Hibernian 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 8,555
Referee: Craig Thomson
Hibernian Inverness CT

Leigh Griffiths (59) Ross Draper (48)
Andrew Shinnie (65)

Team Managers
Pat Fenlon Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Ben Williams
Tim Clancy
James McPake
Ryan McGivern
Lewis Stevenson
Gary Deegan
Tom Taiwo
Kevin Thomson
Alex Harris
Eoin Doyle
Leigh Griffiths
Antonio Reguero
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Andrew Shinnie
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Sean Murdoch
Jorge Claros
Paul Cairney
David Wotherspoon
Danny Handling
Scott Robertson
Jordon Forster
Scott Mathieson
Charlie Taylor
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Jordan Gibbons
Shane Sutherland

Paul Cairney -> Tom Taiwo (62)
Scott Robertson -> Gary Deegan (72)
David Wotherspoon -> Lewis Stevenson (83)
Nick Ross for Andrew Shinnie (92)

Gary Deegan (50)
Ryan McGivern (57)
Richie Foran (54)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 22 apps -
Daniel Devine 5 apps -
David Raven 38 apps -
Josh Meekings 56 apps -
Owain Tudur Jones 49 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 35 apps5 goals
Aaron Doran 67 apps4 goals
Graeme Shinnie 94 apps2 goals
Andrew Shinnie 59 apps23 goals
Billy Mckay 63 apps27 goals
Richie Foran 163 apps40 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 100 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (20 years 209 days)
Oldest Player:Andrew Shinnie (2014 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 325 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 174 days)
Oldest Player:Scott Mathieson (2014 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:22 years 333 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Nick Ross played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Easter Weekend, Easter Road, Easter Bonus:

Inverness continued the hunt for a Europa slot after denting Hibs prospects with a deserved away win at Easter Road on Easter weekend for a perfect Easter present for the hard working Inverness squad. Goals from Ross Draper and Andy Shinnie tilted the game in our favour after Leigh Griffiths had levelled with a deflected effort. Hibs tried in vain towards the end but Inverness had enough bottle to deny the hosts and claim their first win at Easter Road since 2008.

In a lively opening, Kevin Thomson had the first shot, while Caley Thistle countered with two quick breaks in the opening seven minutes. From those attacks their best chance fell to Owain Tudur Jones who, reluctant to hit with his left foot, awkwardly shifted to his right to take the chance but ended up taking the power out of the resulting effort.

Alex Harris settled into the match quickly in his first Hibs start and soon tested right-back David Raven with his willingness to run at the full back.

Ryan McGivern's shot grazed the Inverness goal frame and, at the other end, Richie Foran tried his luck from outside the box but also failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

Half Time 0-0

The second half yielded all the goals, the first of them coming when a long pass from Foran found Ross Draper, who controlled and then lobbed the ball beyond Williams.

Hibs were quick to seek an equaliser, Thomson and Doyle setting up Griffiths but the striker was foiled as he delayed his shot. Griffiths, who'd scored in four of the previous five home games, continued his impressive form but appeared to know little about the deflection that wrong-footed Antonio Reguero after the goalkeeper had looked well placed to gather Deegan's 20-yard shot.

If fortune had smiled on Hibs with their equaliser, it soon frowned upon them when they conceded again.

Shinnie was unmarked when he gathered in the box but it was a deflection off James McPake that took the eventual shot beyond Williams.

McPake showed great timing and composure with a skilful tackle to deny Billy McKay what would have been a killer third goal and kept the home side in the hunt.

Full Time 1-2

Hibs, without a home league win in 2013, sought to salvage a point but their final onslaught was deftly dealt with by a Caley Thistle side that saw the game out to a satisfactory conclusion without undue concern.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 31 20 5 6 74 29 45 65
2. Motherwell 32 15 8 9 54 40 14 53
3. Inverness CT 32 12 14 6 58 49 9 50
4. Ross County 32 11 12 9 40 39 1 45
5. St. Johnstone 31 11 11 9 38 37 1 44
6. Kilmarnock 31 10 11 10 44 40 4 41
7. Aberdeen 32 10 11 11 38 40 -2 41
8. Dundee Utd 31 9 13 9 46 50 -4 40
9. Hibernian 32 10 10 12 40 44 -4 40
10. Hearts 32 8 10 14 29 43 -14 34
11. St. Mirren 30 8 9 13 36 47 -11 33
12. Dundee 32 4 8 20 20 59 -39 20