Inverness CT 0 - 2 Queen of the South

Challenge Cup - Rd 1
Wednesday, August 13th, 1997, 7:30 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 944
Inverness CT  Queen of the South

None. Flannigan (54)
Rowe (59)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Les Fridge
Mike Noble
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Vetle Andersen
Davie Ross
Mike Teasdale
Barry Wilson
Iain Stewart
Brian Thomson

Charlie Christie
Neil MacCuish
Wayne Addicoat

Charlie Christie for Mike Noble (62)
Wayne Addicoat for Brian Thomson (73)
Alexander => Flannigan (86)
Aitken => McKeown (89)
Weir => Townsley (90)

Barry Wilson (60)
Vetle Andersen (60)
Wayne Addicoat (75)
Charlie Christie (80)
McKeown ( )
Irving ( )
Clelland ( )

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Les Fridge (GK) 4 apps -
Paul Cherry 41 apps2 goals
Iain MacArthur 73 apps -
Richard Hastings 90 apps2 goals
Vetle Andersen 4 apps -
Mike Noble 110 apps3 goals
Davie Ross 78 apps9 goals
Barry Wilson 39 apps6 goals
Mike Teasdale 70 apps5 goals
Iain Stewart 88 apps53 goals
Brian Thomson 55 apps19 goals
Charlie Christie (sub) 107 apps22 goals
Wayne Addicoat (sub) 18 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (20 years 92 days)
Oldest Player:Vetle Andersen (33 years 123 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 273 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Neil MacCuish (16 years 354 days)
Oldest Player:Vetle Andersen (33 years 123 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 124 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Thunder, lightning and heavy rain threatened the postponement of this game but it went ahead and the rain continued for the whole game. The pitch stood up well to the soaking but not so the home side.

The first half was even with few chances created. Queens should have scored in 10 minutes - a short Paul Cherry back pass set up Stephen Mallan but he hit it weakly past the post.

The best home effort was a low Brian Thomson shot from 25 yards in 27 minutes but Mathieson saved well.

Queens took control in the second half and were rewarded with a goal in 54 minutes. Mark Clelland sent a low shot across goal and Les Fridge could not hold it - Craig Flannigan was on hand to score easily. Two minutes later only a last gasp Iain MacArthur tackle robbed Flannigan of number two.

The home defence began to crack and in 59 minutes they gave Mallan too much space - he passed to George Rowe who stroked it home from close range. In 65 minutes it should have been three but Fridge saved well from Flannigan at point blank range.

The home side fought back and shots from Mike Teasdale and Charlie Christie went past the post in 71 and 75 minutes. Their best chance was three minutes from time when an Iain Stewart pass into the box set up Richard Hastings - the Inverness sides best player - but his 10 yard shot was well saved by Mathieson. Queens deserved their victory and the long journey home was a happy one despite the monsoon conditions.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot