Inverness CT 2 - 1 Kilmarnock

League Match
Saturday, August 27th, 2011, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,348
Referee: Bobby Madden
Inverness CT  Kilmarnock

Gregory Tade (26)
Graeme Shinnie (89)
Dean Shiels (35)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Chris Hogg
Thomas Piermayr
Roman Golobart
Gavin Morrison
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Richie Foran
Gregory Tade
Cameron Bell
James Fowler
Zdenek Kroca
Patrick Ada
Rory McKeown
Danny Buijs
Dean Shiels
James Dayton
Liam Kelly
Manuel Pascali
Ben Hutchinson

Jonny Tuffey
Andrew Shinnie
Martin Laing
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Anssi Jaakkola
Garry Hay
Gary Fisher
Alex Pursehouse
Gary Harkins
Danny Racchi
Jorge Anaut Galan

Shane Sutherland for Gregory Tade (71)
Andrew Shinnie for Richie Foran (81)
Billy Mckay for Aaron Doran (89)
Jorge Anaut Galan => Ben Hutchinson (64)
Gary Fisher => James Fowler (80)

Thomas Piermayr (40)
Gregory Tade (56)
Graeme Shinnie (77)
James Fowler (79)
Liam Kelly (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 114 apps -
Roman Golobart 3 apps -
Ross Tokely 563 apps35 goals
Thomas Piermayr 6 apps -
Chris Hogg 17 apps1 goal
Gavin Morrison 17 apps1 goal
Graeme Shinnie 31 apps1 goal
Nick Ross 58 apps2 goals
Aaron Doran 22 apps3 goals
Gregory Tade 7 apps1 goal
Richie Foran 100 apps29 goals
Andrew Shinnie (sub) 4 apps -
Billy Mckay (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Shane Sutherland (sub) 41 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roman Golobart (19 years 163 days)
Oldest Player:Gavin Morrison (2013 years 28 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 48 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roman Golobart (19 years 163 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2013 years 28 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 127 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Billy Mckay(Signed June 13th, 2021)

Richie Foran played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Graeme Shinnie scored his first goal for the Club.
Gregory Tade scored his first goal for the Club.

Inverness edge out Killie in entertaining tussle:

Inverness eased their frustration with a 2-1 victory over a sprightly Kilmarnock. The visitors were on the back foot from the offset but Inverness could not consolidate their early superiority and settled for a draw at half time.

Goals from Tade and Shiels ensured there was plenty of talking points at the break as Killie started to assert themselves.

The game proceeded in the same fashion after half time, Killie dominating play for the first ten minutes then Karma; the game went into a lull and either team could have clinched the winner.

As it was, young Graeme Shinnie produced the goods and scored a deserved winner for the Caley Jags with the clock running down.

Well, that's the monkey off the back.

Just when you thought it would never happen, along comes a win, let's hope they are like buses.

A warm glow came over me at ten to five yesterday, no, I never wet myself, not this time, just the satisfaction of a deserved late winner was all it took. Take a bow Graeme Shinnie. After last season's illness problems he looks to have made the left back berth his own, with the added bonus of a cracking goal to boot; it's enough to make grown men weep. That he was outshone by one other player was a mere detail, this young lad is going places. He has been immense since returning nto the squad and already there are cries of Kenny who.

Inverness were down to the bare bones for yesterday's visit of Kilmarnock. With an extensive injury list it was more like an episode of Casualty as Butcher tried to assemble a squad for the game.

Esson assumed control of the keepers jersey with Ross Tokely shuffled across to right back. Hogg and Golly were the centre backs with Graeme Shinnie at left back. Austrian Thomas Piermayr was pushed further forward in the absence of Jonny Hayes with Gavin Morrison accompanying Doran and Foran in the supply division, with the as yet non scoring Gregory Tade doing the chasing up front. How would we fare against one of last seasons entertainers?

The Innes bar refurb was adjourned and the stage was set for the game, even the weather was kind to us, were the God's in our favour? Surely not, that would be a first.

Not sure what happened, but the taxi had us in the stadium ten minutes before kick off ; what was that all about, still, we settled down for the game and it took a bit of getting used to. Killie kicked towards the North Stand in the first half which did seem rather bizarre, but it had a strange effect on the side. We actually played football for half an hour. We stroked the ball around like nobody's business, Brazil eat yer heart out.

Inverness started the game in sprightly fashion, passing the ball on the deck and taking the game to the visitors. Killie were on the back foot for the first half hour as Butcher appeared to have got his half time pep talk in early.

Nick Ross firing over the bar in the third minute showed our intentions as a shoot on site policy overtook the walk the ball into the net strategy that has been our ilk of late. Piermayr trying the same a few minutes later as we continued to outplay a bemused Kilmarnock, and the home fans. Who were these guys? Confidence was oozing from the same players who slumped to defeat at Ayr only three days earlier.

Shinnie, Piermayr and Tade contiued the trend as Killie were pushed into their own box and Bell looked lively to deny Tade, but not for long.

With twenty six minutes on the clock, Inverness got the breakthrough their intricate play richly deserved. Not often you can use that term when describing our endeavours of late.

The grafting Richie Foran broke free on the right and he delivered an inch perfect cross for Gregory Tade to power home his first goal for Inverness.

We talked about lack of passion in recent weeks. Well, that theory just went out the window as Tade celebrated in front of the North Stand............whatever was he thinking! Great goal and great celebration Gregory. He pumped his chest and stared long and hard into the faithful, scared the sh!t out of me. Maybe that was borne out of sheer relief or maybe he had been reading some of the posts regarding his style of play. Whatever, the lad was playing great and rummeling up the Killie back line at every opportunty.

Unfortunately, it appeared that the Inverness players could not believe they were giving Killie the runaround. The goal sparked a mini revival from Kilmarnock as they suddenly started to believe in themselves. It must have been a tortuous half hour for the visiting fans, but their day was about to get brighter. Mr Madden intervened and all of a sudden Kilmarnock were benefitting from decisions that were previously going our way.

Whilst Inverness were enjoying the lions share of the game, Kilmarnock are nobodies kicking boys and were always dangerous on the occasions that they ventured forward.

They changed the pattern of play after thirty five minutes when Dean Shiels curled in a beauty from the left side of the field, the ball evading the outstretched Esson as it bent round him into the bottom corner. Fabulous goal, albeit against the run of play at that moment, but things were about to change.

Esson was becoming less of a spectator as Killie found a new self belief and they suddenly realised it was not Brazil they were playing. He was eventually called in to action as he turned away a Hutchinson shot at the expense of a corner just before half time. For Inverness, it was a good time to take a break as Killie were now on the ascendancy.

Half Time:- 1-1

The second half started like the first half finished; Killie searching for an opening and Inverness defending in depth, Esson saving a Dayton shot in the first minute of the half. Dayton was about to endear himself to the home fans with a serious of attempts to change the rules of the game, he was in truth becoming a bit of a thorn in the Inverness ranks.

Inverness though, were not idle and Tade almost scored another as a header flashed agonisingly wide, and Doran shot from distance. It was Killie though that looked the likeliest to go on and win the game at this point as Pascali headed over.

Tade entered Mr Madden's book rather harshly as he protested his innocence, but the lad was doing some shift. Ben Hutchinson then cracked one off the post and shortly after headed over when well positioned, that was to be his last involvement as he was replaced by Jorge Galan with half an hour to play.

In seventy minutes Foran should have done better as his header went wide with the goal at his mercy and the game entered another phase. The balance of play had levelled off and Inverness had weathered the Killie storm, not quite Hurricane Irene, but still plenty of puff from the visitors.

Shinnie and Fowler were noted by the whistler as play became a bit towsey, and Chris Hogg almost undid his good work as he erred to let Killie in. No damage done though.

Play was becoming a bit stretched and chances were going abegging as the ref noted Kelly's name for ending Doran's day. Another injury woe for Butcher to deal with as he left the park nursing a serious looking shoulder problem.

There was, however, still time for the game to be won or lost. Inverness were having a late surge and Graeme Shinnie burst into the left corner of the box from where he rifled a low shot across Bell and into the bottom corner; Ya beauty. Cue much jubilation in the North Stand and disgruntlement in the visitors ranks. This goal had brotherly love written all over it as Andrew had kindly provided the opening for Graeme.

Not much time left for Killie to stage a comeback and there endeth the scoring in an entertaining encounter.

Full Time:- 2-1

So, what did we make of that................This was a game of five halfs, with Inverness winning three of them!

Well, last week at Pittodrie young Spaniard Roman Golobart was crucified for his Spanish dancing. He must have been taking lessons as this week his potential was there for all to see, he even had time to woosh a couple of Killie players as he displayed an arrogance and panache that will glue him to the Caley Jags support, well done Golly and man of the match award fully justified. Graeme Shinnie was another who showed us why we are asking Kenny who? He was solid at the back and the goal just topped off another fantastic display from the youngster. Full of energy and always willing to support the attack. Tokely was back to his best at right back, mind you, he has been the one constant this season.

Now, I can't finish off without another plaudit for Gregory Tade. He has had his knockers, oooerr missus, but today was Tade day. Not a common thing for us to be scoring headed goals but he certainly buried that one. His passion shone through as he celebrated his goal as if he had just won the world cup, I'm up for more of this.

No failures for Inverness although the disappointing thing for the fans was another couple of injuries picked up as if they are going out of fashion. Doran may have a dislocated shoulder and Foran was in trouble as he left the action. On the plus side, Billy McKay managed a few minutes at the end to make his competitive debut, so that's a bit of a boost.

International break next weekend will give some a chance to repair themselves but one or two look to be longer term casualties, here's hoping they are quick healers. It's the Jambo's up here in a fortnight and another showing like yesterday might just be enough to appease the fans and get our season into second gear.

A few rights were sorted post match in the Innes and all in all, a good day out; cheers.

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Motherwell 6 4 1 1 9 5 4 13
2. Rangers 4 3 1 0 8 1 7 10
3. Celtic 4 3 0 1 8 2 6 9
4. St. Mirren 5 2 2 1 4 3 1 8
5. Dunfermline 5 2 2 1 7 7 0 8
6. Kilmarnock 5 1 3 1 6 4 2 6
7. Dundee Utd 6 1 3 2 7 11 -4 6
8. Hearts 5 1 2 2 4 3 1 5
9. St. Johnstone 5 1 2 2 4 6 -2 5
10. Aberdeen 5 1 1 3 2 6 -4 4
11. Inverness CT 6 1 1 4 6 12 -6 4
12. Hibernian 4 1 0 3 3 8 -5 3