Inverness CT 1 - 0 St. Mirren

League Match
Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,446
Referee: Bobby Madden
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
Adam Rooney (85)
None.

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Jonny Tuffey
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Kenny Gillet
Russell Duncan
Gavin Morrison
Stuart Duff
Aaron Doran
Richie Foran
Eric Odhiambo
Alex MacDonald
Paul Gallacher
David Barron
Lee Mair
Darren McGregor
Marc McAusland
Steven Thomson
Kenny McLean
Jim Goodwin
Michael Higdon
Paul McGowan
Craig Dargo

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Chris Innes
Lee Cox
Nick Ross
Adam Rooney
Shane Sutherland
Dani Sanchez
Craig Samson
John Potter
David van Zanten
Aaron Mooy
Gareth Wardlaw
Patrick Cregg
Jamie McKernon

Substitutions
Adam Rooney for Alex MacDonald (53)
Nick Ross for Gavin Morrison (64)
Lee Cox for Eric Odhiambo (75)
Patrick Cregg -> Jim Goodwin (40)
Aaron Mooy -> Kenny McLean (76)

Bookings
None. Jim Goodwin (28)

Red Cards
Russell Duncan (71)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jonny Tuffey (GK) 5 apps -
Grant Munro 366 apps17 goals
Kenny Gillet 12 apps -
Ross Tokely 555 apps35 goals
Russell Duncan 351 apps11 goals
Stuart Duff 38 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 14 apps3 goals
Gavin Morrison 14 apps1 goal
Alex MacDonald 11 apps1 goal
Richie Foran 91 apps26 goals
Eric Odhiambo 71 apps11 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 49 apps1 goal
Lee Cox (sub) 74 apps4 goals
Adam Rooney (sub) 123 apps53 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (19 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Gavin Morrison (2012 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 84 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (19 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Alex MacDonald (2012 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 170 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The Adam Rooney cameo show downs sorry Saints:

He was only on the park for a few minutes when he hit the first of his hat-tricks, Lionel Messi eat yer heart out.  What a display from Rooney.  Woodwork hat-tricks that is.

His first attempt was an audacious overhead kick that smacked the bar, absolutely brilliant attempt when he whipped the ball off the defenders head whilst facing Jonny Tuffey.

His next two woody's were impeccable, apart from entering the net.  His fourth bash almost burst the net after he muscled in on goal and unleashed a ferocious shot from six yards.  Take a bow Adam Rooney, and please sign a new contract.

On the down side, Russell Duncan's swansong ended in tears as he was red carded after a bit of shenanigans when he was upended in the box.  This was a terrible way for a club legend to end his career here.  Shame on you Saints.  Chin up Russell, I'm sure the offers will flood in.

The day was set, bright sunshine and a cooling breeze, one team free from hassle, the other needing at least a point to help their cause.  With so much at stake for the Buddies, one has to wonder at their seemingly tentative approach to this game.  Was Danny Lennon holding out in the hope of gaining one point instead of trying to win all three, something they achieved around Santa Clause time.

With the teams announced you would have thought that Terry Butcher was also trying to help Saints out.  No two keeper Jonny Tuffey was given a run out as were Gavin Morrison, Eric Odhiambo and Alex MacDonald. 

The last throw of the dice was club legend Russell Duncan being given a start in front of the home fans, his 352nd appearance and possibly his last after he left the field distraught and with much dubiety over the incident that saw him depart the field of play.

The first half was a hugely disappointing affair with Saints reluctant to open play out and Inverness lacking the urgency to have a go, although Alex MacDonald almost nicked a goal when Gallacher blocked his flick goalwards, but Foran could not take advantage of the rebound.

Eric Odhiambo tried his luck with a header which flew wide, but that was it, not enough action in a listless first half to fill an A5 sheet.

Half Time 0-0

News would have filtered through to the dressing rooms that Hamilton were leading Hibs, surely that was enough incentive to sting St Mirren into action.

Tuffey and Gallacher were in action early in the second half, justifying their wages, but the best was yet to come as Adam Rooney entered the fray in the 53rd minute, replacing the luckless MacDonald.

This was the start of the Adam Rooney show.  A ball into the box waiting for the defenders to head clear showed us another dimension to Rooney's game as he acrobatically pinched the ball from literally right under the defenders nose.  Unfortunately this tremendous overhead effort smacked back off the bar with Gallacher beaten.

Saints were stung into action and Tuffey beat away a powerful McGowan drive from 15 yards.  With Hamilton still ahead, they needed to pull something out of the bag.

Still, it was disappointing that they resorted to simulation to try and stay in the SPL.  Russell Duncan was upended in the box by Mair, and in the ensuing tangle, brought down again.  Handbags at dawn is the best description I have of the incident, as Mairs' throat grab was countered by Russell's hand off................with his belly.  Astonishingly what at best was a pair of yellows was seen by the standside linesman as a straight red card for a distraught Russell, bringing the curtain down on his ICT career in tears.  To add injury to insult, no penalty awarded either, all a bit bemusing and embarrassing for the officials and Lee Mair.

Back to the football and Rooney was just warming up.  He rattled the junction of post and bar with a ferocious shot on the run from 18 yards and seemed to be giving the defence a horrendous time.  His next effort looked in all the way as he hit a low shot across Gallacher only for it to hit the base of his left hand post and rebound to safety.  A hat-trick of woody's, no luck Adam.

Dargo tried his best to breathe some life into sad Saints with a couple of efforts but it was too little too late for them, and Rooney had the final say when he brilliantly controlled Tuffey's long kick out after Doran flicked it on.  He raced into the box leaving the defenders trailing in his wake and lashed a shot high past the despairing keeper, what a goal and no more than he deserved for his one man show.

Still time for wee Dargo to scoop a shot over from 15 yards, but in all honesty it would have been an injustice had Saint's taken anything from a game they put so little into, considering their predicament.

Full Time 1-0

Best for Inverness were Rooney, Tuffey, and Gillet.  However, my MoM goes to once again Grant Munro, so reliable at the back and kept the bustling Higdon at bay.

Match report written by tm4tj



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 36 28 3 5 81 28 53 87
2. Celtic 35 26 5 4 76 22 54 83
3. Hearts 36 18 9 9 52 40 12 63
4. Dundee Utd 36 16 10 10 53 47 6 58
5. Kilmarnock 35 13 9 13 51 47 4 48
6. Inverness CT 36 12 11 13 48 43 5 47
7. Motherwell 36 13 6 17 39 55 -16 45
8. St. Johnstone 36 10 10 16 22 43 -21 40
9. Hibernian 36 10 7 19 38 56 -18 37
10. Aberdeen 36 10 5 21 36 57 -21 35
11. St. Mirren 36 7 8 21 32 57 -25 29
12. Hamilton Academical 36 5 11 20 23 56 -33 26