St. Mirren 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, May 19th, 2007, 12:30 PM at Love Street, Paisley
Attendance: 4,834
Referee: Dougie McDonald
St. Mirren Inverness CT

None. Stuart McCaffrey (74)

Team Managers
Gus MacPherson Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Van Zanten
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart McCaffrey
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Ian Black
Zander Sutherland
Rory McAllister
Craig Dargo

Ally Ridgers
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
John Rankin
Markus Paatelainen
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne

MacKay -> Malone (46)
Burke -> Millen (76)
Kean -> Sutton (80)
Graham Bayne for Craig Dargo (72)
Dennis Wyness for Rory McAllister (73)
Barry Wilson for Richie Hart (84)

Mehmet (50)
Murray (83)
Grant Munro (70)
Zander Sutherland (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 20 apps -
Grant Munro 208 apps5 goals
Ross Tokely 401 apps28 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 188 apps7 goals
Richard Hastings 300 apps3 goals
Ian Black 71 apps1 goal
Russell Duncan 221 apps6 goals
Zander Sutherland 6 apps -
Richie Hart 157 apps16 goals
Rory McAllister 46 apps4 goals
Craig Dargo 67 apps32 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 310 apps79 goals
Dennis Wyness (sub) 215 apps94 goals
Graham Bayne (sub) 104 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 79 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2008 years 292 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 43 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 79 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 292 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 63 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Richard Hastings made his 300th competitive appearance for the Club.

Stuart McCaffrey started this game in place of the departing Darren Dods and it was his goal that proved to be the winner - his first of the season - in this low key affair. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot reports on the game from Love St

This match could have been vital to St Mirren’s SPL survival but that was guaranteed last week and so today was all about pride and league places.

Heavy rain and high winds spoiled the spectacle and it took a rare Stuart McCaffrey goal to separate the sides. McCaffrey came in for Darren Dods who made his final appearance for ICT on the bench. He was joined by Dennis Wyness on his return from long-term injury. Roy McBain dropped out through injury, Zander Sutherland made his first start of the season, Rory McAllister partnered Craig Dargo up front and Grant Munro was captain.

Richard Hastings made his 300th appearance, the day after he turned 30. It was an emotional day for St Mirren captain Kirk Broadfoot as he played his last match before joining Rangers in the summer.

The kick-off for all SPL matches was brought forward to 1230 to avoid a clash with the Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup final at the revamped Wembley. Russell Duncan was first to try for goal in three minutes but Chris Smith saved easily. Saints then had some good possession which resulted in Hugh Murray and Billy Mehmet both heading wide. Smith saved from Sutherland in 13 minutes then McAllister struck wide. Dargo also hit wide either side of the half hour mark before John Sutton did the same at the other end after an excellent through ball from Andy Millen. In first half added time Dargo was through into the St Mirren box before Alan Reid stepped in with a timely sliding tackle.

Half Time: 0-0

Caley Thistle had by the better of the second half and Smith did well to save a Hastings free kick in 54 minutes and to tip over a deflected Ian Black long-range shot in 63 minutes. With 20 minutes left Grant Munro brought down Mark Corcoran as he headed for goal and the home crowd shouted for a red card – the referee did not deem it to be a ‘last man’ tackle and the card was yellow.

The goal that proved to be the winner came four minutes later from a Richie Hart lob into the St Mirren box. The normally reliable Chris Smith came out but failed to collect and McCaffrey sent a looping header into the net from six yards out for his first goal of the season. This spurred St Mirren on and they had a good spell of attacking football but could not make it count.

There was a real chance two minutes into added time when Broadfoot sent a ball into the box and Alex Burke bravely dived to head goalwards from 12 yards – Mike Fraser saved well and the whistle went to end the season.

Full Time: 0-1

Caley Thistle finished an excellent eighth in the SPL with Graham Bayne the only player to feature in every match and Craig Dargo top goalscorer with ten. With a job well done it was time for a rest then reassembly in late June for pre-season training and a return to the Italian sun.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 26 6 5 64 32 32 84
2. Rangers 37 21 9 7 61 30 31 72
3. Aberdeen 37 18 8 11 53 38 15 62
4. Hearts 37 17 10 10 47 34 13 61
5. Kilmarnock 37 15 7 15 46 54 -8 52
6. Falkirk 38 15 5 18 49 47 2 50
7. Hibernian 37 12 10 15 54 45 9 46
8. Inverness CT 38 11 13 14 42 48 -6 46
9. Dundee Utd 38 10 12 16 40 59 -19 42
10. Motherwell 38 10 8 20 41 61 -20 38
11. St. Mirren 38 8 12 18 31 51 -20 36
12. Dunfermline 38 8 8 22 26 55 -29 32