Ross County 0 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 5,959
Referee: Steven McLean
Ross County Inverness CT

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Team Managers
Derek Adams Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Mihael Kovacevic
Evangelos Ikonomou
Scott Boyd
Grant Munro
Ivan Sproule
Richard Brittain
Paul Lawson
Rocco Quinn
Iain Vigurs
Sam Morrow
Ryan Esson
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Andrew Shinnie
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Sean McCarthy
Andrew Hainault
Steffen Wohlfarth
Gary Glen
Alex Cooper
Archie MacPhee
Steven Ross
Antonio Reguero
Daniel Devine
Charlie Taylor
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Shane Sutherland

Gary Glen => Sam Morrow (66)
Steffen Wohlfarth => Ivan Sproule (88)
Nick Ross for Aaron Doran (57)
Charlie Taylor for Richie Foran (64)

Iain Vigurs (30) David Raven (30)
Graeme Shinnie (79)

Red Cards
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 157 apps -
David Raven 35 apps -
Gary Warren 35 apps6 goals
Josh Meekings 53 apps -
Ross Draper 32 apps4 goals
Graeme Shinnie 92 apps2 goals
Aaron Doran 64 apps4 goals
Andrew Shinnie 56 apps21 goals
Owain Tudur Jones 46 apps2 goals
Richie Foran 160 apps40 goals
Billy Mckay 60 apps25 goals
Charlie Taylor (sub) 3 apps -
Nick Ross (sub) 97 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (21 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2014 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 250 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 146 days)
Oldest Player:Charlie Taylor (2014 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 218 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


El Floppo@

Not quite El Kessocko, more like El Floppo as both sides bludgeoned out a pretty drab no scoring draw.  One man did his best to keep the score level and that was the clown that officiated this encounter.  A painted face and a pair of oversize shoes were all that was missing from referee Steve McLean as he went about his routine, culminating in the moment he brought the house down with his antics.  Not giving a penalty was hilarious.  But he topped that by booking the spreadeagled Graham Shinnie to the delight of the watching throng.  Graham now misses the next derby in a fortnight at Inverness.

As expected, Richie Foran made the starting eleven with Nick Ross dropping to the bench and Gary Warren returned at centre back, partnered by Josh Meekings with Devine dropping out.  For County, Michael Fraser was a late replacement for Mark Brown in goals.

A packed Global Energy Stadium and a perfect day for football saw the game kick off with the fans in fine fettle and singing voices well lubricated in the pre-match boozers, the Mallard being well full before the Steve McLean show started.

To be honest, I don't have a lot to tell you about.  We seemed to play the better quality football, but once more the cutting edge was blunt, County quite content to hit on the counter, a style which suits them down to a tee.

Villain of the piece Ian Vigurs was first to threaten, taking on Raven but Gary Warren intervened as he tried to shoot. Josh Meekings charged down a Paul Lawson shot with County claiming for hand ball, nothing doing.

Billy McKay was inches away from connecting with a Richie Foran cross as Inverness looked the more likely to make the breakthrough, but defences were on top.

David Raven came to the rescue as he headed a thumping netbound shot from Oikonomou away to safety and Inverness responded when Ross Draper saw his effort cleared off the line.

Enter the clown as he rightly booked Ian Vigurs for unceremoniously upending Raven, then he also booked Raven for being fouled; what the!    This sparked a bit of posturing on the touchline, get back in yer box Derek, as Terry and Derek exchanged niceties, 1-0 to Terry.

Half Time 0-0

The second forty five was similar to the first, once more few clear chances. Andy Shinnie tried his best with a mazy run at the County defence but his lack of pace saw him run out of legs as Munro mopped up the attack and at the other end Kovacevic nearly did a 'Gasgoine' as he flicked the ball up and over Shinnie, but his shot just missed Esson's right hand post.  Good effort by the full back though.  His next effort was wide of the mark as County began to assert themselves more but the Inverness defence held firm and the game had nil nil written all over it long before the end.

Hilarity erupted when Oikonomou felled Graham Shinnie as he burst into the box with the punch line following thereafter; a booking for the prostrate Shinnie, my sides were sore laughing .........NOT!

Tudur-Jones thought he was Messi as he skirted round the County defence.  It turned out he was messy as his attempted curler went high and wide, as did Brittain's effort late in the game.

Full Time 0-0

So, much ado about nothing really.  The game itself was a bit disappointing although at 0-0 it had enough to keep you interested.  That's five blank sheets County have had in a row during their now 10 match unbeaten run. Steve McLean saw to it that they kept their run going but in all honesty both sides could have played for a week and not scored.  Let's hope the game in Inverness has some added value to it.

tm4tj MotM:- Another tough call on this, but it has to go to either Garry Warren or Josh Meekings who were rock solid at the back.  Andy Shinnie showed again he is peerless in terms of quality, just an extra half a yard would see him and us benefit. So, on his return to action it has to be oooooh, Gary Warren.

All to do again on the 16th, and the Highlands are still ours until then, and County remain in our shadow, just.  You can hear the seethe already.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 19 5 5 68 23 45 62
2. Motherwell 29 13 7 9 47 39 8 46
3. Inverness CT 29 10 13 6 53 46 7 43
4. Ross County 29 10 12 7 36 34 2 42
5. St. Johnstone 29 10 11 8 36 35 1 41
6. Hibernian 29 10 9 10 38 38 0 39
7. Kilmarnock 29 9 11 9 43 38 5 38
8. Dundee Utd 29 9 11 9 45 49 -4 38
9. Aberdeen 29 9 10 10 33 36 -3 37
10. St. Mirren 28 8 8 12 35 45 -10 32
11. Hearts 29 7 9 13 27 41 -14 30
12. Dundee 28 3 6 19 16 53 -37 15