Inverness CT 2 - 0 Aberdeen

League Match
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 6,144
Referee: Calum Murray
Inverness CT  Aberdeen

Johnny Hayes (19)
Adam Rooney (61)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Mark McGhee

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Russell Duncan
Johnny Hayes
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Stuart Duff
Adam Rooney
Richie Foran
Eric Odhiambo
Mark Howard
Rory McArdle
Andrew Considine
Zander Diamond
Jerel Ifil
Derek Young
Ryan Jack
Yoann Folly
Scott Vernon
Darren Mackie
Josh Magennis

Jonny Tuffey
Stuart Golabek
Roy McBain
Gavin Morrison
Gil Blumenshtein
Shane Sutherland
Jamie Langfield
Joe Shaughnessy
Dean Jarvis
Hallur Hansson
Michael Paton
Mitchel Megginson

Shane Sutherland for Johnny Hayes (87)
Roy McBain for Eric Odhiambo (90)
Gavin Morrison for Russell Duncan (90)
Michael Paton => Derek Young(51)
Mitchel Megginson => Josh Magennis(58)
Dean Jarvis => Mitchel Megginson(74)

Ross Tokely (73)
Yoann Folly (37)
Rory McArdle (42)

Red Cards
None. Michael Paton (67)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 79 apps -
Ross Tokely 525 apps34 goals
Grant Munro 338 apps13 goals
Johnny Hayes 53 apps11 goals
Graeme Shinnie 7 apps -
Nick Ross 22 apps1 goal
Stuart Duff 7 apps -
Russell Duncan 331 apps10 goals
Adam Rooney 91 apps39 goals
Eric Odhiambo 44 apps10 goals
Richie Foran 61 apps19 goals
Gavin Morrison (sub) 6 apps1 goal
Roy McBain (sub) 342 apps19 goals
Shane Sutherland (sub) 10 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (23 years 91 days)
Oldest Player:Adam Rooney (2012 years 64 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 192 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Shane Sutherland (19 years 349 days)
Oldest Player:Gil Blumenshtein (2012 years 64 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 108 days
Domestic Players:17 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Caley Thistle achieved a rare home win today with goals from Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney.

This was Caley Thistle's first ever home win in the league against Aberdeen and moves the Caley Jags into the top half of the table. Aberdeen were well beaten in the end and can have no complaints about the result which matches the only other win for Inverness over the Dons.

Davie seems to have enjoyed his day out, here are his views on the Dismal Dons.

"This club can go as far as it wants" ICT 2 Aberdeen 0 If, after 2 minutes of this game, you had asked me for a report I would have said no. I was hiding under my seat, head in hands. Diamond had just buried a header from a free kick after our first important defensive intervention from Munro in 17 seconds. Followed by a corner in 40 seconds, it looked ominous. Disallowed, either through offside (didn't see) or a push on Munro (did see) that was in truth as close as Aberdeen were ever allowed to get. Our first chance fell to Rooney in 4 minutes, bringing a smart save from Howard and the pattern was set. Playing a 4-4-2, Rooney and Odhiambo won every ball played to them. Rooney, in particular won so many flicks and headers that someone was bound to profit eventually, especially given Odi's pace and Ross and Foran's support through the inside channels. Esson, meanwhile, saved well from Mackie. All of this might have resulted in a close, tense encounter but for Jonny Hayes. Runs in 10, 12 and 17 minutes took Considine apart, and there was a sublime moment where Hayes caught the ball mid flight on the far touch line, trapped it on the bounce and turned leaving Considine for dead. It was no surprise that Caley Jags took the lead in 19 minutes and even less of a surprise that it was scored by Hayes after a run that beat a couple of defenders. The fact that it was a cross mattered little, and Jonny looked suitably embarrassed in his celebrations. Another good chance from a Hayes cross was spurned when Rooney and Odi got in each other's way. Half time approached with a couple of bookings for Aberdeen, but little else of note.

Half Time: Inverness CT 1- Aberdeen 0

The second half burst into life when Rooney outmuscled the hirsute Ifil and shot narrowly wide. Scoring really did look easier, Adam. Considine replied for Aberdeen with a shot that drifted wide and Aberdeen changed things with a couple of substitutions. This resulted in a wee period of pressure that was abruptly ended in 60 minutes after a decent header from Vernon. Esson saved, hoisted the ball to the opposite penalty box whereupon Zander Diamond contrived to make an absolute hash of an attempted chest back to his keeper. Rooney, who had intervened again, duly poked home the world's slowest deft wee chip. I thought it would never cross the line, Diamond hoped it wouldn't. 2-0, and the game was effectively over. The ending of the game as a contest didn't stop the controversy though. In 65 minutes, just after nearly scoring a spectacular own goal, Hayes tackled Paton, who then stamped on him. Red card. Scott Leitch was less than impressed, and got a talking to from Referee Murray for his troubles. His day went from bad to worse shortly after, when Megginson suffered a bad looking injury after a Rossco challenge that flattened him. Rossco got yellow, but in truth was lucky. Red would not have been an unwarranted result. The game could have got ugly after that, but instead it petered out, Sutherland, Morrison and McBain making fleeting but welcome appearances. It could still have been 3 apart from a last minute recovery tackle on Rooney from Ifil.

Full Time: Inverness CT 2 Aberdeen 0

This was as comprehensive a win against Aberdeen as we are likely to see, and a fitting way to get the "never won against them" and the "still got to win at home" monkeys off the back. Aberdeen were, in their injury affected state, toothless and McGhee has a major task with them which he failed to address In a pretty graceless after match interview. That he was in the stand, surrounded by his grim faced Board told it's own story. Scott Leitch offered nothing and the one person who looked like a true leader for them was Hartley. Next manager? Final word, though, goes to the twelfth man. Tremendous support from all parts of the ground, and didn't TB sound chuffed. I was. If you are interested, the quote at the top was from TB in an interview on Alba at half time. It was the only bit I understood!

Match report written by davie


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 7 7 0 0 16 3 13 21
2. Rangers 7 7 0 0 18 6 12 21
3. Motherwell 7 4 1 2 11 6 5 13
4. Dundee Utd 7 3 2 2 8 12 -4 11
5. Inverness CT 7 3 1 3 10 7 3 10
6. Hearts 7 2 2 3 10 10 0 8
7. Aberdeen 7 2 1 4 9 10 -1 7
8. Kilmarnock 7 2 1 4 8 10 -2 7
9. St. Johnstone 7 2 1 4 6 8 -2 7
10. Hibernian 7 1 2 4 6 12 -6 5
11. Hamilton Academical 7 1 2 4 6 16 -10 5
12. St. Mirren 7 1 1 5 6 14 -8 4