Inverness CT 2 - 1 Queen of the South

League - Championship
Saturday, September 25th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,184
Referee: Alan Newlands
Inverness CT  Queen of the South

Goalscorers
Sean Welsh (12)
Michael Gardyne (81)
Lee Connelly (74)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Michael Gardyne
Roddy MacGregor
David Carson
Tom Walsh
Sean Welsh
Scott Allardice
Manny Duku
Sol Brynn
Roberto Nditi
Paul McKay
Josh Debayo
Wullie Gibson
Ben Liddle
Calvin McGrory
Euan East
Max Johnston
Niyah Joseph
Lee Connelly

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Reece McAlear
Aaron Doran
Lewis Jamieson
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay
Alex Cooper
Udoka Chima
Ruari Paton
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Matthew Henderson
Charlie Cowie
Ruben Soares Junior

Substitutions
Reece McAlear for Roddy MacGregor (54)
Billy Mckay for Manny Duku (63)
Lewis Jamieson for Scott Allardice (76)
Ruben Soares Junior -> Ben Liddle (67)
Aidan Fitzpatrick -> Calvin McGrory (73)
Ruari Paton -> Max Johnston (87)

Bookings
Scott Allardice (9)
Roberto Nditi (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 166 apps -
Kirk Broadfoot 11 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 44 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 122 apps4 goals
Michael Gardyne 8 apps2 goals
Roddy MacGregor 68 apps4 goals
David Carson 64 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 80 apps13 goals
Sean Welsh 75 apps10 goals
Scott Allardice 44 apps3 goals
Manny Duku 11 apps2 goals
Reece McAlear (sub) 9 apps -
Billy Mckay (sub) 163 apps67 goals
Lewis Jamieson (sub) 3 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (19 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 57 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 50 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Jamieson (19 years 197 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 57 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 338 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Sean Welsh reached 10 goals for the Club.

Gardyne volleys us to the top

Goals from Sean Welsh and Michael Gardyne were just enough to put Inverness back to the top of the table despite a worldy goal from Lee Connelly for the visitors. Inverness deserved the win but made hard work of it before Gardyne scored a superb volley to win the points and ease the fans nerves.

Billy Dodds had Michael Gardyne back from injury but Doran and Sutherland were on the bench after knocks last week. Sean Welsh was in the starting XI as Inverness looked to get back above Kilmarnock after they drew with Arbroath on Friday night.

Queen of the South came North on the back of some indifferent form which showed they were better suited to playing away from home. No Dobbie as the prolific striker had left Palmerston after a glittering career. Much travelled former Ross County and Inverness player Alex Cooper was on the bench for the Doonhamers.

Mark Ridgers was the first keeper in action as he smothered a weak shot from Lee Connelly with just sixty seconds gone.

Inverness responded with a Scott Allardice drive that fizzed a couple of feet wide in the fifth minute, although the keeper looked to have his post covered.

Allardice's next involvement was a booking after a rash tackle out wide as Inverness made heavy weather of making any progress. However, Duku turned his marker and was brought down on the edge of the penalty box arc as David Carson fed the ball to him. Sean Welsh stepped forward and curled a sublime low free kick into the bottom corner from around twenty-five yards, the ball coming off the surface at pace.

Tom Walsh almost got on the end of a Gardyne cross after a quick free kick, the ball just out of reach. Minutes later another Gardyne cross found Manny Duku but his header was glanced wide. Duku was causing problems for the defence with his awkward style and direct running, almost finding Walsh after another cut back into the box. Yet another Gardyne cross not connected with Duku's head as the striker passes up on another opportunity.

Ten minutes to the break and the hosts are well in control although Queens are not completely out of it so far with only one goal separating the sides as another Gardyne cross evades two forwards in the box.

After Gardyne was fouled wide left, a Walsh free kick was headed goalwards but it lacked sufficient power to trouble the keeper as the interval loomed.

Half Time: 1-0

The visitors managed to make some progress early in the second half and Mark Ridgers pulled off a superb save and he was not to know it was adjudged offside.

Substitute Reece McAlear stung the palms of the keeper as Inverness came back into the game.

Broadfoot dollied a header into the keeper and when Johnston broke on the right side for Queens, he got the break of the ball but dragged his shot just wide across the keeper.

Billy McKay replaced the hapless Duku around the hour as Inverness looked for the cushion.

Clear chances were difficult to come by as the hosts won a couple of corners to no avail, but from the return ball, Walsh's cross bounced back off the corner of the bar.

Out of nothing the visitors scored a superb goal through Connelly with a curling shot from the corner of the box high into the net across the keeper. Great strike!

Lewis Jamieson replaced Allardice as Dodds decided a second goal was needed.

It almost came at the other end as a cleared ball ricocheted off a defender and Ridgers had to look sharp to save.

Just when Queens looked the more likely to score, Michael Gardyne volleyed in a beauty after a long through ball from Robbie Deas bounced up nicely for him to chest then volley home with power.

Inverness pressed for a third goal and Carson and Gardyne were blocked in the six yard box as the clock ticked towards the ninety.

With the hosts in command the referee ended the game to send Inverness back to the top of the table after a deserved win over a gritty Queens

Full Time: 2-1

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 7 6 1 0 9 2 7 19
2. Kilmarnock 7 5 1 1 8 1 7 16
3. Arbroath 7 4 2 1 14 4 10 14
4. Partick Thistle 6 3 0 3 11 10 1 9
5. Ayr United 7 2 2 3 7 8 -1 8
6. Raith Rovers 5 2 1 2 7 6 1 7
7. Queen of the South 7 2 0 5 8 12 -4 6
8. Morton 7 1 2 4 5 10 -5 5
9. Hamilton Academical 7 1 2 4 6 14 -8 5
10. Dunfermline 6 0 3 3 3 11 -8 3