Inverness CT 0 - 1 Ayr United

League Match
Saturday, January 18th, 2003, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,021
Referee: J Rowbotham
Inverness CT  Ayr United

None. Kean (3)

Team Managers
John Robertson Campbell Money

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Barry Robson
Graeme Stewart
Roy McBain
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Campbell (Black 54)
Kean (Dunlop 73)
Grady (Whalen 62)

Michael Fraser
David Bagan
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh

Russell Duncan for Ross Tokely (33)
Richie Hart for Graeme Stewart (64)
Liam Keogh for Paul Ritchie (73)
Black -> Campbell (54)
Whalen -> Grady (62)
Dunlop -> Kean (73)

Stuart McCaffrey (60)

Red Cards
None. Lovering (88)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 25 apps -
Stuart Golabek 104 apps1 goal
Stuart McCaffrey 84 apps -
Bobby Mann 156 apps14 goals
Ross Tokely 220 apps16 goals
Graeme Stewart 33 apps2 goals
Barry Robson 150 apps21 goals
Charlie Christie 295 apps33 goals
Roy McBain 105 apps5 goals
Dennis Wyness 140 apps72 goals
Paul Ritchie 68 apps32 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 61 apps1 goal
Richie Hart (sub) 22 apps6 goals
Liam Keogh (sub) 18 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 322 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Ritchie (2004 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 130 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 322 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Ritchie (2004 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 130 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


This was the management teams delayed home debut and it did not go well. It was also a record 100th game in a row for Dennis Wyness and Barry Robson's 150th appearance. The most disappointing statistic was the fact that this was the first ever Ayr victory against Caley Thistle in Inverness. A Roy McBain 20 yard shot was blocked in the first minute then Ayr struck two minutes later. A mishit by Mark Smyth fell kindly for Stewart Kean and he hit a first time low ball into the net from just inside the box. A minute later Mark Brown came out to save at the feet of Scott Chaplain then in 13 minutes Brown pushed a Kean close-range shot over the bar. For the rest of the half Ayr were pinned back but all attacks came to nothing. Ayr played five at the back and held on grimly to their lead throughout the game. Caley Thistle had by far the bulk of the possession but had great difficulty penetrating beyond the Ayr 18 yard line. Robson hit well past in 32 minutes then his low shot was easily saved in 41 minutes. In 44 minutes a strong Christie run gave some hope but he hit low and past. The second half was more of the same but Caley Thistle did threaten Craig Nelson's goal. A minute into the second half a high Wyness header was held by Nelson then a low Robson ball from the left was touched on by Wyness but Nelson again saved. On the hour mark Robson passed two defenders then stretched Nelson with a good low shot. There were long periods of scrappy play but Ayr could have gone two up in 74 minutes when a breakaway ball reached Kean in sight of goal but his first time shot was wild. Substitutes Richie Hart and Liam Keogh added some bite and in 80 minutes Keogh hit low past the post. Five minutes from time Nelson dropped a Robson cross but recovered to collect. Ayr were by now taking everything slowly and there was trouble for Lovering three minutes from time at a throw-in. His time wasting brought a yellow card then a second when he protested. There was no time to take advantage of the superior manpower. In the last minute Hart nearly came to the rescue but his strong shot from 22 yards whistled past. Ayr's Stephen Whalen had a chance in stoppage time but Brown came out to save, it broke back to Whalen but Stuart Golabek cleared. Time ran out and Falkirk's win against Arbroath took them back to the top spot.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Falkirk 20 14 4 2 46 17 29 46
2. Inverness CT 21 13 4 4 48 20 28 43
3. Clyde 21 11 5 5 36 21 15 38
4. St. Johnstone 22 11 5 6 28 16 12 38
5. Ayr United 21 8 6 7 24 22 2 30
6. Queen of the South 21 6 7 8 28 36 -8 25
7. St. Mirren 21 7 4 10 28 46 -18 25
8. Ross County 22 5 7 10 23 24 -1 22
9. Arbroath 22 3 4 15 19 46 -27 13
10. Alloa Athletic 21 2 6 13 15 47 -32 12