Livingston 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, May 9th, 1998, 3:00 PM at Almondvale Stadium, Livingston
Attendance: 2,812
Referee: G Mitchell
Livingston Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Graham (47) Iain Stewart (34)
Paul Sheerin (75)

Team Managers
Ray Stewart Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Ian McCaldon
Gregg Watson
Derek Fleming
Frank Conway
Tom Graham
Steve Raynes
Grant McMartin
Gordon Forrest
Graham Harvey
Sandy Robertson
Willie Callaghan
Jim Calder
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Ross Tokely
Vetle Andersen
Mark McCulloch
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
Iain Stewart
Scott McLean

Bench
Kevin Magee
Allan Moore
Stewart Williamson
Les Fridge
Barry Wilson
Duncan Shearer

Substitutions
Magee -> Forrest (46)
Moore -> Watson (64)
Williamson -> Harvey (80)
Barry Wilson for Mike Teasdale (73)

Bookings
Fleming (?) Ross Tokely

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 113 apps -
Iain MacArthur 93 apps -
Paul Cherry 76 apps10 goals
Vetle Andersen 40 apps -
Mark McCulloch 37 apps3 goals
Ross Tokely 49 apps2 goals
Mike Teasdale 96 apps8 goals
Paul Sheerin 20 apps5 goals
Charlie Christie 120 apps22 goals
Iain Stewart 121 apps73 goals
Scott McLean 29 apps10 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 76 apps15 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (19 years 67 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 280 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 47 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (19 years 67 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (1999 years 280 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 234 days
Domestic Players:14 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The season ended on a high note for Caley Thistle but despair for Livingston. Paul Sheerin's 75th minute winner denied them promotion despite starting the day at the top of the Division. Caley Jags went into the game in relaxed mode with Second Division status secure and the pressure was all on Livingston. Steve Paterson had a depleted squad with Richard Hastings missing for the first time this season rested ahead of joining the Canadian international squad in Toronto for a match against Macedonia. The atmosphere at Almondvale was highly charged and the kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes to allow in the large crowd. The game started nervously but eventually the teams settled down to serve up an end to end thriller which would have done justice to a cup tie. In 5 minutes Charlie Christie intercepted a pass to Gordon Forrest but his early delivery into the box could not find Iain Stewart. Three minutes later ex Caley Thistle midfielder Sandy Robertson set up Derek Fleming down the left but when his cross went over Graham Harvey was offside. Play raged to the other end and Vetle Andersen sent over a high cross from the left Mike Teasdale took it off balance and headed past. Iain MacArthur saved the day in the 12th minute when he took the ball off the toe of Willie Callaghan on the 18 yard line. 4 minutes later it was Teasdale's turn when he just beat Steve Raines to it at the back post after a Grant McMartin cross. In 20 minutes Raynes sent over another cross from the right and Jim Calder did well to touch it away from the head of Gordon Forrest. Caley Jags took the lead in 34 minutes through a solo effort from Iain Stewart. He took a Tokely pass on the right edge of the box, rounded a defender, chipped it over the advancing keeper then slid it home past two defenders from 8 yards. Livingston stormed forward after half time. With 2 minutes of the half gone they equalised. A Derek Fleming corner on the right was met by Tom Graham and his glancing header at the far post flashed past Calder. This spurred on the Lions and 5 minutes later both Tokely and Paul Sheerin made important goal-line clearances. In 65 minutes a melee in the visitors area was only broken up by a superb Tokely tackle on Graham Harvey. In 75 minutes later Sheerin scored what proved to be the winning goal direct from a free kick. He hit it left footed from 25 yards into the top right hand corner as McCaldon clutched air. Three minutes later McLean should have sealed it when he was set up by Stewart 10 yards out but he hit it first time over the bar. Depite the visitors dominance in the last 15 minutes Callaghan had a great chance to equalise with 6 minutes left. An Allan Moore header soared over the defence and into Callaghan's path he snatched at it and shot over the bar with only Calder to beat. This was Livingston's last real effort and the visitors continued to press for a third goal. As the minutes ticked away Paul Cherry shot over the bar from 15 yards then McCaldon took the ball at the feet of Stewart. As the final whistle went the other results trickled through and Stranraer and Clydebank had leapfrogged Livingston into the promotion slots. Despite the ups and downs of the season Caley Thistle finished a creditable 5th.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Stranraer 36 18 7 11 62 44 18 61
2. Clydebank 36 16 12 8 48 31 17 60
3. Livingston 36 16 11 9 56 40 16 59
4. Queen of the South 36 15 9 12 57 51 6 54
5. Inverness CT 36 13 10 13 65 51 14 49
6. East Fife 36 14 6 16 51 59 -8 48
7. Forfar Athletic 36 12 10 14 51 61 -10 46
8. Clyde 36 10 12 14 40 53 -13 42
9. Stenhousemuir 36 10 10 16 44 53 -9 40
10. Brechin City 36 7 11 18 42 73 -31 32