Inverness CT 2 - 1 St. Mirren

League Match
Monday, January 1st, 2007, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 4,246
Referee: Alan Freeland
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
Graham Bayne (5)
Dennis Wyness (21)
Broadfoot (76)

Team Managers
Charlie Christie Gus MacPherson

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne
Bullock
McGowne
Potter
Broadfoot
Zanten
Reid
Corcoran
Brittain,
Brady
McKenna
Sutton

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Alan Morgan
Zander Sutherland
Rory McAllister
Craig Dargo
Gemmill
Docherty
McGinn
Mackay
Maxwell
Millen
Smith

Substitutions
Alan Morgan for Russell Duncan (84)
Stuart McCaffrey for Barry Wilson (88)
McGinn -> McKenna (46)
MacKay -> Reid (65)
Gemmill -> Potter (87)

Bookings
Roy McBain (27)
John Rankin (63)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 201 apps -
Darren Dods 96 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 386 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 192 apps5 goals
Richard Hastings 283 apps2 goals
John Rankin 22 apps4 goals
Russell Duncan 204 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 250 apps13 goals
Barry Wilson 294 apps76 goals
Graham Bayne 86 apps14 goals
Dennis Wyness 210 apps93 goals
Stuart McCaffrey (sub) 178 apps6 goals
Alan Morgan (sub) 32 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 154 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 290 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 154 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 290 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Roy McBain played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

ICT 2-1 ST MIRREN

Goals from Graham Bayne in 5 minutes and Dennis Wyness in the 21st minute were enough to win this game for Caley Thistle. Kirk Broadfoot scored for the Buddies in 77 minutes and Mark Brown made a spectacular save near the end to make sure all three points stay in Inverness. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot reports from the game.

A good start to 2007 for Caley Thistle, a well-earned three points and revenge for the defeat by St Mirren on the opening day of the season.

By half-time they could have been more than two up and were put under pressure when Saints improved after the break. The visitors eventually pulled one back through Kirk Broadfoot and there was a nervous finish for the home fans.

Heavy rain throughout the country threatened sporting fixtures but Inverness was spared the worst of it and all was well. Ian Black dropped out of the home side through suspension and Russell Duncan came in. Barry Wilson returned and Alan Morgan reverted to the bench. St Mirren were without Simon Lappin and Hugh Murray.

Bullock was under pressure from the start and in just two minutes Graham Bayne sent an angled ball across goal but wide of the mark. The first goal came in five minutes when Bayne passed to Roy McBain, moved to the centre and was there to expertly head home McBain’s cross from the right. This was just what ICT needed and they took control of the game.

Saints however nearly pulled one back in nine minutes when Mark Brown dived to push a low ball from David McKenna over for a corner. Dennis Wyness scored his first SPL goal of the season in 21 minutes and it was a great strike. McBain powered goalwards then found Richard Hastings on the left - the defender’s cross reached Wyness in the box, he chested it down then hammered it into the net giving Bullock no chance.

A Wilson free kick in 29 minutes troubled the defence as it bounced towards goal but Bullock pushed it for a corner. John Rankin had a chance in 33 minutes from his favourite position 25 yards out but it was on his right foot and he sliced it wide. A Wilson corner in 44 minutes reached Darren Dods at the back of the box but he was off-balance and failed to connect.

Half Time: 2-0

Just after the break Bayne went down just inside the St Mirren box but nothing was given. Kirk Broadfoot tested Brown in 52 minutes from wide left but the ‘keeper held it. Bullock saved from Rankin in 55 minutes then pushed the ball for a corner as Wilson closed in for the rebound.

Bullock saved well from Bayne in 62 minutes then Wyness hit over the bar in 67 minutes. Saints began to gain confidence and they scored in 76 minutes when Broadfoot ran in to head home Richard Brittain’s corner from the left.

Garry Brady nearly managed an equaliser three minutes later but Brown dived to his left to push it away. Mark Corcoran then hit the bar from an angle on the right. With four minutes left Saints were awarded a free kick 19 yards out for hand ball amidst claims that it had been in the box. The kick came to nothing but the ICT fans feared the worst as Saints continued to press.

There was an almighty scramble in the home box in the closing minute but Alan Morgan finally booted clear and it hit off a St Mirren player for a goal kick. That was enough to settle things down and the whistle went.

Full Time: 2-1

In the topsy-turvy world at the foot of the SPL this win pushed ICT back up to eighth on 27 points. Dunfermline remain rooted at the foot on 14 points.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 16 5 1 41 17 24 53
2. Aberdeen 22 11 4 7 30 21 9 37
3. Rangers 22 10 6 6 34 22 12 36
4. Hearts 22 9 7 6 31 22 9 34
5. Hibernian 22 9 5 8 42 28 14 32
6. Falkirk 23 9 3 11 32 30 2 30
7. Kilmarnock 22 8 6 8 31 36 -5 30
8. Inverness CT 23 6 9 8 25 32 -7 27
9. Dundee Utd 23 7 6 10 28 42 -14 27
10. Motherwell 22 7 4 11 29 38 -9 25
11. St. Mirren 23 5 8 10 21 32 -11 23
12. Dunfermline 22 3 5 14 13 37 -24 14