Inverness CT 0 - 0 St. Johnstone

League Match
Friday, April 5th, 2013, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,744
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Inverness CT  St. Johnstone

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Steve Lomas

Starting Eleven
Antonio Reguero
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Andrew Shinnie
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay
Alan Mannus
Dave Mackay
Callum Davidson
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Gregory Tade
Mehdi Abeid
Chris Millar
Liam Craig
Rowan Vine
Steven MacLean

Substitutes
Scott Mathieson
Charlie Taylor
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
Jonathan Tuffey
Patrick Cregg
Nigel Hasselbaink
Gwion Edwards
David McCracken
Liam Caddis
Thomas Scobbie

Substitutions
Nick Ross for Andrew Shinnie (80)
Thomas Scobbie -> Callum Davidson (24)
Gwion Edwards -> Gregory Tade (66)
Nigel Hasselbaink -> Rowan Vine (77)

Bookings
None. Liam Craig (17)
Mehdi Abeid (56)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 23 apps -
Josh Meekings 57 apps -
Daniel Devine 6 apps -
David Raven 39 apps -
Owain Tudur Jones 50 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 36 apps5 goals
Aaron Doran 68 apps4 goals
Graeme Shinnie 95 apps2 goals
Andrew Shinnie 60 apps23 goals
Billy Mckay 64 apps27 goals
Richie Foran 164 apps40 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 101 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (20 years 215 days)
Oldest Player:Antonio Reguero (2014 years 250 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 331 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 180 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2014 years 250 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 2 days
Domestic Players:11 (68.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Owain Tudur Jones played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Stalemate...

As predictable as bears going for a number two in the forest, this game ended in a no scoring draw. Neither side looked capable of taking control of the game and a draw was a fair reflection of the evening fare. St Johnstone had the majority of possession but we carved out the better opportunities and were denied the winner by a superb save by Mannus from a close range Draper header near the end.

A warm evening in Inverness gave way to cold, crisp skies – and sharp movement to match on the field.

Mehdi Abeid, on-loan from Newcastle United, had an early pop at goal for Saints which whistled dangerously close to Antonio Reguero’s upright.

The young midfielder looked sharp in a bright opening few minutes for Saints before the hosts settled.

Owain Tudur Jones produced Caley Thistle’s first attempt at goal and the big Welshman went even closer with a powerful stab from outside the box, tipped wide by Mannus, after 12 minutes.

Andrew Shinnie also nodded just over from six yards from Ross Draper’s delivery as the home side began to look dangerous.

Saints held enough menace, themselves, though.

Steven MacLean won the ball easily from young Inverness defender Danny Devine after a poor touch and slid a pass to Rowan Vine on the left side of the box.

Clear chances were thin on the ground but Hibs-bound Liam Craig, earlier booked, made a tremendous surge past Graeme Shinnie into the right of the home box after 25 minutes.

As the Saints midfielder – who grabbed the equaliser against Untied – dug in a low cross, Reguero was again sharp down to save.

Josh Meekings did a tremendous mopping-up job on Vine as the Perth striker honed in on goal after 38 minutes.


It was finely-balanced but Abeid wriggled into space and whipped a tremendous long-range effort only just wide with half-time approaching.

Early in the second half, the young French-born Algerian was set up after Vine’s grit and perseverance on the left.

Teed up square on goal, Abeid’s low-strike swerved through a ruck of players but was stopped by the one-handed reaction of Reguero.

A poor spell for the hosts ended with Tudur Jones’ attempt parried by Mannus and Shinnie then stabbing just over the bar from Billy McKay’s supply after the hour. Soon after, Aaron Doran broke at pace free behind the Saints defence and was about to pull the trigger as Mannus shut him down superbly.


The pendulum was swinging in Caley Thistle’s favour as Shinnie swept a shot just over from distance.

Saints thought they had opened after 71 minutes but Vine’s finish was in vain with play called back for a foul on Meekings.

With ten minutes left, St Johnstoine retained slightly the upper hand and a strike by substitute Nigel Hasselbaink looked net-bound in a crowded box before striking the legs of team-mate Frazer Wright.

There was another chance soon afterwards when Hasselbaink was floored by David Raven sharp left of the home box.

The otherwise excellent Abeid swung his free-kick far too long.

Caley Thistle, though, went agonisingly close with a header from Ross Draper parried by the firm fists of Mannus close-in from a Nick Ross cross.

A draw is not the worst result by far as it keeps the Saints at bay, but I doubt many fans or Mr Butcher will be overly impressed by the performance.

Highlight for many was the helicopter circling the stadium during the game, it certainly looked more interesting than the game itself and the rousing drumbeat chanting in the second half got many a foot tapping.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 32 20 6 6 75 30 45 66
2. Motherwell 32 15 8 9 54 40 14 53
3. Inverness CT 33 12 15 6 58 49 9 51
4. St. Johnstone 33 11 13 9 39 38 1 46
5. Ross County 32 11 12 9 40 39 1 45
6. Kilmarnock 32 10 12 10 45 41 4 42
7. Aberdeen 32 10 11 11 38 40 -2 41
8. Dundee Utd 32 9 14 9 47 51 -4 41
9. Hibernian 32 10 10 12 40 44 -4 40
10. St. Mirren 32 8 11 13 38 49 -11 35
11. Hearts 32 8 10 14 29 43 -14 34
12. Dundee 32 4 8 20 20 59 -39 20