Inverness CT 2 - 1 Raith Rovers

League Match
Saturday, October 4th, 2003, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,707
Referee: C Thomson
Inverness CT  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Ross Tokely (31)
Stuart McCaffrey (72)
Sutton (83)

Team Managers
John Robertson Antonio calderon

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
David Proctor
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
David Bingham
Paul Ritchie
Gonzalez
Patino
Stanic
Brady
Brown
Stanley
Brittain
Paquito
Sutton
Calderon
Robb

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Grant Munro
Liam Keogh
Darran Thomson
Steven Hislop
Hanley
Peers
Blackadder
Prest
Sweeney

Substitutions
Steven Hislop for David Proctor (18)
Liam Keogh for Barry Wilson (89)
Hanley -> Brittain (61)
Peers -> Robb (76)

Bookings
Stuart McCaffrey (60)
Stanic
Brown

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 57 apps -
David Proctor 9 apps -
Stuart Golabek 134 apps2 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 116 apps4 goals
Ross Tokely 250 apps18 goals
Bobby Mann 183 apps17 goals
Roy McBain 136 apps6 goals
David Bingham 12 apps2 goals
Russell Duncan 86 apps1 goal
Barry Wilson 162 apps47 goals
Paul Ritchie 98 apps47 goals
Liam Keogh (sub) 30 apps -
Steven Hislop (sub) 25 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Proctor (19 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Roy McBain (2005 years 64 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 102 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (19 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Darran Thomson (2005 years 64 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 102 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ross Tokely played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

A narrow win against a determined Raith side despite home dominance for most of the game. Ross Tokely celebrated his 250th appearance with a goal and Paul Ritchie became the twentieth player to pass the century mark.

A Barry Wilson shot from long range went just wide in 13 minutes then a Ross Tokely chip was headed back to Ramiro Gonzalez by Paquito. A clash with Gonzalez in 18 minutes led to David Proctor leaving the field with a dislocated shoulder and Steve Hislop substituting. There were a few near misses before Tokely gave Caley Thistle the lead. Hislop won a corner on the right and Roy McBain's kick was headed home by Tokely at the back post. Raith's defending in depth prevented the lead being extended before half time despite a number of good moves.

Half Time: 1-0

Just after the break a through ball from Russell Duncan forced Gonzalez to come out of his area to kick clear then the keeper dived to collect a Wilson cross. Raith's Paquito sent a dangerous cross into the Caley Thistle box in 51 minutes forcing the concession of a corner. Bobby Mann headed Richard Brittain's kick clear, one of the few times that the defence was troubled. In 56 minutes a long kick from Gonzalez was bouncing harmlessly to Mark Brown when the keeper slipped but recovered in time to touch the ball for a corner. Brown had to look sharp on the hour mark when he took the ball off the feet of Antonio Calderon. Duncan hit past the post in 71 minutes before the long awaited second goal came.

Wilson took a corner on the left and Stuart McCaffrey was there to head in his third goal of the season. A neat Wilson pass in 75 minutes found David Bingham in space but he could only hook over from an awkward angle. Raith had chances through Craig Stanley and Karl Hanley before they pulled one back with seven minutes left. Goran Stanic sent over a cross from the left and John Sutton powered a header past Brown to set up an anxious finish. With two minutes left it was Caley Thistle who came closer to a goal when a Stuart Golabek drive from the left was pushed by Gonzalez into the side netting.

Full Time: 2-1

As the whistle went news came through of a last minute Clyde equaliser against Ross County - this sent Caley Thistle clear at the top of the league.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 8 5 2 1 11 5 6 17
2. Queen of the South 8 5 1 2 13 9 4 16
3. Ross County 8 4 3 1 20 7 13 15
4. Falkirk 8 3 3 2 6 8 -2 12
5. St. Johnstone 8 3 2 3 13 9 4 11
6. Clyde 8 3 2 3 12 11 1 11
7. Raith Rovers 8 3 2 3 10 12 -2 11
8. St. Mirren 8 1 4 3 6 10 -4 7
9. Ayr United 8 1 4 3 9 15 -6 7
10. Brechin City 8 0 1 7 5 19 -14 1