Motherwell 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, February 17th, 2007, 3:00 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 4,258
Referee: Mike Tumilty
Motherwell Inverness CT

McDonald (45) None.

Team Managers
Maurice Malpas Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
G. Smith
D. Smith
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister

Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Ian Black
Alan Morgan
Markus Paatelainen
Gary McSwegan

McCormack -> Clarkson (75)
McGarry -> D. Smith (85)
Ian Black for Russell Duncan (70)
Markus Paatelainen for John Rankin (72)
Gary McSwegan for Rory McAllister (75)

Clarkson (23)
McDonald (80)
Rory McAllister (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 10 apps -
Richard Hastings 289 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 103 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 393 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 199 apps5 goals
Russell Duncan 211 apps6 goals
Barry Wilson 301 apps78 goals
Roy McBain 257 apps15 goals
John Rankin 29 apps5 goals
Rory McAllister 40 apps3 goals
Graham Bayne 93 apps15 goals
Ian Black (sub) 64 apps1 goal
Markus Paatelainen (sub) 3 apps -
Gary McSwegan (sub) 6 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 353 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (2008 years 201 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 337 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 353 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (2008 years 201 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 337 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Scott McDonald scored on the stroke of half-time to give Motherwell their first ever win against Caley Thistle at Fir Park.
Overall, Well probably deserved the win and Caley Thistle's once fearsome away record continues to crumble - its now 9 away league games without victory!!!

Club Historian Ian Broadfoot supplies the official report from this game.

MOTHERWELL 1-0 Inverness CT

Motherwell’s Fir Park has been a happy hunting ground for Caley Thistle since reaching the SPL but not today. A single Scott McDonald goal on the stroke of half time was enough to give the Steelmen victory despite a second half comeback by the visitors.

"There was a lack of composure with some of the chances missed and I think in games like today you really see the value of Craig Dargo and Dennis Wyness" - Charlie Christie speaking on Official Site.

Christie retained the same starting eleven as last week which meant that, with Craig Dargo still injured – and Dennis Wyness out for the rest of the season – Rory McAllister partnered Graham Bayne up front. Mike Fraser continued to make the goalkeeping position his own in a display that saw him just pipped for the BBC ‘Man of the Match’ accolade by Mark Reynolds.

Motherwell’s David Clarkson had the first attempt on goal in the second minute but his header from Jim Paterson’s cross went past the post. At the other end Barry Wilson hit wide in eight minutes then Clarkson had a shot well blocked by Mike Fraser.

Scott McDonald fired wide in 14 minutes then in 23 minutes Clarkson went down in the Caley Thistle box while chasing a through ball with Fraser – Clarkson was booked for diving. Caley Thistle’s hopes of soaking up the pressure until half time were dashed just as the fourth official signalled one added minute of time. A high Danny Murphy free kick from the left edge of the box eluded the central defenders and McDonald headed home from six yards.

Half Time: 1-0

Despite this blow Caley Thistle came out in the second half in a determined mood but just could not find that accurate final touch. Rory McAllister hit off target in 50 and 56 minutes then in 64 minutes Graeme Smith took two attempts to gather a John Rankin volley.

In 70 minutes McAllister had another chance following a free kick but he hit just wide. With ten minutes left Mike Fraser did well to block a shot from substitute Ross McCormack and keep his side in the game. At the other end a Darren Dods header was cleared from the danger area by Stephen Craigan.

Eight minutes from time ICT substitutes Gary McSwegan and Markus Paatelainen combined but Graeme Smith did well to block the Finn’s shot. The visitors continued to press for an equaliser but it did not come and Motherwell took the points.

Full Time: 1-0

Eighth place was retained but on goal difference from Motherwell (who have two games in hand) and Dundee United who play Hibs on Sunday.

Dundee Utd V Hibs finished goalless so ICT slip to 9th and DUFC move up to eighth.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 28 22 5 1 55 21 34 71
2. Rangers 27 14 7 6 44 23 21 49
3. Aberdeen 27 13 6 8 37 24 13 45
4. Hearts 28 12 9 7 36 25 11 45
5. Hibernian 27 11 6 10 46 32 14 39
6. Kilmarnock 28 10 7 11 36 44 -8 37
7. Falkirk 27 10 3 14 34 35 -1 33
8. Inverness CT 28 7 10 11 30 37 -7 31
9. Motherwell 26 9 4 13 32 42 -10 31
10. Dundee Utd 27 8 7 12 29 48 -19 31
11. St. Mirren 27 5 9 13 23 41 -18 24
12. Dunfermline 28 3 7 18 14 44 -30 16