Inverness CT 3 - 3 Ayr United

League Match
Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,843
Referee: S. MacDonald
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Richie Foran (44)
Johnny Hayes (64)
Adam Rooney (pen.) (90)
Aitken (23)
Roberts (29)
McManus (74)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Brian Reid

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
David Proctor
Nauris Bulvitus
Russell Duncan
Johnny Hayes
Adam Rooney
Richie Foran
Dani Sanchez
Grindlay
Keenan
Easton
Aitken
Campbell
McGowan
Mitchell
Bowey
McManus
Roberts
Mendes

Substitutes
Kyle Allison
Roy McBain
Lee Cox
Robert Eagle
Eric Odhiambo
Samson
Connolly
Woodburn
Borris
McKay

Substitutions
Eric Odhiambo for Dani Sanchez (75)
Lee Cox for Nauris Bulvitus (85)
Woodburn => Easton (46)
Connolly => Mendes (54)
McKay => Roberts (85)

Bookings
David Proctor (36)
Richie Foran (66)
McGowan (6)
Mitchell (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 58 apps -
Ross Tokely 504 apps33 goals
Nauris Bulvitus 32 apps5 goals
Grant Munro 316 apps10 goals
Stuart Golabek 246 apps5 goals
David Proctor 121 apps8 goals
Russell Duncan 311 apps9 goals
Johnny Hayes 31 apps7 goals
Adam Rooney 69 apps21 goals
Dani Sanchez 29 apps6 goals
Richie Foran 47 apps11 goals
Lee Cox (sub) 32 apps2 goals
Eric Odhiambo (sub) 22 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (22 years 239 days)
Oldest Player:Adam Rooney (2011 years 212 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 148 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lee Cox (19 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Adam Rooney (2011 years 212 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 314 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Late penalty earns point



It took another last gasp Adam Rooney penalty for ICT to snatch a deserved point against Ayr United at the Caledonian Stadium this afternoon.

Once again, bad defending and not taking chances at the other end cost crucial points that would have taken us above Ross County into 2nd place. It took another last gasp Adam Rooney penalty for ICT to snatch a deserved point against Ayr United at the Caledonian Stadium this afternoon.

Yet again, it was another case of bad defending and not taking our chances at the other end that cost us a crucial three points, points that would have taken us above Ross County into second place.

It was the home side that showed their signal of intent right from the off and could have taken the lead if Irish striker Adam Rooney had connected better from Jonny Hayes’ knock down instead, his sliced effort rolled into the arms of Stephen Grindlay in the visitors goal. But, it was Ayr that took the lead, a soft free kick, conceded by Rooney was curled in by Chris Mitchell and a hapless Ryan Esson could only watch as his failed attempt at a punch clear was knocked down by Ryan McGowan into the path of Tam McManus who drilled towards goal, it his Latvian defender and spun against the post and at the feet of captain Andy Aitken who slotted into an open net. Some awful defending saw Ayr go two up just six minutes later, a wild pass from Chris Mitchell just outside the box split the ICT defence and fell to Mark Roberts who rounded the advancing Esson to roll home beyond the lunging Bulvitis who attempted to clear off of the line. ICT immediately tried to pull back and a whipped Hayes free kick was just knocked wide by fellow Irishman Richie Foran. Just three minutes afterwards; Hayes was on the prowl down the right wing again and his cross was well controlled by Foran who laid the ball back to Russell Duncan to strike from 25 yards but his bullet was well saved by Grindlay.

The goal back did come just one minute before half time; Ayr never got the ball out of their own half and loyal right-back Ross Tokely bent in a cracking cross which evaded everybody in the penalty area apart from Richie Foran who knocked into the net for 2-1.

HALF TIME: 1-2 

ICT flew out in the second half and it was nearly an own goal that saw Terry Butcher’s side level. Another fantastic cross from Tokely was knocked towards goal by Aitken only for Grindlay to keep the ball out, and the referee judged it to have not crossed the line. ICT seemed to get closer and closer to that equalizer and when one of ICT’s thirteen corners found its way to Foran at the back post, they looked destined to get it. It was another whipped ball from Hayes to the near post where Rooney flicked onto Foran who nodded against the post, much to the despair of the ICT faithful. The goal finally came in the 64th minute, some smooth passing from ICT eventually found his way to the workhorse that is Jonny Hayes who curled home exquisitely past Grindlay for his sixth league goal of the season. But.... just a few minutes after, there was another setback from ICT the persistent chasing of Tam MacManus was put to good use, he raced after a long ball from the defence before rifling past Ryan Esson to give the Honest Men an undeserved lead. That meant that ICT were chasing the game again and it took a dubious penalty decision from the referee to give ICT a lifeline in the fourth minute of injury time. A lot of bottle is needed to step up for a last minute penalty, but this is the second time in a month Rooney has had to do this, and just like the Partick game a few weeks ago he blasted beyond Grindlay to gain a point on highland rivals Ross County who lost to Partick and to keep ICT’s 8 game unbeaten run intact.

Full Time 3-3

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee 24 13 8 3 34 20 14 47
2. Ross County 22 11 6 5 34 27 7 39
3. Inverness CT 23 10 8 5 39 25 14 38
4. Partick Thistle 25 11 5 9 39 31 8 38
5. Queen of the South 21 10 6 5 35 20 15 36
6. Dunfermline 23 9 6 8 33 29 4 33
7. Raith Rovers 20 7 5 8 20 25 -5 26
8. Morton 22 7 0 15 25 42 -17 21
9. Ayr United 21 3 7 11 16 34 -18 16
10. Airdrie United 21 2 5 14 18 40 -22 11