Aberdeen 0 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, December 31st, 2005, 2:00 PM at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 12,266
Referee: Mike McCurry
Aberdeen Inverness CT

Goalscorers
none None.

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Langfield
Nicholson
Anderson
McNaughton
Byrne
Smith
Dempsey
Clark
Muirhead
Stewart
Lovell
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Craig Brewster
Rory McAllister

Bench
Macauley
Esson
Mackie
Winter
Foster
Crawford
Michael Fraser
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
David Proctor
Liam Fox
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne

Substitutions
Mackie -> Muirhead (46)
Crawford -> Lovell (75)
Foster -> Dempsey (77)
Dennis Wyness for Rory McAllister (80)

Bookings
none Grant Munro (73)

Red Cards
none None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 157 apps -
Ross Tokely 344 apps24 goals
Grant Munro 152 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 244 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 52 apps1 goal
Roy McBain 216 apps12 goals
Ian Black 33 apps1 goal
Russell Duncan 168 apps4 goals
Barry Wilson 253 apps71 goals
Craig Brewster 33 apps11 goals
Rory McAllister 11 apps -
Dennis Wyness (sub) 174 apps83 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (26 years 305 days)
Oldest Player:Ian Black (2007 years 153 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 41 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Proctor (21 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2007 years 153 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 21 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A no-score draw in this match at Pittodrie leaves both teams rueing a stack of missed chances. With Craig Dargo missing out due to a head injury sustained in the boxing day game against Hibs, Rory McAllister had a chance to stake his claim for a starting place. Ian Broadfoot reports from Pittodrie.

December's busy programme finished with an unbeaten run and 9 points from 5 games. This result was a repeat of last years equivalent fixture and, as in 2004, it was an exciting end-to-end game.

Craig Dargo dropped out of the Caley Thistle line-up following his concussion against Hibs and a surprise replacement was Rory McAllister who made his first SPL start. Aberdeen had several injured absentees including midfielder Scott Severin who had just signed a three-year contract extension.

ICT had an excellent first half but Aberdeen came back strongly after the break and overall had the best chances. At the final whistle a draw was about right.

Russell Anderson had to be sharp in the second minute to head clear a deep Barry Wilson cross from the right then in nine minutes McAllister hit the side netting.

Ian Black and Wilson set up a chance for Craig Brewster in 11 minutes, Wilson's cross from the right reached Brewster off the head of McAllister but his angled shot was too high.

Half Time: 0-0

Former ICT player Darren Mackie came on for Aberdeen in the second half and they improved greatly. Caley Thistle held out but the Dons put them to the test on several occasions. Seconds into the half Mark Brown made his first real save when he dealt comfortably with a Jamie Smith angled shot from the left. In 52 minutes Jamie Langfield raced out of goal as McAllister chased a through ball but the keeper was there first and cleared from just outside his area.

A Smith free kick in 54 minutes was deflected for a corner then Chris Clark beat four men in 63 minutes before Brown pushed away his angled shot. A disputed corner in 69 minutes led to Brown saving well from a Stewart header.

Barry Nicholson broke through the middle in 74 minutes and really should have done better with only Brown to beat but the keeper narrowed the angle and Nicholson hit wide of the post.

Caley Thistle's best second half effort came from substitute Dennis Wyness in 84 minutes. A Brewster pass allowed Wyness to close in on goal from the right but his angled shot was well saved by Langfield. Both sides had late flurries but nothing came off. Motherwell beat Livingston and moved above ICT so the year ended in seventh place.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 20 15 3 2 50 18 32 48
2. Hearts 20 13 5 2 39 13 26 44
3. Hibernian 20 12 1 7 34 25 9 37
4. Rangers 21 9 7 5 36 25 11 34
5. Kilmarnock 20 9 5 6 37 31 6 32
6. Motherwell 21 8 5 8 36 38 -2 29
7. Inverness CT 21 6 10 5 23 21 2 28
8. Aberdeen 21 5 9 7 22 25 -3 24
9. Dundee Utd 21 5 6 10 22 34 -12 21
10. Falkirk 21 4 5 12 21 42 -21 17
11. Dunfermline 21 3 4 14 16 37 -21 13
12. Livingston 21 2 6 13 12 39 -27 12