Inverness CT 4 - 2 St. Mirren

League Match
Saturday, March 2nd, 2002, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,866
Referee: T Brown
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
David Bagan (38)
Paul Ritchie (55)
Paul Ritchie (57)
Paul Ritchie (81)
Gillies (10pen)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Tom Hendrie

Starting Eleven
Nicky Walker
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
David Bagan
Russell Duncan
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Hillcoat
Nicolson
Bowman
McGowan
McLaughlan
Walker
Murray
Gillies
Quitongo
Ross
Yardley

Substitutes
Jim Calder
Barry Robson
Graeme Stewart
Martin Bavidge
Neil MacDonald
Kerr
Baltacha
MacKenzie
Rudden
Robertson

Substitutions
Barry Robson for Stuart McCaffrey (46)
Martin Bavidge for Paul Ritchie (84)
Neil MacDonald for Dennis Wyness (89)
Kerr -> Nicolson (72)
Baltacha -> Bowman (72)

Bookings
None. Yardley (84)
Ross (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Nicky Walker (GK) 26 apps -
Ross Tokely 187 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 24 apps1 goal
Bobby Mann 121 apps11 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 70 apps -
Stuart Golabek 78 apps1 goal
Russell Duncan 30 apps1 goal
David Bagan 52 apps11 goals
Charlie Christie 268 apps32 goals
Paul Ritchie 33 apps19 goals
Dennis Wyness 105 apps52 goals
Barry Robson (sub) 116 apps14 goals
Martin Bavidge (sub) 113 apps18 goals
Neil MacDonald (sub) 13 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 0 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2003 years 213 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 173 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 0 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2003 years 213 days)
Average Player Age:33 years 221 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A few nervous moments but in the end a fine victory. The home side started well and in six minutes had two shots blocked then a Charlie Christie shot saved by John Hillcoat. In 10 minutes Bobby Mann was penalised for bringing down Ian Ross just inside the box and the home fans were incensed. Ricky Gillies converted the kick to give Saints the lead against the run of play. In 26 minutes David Bagan intercepted a pass then found Dennis Wyness � his lob went just too high with the �keeper off the line. Stuart McCaffrey made a superb last gasp tackle in 36 minutes to deny Ross a shooting chance. In 38 minutes Bagan repeated his earlier interception but this time held onto the ball before hitting a 25 yard low drive past Hillcoat for the equaliser. This spurred the home side on and they created several chances before half time but none were converted. The second half belonged to Paul Ritchie who scored a hat trick and won the Man of the Match award. His first came in 55 minutes after good interplay with Christie � Ritchie�s first shot was blocked but it fell again for the striker and he hit it low into the net. Two minutes later a clever Bagan chip from the right looked bound for the far corner but Ritchie outjumped his marker to head in and make sure. Nicky Walker made a good diving save from a header in 59 minutes then Saints pulled one back in 72 minutes. A counter attack saw Jose Quitongo dart down the right wing then send over a high ball which the unmarked Ian Ross volleyed in from close range. Caley Thistle pushed forward to extend their lead and Bobby Mann came close with a backheader after a corner in 76 minutes. Barry Robson shot over two minutes later then with nine minutes left Ritchie made victory secure with his third of the day. Robson robbed Jamie McGowan, headed goalwards, faked a shot then passed to Ritchie on the left side of the Saints box � Ritchie drilled it low past the helpless Hillcoat. For the remaining minutes it was only a question of whether Caley Thistle would score a fifth. Hillcoat saved well from Robson and a Wyness shot was deflected for a corner. Caley Thistle edged back to fourth but only seven points ahead of bottom club Raith.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Partick Thistle 28 16 6 6 51 30 21 54
2. Airdrieonians 26 13 8 5 48 25 23 47
3. Ayr United 28 11 7 10 46 39 7 40
4. Inverness CT 27 11 4 12 54 47 7 37
5. Arbroath 28 11 3 14 33 50 -17 36
6. St. Mirren 28 8 10 10 34 42 -8 34
7. Clyde 26 9 6 11 33 44 -11 33
8. Falkirk 26 9 5 12 41 53 -12 32
9. Ross County 25 9 4 12 32 34 -2 31
10. Raith Rovers 28 7 9 12 45 53 -8 30