Ayr United 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Tuesday, April 29th, 2003, 7:00 PM at Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,114
Referee: W Young
Ayr United Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Kean (19) None.

Team Managers
Unknown. John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Nelson
Lyle
Dunlop
McManus
Smyth
Craig
Mullen
Murray
Kean
Grady
Black
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Robson
Graeme Stewart
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Dennis Wyness
Steven Hislop

Bench
Chaplain
Whalen
Conway
Ferry
Dodds
Michael Fraser
David Bagan
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Paul Ritchie

Substitutions
Chaplain -> Mullen (57)
Whalen -> Kean (72)
Conway -> (88)
David Bagan for Graeme Stewart (57)
Paul Ritchie for Steven Hislop (66)
Richie Hart for Barry Robson (77)

Bookings
None. Barry Robson (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 42 apps -
Grant Munro 69 apps1 goal
Stuart Golabek 120 apps2 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 101 apps1 goal
Ross Tokely 237 apps17 goals
Barry Robson 165 apps27 goals
Roy McBain 121 apps5 goals
Russell Duncan 71 apps1 goal
Graeme Stewart 38 apps2 goals
Steven Hislop 13 apps2 goals
Dennis Wyness 157 apps80 goals
David Bagan (sub) 72 apps11 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 35 apps8 goals
Paul Ritchie (sub) 84 apps40 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (24 years 58 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Stewart (2004 years 271 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 58 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (24 years 58 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2004 years 271 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 58 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

There was to be no repeat of December’s 3-3 thriller as Caley Thistle missed the chance to go third with this narrow defeat at Ayr. Bobby Mann missed the game through injury and Saturday’s hat-trick hero Paul Ritchie dropped to the bench. Steven Hislop had a chance in six minutes when he latched onto a Roy McBain pass and closed in on Craig Nelson – the ‘keeper saved with his legs. A Barry Robson corner was punched away by Nelson then Mark Brown held a shot from Aaron Black. Brown saved from James Grady in 18 minutes then a minute later Stewart Kean netted the only goal of the game when he took a Grady flick and scored from close range. Kean headed wide before Dennis Wyness had two chances – he headed wide from a Robson corner in 29 minutes then mishit a Robson cross. On the stroke of half-time Hislop shot wide from 12 yards. Ayr looked lively just after the break and Kean shot wide before Brown saved from Boyd Mullen. The visitors pressed for an equaliser and Nelson had a busy last ten minutes. A Hislop header was deflected for a corner, Richie Hart headed narrowly over and with two minutes left a Wyness shot was sent for a corner by Nelson. Ayr held out to take all three points.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Falkirk 34 24 6 4 76 28 48 78
2. Clyde 34 19 9 6 59 35 24 66
3. St. Johnstone 34 19 7 8 47 27 20 64
4. Inverness CT 34 19 5 10 70 41 29 62
5. Ayr United 34 12 9 13 33 37 -4 45
6. Queen of the South 34 10 12 12 43 48 -5 42
7. St. Mirren 34 9 10 15 41 65 -24 37
8. Ross County 34 8 8 18 38 44 -6 32
9. Alloa Athletic 34 7 8 19 34 72 -38 29
10. Arbroath 34 3 6 25 28 72 -44 15