East Fife 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 25th, 1998, 3:00 PM at Bayview Park, Methil
Attendance: 454
Referee: K Toner
East Fife Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Brian Thomson (9)

Team Managers
Jimmy Bone Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Andy Stewart
Jason Strathdee
Richard Gibb
Robert Prytz
George Johnston
Innes Ritchie
Matt Dyer
Kenny Gillies
Kenny Munro
Paul Ronald
Gilbert Allan
Jim Calder
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Vetle Andersen
Mark McCulloch
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
Iain Stewart
Brian Thomson

Bench
Steve Kirk
Paul Roberts
Dave Fisher
Barry Wilson
Barry Robson
Scott McLean

Substitutions
Kirk -> Munro (69)
Roberts -> Ronald (69)
Fisher -> Gibb (84)
Barry Wilson for Iain MacArthur (75)

Bookings
None. Iain MacArthur
Vetle Andersen

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 111 apps -
Vetle Andersen 38 apps -
Iain MacArthur 91 apps -
Mark McCulloch 35 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 128 apps2 goals
Paul Cherry 74 apps10 goals
Paul Sheerin 18 apps4 goals
Charlie Christie 118 apps22 goals
Mike Teasdale 94 apps8 goals
Brian Thomson 92 apps33 goals
Iain Stewart 119 apps71 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 74 apps15 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (20 years 347 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 266 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 196 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (20 years 347 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 266 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 21 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This was an important result for the Inverness side - relegation worries were eased but not extinguished. It was a hard fought match which could have gone either way. Caley Thistle keeper Jim Calder was in excellent form. East Fife could have taken the lead in the first minute when Matt Dyer raced down the wing and centred for Gilbert Allan - he stumbled at the vital moment. The only goal came in the 9th minute from Brian Thomson. A Mike Teasdale run and cross caused problems for the defence - the ball rebounded off keeper Andy Stewart to Thomson and he scored easily from 1 yard. George Johnston brought out a brilliant Calder save with a bullet header after a Robert Prytz free kick. Matt Dyer was through on Calder in 35 minutes but the keeper stopped the ball with his legs. The visitors had two chances just after the interval. In 47 minutes Stewart and Thomson set up Paul Cherry but his shot sailed over. In 56 minutes Stewart was one-on-one with the keeper but hesitated and Johnston slid in to concede a corner. East Fife piled on the pressure but the defence held its ground. Gilbert Allan struck the outside of Calder's post after the keeper ran out of his goal and slipped. Two late East Fife efforts were cleared off the line and the Inverness side held on.



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 34 16 11 7 55 36 19 59
2. Clydebank 34 15 11 8 41 29 12 56
3. Stranraer 34 16 7 11 59 44 15 55
4. Queen of the South 34 14 8 12 55 50 5 50
5. East Fife 34 13 6 15 48 56 -8 45
6. Inverness CT 34 11 10 13 61 49 12 43
7. Forfar Athletic 34 11 10 13 50 60 -10 43
8. Stenhousemuir 34 10 10 14 42 49 -7 40
9. Clyde 34 9 12 13 39 52 -13 39
10. Brechin City 34 7 11 16 40 65 -25 32