Aberdeen 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 10,300
Referee: Mike McCurry
Aberdeen Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Lovell (90) John Rankin (86)

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Langfield
Hart
Anderson
Foster
Nicolson
Severin
Clark
Brewster
Maguire
Miller
Mackie
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne

Bench
Considine
Dempsey
Lovell
Touzani
Donald
Smith
Soutar
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Ian Black
Alan Morgan
Rory McAllister
Craig Dargo

Substitutions
Considine -> Brewster (44)
Dempsey -> Maguire (46)
Lovell -> Miller (79)
Craig Dargo for Dennis Wyness (81)
Stuart McCaffrey for Barry Wilson (89)

Bookings
Lovell (90) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 203 apps -
Richard Hastings 284 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 98 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 388 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 194 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 252 apps14 goals
Barry Wilson 296 apps77 goals
John Rankin 24 apps5 goals
Russell Duncan 206 apps5 goals
Graham Bayne 88 apps14 goals
Dennis Wyness 212 apps94 goals
Stuart McCaffrey (sub) 180 apps6 goals
Craig Dargo (sub) 59 apps28 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 318 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Wyness (2008 years 166 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 302 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 318 days)
Oldest Player:Ian Black (2008 years 166 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 302 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This match was Caley Thistle's 100th SPL game and a first ever victory over the Dons was the hope. John Rankin appeared to have achieved this when he scored in the 86th minute but Steve Lovell equalised in the 3rd minute of injury time to salvage a point for the Dons.

ABERDEEN 1-1 ICT

As the 100th SPL match played by Caley Thistle this was a milestone, but a second was just missed as once more Aberdeen’s scalp proved elusive.

For the third time this season the teams drew 1-1 and, as in November, both goals were late on with Stevie Lovell saving the Dons in the last minute. This time the equaliser was well into added time after John Rankin had made it 1-0 with four minutes of normal time left – this was the club’s 777th league goal and the 118th in the SPL.

Richard Hastings was fit again so it was back to ICT’s familiar 4-4-2 formation and Craig Dargo moved to the bench. Aberdeen were missing the suspended Zander Diamond but Craig Brewster made his first start against his former club. It was to be a dismal afternoon for Brewster as he left the field with a dislocated shoulder just before half time and will be out for an extended period.

Wild weather throughout Scotland caused a number of postponements but this game went ahead despite a gale-force wind. Barry Nicholson shot over in 11 minutes for Aberdeen then Dennis Wyness had the first chance for ICT in 16 minutes when he hit from 25 yards but Jamie Langfield saved with little trouble.

Wyness headed over seven minutes later then Graham Bayne shot over. In 26 minutes Barry Wilson appeared to be brought down by Langfield after a mix up between the ‘keeper and Michael Hart but the referee waved play on despite strong protests from the visitors. Just before half time a Wilson free kick curled past the wall and over the bar. Brewster then sustained his shoulder injury and had to head for hospital.

Half Time: 0-0

At the interval he was replaced by Andrew Considine and Gary Dempsey also replaced Christopher Maguire. Aberdeen were looking for a penalty when Lee Miller went down in the box but once more Mike McCurry made no award. Rankin curled a long range shot wide then in 66 minutes Bayne hit over following a Rankin corner.

Bayne was the provider in 86 minutes when he stroked the ball into the path of Rankin and he hit past Langfield from 18 yards to make it 1-0. This was no more than the visitors deserved but it was not enough. With nearly three minutes of added time on the clock, substitute Lovell came to the Dons rescue when he lobbed over Mark Brown to make it 1-1. This was a bitter blow for Caley Thistle who richly deserved all three points.

Full Time: 1-1

There was no time for a comeback as the whistle went before the match could even restart. Caley Thistle remain eighth on 28 points and Aberdeen stay third on 39.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 23 17 5 1 43 17 26 56
2. Rangers 24 12 6 6 40 22 18 42
3. Aberdeen 24 11 6 7 31 22 9 39
4. Hearts 23 10 7 6 32 22 10 37
5. Hibernian 23 9 6 8 42 28 14 33
6. Falkirk 24 10 3 11 33 30 3 33
7. Kilmarnock 23 8 6 9 31 38 -7 30
8. Inverness CT 24 6 10 8 26 33 -7 28
9. Dundee Utd 24 7 6 11 28 47 -19 27
10. Motherwell 23 7 4 12 29 39 -10 25
11. St. Mirren 23 5 8 10 21 32 -11 23
12. Dunfermline 24 3 5 16 13 39 -26 14