Inverness CT 1 - 0 Ayr United

League Match
Saturday, September 13th, 2003, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,476
Referee: J Underhill
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Paul Ritchie (21)
None.

Team Managers
John Robertson Campbell Money

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
David Bingham
Paul Ritchie
Roy
Lyle
Dunlop
Ramsay
Campbell
Craig
Smyth
S Ferguson
Whalen
Kean
McGrady

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Grant Munro
David Proctor
Darran Thomson
Steven Hislop
A Ferguson
Conway
Kerr
Chaplain
Hillcoat

Substitutions
None. A Ferguson -> (54)
Conway -> (75)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 53 apps -
Ross Tokely 248 apps17 goals
Stuart Golabek 130 apps2 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 112 apps2 goals
Bobby Mann 179 apps17 goals
Russell Duncan 82 apps1 goal
David Bingham 8 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson 158 apps45 goals
Roy McBain 132 apps5 goals
Richie Hart 46 apps11 goals
Paul Ritchie 94 apps43 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (24 years 195 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2005 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 24 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (19 years 196 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2005 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 81 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Little to excite the crowd but three valuable points. The home side dominated the game but lacked the killer touch.

In the early stages Barry Wilson headed over and a Paul Ritchie glancing header was held by Ludo Roy. The only goal of the game came in 21 minutes when a neat cut-back from Wilson on the right was netted by Ritchie from just outside the box with a low angled shot. In 26 minutes Wilson shot wide after a good 1-2 with Roy McBain and a few minutes later a Richie Hart free kick came off the Ayr wall. In a rare Ayr attack in 34 minutes Stewart Kean headed wide then a long range effort from Dougie Ramsay was held by Mark Brown. Just before half time Hart raced past Mark Smyth down the left and into the box but Roy saved his low shot. Ayr raced upfield and a Steve Ferguson shot on the turn was blocked by Stuart McCaffrey.

Half Time: 1-0

The second half was very flat but Ayr came more into the game. Stuart McGrady tried hard and he forced a good save from Brown in 50 minutes after beating three defenders down the left. Roy saved at Hart's feet in 56 minutes then two Ritchie efforts in the box were blocked in 62 minutes. In 69 minutes Wilson collected a loose ball on the left of the Ayr box but his cross was taken by Roy. A long shot from Wilson came off the post in 78 minutes then with four minutes left a Steve Hislop shot was deflected for a corner. The last chance came two minutes later when David Proctor earned a corner on the right. It reached Wilson at the back post but his volley was blocked by Roy.

Full Time 1-0

Caley Thistle climbed to fourth place with this narrow victory.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 5 3 1 1 9 2 7 10
2. Clyde 5 3 1 1 8 3 5 10
3. Raith Rovers 5 2 2 1 7 3 4 8
4. Inverness CT 5 2 2 1 5 4 1 8
5. Falkirk 5 2 2 1 4 4 0 8
6. St. Johnstone 5 2 1 2 9 7 2 7
7. Queen of the South 5 2 1 2 6 7 -1 7
8. St. Mirren 5 1 3 1 5 6 -1 6
9. Ayr United 5 0 2 3 3 10 -7 2
10. Brechin City 5 0 1 4 3 13 -10 1