Ross County 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 16th, 1996, 3:00 PM at Victoria Park, Dingwall
Attendance: 3,670
Referee: R Tait
Ross County Inverness CT

Goalscorers
A. MacLeod (25)
Grant (80)
Mark McAllister (86)

Team Managers
Unknown. Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Hutchison
Somerville
MacKay
Herd
Bellshaw
Furphy
Ferries
A. McLeod
Milne
Bradshaw
Golabek
Jim Calder
Mike Noble
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
John Scott
Graeme Bennett
Charlie Christie
Davie Ross
Mike Teasdale
Alan Hercher
Iain Stewart

Bench
Grant
McFee
Watt
Mark McAllister
Dave McGinlay
Brian Thomson

Substitutions
Grant => Bradshaw (53)
McFee => Ferries (85)
Brian Thomson for Iain Stewart (63)
Mark McAllister for Davie Ross (69)
Dave McGinlay for Mike Teasdale (69)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 39 apps -
Richard Hastings 46 apps2 goals
Mike Noble 60 apps1 goal
Iain MacArthur 23 apps -
Charlie Christie 57 apps15 goals
Davie Ross 33 apps5 goals
Mike Teasdale 18 apps3 goals
John Scott 56 apps6 goals
Graeme Bennett 52 apps3 goals
Alan Hercher 55 apps17 goals
Iain Stewart 35 apps22 goals
Dave McGinlay (sub) 19 apps -
Mark McAllister (sub) 53 apps5 goals
Brian Thomson (sub) 18 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (18 years 307 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Calder (35 years 330 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 243 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (18 years 307 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Calder (35 years 330 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 217 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A lacklustre display by the visitors and County deserved to win. The first chance fell to the visitors when Stewart played a one-two with Hercher but his close range shot was well saved. Seven minutes later Bradshaw was through but the ball was snatched by Calder. At the other end Somerville cleared a Stewart shot off the line.

In 25 minutes County took the lead when Andy MacLeod took a Ferries pass and drove the ball past Calder. Close to half time a Scott corner fell to Noble but he blasted it over.

From the restart it was nearly 2-0 when a curling 25 yard drive from Milne was well held by Calder. In 80 minutes the visitors were caught on the counter-attack when Grant scored from a Milne pass. The visitors gained a consolation goal in the 86th minute - John Scott drove the ball through the County defence and McAllister thumped it home. A minute later Caley Thistle had a penalty claim turned down when MacKay appeared to handle.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 29 17 6 6 41 20 21 57
2. Brechin City 29 15 8 6 34 15 19 53
3. Ross County 29 11 15 3 49 30 19 48
4. Inverness CT 29 12 10 7 56 30 26 46
5. Arbroath 29 11 9 9 36 35 1 42
6. Cowdenbeath 29 10 5 14 40 48 -8 35
7. Queens Park 29 8 10 11 32 38 -6 34
8. East Stirlingshire 28 8 7 13 43 54 -11 31
9. Alloa Athletic 29 5 9 15 23 50 -27 24
10. Albion Rovers 28 6 3 19 30 64 -34 21