Ross County 0 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 20th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Victoria Park, Dingwall
Attendance: 5,928
Referee: Mike Tumilty
Ross County Inverness CT

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Team Managers
Derek Adams Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
David Proctor
Nauris Bulvitus
Russell Duncan
Lee Cox
Johnny Hayes
Adam Rooney
Eric Odhiambo

Di Giacamo
Kyle Allison
Robert Eagle
Daniel Stratford
Nick Ross
Dani Sanchez

Di Giacamo => Gardyne (71)
Wood => Vigurs (84)
Craig => Barrowman (89)
Robert Eagle for Nauris Bulvitus (46)
Dani Sanchez for Eric Odhiambo (82)

Morrison (58) Russell Duncan (4)
Ross Tokely (52)
Stuart Golabek (71)

Red Cards
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 62 apps -
Stuart Golabek 250 apps5 goals
Nauris Bulvitus 34 apps5 goals
David Proctor 125 apps8 goals
Ross Tokely 508 apps33 goals
Grant Munro 320 apps10 goals
Johnny Hayes 35 apps7 goals
Lee Cox 36 apps2 goals
Russell Duncan 315 apps9 goals
Adam Rooney 73 apps24 goals
Eric Odhiambo 26 apps3 goals
Robert Eagle (sub) 19 apps3 goals
Dani Sanchez (sub) 32 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lee Cox (19 years 272 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2011 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 335 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lee Cox (19 years 272 days)
Oldest Player:Dani Sanchez (2011 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 335 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Stuart Golabek played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

Derby Draw as gap closes:

It was Derby Day in the Highlands and County and Caley Thistle fought out a 0-0 draw. It was all County in the first half and they could have scored several times. ICT made more of a game of it in the second half but no-one could break the deadlock.

However, both teams could smile a little as leaders Dundee went down 3-0 to Airdrie at New Broomfield.

It's getting tight at the top now as the Dundee Juggernaut is running out of petrol.

Ultimately, a draw was a good result for both sides in Dingwall after Dundee's shock defeat at basement club Airdrie.

It was a close encounter with few clear cut chances for either side, and with other results working in our favour, apart from the Pars, both sides will be satisfied with a draw.

The first half was a very tight affair with little goalmouth action. It was County who nearly struck first after 20 minutes when ex Inverness striker Andy Barrowman put wide a decent chance from close range after a mistake in the Caley Thistle midfield. After that County dominated without creating a clear cut chance, although a free header went closer than Esson would have liked. He also palmed a vicious shot over as County pressed for the opener, while Inverness resorted to the long ball which failed miserably and made it a very poor half for the travelling spectators to watch. County keeper Michael McGovern didn't have to make save in a pretty poor first half.

Half Time: 0-0

Bulvitis stayed in the dressing room at half time with Robert Eagle being introduced to the fray. The second half was a better affair with Inverness looking far more dangerous playing the ball on the ground. Half chances were being created until around 20 minutes to play when half time substitute Robert Eagle cannoned a shot off the post. The ball was played in from Jonny Hayes who found Eagle at the back post and his sweetly struck shot from a tight angle hit the base of the post with the rebound just evading Adam Rooney to the anguish of the travelling support. As the game drew to a close it was the home side who pressed more looking for what would surely be a winner, they almost got it. County, piling players forward, whipped in a brilliant cross only for Di Giacamo to blaze high into the jail end when he should have hit the target. Some great last ditch defending in front of the Jail Enders ensured that the game finished goalless.

Full Time: 0-0

Overall it wasn't a great spectacle, it was a typical derby atmosphere and with the way other results went the draw will please both teams with the final part of the drama to be played on the 30th when County visit Inverness for the final derby of the season.

So, a point apiece was just about right, and with Dundee being humiliated by the Diamond's it wasn't such a bad day after all, and it was another good day at the office for Russelldinho as he showed the rest how a Derby Day should be handled despite an early booking.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee 27 13 10 4 37 26 11 49
2. Inverness CT 27 12 10 5 45 28 17 46
3. Dunfermline 28 13 7 8 43 33 10 46
4. Ross County 25 12 7 6 36 29 7 43
5. Queen of the South 25 11 6 8 38 29 9 39
6. Partick Thistle 28 11 5 12 39 34 5 38
7. Raith Rovers 24 8 5 11 24 31 -7 29
8. Ayr United 26 6 9 11 24 36 -12 27
9. Morton 26 9 0 17 28 46 -18 27
10. Airdrie United 26 3 7 16 24 46 -22 16