Inverness CT 3 - 2 Arbroath

League Match
Saturday, December 22nd, 2001, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,173
Referee: J Rowbotham
Inverness CT  Arbroath

Goalscorers
Paul Ritchie (25)
Dennis Wyness (31)
Martin Bavidge (64)
Mallan (44pen)
McGlashan (47)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson John Brownlie

Starting Eleven
Nicky Walker
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Barry Robson
Roy McBain
Martin Bavidge
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Hinchcliffe
Tait
Florence
Rowe
Ritchie
McKinnon
Brownlie
Cargill
Bayne
McGlashan
Mallan

Substitutes
Jim Calder
Stuart Golabek
Graeme Stewart
David Bagan
Russell Duncan
Mercer
Heenan
McInally
McAuley
Wight

Substitutions
Russell Duncan for Martin Bavidge (75)
David Bagan for Dennis Wyness (88)
Mercer -> McKinnon (83)
McInally -> Mallan (83)
Heenan -> Brownlie (80)

Bookings
None. McGlashan (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Nicky Walker (GK) 16 apps -
Stuart McCaffrey 60 apps -
Bobby Mann 113 apps10 goals
Grant Munro 14 apps -
Ross Tokely 177 apps9 goals
Barry Robson 106 apps13 goals
Roy McBain 65 apps4 goals
Charlie Christie 260 apps32 goals
Paul Ritchie 25 apps14 goals
Martin Bavidge 104 apps17 goals
Dennis Wyness 95 apps46 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 21 apps1 goal
David Bagan (sub) 45 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2003 years 143 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 103 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2003 years 143 days)
Average Player Age:33 years 151 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This encounter only just survived the cold snap and it brought an end to Caley Thistle�s bad run. The pitch was doubtful but passed a late inspection � there was even doubt at half time but the match was completed. The first half was dominated by the home team but it could have been so different if Graeme Bayne had netted in 20 seconds when he ran through to be faced only with Nicky Walker � Walker saved and the danger was over. Early pressure on Arbroath included a 22 minute long range shot from Roy McBain which came close. The opening goal came in 25 minutes when a low Dennis Wyness cross from the right was netted by Paul Ritchie with a diving header. Two minutes later Wyness pounced on a misplaced passback by George Rowe but his lob to the empty net went past. Wyness tried again in 29 minutes but his 25 yard blast was met by a diving Craig Hinchcliffe. The �keeper saved from McBain before goal number two arrived. Martin Bavidge sent in a low ball from the right and Wyness neatly touched it in at the near post. In 41 minutes Ritchie was sent on a run by Ross Tokely and he had only the �keeper to beat � Hinchcliffe blocked with his legs to keep the match alive. During a rare Arbroath attack a minute from half time Tokely handled and Stevie Mallan slotted home the penalty. Two minutes into the second half it was 2-2 when Jordan Tait crossed from the right and John McGlashan scored with a strong header. Arbroath were now right back in it and play was end to end before the winner came in 64 minutes. A Charlie Christie corner on the left was headed on by Bobby Mann and Bavidge scored with a low drive at the back post. There were few shots on target after that but Innes Ritchie drove wide in 79 minutes and hit the side netting two minutes later. Graeme Bayne went wide twice in the dying minutes but Caley Thistle held on to win narrowly. In the topsy turvy world of the first division three points meant a leap to fourth.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Airdrieonians 19 11 7 1 39 15 24 40
2. Partick Thistle 19 11 4 4 35 20 15 37
3. St. Mirren 19 7 6 6 23 25 -2 27
4. Inverness CT 20 8 2 10 40 35 5 26
5. Clyde 19 7 5 7 25 34 -9 26
6. Ayr United 19 7 4 8 30 29 1 25
7. Falkirk 19 7 4 8 32 35 -3 25
8. Arbroath 20 8 1 11 25 41 -16 25
9. Ross County 19 6 2 11 21 29 -8 20
10. Raith Rovers 19 3 7 9 29 36 -7 16