St. Mirren 2 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, December 13th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Love St, Paisley
Attendance: 3,364
Referee: S Conroy
St. Mirren Inverness CT

Dorman 17
Brady 46

Team Managers
Gus MacPherson Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Richard Hastings
Grant Munro
David Proctor
Phil McGuire
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Don Cowie
Dougie Imrie
Andrew Barrowman
Adam Rooney

Michael Fraser
Jamie Duff
Roy McBain
Zander Sutherland
Iain Vigurs
Rory McAllister
Garry Wood

Dorman => Mason 90
Hamilton => Dargo 85
Roy McBain for Ian Black (66)
Rory McAllister for Andrew Barrowman (66)
Zander Sutherland for Dougie Imrie (77)

None. Andrew Barrowman (23)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 10 apps -
Grant Munro 260 apps6 goals
Phil McGuire 35 apps1 goal
David Proctor 74 apps4 goals
Richard Hastings 356 apps4 goals
Ian Black 126 apps6 goals
Don Cowie 61 apps12 goals
Russell Duncan 274 apps9 goals
Adam Rooney 18 apps4 goals
Andrew Barrowman 19 apps2 goals
Dougie Imrie 36 apps5 goals
Roy McBain (sub) 316 apps19 goals
Zander Sutherland (sub) 9 apps -
Rory McAllister (sub) 62 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Proctor (24 years 289 days)
Oldest Player:Adam Rooney (2010 years 136 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 230 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 225 days)
Oldest Player:Phil McGuire (2010 years 136 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 83 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Caley Thistle travelled to Paisley in desperate need of the points in order to try and put some space between them and the foot of the table, but it wasn`t to be. Dorman opened the scoring for St Mirren on 17 minutes and Brady added a second only 30 seconds after Half-Time to take all 3 points and send the ICT fans home wondering just how long our Board will allow things to continue without the much needed changes.

Alternative Maryhill:

I'm not going to moan too much about the line-up. He tried to change it after last week and the defence was lined up more sensibly. Barrowman's been bitching and moaning about not getting a start - now he's had two in a row and has just proved what most had suspected, that he can't cut it at SPL level. That said, while I understand why Brewster tried to change it, I would rather have seen Vigurs keep his place and one up and I would rather have seen us try to play the ball retention and slow build-up stuff we did against Celtic, only with a little more directness when we were around the 18-yard box. Yesterday was less organised, more rushed, more casual - it was as if we felt St Mirren didn't deserve the same respect as Celtic.

The most depressing thing about yesterday, though, was the apparent lack of fight among some of the players. I'm thinking mostly of Cowie here - there was just no drive about his game. Last season with us 2-0 down at Love St, he sprinted into the box to get on the end of a Niculae cross to make it 2-1. That just wasn't going to happen yesterday. The other midfielders floated in and out of the game as well - no-one seemed to want to take on the responsibility of trying to push us forward. Duncan was probably the pick but also, of course, the deepest-lying. Haven't seen the goals again yet but otherwise the defence looked OK to me. As for the attackers, in the first half Rooney seemed to be playing furthest forward with Barrowman actually dropping back to look for the ball more. Again, this was a change that was probably worth trying, but it didn't look like there was any understanding between them and Rooney saw very little of the ball until he started dropping back more himself in the second half. The St Mirren defence was solid, but the game was really lost in midfield.

Match report written by tm4tj/alternative maryhill

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 18 14 2 2 41 18 23 44
2. Rangers 18 12 4 2 44 16 28 40
3. Dundee Utd 18 8 6 4 27 20 7 30
4. Hearts 17 9 3 5 20 20 0 30
5. Hibernian 18 7 5 6 24 23 1 26
6. Aberdeen 17 7 3 7 19 19 0 24
7. Kilmarnock 16 6 1 9 14 22 -8 19
8. St. Mirren 18 5 3 10 14 22 -8 18
9. Falkirk 18 4 5 9 21 26 -5 17
10. Motherwell 16 5 2 9 17 25 -8 17
11. Inverness CT 18 5 2 11 18 28 -10 17
12. Hamilton Academical 18 4 2 12 15 35 -20 14