Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 4,809
Referee: Mike McCurry
Kilmarnock Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Nish (7) Craig Dargo (19)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Smith
Lilley
Murray
Hay
Wright
Fowler
Invincible
Johnston
Nish
Fernandez
Wales
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Ian Black
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Bench
Di Giacamo
Adams
Leven
Murray
Campbell
O'Leary
Harpur
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Zander Sutherland
Rory McAllister

Substitutions
Murray -> Invincible (75)
Di Giacamo -> Fernandez (83)
Richie Hart for Ian Black (46)
Rory McAllister for Craig Dargo (90)

Bookings
None. Ian Black (25)
Ross Tokely (73)
Darren Dods (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 187 apps -
Ross Tokely 371 apps27 goals
Grant Munro 177 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 82 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 268 apps2 goals
Roy McBain 235 apps13 goals
Ian Black 52 apps1 goal
Barry Wilson 280 apps75 goals
John Rankin 8 apps -
Craig Dargo 46 apps23 goals
Graham Bayne 71 apps11 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 142 apps16 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 29 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 206 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 54 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 190 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 206 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 54 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 190 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

KILMARNOCK 1-1 ICT

Last season there were 3 entertaining draws between the sides and it has started in a familiar fashion this season. Colin Nish scored for Kilmarnock in 7 minutes and Craig Dargo levelled it in the 19th. Although Dominating the second half, Caley Thistle had Mark Brown to thank for a world class save in the final minute that would have undeservedly won it for Killie.

With three league draws last season between these sides those of a betting persuasion could justifiably have put money on a share of the points – and they would have been right.

After the midweek cup defeat to Falkirk Charlie Christie reinstated John Rankin and Ian Black to the starting line-up although Black was substituted at half time to avoid a possible second yellow card.

Craig Dargo returned to haunt his old club with the equaliser and he came very close to scoring a winner. He was initially castigated for a bad miss 20 minutes from time but his claim of a fine Graeme Smith save was upheld by TV pictures.

In the opening minutes Black hit just over the Killie bar then a Gary Wales strike at the other end was deflected for a corner. Killie took a seventh minute lead when Colin Nish pushed through a packed defence to head in a David Fernandez corner.

Dargo’s goal came in nineteen minutes when a long throw from Grant Munro on the right was headed on by Darren Dods and Dargo netted from a difficult angle beyond the far post. In 37 minutes Graham Bayne appeared to be sandwiched in the Killie box but referee Mike McCurry did not agree.

Half Time 1-0

Richie Hart replaced Black in the second half and the visitors pressed hard. Graham Bayne headed wide from 12 yards then Dargo headed over and hit the post.

The Inverness side’s best chance of a winner came in 70 minutes when a low Richie Hart drive was spilled by Smith and Dargo nipped in to hopefully touch in the rebound – somehow Smith recovered enough to push the ball onto the post and the danger was averted. Hart then had a 12 yard shot deflected for a corner.

The save of the season came in the final minute when Frazer Wright took an Alan Johnston cross and his downwards header seemed destined to bring the winner – Mark Brown dived to save with an impressed BBC radio commentator comparing it to Gordon Banks at his best.

Full Time: 1-1

A good point on the road but a minor slip to ninth spot.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 8 6 1 1 14 5 9 19
2. Hearts 7 4 1 2 9 6 3 13
3. Rangers 8 3 3 2 14 10 4 12
4. Aberdeen 7 3 3 1 8 4 4 12
5. Kilmarnock 8 3 3 2 11 12 -1 12
6. Hibernian 8 3 2 3 11 8 3 11
7. St. Mirren 8 3 1 4 8 10 -2 10
8. Falkirk 8 3 1 4 5 10 -5 10
9. Inverness CT 8 1 5 2 9 10 -1 8
10. Dunfermline 8 2 2 4 7 9 -2 8
11. Dundee Utd 8 1 5 2 7 9 -2 8
12. Motherwell 8 1 1 6 5 15 -10 4