Inverness CT 1 - 0 St. Johnstone

League Match
Saturday, December 27th, 2003, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,949
Referee: G Mitchell
Inverness CT  St. Johnstone

Goalscorers
Barry Wilson (pen.) (80)
None.

Team Managers
John Robertson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
David Bingham
Steven Hislop
Nelson
Robertson
Lovering
Bernard
Dods
Maxwell
MacDonald
Stevenson
Paatelainen
Donnelly
McLaughlincke

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Grant Munro
Darran Thomson
Paul Ritchie
Craig MacMillan
Hay
Reilly
Parker
Malone
Cuthbert

Substitutions
Paul Ritchie for Steven Hislop (71)
Hay -> MacDonald (62)
Reilly -> Stevenson (66)
Parker -> Paatelainen (82)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. Bernard (79)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 68 apps -
Stuart Golabek 145 apps3 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 127 apps5 goals
Ross Tokely 261 apps20 goals
Bobby Mann 191 apps17 goals
Russell Duncan 97 apps1 goal
David Bingham 23 apps8 goals
Liam Keogh 41 apps1 goal
Barry Wilson 173 apps51 goals
Roy McBain 147 apps8 goals
Steven Hislop 36 apps13 goals
Paul Ritchie (sub) 107 apps49 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (24 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:Liam Keogh (2005 years 148 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 129 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (24 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:Craig MacMillan (2005 years 148 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 129 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

With last week’s Falkirk match cancelled Clyde took over top spot and Caley Thistle slipped to second. This game looked as if it was heading for a draw before the deadlock was broken ten minutes from time by a Barry Wilson penalty goal. Play swung from end to end in the first period then the pressure was all on Saints. Steve Hislop netted in 14 minutes after a neat pass from David Bingham but the referee penalised Bingham for a high boot. Craig Nelson held a low shot from Hislop a minute later then in 18 minutes a Stuart Golabek low ball across goal created confusion before the danger was cleared. A high Bingham cross from the left was pushed away by Nelson in 32 minutes then the Saints’ ‘keeper saved a low Golabek shot. Just after the break the lively Brian McLaughlin shot just over for Saints from 20 yards then Caley Thistle began to dominate once more. In 54 minutes a good Bingham/Hislop move led to a blocked Liam Keogh shot then Roy McBain struck over the bar. In 58 minutes Golabek tried an angled shot from long range but it flew over. A Hislop low shot was held by Nelson on the hour mark then in 66 minutes a Keogh cross from the right reached McBain and his shot seemed goalbound. Nelson reacted very quickly and dived to save. Steve Hislop collided with Ian Maxwell in 69 minutes and was stretchered off with a leg injury. In 79 minutes Ross Tokely was brought down by Paul Bernard on the penalty spot – a spot kick and red card were certainties. Wilson stepped up to take Caley Thistle’s first league penalty of the season and he made no mistake. There was little chance of a recovery and it was nearly 2-0 with three minutes left. Wilson crossed from the right and somehow Nelson beat out Bingham’s header – it fell to McBain but his shot was blocked. Two minutes into added time Saints’ John Robertson headed upfield to try to salvage something but was calmly dispossessed by Golabek who started a counter-attack. A fine win against a fancied side and second spot in the league retained.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Clyde 19 11 4 4 29 19 10 37
2. Inverness CT 18 11 3 4 37 16 21 36
3. Queen of the South 19 10 3 6 27 24 3 33
4. Ross County 19 8 6 5 37 26 11 30
5. St. Johnstone 19 8 6 5 30 20 10 30
6. Falkirk 18 8 5 5 22 19 3 29
7. St. Mirren 18 5 7 6 16 22 -6 22
8. Raith Rovers 18 4 3 11 19 31 -12 15
9. Ayr United 19 3 6 10 19 35 -16 15
10. Brechin City 19 2 3 14 17 41 -24 9