Inverness CT 2 - 0 Hibernian

League Match
Saturday, February 21st, 2009, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 4,116
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Hibernian

David Proctor (15)
Richie Foran (65)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
David Proctor
Lionel Djebi-Zadi
Pavels Mihadjuks
Roy McBain
Brian Kerr
Dougie Imrie
Richie Foran
Eric Odhiambo

Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Jamie Duff
Iain Vigurs
Filipe Morais
Garry Wood
Adam Rooney
van Zanten

Adam Rooney for Eric Odhiambo (78)
Filipe Morais for Dougie Imrie (88)
McCormack => Nish 71
Rosa => O`Brien 67
Chisholm => Keenan 46

Dougie Imrie (35)
Richie Foran (90)
Bamba 63
Nish 89
Keenan 90

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 19 apps -
Ross Tokely 469 apps31 goals
Grant Munro 270 apps6 goals
Lionel Djebi-Zadi 7 apps -
Pavels Mihadjuks 7 apps2 goals
David Proctor 82 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 325 apps19 goals
Brian Kerr 2 apps -
Dougie Imrie 45 apps6 goals
Eric Odhiambo 4 apps1 goal
Richie Foran 4 apps1 goal
Filipe Morais (sub) 3 apps2 goals
Adam Rooney (sub) 28 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Proctor (24 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Pavels Mihadjuks (2010 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 135 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Brian Kerr (2010 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 5 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Richie Foran scored his first goal for the Club.

2nd Home Win:

Terry Butcher didn't take long to get Inverness Caledonian Thistle back to their old ways and performing again, and this continued against Hibs.

It wasn't the prettiest game of football you're ever likely to witness, but solid graft from the Caley Jags saw them go a goal up thanks to Proctor on 14 minutes, with Foran securing the points and our first league home victory since September.

More importantly, the result brought Inverness CT to within a point of Falkirk and it's game on as we head into the remainder of the season and the fight for survival.

David Proctor was on target as Inverness secured maximum points against Hibs at the Caledonian Stadium.

The hosts took the lead in 14 minutes when Proctor fired home after good work by Dougie Imrie and Eric Odhiambo.

Jonatan Johansson spurned a great Hibs chance when he sent his shot wide after springing the offside trap.

Inverness doubled their lead through Richie Foran from close-range after Imrie's effort was parried by Hibs goalkeeper Gregorz Szamotulski.

The hosts were looking for only their second home league win of the season and Proctor's strike was reward for their bright start.

Hibs pushed on though and after 21 minutes Johansson beat the offside trap but, with just Ryan Esson to beat, he slid a low shot wide from the edge of the box.

Derek Riordan switched from the left to the right flank and his teasing cross was plucked out of the air by Esson.

Hibs toiled to create anything of note on a frustrating afternoon for the Edinburgh side.

In the closing moments of the first half, Foran saw an effort dip over the bar as he connected with Ross Tokely's cross.

The Highlanders got their second goal after 64 minutes when Foran pounced to fire home after Imrie's drive was not properly cleared by the Hibs defence.

In the closing moments, substitute Adam Rooney bore down on goal but he was unable to score a third for the hosts.

Victory saw Inverness close the gap on 11th-placed Falkirk to a single point as the side's resurgence under new manager Terry Butcher continues.

Inverness CT manager Terry Butcher:
"It was a great three points, just what we needed.

"We have an excellent back four, who are - excuse the phrase - ugly at the right times."

"We have shown that we have desire and belief and that's essential.

"Three of our next four games are at home and we hope that we can make home advantage pay."

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 26 17 6 3 56 19 37 57
2. Celtic 25 17 5 3 52 25 27 56
3. Hearts 26 12 6 8 28 28 0 42
4. Dundee Utd 26 10 10 6 36 33 3 40
5. Aberdeen 26 11 5 10 32 29 3 38
6. Hibernian 26 8 8 10 31 35 -4 32
7. Motherwell 25 9 5 11 28 33 -5 32
8. Hamilton Academical 26 10 2 14 25 38 -13 32
9. St. Mirren 26 7 7 12 22 31 -9 28
10. Kilmarnock 26 8 4 14 25 36 -11 28
11. Falkirk 26 5 8 13 28 39 -11 23
12. Inverness CT 26 6 4 16 25 42 -17 22