Inverness CT 2 - 0 Ayr United

League Match
Saturday, October 5th, 2002, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,803
Referee: I Fyfe
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Paul Ritchie (19)
Dennis Wyness (76)
None.

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Barry Robson
Roy McBain
Anthony Low
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Nelson
Lyle
Lovering
Smyth
Campbell
Craig
Chaplain
Murray
Annand
Grady
Sheerin

Substitutes
Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Chris Miller
Graeme Stewart
Brian Gilfillan
McManus
Kean
Nicolson
Dunlop
Dodds

Substitutions
None. McManus -> Lyle (46)
Kean -> Chaplain (75)
Nicolson -> Smyth (77)

Bookings
None. Lovering
Campbell

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 12 apps -
Grant Munro 44 apps1 goal
Bobby Mann 143 apps12 goals
Stuart Golabek 91 apps1 goal
Barry Robson 137 apps16 goals
Roy McBain 92 apps5 goals
Russell Duncan 51 apps1 goal
Anthony Low 9 apps -
Richie Hart 10 apps3 goals
Paul Ritchie 55 apps23 goals
Dennis Wyness 127 apps62 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Barry Robson (2004 years 65 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2004 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 285 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Barry Robson (2004 years 65 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2004 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 285 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The 2-0 margin did not fully reflect Caley Thistle’s superiority over a surprisingly poor Ayr side. James Grady shot over the bar in only ten seconds from a good position then Eddie Annand had an 18 yard shot blocked in five minutes. Mark Campbell’s wide attempt a minute later ended Ayr’s initial flurry and the home side began to dominate. Craig Nelson saved a Dennis Wyness header in seven minutes then in 14 minutes a Paul Ritchie low shot was deflected by a defender. The first goal came five minutes later from a corner won by Tony Low – Barry Robson’s inswinger from the right was met by Ritchie and his glancing header gave Nelson no chance. From the restart the home side surged forward and a Wyness double shuffle ended with a low shot inches wide. In 29 minutes Robson had a chance from the left of the box but shot weakly under pressure from two defenders. Despite all the pressure it remained 1-0 at half time. Ayr were more hungry at the start of the second half but it did not last long. Mark Brown made his first catch of the day in 51 minutes then six minutes later Nelson made an excellent diving save to stop a goalbound Wyness header. In 64 minutes a move started by Wyness ended with another Nelson save from a Robson low shot. Nelson saved again from a Wyness header in 72 minutes but the striker’s ninth goal of the season was only delayed by four minutes. Low was fouled on the right and Robson sent in a dipping free kick – it deflected to Wyness who hit low into the net from 15 yards. Nelson managed to get a hand to it but no more. With ten minutes left Ayr ventured upfield and Paul Sheerin sent a cross to Eddie Annand at the far post after twisting past three defenders down the left – it caught Annand off balance and he could only head past. This set up a short spell of Ayr pressure but it was too little too late. The win sent Caley Thistle up to second – a position not achieved since a brief visit after the first game of 2000/01.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Falkirk 9 7 1 1 20 7 13 22
2. Inverness CT 9 5 1 3 17 7 10 16
3. St. Johnstone 9 4 3 2 7 3 4 15
4. Ayr United 9 4 2 3 8 9 -1 14
5. Clyde 9 3 3 3 11 9 2 12
6. St. Mirren 9 3 3 3 12 16 -4 12
7. Ross County 9 2 4 3 10 9 1 10
8. Arbroath 9 2 3 4 10 15 -5 9
9. Queen of the South 9 2 2 5 8 15 -7 8
10. Alloa Athletic 9 1 2 6 3 16 -13 5