Inverness CT 2 - 2 St. Mirren

League Match
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,506
Referee: Willie Collum
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
Andrew Shinnie (38)
Richie Foran (67)
Dougie Imrie (02)
Steven Thompson (55)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Antonio Reguero
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Andrew Shinnie
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay
Matthew Cooper
Craig Samson
David Barron
John McGinn
David van Zanten
Lee Mair
Dougie Imrie
Gary Teale
Jon Robertson
Graham Carey
Paul McGowan
Steven Thompson

Substitutes
Scott Mathieson
Gavin Morrison
Liam Polworth
Martin Laing
Conor Pepper
Shane Sutherland
Philip Roberts
Chris Smith
Sam Parkin
Sean Kelly
Lewis Guy
Mo Yaqub
Anthony Brady

Substitutions
Philip Roberts for Billy Mckay (83)
Lewis Guy -> Paul McGowan (65)

Bookings
None. Lewis Guy (75)
Graham Carey (78)
John McGinn (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 16 apps -
David Raven 25 apps -
Gary Warren 25 apps4 goals
Owain Tudur Jones 35 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 22 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran 53 apps4 goals
Graeme Shinnie 81 apps2 goals
Andrew Shinnie 45 apps19 goals
Matthew Cooper 2 apps -
Billy Mckay 49 apps21 goals
Richie Foran 153 apps40 goals
Philip Roberts (sub) 16 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (21 years 233 days)
Oldest Player:Andrew Shinnie (2014 years 150 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 90 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 80 days)
Oldest Player:Philip Roberts (2014 years 150 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 294 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Boxing Day Drama:

Inverness missed the chance to stay on their own in second place, but if truth be told, a draw was a bonus after St Mirren twice went in front only to be pegged back on both occasions in a pulsating match that was not good for the heart, but it was certainly entertaining and good value for the three and a half thousand Boxing Day fans.

Can't top Rig's excellent report, so here it is in it's entirety

Smashing game of football today. Disappointed that we dropped two points but by the end of the game a draw was definitely a fair result. Both teams played some great stuff and there was some fantastic performances from the likes of Andrew Shinnie for Inverness and Teale for St Mirren who turned Graeme Shinnie inside, out and inside again throughout the game.

ICT lined up with the familiar 4 - 2 - 3 - 1 formation with Matthew Cooper coming in for Josh Meekings. St. Mirren looked like they were set up as a 4 - 5 - 1 with Steven Thompson the lone forward with support from McGowan in behind him.

After what seemed to be only a few seconds Dougie Imrie got the ball on the ICT left midfield and moved towards goal before taking an opportunistic shot that seemed to catch Reguero off guard and found its way into the net across the keeper to put the Buddies one up. After this goal ICT started to dominate in terms of ball retention without actually threatening Samson in goal. Saint Mirren defended deeply and were easily blocking the ICT route to goal. Tudur Jones, after long range efforts against Hearts and Dundee, found himself with a bit of space at the edge of the box and rifled in a shot which drifted wide of goal. Foran then had a header saved by Samson before McGowan thundered in a free kick which cracked off the cross bar with Reguero beaten.

Andrew Shinnie was denied a shot at goal following a last ditch tackle by Mair I think it was and then Samson then pulled off a wonderful save down to his right as he pushed a header from Aaron Doran round the post. Andrew Shinnie grabbed the equaliser for ICT after he gathered the ball on the ICT left and drifted infield. He glided past two men just outside the area and struck his shot fiercely into the top right corner with Samson only able to watch the ball fly past him. Gary Teale was having a fantastic battle with Graeme Shinnie on the ICT left and was regularly beating his marker and it was from one of his crosses that Steven Thompson was picked out but hew fired high over the bar with a very uncomposed effort. McKay, going for a goal in his 8th consecutive game, connected well with a cross from the right but his volleyed effort was just wide of the goal.

Half Time 1-1

St. Mirren started the second half quickly and Imrie scurried to the byeline before fizzing a cross all the way across the box but no one was on hand to tap it in. After that ICT started to turn the screw and passed up a great chance after some good work from Andrew Shinnie led to a half chance to McKay who opted to shoot instead of play in Foran who had a clear run at goal. McKay's shot was weak and trundled wide of goal.

Thompson headed St. Mirren back into the lead after more good work from Teale on the right and his cross was bulleted home by Thompson from around 8 yards out. By this point the game had swung back and St. Mirren were dominating proceedings as ICT struggled to get a foothold and resorted to some aimless punts forward as they abandoned some of the nice passing play that had been on show from both ICT and St. Mirren. Foran saw a header droft over the bar and Andrew Shinnie volleyed goalwards but Samson dealt well with his effort.

However an equaliser soon came and it was the result of St. Mirren being unable to clear the lines from an ICT corner. Aaron Doran meet a high clearance and volleyed an effort back towards goal. Samson was only able to parry the shot and Foran was first to react and bundled his header into the goal. Suddenly ICT were on top again as the fantastic Andrew Shinnie was thwarted by a one handed Samson save after he had drifted through the St. Mirren defence and Doran also passed up a good chance with a very weak effort that trundled wide.

However, going into the final few minutes of the game it was St. Mirren who suddenly looked like they could grab a winner as Lewis Guy met a wonderful cross and cracked an effort off the post with Reguero stranded. Two goals were ruled out for offside for St Mirren and St Mirren also had a penalty claim waved away as Carey (I think) was booked for diving.

Full Time 2-2

Quite an incredible match with plenty of chances for both sides. It was great to see two teams, for the most part, try and play some good passing football. St. Mirren were more defensive for most of the game but when they stifled an Inverness attack the strode forward from the back with some great passing and movement which carved open the ICT defence on several occasions. Teale and McGowan had good games and Matthew Cooper struggled against Thompson who gave him all sorts of problems. For ICT Andrew Shinnie was fantastic. His close control and dribbling were top class and he was at the centre of most of our attacks. He came in for some rough treatment from some of the St. Mirren players who found him hard to stop.

Crowd announced as 3,506 with around 150 - 200 St. Mirren fans. I didn't realise that there were no trains running today so fair play to those fans that did travel today. Bit poor from the ICT support again but I thought there was a bit more than was announced.

There's been some discussion on Collum's performance and I have to say I thought he was absolutely rotten. My favourite decision today that he got wrong was when Draper was "tackled" from behind by a St Mirren player who didn't play the ball and caught Drapers leg. For some inexplicable reason Collum gave a free kick to St. Mirren. A very poor performance.

Match report written by RIG



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 19 12 4 3 39 14 25 40
2. Inverness CT 20 8 9 3 44 35 9 33
3. Motherwell 20 9 6 5 35 27 8 33
4. Hibernian 20 8 4 8 30 29 1 28
5. Aberdeen 20 7 6 7 25 25 0 27
6. Kilmarnock 19 7 5 7 28 24 4 26
7. St. Johnstone 20 6 8 6 23 26 -3 26
8. Dundee Utd 19 6 7 6 28 27 1 25
9. Hearts 20 6 7 7 20 22 -2 25
10. St. Mirren 20 5 6 9 25 34 -9 21
11. Ross County 20 4 9 7 21 30 -9 21
12. Dundee 19 3 3 13 12 37 -25 12