Inverness CT 1 - 3 Dunfermline

League Match
Saturday, March 17th, 2007, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 4,447
Referee: Chris Boyle
Inverness CT  Dunfermline

Markus Paatelainen (23)
Glass (48)
McIntyre (61)
Glass (79pen)

Team Managers
Charlie Christie Stephen Kenny

Starting Eleven
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Stuart McCaffrey
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Markus Paatelainen
Graham Bayne
Gary McSwegan
De Vries
S. Morrison

Ally Ridgers
Richie Hart
Alan Morgan
Zander Sutherland
John Rankin
Rory McAllister
Craig Dargo
O. Morrison

Craig Dargo for Gary McSwegan (63)
John Rankin for Russell Duncan (64)
Harris -> Wilson (80)
Muirhead -> Hammill (86)

Ross Tokely (81)
McGuire (17)
S. Morrison (83)
McManus (84)

Red Cards
None. McManus (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stuart McCaffrey 182 apps6 goals
Richard Hastings 293 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 107 apps7 goals
Ross Tokely 397 apps28 goals
Roy McBain 259 apps15 goals
Russell Duncan 215 apps6 goals
Ian Black 68 apps1 goal
Markus Paatelainen 6 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson 305 apps79 goals
Gary McSwegan 10 apps -
Graham Bayne 97 apps16 goals
John Rankin (sub) 32 apps5 goals
Craig Dargo (sub) 61 apps29 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 16 days)
Oldest Player:Gary McSwegan (2008 years 229 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 0 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 16 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (2008 years 229 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 0 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Stephen Kenny will no doubt enjoy the rest of his St Patrick's day after this victory threw the Pars an SPL survival lifeline !!

The Dunfermline manager hadn't seen his side win in sixteen games but this victory had nothing to do with luck as the Pars broke that unenviable record convincingly. Surprisingly enough, this was also Dunfermline's first ever SPL victory against ICT. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot provides the official report from the game.


Bitter disappointment for Caley Thistle but all credit to Dunfermline for a spirited second half fight back. It was 1-0 to ICT at half time and all looked well. Dunfermline scored two goals in the second half then a very controversial penalty award led to a third and the match was over.

Dunfermline are almost down and out of the SPL but more victories like this and all that could change. ICT’s defeat means that a top six finish is impossible and the SPL split is finally decided.

With Grant Munro still suspended Stuart McCaffrey again partnered Darren Dods in central defence. Markus Paatelainen continued in midfield instead of the injured Roy McBain and Gary McSwegan started up front. Craig Dargo came back from injury to a bench spot and he came on for 27 minutes.

Charlie Christie was scathing in his appraisal: "The players have to take responsibility for performances like that along with myself, we like to take the plaudits when we do well so we must take the brunt of it when we don't do well."

A bitterly cold wind dominated the day but Caley Thistle started well. In six minutes strong shots from Ian Black and Gary McSwegan were blocked then four minutes later danger was averted at the other end by Stuart McCaffrey’s timely tackle on Adam Hammill.

In 19 minutes a Barry Wilson free kick from 25 yards deflected off the wall and Graham Bayne just failed to touch it past Dorus De Vries. The opening goal came in 23 minutes when a Ross Tokely high ball from the right bounced about in the box before Paatelainen blasted it in from 12 yards. Despite continuing to dominate the home side could not find another goal – an angled Ian Black snap shot was taken well by De Vries in 36 minutes then the keeper tipped over a Wilson cross just before the break.

Half Time: 1-0

Just two minutes into the second half Dunfermline came right back into it. A Jim O’Brien cross was volleyed past Mike Fraser from 15 yards by Stephen Glass with the home defence absent. Another O’Brien cross was deflected to Jim McIntyre on the hour mark and he touched it in from close range for 2-1.

A Paatelainen ball from the left was tipped over by De Vries in 76 minutes as Caley Thistle tried to claw their way back into the game. The final nail in the coffin came two minutes later when Hammill went down in a clash with Hastings on the edge of the box. The home fans were livid when the referee pointed to the spot. Glass ignored the controversy and hit low into the net despite Mike Fraser guessing correctly and getting a hand to it.

In 83 minutes the controversy moved to the other end when Wilson was brought down by Scott Morrison – Wilson landed in the box but the offence was decreed to have happened just outside. The scoring was over but not the drama. A minute over time Tom McManus came in heavily on Black and a straight red was shown.

Full Time: 1-3

It made no difference as the match was effectively over. Caley Thistle moved to eighth and Dunfermline gained three points on the rest of lower teams.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 23 5 2 57 23 34 74
2. Rangers 31 18 7 6 52 24 28 61
3. Aberdeen 31 16 6 9 42 28 14 54
4. Hearts 31 13 9 9 38 30 8 48
5. Hibernian 30 12 7 11 48 34 14 43
6. Kilmarnock 30 12 7 11 41 46 -5 43
7. Dundee Utd 31 9 9 13 34 50 -16 36
8. Inverness CT 31 8 10 13 34 43 -9 34
9. Falkirk 30 10 3 17 36 41 -5 33
10. Motherwell 30 9 6 15 33 47 -14 33
11. St. Mirren 30 5 11 14 23 43 -20 26
12. Dunfermline 31 4 8 19 18 47 -29 20