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17.02.2007 @ 15:00 Fir Park, Motherwell Attendance: 4258
1 - 0
Inverness CT
Referee: Mike Tumilty League-match

McDonald (45) None.
Starting Lineup
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 -> Russell Duncan (70)
Markus Paatelainen -> John Rankin (72)
Gary McSwegan -> Rory McAllister (75)
Yellow cards
Clarkson (23)
McDonald (80)
Rory McAllister (69)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
10 Shots 10
5 Shots on goal 6
4 Offsides 1
11 Corner kicks 1
16 Free kicks 19
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
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.

Charlie 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.

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