Inverness CT 3 - 1 Queen of the South

League Match
Saturday, January 13th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,209
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Queen of the South

Goalscorers
Iain Vigurs (3)
Joe Chalmers (29)
Aaron Doran (58)
Owen Bell (85)

Team Managers
John Robertson Gary Naysmith

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Gary Warren
Brad Mckay
Riccardo Calder
Joe Chalmers
Iain Vigurs
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
George Oakley
Connor Bell
Jack Leighfield
Shaun Rooney
Darren Brownlie
Jason Kerr
Scott Mercer
John Rankin
Joseph Thomson
Connor Murray
Lyndon Dykes
Christopher Kane
Stephen Dobbie

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Jack Brown
Collin Seedorf
Charlie Trafford
Jake Mulraney
Daniel Mackay
John Baird
Alan Martin
Ross Fergusson
Owen Bell
Jesse Akubuine
Myles Beerman
Ewan Gourlay

Substitutions
John Baird for Connor Bell (72)
Charlie Trafford for Iain Vigurs (78)
Ross Fergusson -> Connor Murray (63)
Myles Beerman -> Lyndon Dykes (63)
Owen Bell -> Christopher Kane (71)

Bookings
Brad Mckay (21)
Iain Vigurs (74)
Coll Donaldson (76)
Lyndon Dykes (41)
Shaun Rooney (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 26 apps -
Brad Mckay 56 apps3 goals
Coll Donaldson 19 apps -
Gary Warren 204 apps18 goals
Riccardo Calder 22 apps2 goals
Joe Chalmers 28 apps1 goal
Iain Vigurs 126 apps21 goals
Liam Polworth 143 apps13 goals
Aaron Doran 180 apps23 goals
Connor Bell 23 apps7 goals
George Oakley 26 apps6 goals
Charlie Trafford (sub) 16 apps -
John Baird (sub) 28 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Connor Bell (21 years 187 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 158 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 95 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Brown (16 years 174 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Esson (37 years 309 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 31 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Joe Chalmers scored his first goal for the Club.

Closing in on a play-off position: Inverness recorded their first win over Queen of the South this season with a comfortable 3-1 scoreline. First half goals from Iain Vigurs and Joe Chalmers gave us a deserved lead and Aaron Doran added a third after the break. As we eased off, Queens came more into it and got their consolation when Owen Bell headed a fine goal with five minutes left.

This win pulls Inverness level on points with the Doonhamers and within striking distance of the two teams above us although we have played more games than most. Still, it's a healthier position than we were in a few months ago.

Carl Tremarco missed out through injury as did Nathan Austin. Riccardo Calder slotted in at left back with Brad Mckay on the opposite side. Collin Seedorf and Jake Mulraney were fit enough to make the bench.

The Doonhamers had the firepower of 35 year old Stephen Dobbie up front and youngster Owen Bell starting on the bench. On loan Rangers defender Myles Beerman was on the bench along with him. Striker Chris Kane was making his final appearance for Queen of the South before returning to St Johnstone. The 23 year old has now made 24 appearances for the Doonhamers scoring five goals and has benefitted greatly playing alongside the vastly experienced Stephen Dobbie.

The frost of the previous days had relented and it was a brisk day, a tad chilly but nonetheless a decent day for a game of footy. Just over two thousand two hundred fans made the effort to get to this game and they were treated to an excellent start by the hosts who came out of the blocks with all guns blazing.

The two previous meetings this season produced no goals but Inverness were looking to carry their excellent form from the Falkirk game into this one. Queens were confident their excellent away form would continue.

The opening moments were a taste of things to come and captain Gary Warren had a header saved in the second minute as Inverness pressed from the off. The keeper did well to tip his powered header onto and over the bar. Moments later from the resultant corner Iain Vigurs placed a header into the keepers top right corner as he kept a cool head when a loose ball presented itself to him. Great goal and what a start to this game.

Dobbie and Polworth exchanged efforts at either end as the game opened out but it was Inverness that were in control and it was no surprise when a second goal came along, although it was all done in slow motion. Joe Chalmers gathered a ball on the edge of the box and his scuffed effort deceived everyone, including the fans in the North Stand. It wrong footed half a dozen players and an unsighted keeper to roll gently into the bottom corner with Leighfield scrambling frantically across his line to no avail. Take that and a first for Joe Chalmers.

We saw out the half comfortably and our attacking endeavour should maybe have reaped more, but Queens got away lightly.

Half Time 2-0

Gary Naysmith no doubt got them to up their energy levels after the break and with Inverness content to hold what they had Queens came more into it, Stephen Dobbie coming close.

However, when we broke forward we always looked dangerous and Aaron Doran knocked home a third after Polworth crossed into the box from the right.

Dobbie tried his luck again but his curling effort was mopped up easily by Mark Ridgers as Queens began to believe in themselves and we gave up ownership of the midfield.

Beerman and Kerr went close as well but most of the work Queens were doing ended in hopeful efforts rather than guilt edged chances.

Iain Vigurs was yellow carded in bizarre fashion. Shaun Rooney went down when tackled and the ref blew for a foul, albeit a soft one. After the players exchanged pleasantries Rooney shoved Vigurs over. As is the norm these days, the ref calls them both over and booked Rooney then Vigurs. Seems to me that getting pushed over is a bookable offence. How odd.

Mark Ridgers saved a rasping effort as Queens went looking for a goal and we began to look a little edgy at the back but we weathered the storm and it probably was more comfortable on the park than it was watching from the stand.

John Baird had an effort saved but Queens got their reward for not giving up when a superb Beerman cross was briskly headed high into the net by Owen Bell.

Inverness responded and Oakley almost restored the three goal cushion but he shot across goal and wide of the mark.

Full Time 3-1

Fantastic first half again for Inverness. Some really tidy play and a thoroughly deserved win. Coll Donaldson was once again immense, he is some player for a big lad, but for me, he was outshone by Riccardo Calder who doubled as a full back and left winger. Great shift again from Calder who is my MotM. There was some wonderful play all over the park and George Oakley is turning out to be a useful front man using his upper body strength to good effect. Unsung hero Joe Chalmers has come onto a game over the last couple of months playing on the left midfield side. Without the shackles and constraints of defending, the big loon has come into his own and scored a goal into the bargain.

Iain Vigurs, despite his booking tally reaching it's limits, was a class apart in the first half and himself and Polly are beginning to create plenty for the strikers. No failures yesterday and competition for starting berths is hotting up.

So, we are starting to pick up pace and are now pushing for a play-off position, well deserved given our recent form.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. St. Mirren 22 15 3 4 41 23 18 48
2. Dundee Utd 21 12 4 5 30 23 7 40
3. Dunfermline 21 9 6 6 37 24 13 33
4. Livingston 20 9 6 5 31 24 7 33
5. Queen of the South 21 8 6 7 34 30 4 30
6. Inverness CT 22 8 6 8 29 25 4 30
7. Dumbarton 21 4 8 9 15 28 -13 20
8. Falkirk 21 4 8 9 20 34 -14 20
9. Brechin City 21 0 4 17 16 48 -32 4