when an awkward ball came into his area bound for David Clarkson. Brown caught it well then, in the final minute, a free kick from Steve Hammell dipped wickedly and Brown tipped it over. The final action saw a Jim Paterson shot blocked by the home defence.

Full Time: 1-0

The top six places will be decided on Saturday. ICT have to win against Dundee, Kilmarnock have to beat Motherwell and a four goal gap has to be bridged. A tall order but for the Inverness camp it is fantastic just to be in the race.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 32 24 6 2 66 17 49 78
2. Celtic 31 25 2 4 70 26 44 77
3. Hibernian 31 16 5 10 54 45 9 53
4. Aberdeen 32 15 7 10 36 30 6 52
5. Hearts 31 13 9 9 37 29 8 48
6. Motherwell 32 12 6 14 40 40 0 42
7. Inverness CT 32 10 9 13 36 40 -4 39
8. Kilmarnock 32 11 2 19 38 52 -14 35
9. Dundee 32 8 7 17 32 58 -26 31
10. Dunfermline 32 6 9 17 28 53 -25 27
11. Dundee Utd 32 5 10 17 34 54 -20 25
12. Livingston 31 6 6 19 26 53 -27 24