Inverness CT 3 - 0 Ross County

League Match
Saturday, March 15th, 1997, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 5,525
Referee: A Waddell
Inverness CT  Ross County

Goalscorers
Iain Stewart (44)
Brian Thomson (75)
Iain Stewart (76)
None.

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Jim Calder
Mike Noble
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Charlie Christie
Davie Ross
Mike Teasdale
Barry Wilson
Iain Stewart
Scott McLean
Hutchison
Farrell
Broddle
Williamson
Bellshaw
Gilbert
Ferries
Adams
Ross
Ferguson
McBain

Substitutes
Ross Tokely
Marco De Barros
Brian Thomson
Furphy
Connolly
Golabek

Substitutions
Brian Thomson for Scott McLean (53)
Marco De Barros for Barry Wilson (79)
Ross Tokely for Davie Ross (79)
Golabek => Broddle (78)

Bookings
Paul Cherry (99)
Scott McLean (99)
Williamson
Gilbert
Ferries

Red Cards
None. Sandy Ross
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 80 apps -
Richard Hastings 80 apps2 goals
Iain MacArthur 64 apps -
Paul Cherry 30 apps1 goal
Mike Noble 101 apps3 goals
Davie Ross 68 apps8 goals
Barry Wilson 28 apps4 goals
Mike Teasdale 59 apps5 goals
Charlie Christie 96 apps21 goals
Iain Stewart 77 apps49 goals
Scott McLean 23 apps9 goals
Ross Tokely (sub) 21 apps2 goals
Marco De Barros (sub) 15 apps -
Brian Thomson (sub) 44 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (19 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Scott McLean (1998 years 225 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 267 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (18 years 12 days)
Oldest Player:Scott McLean (1998 years 225 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 300 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A record crowd and a convincing win. A hectic first half saw few clear chances but a dismissal for Countys Sandy Ross following a bad tackle on Richard Hastings. The first half also saw 4 bookings and referee Andrew Waddell had his work cut out restoring order after Ross was sent off.

Just before the interval Iain Stewart made it 1-0 with a 15 yard deflected shot after a good run by Richard Hastings. Early in the second half Scott McLean was stretchered off with a bad leg injury and he was replaced by Brian Thomson - in 75 minutes Thomson made it 2-0 with a thundering drive from 15 yards after a cross from Iain Stewart.

Stewart himself made it 3-0 a minute later when he beat the offside trap and chipped it over Hutchison. The Inverness side are now 16 points clear and have played 18 league games without defeat. Promotion and the championship are only short steps away.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 29 20 6 3 59 27 32 66
2. Ross County 29 15 5 9 47 36 11 50
3. Forfar Athletic 29 13 9 7 58 42 16 48
4. Albion Rovers 29 12 8 9 41 35 6 44
5. Alloa Athletic 29 12 6 11 40 42 -2 42
6. Montrose 29 12 4 13 41 49 -8 40
7. Cowdenbeath 29 8 6 15 30 43 -13 30
8. Queens Park 29 7 8 14 39 45 -6 29
9. Arbroath 29 5 11 13 26 41 -15 26
10. East Stirlingshire 29 6 7 16 29 50 -21 25