St. Johnstone 4 - 0 Inverness CT

League (Playoff) - Final 2nd Leg
Monday, May 23rd, 2022, 7:45 PM at McDairmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 7,355
Referee: Nick Walsh
St. Johnstone Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Stevie May (46)
Cammy MacPherson (53)
Callum Hendry (87)
Shaun Rooney (90)
None.

Team Managers
Callum Davidson Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Zander Clark
Dan Cleary
Liam Gordon
John Mahon
Shaun Rooney
Cammy MacPherson
Murray Davidson
James Brown
Melker Halberg
Glenn Middleton
Callum Hendry
Mark Ridgers
Robbie Deas
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Daniel Devine
David Carson
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
Logan Chalmers
Austin Samuels
Billy Mckay

Bench
Stevie May
Michael O'Halloran
Elliot Parish
Charlie Gilmour
Nadir Ciftci
Liam Craig
Tom Sang
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Lewis Hyde
Scott Allardice
Aaron Doran
Joe Hardy

Substitutions
Stevie May -> Glenn Middleton (45) Aaron Doran for Logan Chalmers (65)
Cameron Harper for David Carson (74)
Scott Allardice for Sean Welsh (81)
Joe Hardy for Daniel Devine (82)

Bookings
Cammy MacPherson (5)
Shaun Rooney (90)
David Carson (20)
Kirk Broadfoot (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 196 apps -
Robbie Deas 83 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 151 apps5 goals
Wallace Duffy 40 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 46 apps2 goals
David Carson 95 apps1 goal
Sean Welsh 108 apps13 goals
Reece McAlear 43 apps6 goals
Billy Mckay 200 apps80 goals
Logan Chalmers 18 apps5 goals
Austin Samuels 19 apps3 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 75 apps2 goals
Scott Allardice (sub) 64 apps3 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 330 apps50 goals
Joe Hardy (sub) 18 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 105 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 297 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 140 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 317 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 297 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 21 days
Domestic Players:11 (64.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Billy Mckay made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.

Inverness stay put

It was a winner takes all game tonight after a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Caledonian Stadium on Friday night. Inverness were bolstered by the return of Danny Devine and Wallace Duffy to the squad after their harsh dismissals at Arbroath. A big following went down to Perth, alas after a tremendous first half where we created the better opportunities, it was all undone within a minute of the restart by substitute Stevie May. A second goal killed any lingering hopes from a deflected MacPherson shot. The final two goals from Hendry & Rooney mattered not when the game was being chased and the dream ended, but the memory lives on. Fantastic endeavour from the Caley Jags and a magnificent following on the night.

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Danny Devine and Wallace Duffy started at McDiarmid Park with Aaron Doran dropping to the bench from the side that drew 2-2 at Inverness. St Johnstone went unchanged.

It was a much more positive Inverness that took to the park amid a tumultuous welcome from both sets of fans and with only one minute on the clock Logan Chalmers had an effort on goal but it did not trouble Zander Clark. Danny Devine headed over and Sean Welsh saw a shot blocked as the visitors took the game to heir more fancied opponents. In the twentieth minute Billy Mckay tried his luck from distance but his shot was too straight at the big keeper.

A minute later saw he hosts first half chance when Murray Davidson headed wide of Ridgers' goal frame.

A Wallace Duffy header was blocked en route to goal and at the other end Daniel Cleary headed wide as he Saints came marching on.

As in he first leg, Austin Samuels' pace was causing all sorts of problems down he right and Chalmers was having some success down the left. Clark pulled off a good save to deny Samuels as he cut into the box on the end of a Mckay pass.

Possession began to level out as we approached the interval, but it was the visitors who had the better of the first forty-five and left Callum Davidson with plenty to think about.

HALF TIME 0-0

Davidson brought on Stevie May at the interval for Middleton who had taken a knock in the first half.

That was unfortunate for Inverness as inside a minute he pounced on a loose ball in the box after the keeper pushed out a header from Hallberg to knock the ball high into the net. What a body blow for Inverness who had defended so well in the first half just to see all the excellent work undone in a flash. Worse was to follow in the fifty-third minute when Cammy MacPherson took a shot from outside the box. Ridgers moved to cover it but the ball deflected off Sean Welsh to leave the keeper stranded. 2-0 and virtually game over.

A great chance for the dangerous Samuels on the hour but his shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Clark, alas nobody was on hand for the rebound on the defence cleared. Thems the breaks you have to take, but when you need them, they often don't go your way, unlike the opening goal for Saints.

We went for broke with a spate of substitutions but it was never going to end well, especially after Aaron Doran missed a glorious chance from seventeen yards when he sliced his shot wide when a goal looked a better option.

More substitutions late in the game and we were always going to be caught out on the break as we went gung ho.

And so be it when Callum Hendry ran through onto a great ball from Hallberg to finish with aplomb. During the ensuing exodus, who else but Shaun Rooney did the same to dink Ridgers to complete our downfall. Booked as well for an over enthusiastic celebration. Hey ho.

FULL TIME: 4-0

If ever there was not a 4-0 scoreline, then this was it. But left chasing the game after two adverse moments then who could blame the guys for dropping their guard momentarily. Better team for forty-five, beaten team over ninety, no disgrace and they did their fans proud against a battle hardened St Johnstone who made flares fashionable again.

I thought the back four for Inverness were superb with Danny Devine immense. Wallace Duffy had a tremendous first half and Kirk Broadfoot can be proud of his last game for the Caley Jags. Robbie Deas was solid as he has been all season. David Carson had an eventful night and not even an early booking would stop him from playing his own game. Great effort from him with Sean Welsh also prominent. Up front Austin Samuels was the most effective with his bursts of power and pace.

Overall, heads held high after a gruelling six game schedule in a season that could have been.

Match report written by tm4tj