Inverness CT 1 - 1 Kilmarnock

League Match
Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,780
Referee: Bobby Madden
Inverness CT  Kilmarnock

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (25)
Kris Boyd (pen.19)

Team Managers
Richie Foran Lee Clark & Lee McCulloch

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
David Raven
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Louis Laing
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Larnell Cole
Billy Mckay
Billy King
Freddie Woodman
Iain Wilson
Scott Boyd
Kristoffer Ajer
Greg Taylor
Gary Dicker
Jordan Jones
Rory McKenzie
Sean Longstaff
Conor Sammon
Kris Boyd

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Kevin McNaughton
Liam Polworth
Jake Mulraney
Scott Boden
Dean Ebbe
Henri Anier
Jamie MacDonald
Karleigh Osborne
Greg Kiltie
Adam Frizzell
Callum Roberts
Dean Hawkshaw
Innes Cameron

Substitutions
Kevin McNaughton for Brad Mckay (46)
Jake Mulraney for Billy King (61)
Liam Polworth for Larnell Cole (86)
Greg Kiltie -> Rory McKenzie (52)
Callum Roberts -> Jordan Jones (79)

Bookings
Brad Mckay (34)
Gary Dicker (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 79 apps -
Jamie McCart 6 apps -
Brad Mckay 23 apps -
Louis Laing 6 apps -
David Raven 160 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 185 apps15 goals
Greg Tansey 183 apps30 goals
Larnell Cole 20 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 194 apps16 goals
Billy King 28 apps3 goals
Billy Mckay 150 apps65 goals
Kevin McNaughton (sub) 8 apps -
Jake Mulraney (sub) 27 apps -
Liam Polworth (sub) 107 apps10 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 290 days)
Oldest Player:Billy King (2018 years 247 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 341 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 290 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 247 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 222 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Another missed opportunity:

Inverness passed up another opportunity to steer away from the foot of the table as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kilmarnock in the Highlands. It was an entertaining enough game and nobody can have any complaints about the scoreline. Brad Mckay gave away a penalty with a rash challenge inside the box to give Bobby Madden no option but to point to the spot. Kris Boyd converted to open the scoring, but six minutes later Billy Mckay swivelled in the box to hit a low shot in off the post the square matters. With no further scoring thanks to both keepers in excellent form, the game ended level, a better point for Killie than it was for the home side.

With Iain Vigurs and Carl Tremarco missing, Richie Foran had to re-jig his outfit and went with five defenders and King & Cole as the playmakers. Aberdeen bound Greg Tansey was given a key role to provide the ammunition for the strikers.

Killie had Kris Boyd on from the off with the tricky Jordan Jones the wide provider.

It was a fairly cagey opening to the game with neither side settling early. Larnell Cole was prominent early on and he drew a good save from Freddie Woodman as he shot from the edge of the box.

One contest that was as one sided as David Haye's last bout was Jordan Jones v Brad Mckay. It was a contest that would see the bedraggled Brad kept in the dressing room after the break. Jones enjoyed the freedom of the wing as he tore Brad Mckay a new one time after time. It was his pace and trickery that led to a clumsy lunge by the bold Brad that Mr Madden had the simple task of awarding a penalty. A stonewaller and Kris Boyd fired the penalty low to the keepers right which makes you wonder why Owain dived low to his left. It may have been Mckay that was the baddie, but the real villain of the piece was Billy King who lost the ball just outside our box. Jones forced Fon Williams into action a couple of minutes later as he waltzed across our defence and shot goalwards.

We took that one on the chin and pushed for an equaliser and that came six minutes later. The busy Cole fed David Raven on the left and his cross into the box was partly cleared. Billy pounced on the loose ball, brought it under control swiftly, swivelled and rifled his shot across the keeper and in off the post.

Ten minutes later and Gerg Tansey hit a long range effort to the keepers left, but it was at a comfortable height and he pushed the ball away from danger at the expense of a corner.

Boyd might have done better as he volleyed a cross from the right, but he miscued and the chance went harmlessly wide. Conor Sammon fared slightly better with a header but Fon Williams saved minutes before the break.

Half Time 1-1

With Brad Mckay staying in after the break Kevin McNaughton replaced him to good effect, his first real test since his season long injury problem. He certainly steadied the ship and also found time to overlap on the left.

Tansey and Billy Mckay both shot wide as we looked to get ahead and Cole made Woodman earn his crust as the keeper dived low to his left to push away his netbound shot.

Gary Warren did well as he out sprinted the bulky Boyd and terminated his run on the edge of the box with a well timed tackle, the ageing Killie striker looking like he might benefit from a long ball over the top.

Jake Mulraney came on after the hour and spent the rest of the afternoon being fouled. His wing wizardry seeing him beat players with consumate ease but still the final ball eluded him and his strike partners.

Some nifty neat footwork by Tansey saw him feed McNaughton who crossed low into the heart of the box. Billy Mckay hit it first time with his left foot from twelve yards but Woodman produced a remarkable reflex save to deny Billy who must have thought he was about to score.

Jones and Sean Longstaff brought out the best of Fon Williams, but he pulled of an equally good save as he dived low to his right and got a solid hand on a flashing shot from Callum Roberts as Killie finished the game strongly. Woodman was in the right place to gather a stabbed effort in a six yard box melee and that was our lot.

Full Time 1-1

So, a draw it was and no surprise it was a scoring one at that. Plenty of effort from Inverness today but the story of the season was evident again. Not making the most of the chances that came our way and when we ran out of ideas the visitors ended stronger and we were left clinging on somewhat without looking like getting our noses in front.
Richie Foran is not the fans favourite just now as we went with five defenders and an isolated Billy Mckay. Brad Mckay was rightly hooked at half time as he was a liability every time Jones confronted him. Kev McNaughton was excellent when he came on though and oozed class, his reading of the game reminiscent of a young Bobby Mann. Mulraney did one piece of magic to earn a corner when he was hemmed in but was the victim of some rough treatment from the Killie defence. Great goal from Billy Mckay to get us the point and a superb display from Fon Williams. I'm giving my vote to Larnell Cole, but there were great contribuions from a handful of players, namely Fon Williams, Raven, Tansey and Billy Mckay. A couple of names not on that list are the pair responsible for the Killie penalty, Brad Mckay and the anonymous Billy King who must have been wearing Vigurs' boots.

These draws are hurting us now as we run out of games and many fans are now fearing the worst with Foran looking like he might be incapable of turning this around. Difficult times ahead as Hamilton sent us to the bottom of the league once more with a very late win against St Johnstone. One win in our last eighteen games does not fill me with confidence going into the vital bottom six games.

Difficult game coming up at Pittodrie on Tuesday night and the sheep are on fire after burning Dundee on Friday night. That's the most difficult fixture we have left, let's get it out of the way with as little damage as possible then look for some positives in our remaining fixtures.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 27 2 0 76 18 58 83
2. Aberdeen 30 19 4 7 60 24 36 61
3. Rangers 30 14 9 7 43 34 9 51
4. St. Johnstone 30 12 7 11 39 38 1 43
5. Hearts 29 11 8 10 50 37 13 41
6. Partick Thistle 30 9 10 11 33 35 -2 37
7. Kilmarnock 30 7 12 11 29 46 -17 33
8. Dundee 30 8 6 16 32 48 -16 30
9. Ross County 30 6 10 14 32 50 -18 28
10. Motherwell 30 7 7 16 34 58 -24 28
11. Hamilton Academical 30 5 12 13 27 47 -20 27
12. Inverness CT 30 4 13 13 34 54 -20 25