Inverness CT 2 - 1 Aberdeen

League Match
Saturday, December 24th, 2011, 12:30 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 5,888
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Roman Golobart (64)
Gregory Tade (69)
Rory Fallon (76)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Craig Brown

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Kenny Gillet
Thomas Piermayr
Roman Golobart
Lee Cox
Johnny Hayes
Graeme Shinnie
David Davis
Richie Foran
Gregory Tade
Billy Mckay
Jason Brown
Youl Mawene
Richard Foster
Andrew Considine
Chris Clark
Isaac Osbourne
Kari Arnason
Robert Milsom
Ryan Jack
Scott Vernon
Josh Magennis

Substitutes
Jonny Tuffey
Gavin Morrison
Nick Ross
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Shane Sutherland
David Gonzalez
Rory McArdle
Clark Robertson
Fraser Fyvie
Darren Mackie
Rory Fallon
Mitchel Megginson

Substitutions
Greg Tansey for Lee Cox (79)
Shane Sutherland for Billy Mckay (90)
Rory Fallon => Scott Vernon (70)
Darren Mackie => Josh Magennis (70)
Mitchel Megginson => Ryan Jack (86)

Bookings
Roman Golobart (1)
Graeme Shinnie (85)
Andrew Considine (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 128 apps -
Roman Golobart 12 apps1 goal
Kenny Gillet 25 apps -
Thomas Piermayr 14 apps -
Lee Cox 81 apps4 goals
Johnny Hayes 85 apps20 goals
Graeme Shinnie 39 apps1 goal
David Davis 13 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 6 apps1 goal
Richie Foran 114 apps29 goals
Gregory Tade 21 apps7 goals
Greg Tansey (sub) 19 apps2 goals
Shane Sutherland (sub) 52 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roman Golobart (19 years 282 days)
Oldest Player:Richie Foran (2013 years 147 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 337 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roman Golobart (19 years 282 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2013 years 147 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 185 days
Domestic Players:15 (88.24 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Roman Golobart scored his first goal for the Club.

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

ICT 2-1 Aberdeen

Caley Thistle once again went 2 goals up in a match at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, but this time, unlike the Dundee Utd game, they didnt throw away three goals and a victory .... just the one goal this time.

It means ICT still havent had a clean sheet all season, but there is a pre-Xmas present of three valuable points.

Christmas shopping was on hold as Inverness Caledonian Thistle had more pressing business, the collection of three points from some very benevolent Aberdonian's..............that'll be a first.

The Xmas spirit was in full flow in the pre-match bars as the Dons support came in numbers to support their idols, unfortunately their team were not quite so responsive and could only offer a dire performance in return for the vocal backing and Inverness were the benefactors on a blustery Christmas Eve at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The 2-1 scoreline flattered the Dons and there was to be no repeat of the dramatic collapse that saw Dundee United come back from the dead to snatch all three points.

In truth, the weather ruined any hope that there would be an entertaining game on display as the blustery conditions made kicking the ball in the air a lottery. However, that did not stop some of them trying, and failing miserably. Epic Fail! On that note I can describe the first half as like the weather; grim. Ross Tokely and Andy Shinnie were absent for Inverness, both suffering late injuries, but captain Richie Foran made the start before his yellow card tot-ups come into play. Aberdeen made four alterations, Youl Mawene, Andrew Considine, Chris Clark and Josh Magennis coming in, while McArdle, Fallon and Fraser Fyvie made the bench with Mohamed Chalali sitting this one out.

Not really much to report about the first half but Esson was the first keeper called upon to thwart Magennis as he parried his effort wide. Tade was giving the Aberdeen back four some grief as he tore down the wing, leaving defenders trailing in his wake, but there was no takers for his tantalising cross into the danger area, in all honesty nobody could keep up with him. Arnason put a header wide as Aberdeen started to get to grips with the weather, but Esson remained untroubled for the half, as was Aberdeen keeper Brown as Shinnie blazed a shot over and a Golobart header went high over the bar; better things were to come in the second half though.

Half Time 0-0

Conditions remained the same in the second period and play restarted with not much cheer in the stadium as hot food was at a premium. With Inverness playing into the South stand, it was nearly twenty minutes before anything happened, Jason Brown making an excellent save as Davis latched onto a ball on the angle and drove goalwards only for the keeper to replicate Esson's first half save. From the corner, Hayes bulleted a wind assisted cross onto the soaring Spaniard's napper and Golobart directed the ball easily into the net for a deserved first goal for Inverness. Ole Ole Ole Senor Golobart.

Billy McKay spooned an effort over the bar which would have helped matters but we were soon to double our advantage. Almost on the seventy minute mark, Gregory Tade pounced on a loose ball in the Dons box to drive home a second goal for Inverness. Game over you would have thought, but no, we don't do anything the easy way. (remember United).

Seven minutes later and it was twitchy bums time as Fallon scored a sloppy goal for the clean sheet to disappear and give the Dons a bit of hope that they barely deserved.

If truth be told, Aberdeen hardly troubled the resolute Inverness defence and we saw this game out more comfortably than it appeared. The fans being more troubled than the players on the park. The Dons did produce a couple of late corners and throw-ins, but with Golobart commanding his box and Foran having his best game of the season, there was no way Aberdeen were going to get a second.

Full Time 2-1

Some great contributions from Foran, Davis and Tade in some very trying conditions, but one man was literally head and shoulders above everyone else and that was 19 year old Roman Golobart, the sponsors MotM and most other peoples as well.

EsplÃndido espectÃculo Senor Roman!

This result keeps us clear of Hibs and Dunfermline at the wrong end of the table and only two points behind Aberdeen.

Hibs at Easter Road on wednesday evening is the next game followed by St Johnstone at home in the new year.

Merry Xmas.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 20 15 3 2 37 11 26 48
2. Celtic 20 15 2 3 40 17 23 47
3. Motherwell 19 10 4 5 26 21 5 34
4. St. Johnstone 20 8 5 7 24 20 4 29
5. Hearts 20 8 4 8 22 14 8 28
6. Dundee Utd 20 6 7 7 28 31 -3 25
7. St. Mirren 20 6 7 7 20 25 -5 25
8. Kilmarnock 19 5 8 6 25 28 -3 23
9. Aberdeen 20 5 5 10 23 28 -5 20
10. Inverness CT 20 5 3 12 27 39 -12 18
11. Hibernian 19 3 5 11 17 32 -15 14
12. Dunfermline 19 3 5 11 20 43 -23 14