Inverness CT 3 - 1 Kilmarnock

League Match
Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 3,426
Referee: Brian Winter
Inverness CT  Kilmarnock

Phil McGuire (21)
Andrew Barrowman (pen.) (43)
Ian Black (81)
Sammon (04)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Iain Vigurs
Dougie Imrie
Andrew Barrowman

Ryan Esson
Jamie Duff
Lionel Djebi-Zadi
Barry Wilson
Don Cowie
Rory McAllister
Adam Rooney

Don Cowie for Roy McBain (76)
Barry Wilson for Iain Vigurs (81)
Adam Rooney for Andrew Barrowman (81)
Ford => Invincibile (46)
Bryson => Simmonds (74)
Sammon => Skelton (74)

Iain Vigurs (53)
Fowler (42, 77)
Combe (42)
Wright (50)
Hamill (61)
Fernandez (66)

Red Cards
None. Fowler (77)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 66 apps -
Phil McGuire 33 apps1 goal
Richard Hastings 344 apps4 goals
Grant Munro 248 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 449 apps30 goals
Russell Duncan 263 apps9 goals
Iain Vigurs 11 apps2 goals
Roy McBain 307 apps19 goals
Ian Black 115 apps5 goals
Andrew Barrowman 8 apps2 goals
Dougie Imrie 24 apps4 goals
Don Cowie (sub) 50 apps11 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 347 apps83 goals
Adam Rooney (sub) 8 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 148 days)
Oldest Player:Andrew Barrowman (2010 years 59 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 231 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 148 days)
Oldest Player:Phil McGuire (2010 years 59 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 226 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Don Cowie played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Phil McGuire scored his first goal for the Club.

First Home Win:

Caley Thistle took to the field in search of their first home win of the season and it got off to a bad start when an error by Fraser left Sammon with a clear goal to side foot into with only 4 mins gone.

So far this season we've witnessed panic set in to the squad when this has happened, but that was not to be the case today.  The team seemed fired up by the slack loss of a goal and it was sheer determination and a clever lob that saw McGuire level things on 21 minutes.

Just before the break and Barrowman made a great run in to the box, beating 2 or 3 defenders before having his heels clipped and earning ICT a penalty.  But the best was yet to come when on 81 minutes the 5' 8" Ian Black rose above a sea of players to head in from 15 yards out to put the seal on our first home victory of the season and send us 4th in the league.

After a rather shaky start, we came on to a good game and thoroughly deserved the result in the end, helped by the way the Killie players rather lost their heads.

I really feared for us in the first 15 mins, when Taouil and Fernandez roamed wild all over the pitch, and a real rush of blood from Ike left us a goal down. He made his mind up really early to come for a high ball from the halfway line, only to run into shedloads of traffic and looked like a complete pillock when the ball went past him and was tapped in by Sammon.

Our equalizer was fairly against the run of play, but changed the game completely. A half-cleared set play fell to McGuire on the edge of the box, and I swear he sliced his volley, but it floated past Combe into the top corner. I think the keeper misjudged it, thinking it was heading over the bar.

Then came the penalty, and the fallout from it, with umpteen Killie players losing it completely, not least Combe who might have seen more than a yellow card for his protests. Was it a spot kick? Barrowman showed glorious footwork in the box, but seemed to have run it out of play when he fell over. That said, I was miles away and hardly had a good view. No doubt about the way he took the pen though, whamming it into the top corner. From his rather exuberant celebrations, I'd say he enjoyed it!

Killie were broken after that, and never offered much in the second half. Fowler got his second yellow for a stupid handball at the halfway line, and Black's looping header from a good 15 yards out made it three. The defender on the line made a pig's ear of dealing with it, mind. Cowie came off the bench and should have knocked in a late fourth, but shot straight at the keeper after a great move.

Good performance, stand outs today were Blackie, who played further up the pitch than recently and made a real impact, Barrowman who looked as sharp as he did against Aberdeen and put in a power of work, and most of all Dougie Imrie who ran all day long and caused Killie's defenders kittens.

In fact, I can't even think of a reason to criticize McGuire today. I must be dreaming...

Match report written by hislopsoffsideagain


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 7 5 1 1 17 10 7 16
2. Rangers 6 5 1 0 12 5 7 16
3. Hearts 7 4 0 3 9 11 -2 12
4. Inverness CT 7 3 1 3 9 7 2 10
5. Hibernian 6 3 1 2 7 6 1 10
6. Kilmarnock 7 3 1 3 7 8 -1 10
7. Hamilton Academical 7 3 0 4 8 10 -2 9
8. Dundee Utd 7 2 2 3 8 9 -1 8
9. Falkirk 7 2 1 4 10 12 -2 7
10. Motherwell 7 2 1 4 9 12 -3 7
11. Aberdeen 7 2 1 4 6 9 -3 7
12. St. Mirren 7 1 2 4 5 8 -3 5