Inverness CT 2 - 1 Brechin City

League Match
Saturday, May 2nd, 1998, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,955
Referee: I Elmslie
Inverness CT  Brechin City

Goalscorers
Brian Thomson (38)
Iain Stewart (39)
Roddy Black (59)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson John Young

Starting Eleven
Jim Calder
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Vetle Andersen
Mark McCulloch
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
Iain Stewart
Brian Thomson
Stuart Garden
Gary Buick
Graeme Christie
Richard Baillie
Craig Farnan
Roddy Black
Craig Feroz
Stuart Sorbie
Steve Kerrigan
James McKellar
Hugh Robertson

Substitutes
Ross Tokely
Barry Wilson
Scott McLean
Andrew Hutcheon
Ralph Brand
Robert Brown

Substitutions
Barry Wilson for Richard Hastings (50)
Ross Tokely for Vetle Andersen (71)
Hutcheon -> McKellar (73)
Brand -> Kerrigan (83)
Brown

Bookings
Vetle Andersen
Brand (90)

Red Cards
Brian Thomson (78)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 112 apps -
Vetle Andersen 39 apps -
Iain MacArthur 92 apps -
Mark McCulloch 36 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 129 apps2 goals
Paul Cherry 75 apps10 goals
Paul Sheerin 19 apps4 goals
Charlie Christie 119 apps22 goals
Mike Teasdale 95 apps8 goals
Brian Thomson 93 apps34 goals
Iain Stewart 120 apps72 goals
Ross Tokely (sub) 48 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 75 apps15 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (20 years 354 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 273 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 203 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (19 years 60 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 273 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 359 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A nervous afternoon for the Inverness fans but in the end Second Division survival was assured.
The football was not great and relegated Brechin put up a good fight. In 2 minutes Brian Thomson hit it over the bar from 20 yards and in 10 minutes Stuart Garden saved an Iain Stewart effort from the right edge of the area. The first goal came in 38 minutes when Vetle Andersen set up Charlie Christie in the box and he sent over a pass to the far post - Thomson was running in and he easily knocked it home. A minute later it was 2-0 - Iain Stewart chipping it over the keeper from 20 yards. Just on the 45 minute mark Garden did well to tip over a strong Paul Sheerin shot from the right wing. Brechin came back into the match in the second half and in 59 minutes they pulled one back. Roddy Black beat Cherry to the ball 30 yards out and hit a speculative low shot which caught out Jim Calder. He dived to his left but it sailed past him and into the net. This spurred Brechin on and seven minutes later it should have been 2-2. A 50/50 tussle in the Caley Thistle area involving Barry Wilson and a defender led to a penalty award to the astonishment of everybody. It was taken by Brechin keeper Stuart Garden but saved by Jim Calder. A minute later Christie and Thomson combined to set up Ross Tokely on the left but his shot was deflected for a corner by Gary Buick. Brian Thomson received a red card in 78 minutes after a verbal exchange with the far side assistant refereee. This should have given Brechin some hope but the home side held on. As the game neared the end both sides had chances. In 85 minutes good work by Stewart on the left set up Christie but he shot over from 22 yards. Two minutes later at the other end Black beat 4 men and shot low past from 18 yards. The whistle went and Caley Thistle had retained Second Division status no matter the other results. At the other end of the Division Livingston slipped up and both promotion places will be decided next week.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 35 16 11 8 55 38 17 59
2. Stranraer 35 17 7 11 61 44 17 58
3. Clydebank 35 15 12 8 42 30 12 57
4. Queen of the South 35 14 9 12 56 51 5 51
5. East Fife 35 14 6 15 51 58 -7 48
6. Inverness CT 35 12 10 13 63 50 13 46
7. Forfar Athletic 35 11 10 14 50 61 -11 43
8. Clyde 35 10 12 13 40 52 -12 42
9. Stenhousemuir 35 10 10 15 44 52 -8 40
10. Brechin City 35 7 11 17 41 67 -26 32