Hibernian 2 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 12,868
Referee: John Underhill
Hibernian Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Fletcher (65)
Killen (pen 83)
None.

Team Managers
John Collins Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Malkowski
Whittaker
Martis
Jones
Stewart
Murphy
Brown
Thomson
Sproule
Zemmama (Fletcher 22)
Killen
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Bench
Shiels
Benjelloun
Beuzelin
Fletcher
Glass
Hogg
McNeil
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Ian Black
Zander Sutherland
Dennis Wyness
Rory McAllister
Gary McSwegan

Substitutions
Fletcher -> Zemmamma (22)
Benjelloun -> Sproule (46)
Beuzelin -> Thomson
Dennis Wyness for Craig Dargo (74)
Gary McSwegan for John Rankin (78)
Michael Fraser for Barry Wilson (82)

Bookings
None. Craig Dargo (16)

Red Cards
None. Mark Brown (81)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 193 apps -
Richard Hastings 274 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 377 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 183 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 88 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 286 apps75 goals
John Rankin 14 apps2 goals
Russell Duncan 198 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 241 apps13 goals
Graham Bayne 77 apps13 goals
Craig Dargo 52 apps25 goals
Michael Fraser (sub) (GK) 4 apps -
Dennis Wyness (sub) 202 apps92 goals
Gary McSwegan (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Dargo (2008 years 103 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 239 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Ian Black (2008 years 103 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 239 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Gary McSwegan(Signed )

Milestones

The thing about streaks is that they have to come to an end. Caley Thistle lost a couple in this game - 8 SPL matches unbeaten, and 5 games without defeat against the Hibees - after going down 2-0 at Easter Road and having Mark Brown red carded. Ian Broadfoot reports from the Easter Road encounter.

A disappointing end to Caley Thistle’s eight-game unbeaten run at Easter Road. The loss of Mark Brown to a red card ten minutes from the end made it very hard and at that point the game was effectively over. Chris Killen’s goal from the resultant penalty sealed Hibs’ victory after substitute Steven Fletcher had given them a 64th minute lead. It was a disappointing end to Brown’s week after he had been named in the Scotland B squad for their visit to Dublin. Charlie Christie fielded an unchanged side from Monday’s draw with Aberdeen - Ian Black’s two-game suspension was over but he could only make it onto the bench. Hibs also made no changes despite an injury doubt over Michael Stewart.

Steven Whittaker proved to be the main threat for the home side in the first half and he had three good efforts. The first went wide in eight minutes but Mark Brown had to be alert to push away the second just two minutes later. In 11 minutes a Craig Dargo shot was charged down by Rob Jones and there was a forlorn penalty claim from the visitors. Malkowski saved from John Rankin in 15 minutes and Dargo was booked for a follow-up push on the keeper.

Whittaker’s third first half shot could have led to a contender for goal of the season if it had come off. He set off from the half way line and ran past a series of defenders but his final shot was blocked by Rankin. Caley Thistle’s best efforts of the half came a couple of minutes before the break when a Russell Duncan cross from the right was volleyed goalwards by Craig Dargo, touched away by Malkowski, stabbed towards the line by Graham Bayne and saved once more by the keeper.

Half Time: 0-0

Into the second half and Hibs took the lead in 64 minutes through substitute Steven Fletcher. Beuzelin and Scott Brown combined to set up Fletcher via a David Murphy lay off and he netted at the back post. Dennis Wyness replaced Dargo in 74 minutes then four minutes later Rankin made way as Gary McSwegan made his first top team appearance. The three-striker formation nearly paid off immediately when McSwegan’s first touch brought out a fine save from Malkowski and his follow-up was blocked. The game went beyond Caley Thistle with ten minutes left when Killen was one-on-one with Mark Brown and the striker went down as he rounded the keeper. A penalty was awarded (the first against ICT since last March) but there were loud protests from the players who thought that contact had been minimal. John Underhill did not change his mind, Brown saw red and Barry Wilson was sacrificed for substitute keeper Mike Fraser. Fraser’s first action was to face the penalty and he could do nothing to prevent Killen making it 2-0. The ten men battled on and with seconds left Caley Thistle nearly managed a consolation when Graham Bayne headed across goal and Darren Dods headed over the bar from a few yards out.

Full Time: 2-0

The defeat meant a slip to sixth but it is still very tight.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 13 11 1 1 25 9 16 34
2. Rangers 14 6 4 4 22 16 6 22
3. Aberdeen 14 6 4 4 17 13 4 22
4. Hearts 13 6 3 4 20 14 6 21
5. Hibernian 14 5 4 5 22 15 7 19
6. Inverness CT 14 4 7 3 16 16 0 19
7. Kilmarnock 14 5 4 5 17 22 -5 19
8. Falkirk 13 5 2 6 16 16 0 17
9. St. Mirren 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
10. Dundee Utd 14 3 5 6 13 26 -13 14
11. Motherwell 14 3 3 8 15 21 -6 12
12. Dunfermline 14 2 3 9 9 22 -13 9