Inverness CT 3 - 0 Hibernian

League Match
Sunday, January 21st, 2007, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 4,577
Referee: William Collum
Inverness CT  Hibernian

Goalscorers
Craig Dargo (20)
Roy McBain (30)
Barry Wilson (42)
None.

Team Managers
Charlie Christie John Collins

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Craig Dargo
McNeil
Whittaker
Jones
Hogg
Stewart
Murphy
Scott Brown
Thomson
Beuzelin
Benjelloun
Campbell

Substitutes
Jonathon Smith
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Ian Black
Markus Paatelainen
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister
McCann
Fletcher
Stevenson
Sproule
Glass
Martis
Simon Brown

Substitutions
Graham Bayne for Craig Dargo (70)
Ian Black for Russell Duncan (78)
Markus Paatelainen for Barry Wilson (81)
Fletcher -> Thomson (46)
Stevenson -> Beuzelin(46)
Sproule -> Campbell(46)

Bookings
None. Hogg (28)
Brown (74)
Jones (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 6 apps -
Richard Hastings 285 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 99 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 389 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 195 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 253 apps15 goals
Russell Duncan 207 apps5 goals
John Rankin 25 apps5 goals
Barry Wilson 297 apps78 goals
Dennis Wyness 213 apps94 goals
Craig Dargo 60 apps29 goals
Markus Paatelainen (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Ian Black (sub) 62 apps1 goal
Graham Bayne (sub) 89 apps14 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (2008 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 310 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 310 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Markus Paatelainen(Signed )

Milestones

A first half three-goal blitz gave Caley Thistle a well deserved win against a Hibs side that surprisingly created very little. The Hibs/Aberdeen cup tie on Thursday led to this game being postponed by 24 hours as John Collins brought his side to Inverness for the first time. He was without the injured Chris Killen and Merouane Zemmama but, despite a doubt, Michael Stewart played.

With Mark Brown having left for Celtic, the ICT goalkeeping position was wide open for the patient Mike Fraser to step in after 165 bench slots, two starts and three substitute appearances. He handled everything confidently but was never seriously troubled. New signing Markus Paatelainen from Cowdenbeath was on the bench and came on for the last ten minutes.

The first 45 minutes were some of the best ever seen at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium as the home side swept forward and Hibs did not know what had hit them.

In six minutes John Rankin robbed Steven Whittaker on the left, sent the ball across goal and Barry Wilson shot from an angle but Andrew McNeil got a touch and just managed to claw it back before it trickled over the line. McNeil spilled a Wilson shot two minutes later but Craig Dargo's follow up touch went past.

The lively Abdessalam Benjelloun (Benji) was through on the right in 11 minutes but Darren Dods blocked for a corner. Rankin shot over in 18 minutes then two minutes later the deserved opening arrived.

The creator was Dennis Wyness who intercepted on the right then found Craig Dargo 15 yards out and he hit it first time into the net with the outside of his right foot as McNeil scrambled back in vain.

On the half hour mark it was 2-0 when Ross Tokely intercepted down the right wing, slipped it to Roy McBain in the centre and he sent it neatly past the helpless McNeil for his second goal of the season.

The closest Hibs came in the first half was when Scott Brown netted in 34 minutes but the whistle for offside had long gone. With three minutes of the first half remaining Barry Wilson brought the home crowd to its feet when he sent a tremendous 25 yard angled shot past McNeil from the right to make it 3-0.

It was all change after the break as Hibs threw on three substitutes in an attempt to retrieve something from the game. They pushed hard for 20 minutes but the home defence held firm. In 62 minutes there was a moment of alarm as a Steven Fletcher free kick seemed on target but Fraser saw it safely past the post.

At the other end a Wyness shot was charged down by Chris Hogg in 64 minutes then a Ross Tokely effort was deflected for a corner. The only black spot of the afternoon came in 70 minutes when Craig Dargo dislocated his shoulder after a simple challenge and he was replaced by Graham Bayne.

With four minutes left Mike Fraser punched clear a David Murphy shot then an Ian Black 25 yard drive went wide at the other end. The last action was a long range attempt by Graham Bayne but it was wide of the mark. A fine victory for Charlie Christie's men, eighth place retained and the top six within sight.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 25 19 5 1 50 19 31 62
2. Rangers 25 13 6 6 41 22 19 45
3. Hearts 25 11 7 7 34 24 10 40
4. Aberdeen 24 11 6 7 31 22 9 39
5. Hibernian 25 10 6 9 44 31 13 36
6. Falkirk 25 10 3 12 33 31 2 33
7. Kilmarnock 25 9 6 10 32 40 -8 33
8. Inverness CT 25 7 10 8 29 33 -4 31
9. Dundee Utd 25 7 6 12 28 48 -20 27
10. Motherwell 23 7 4 12 29 39 -10 25
11. St. Mirren 24 5 8 11 22 37 -15 23
12. Dunfermline 25 3 5 17 13 40 -27 14