Livingston 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 29th, 2006, 3:00 PM at City Stadium, Livingston
Attendance: 2,278
Referee: J Underhill
Livingston Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Barry Wilson (56)

Team Managers
John Robertson Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
McKenzie
McNamee
Pinxten
Dorado
Mackay
Brittain
Adams
Healy
Hoolahan
Morrow
Whelan
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Dennis Wyness
Craig Dargo

Bench
Woods
Strong
Snodgrass
Tierney
Miller
Hislop
Dorrans
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Tom Parratt
Liam Fox
Alan Morgan
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister

Substitutions
Hislop -> Morrow (26)
Dorrans -> Adams (61)
Tierney -> McNamee (68)
Graham Bayne for Craig Dargo (61)
Liam Fox for Barry Wilson (73)
Rory McAllister for Dennis Wyness (83)

Bookings
Dorado (72) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 176 apps -
Grant Munro 167 apps3 goals
Stuart Golabek 226 apps5 goals
Ross Tokely 360 apps26 goals
Darren Dods 71 apps3 goals
Liam Keogh 94 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 270 apps74 goals
Roy McBain 225 apps13 goals
Russell Duncan 186 apps4 goals
Craig Dargo 37 apps19 goals
Dennis Wyness 191 apps91 goals
Liam Fox (sub) 30 apps5 goals
Graham Bayne (sub) 59 apps9 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 20 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Wyness (2007 years 272 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 253 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (2007 years 272 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 253 days
Domestic Players:18 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Barry Wilson reached 75 goals for the Club.

Former Livingston winger Barry Wilson scored the goal that won it for Caley Thistle. Although this win officially consigned Livi to life in Division One next season, with Falkirk and Dunfermline both winning, Livingston's fate was sealed regardless of the result in this match. Full Match report from Club Historian Ian Broadfoot.

This fourth visit of the season to Livingston was the 32nd meeting of the clubs in competitive matches, Caley Thistle are now ahead with 13 wins to 11. Some of these encounters have been classics but this was certainly not one of them. The only real bright spots were the glorious sun and Barry Wilson's 56th minute goal direct from a free kick.

This fourth visit of the season to Livingston was the 32nd meeting of the clubs in competitive matches – Caley Thistle are now ahead with 13 wins to 11. Some of these encounters have been classics but this was certainly not one of them. The only real bright spots were the glorious sun and Barry Wilson’s 56th minute goal direct from a free kick.

John Robertson’s side were effectively relegated before the match but this result put the matter beyond any lingering doubt held by the most outrageous optimist.

Motherwell’s defeat ended the race for seventh spot so Caley Thistle will now complete the season one place higher than 2004/05.

The first real chance fell to Wilson in 13 minutes but his 20 yard free kick curled just past the Livi post. Two minutes later Craig Dargo nipped in to head the ball as it went through to Livi ‘keeper Roddy McKenzie – he was forced wide and Manu Dorado cleared his bye-line cross. A poor kick-out by McKenzie in 18 minutes led to a Dennis Wyness long-range lob to the empty goal but a defender stepped in to block. Mark Brown’s first action of the day came in 20 minutes when he held a Sam Morrow shot on the turn – just one minute before Morrow was injured. He tried to carry on but limped off and was replaced by former ICT favourite Steve Hislop. The lively Wes Hoolahan sent in a dangerous cross from the left in 23 minutes and Brown had to dive bravely at the feet of Noel Whelan. Five minutes from the break Wilson pounced on an error by David McNamee 25 yards out but, as he raced for goal, McNamee brought him down on the edge of the box. The expected free kick (or perhaps a penalty) was not given.

Half Time: 0-0

Straight from the restart a Hoolahan cross from the right reached Hislop but his header went wide of Brown’s post. Dave MacKay was well placed 20 yards out in 52 minutes but he sliced it so badly it went for a throw. The goal came in 56 minutes and it was one worthy of messrs Beckham and Maloney. Wyness was fouled 20 yards out and Wilson curled the free kick over the wall and under the bar before McKenzie could react. There was no way back for Livi despite much huffing and puffing. The next chance fell to ICT sub Graham Bayne in 76 minutes but his back post header went just wide. Three minutes later Hoolahan created danger in the visitors’ box but Grant Munro was well placed to head clear. A curling ball from Hoolahan five minutes from time was punched clear by Brown. Liam Keogh could have made it 2-0 in the last minute when he raced from the half way line chased by McNamee. The defender eventually caught up with him and did enough to prevent a clear shot on goal – it went wide. Dorado blocked a Rory McAllister shot as time ran out then the last action was a Keogh tackle on Hoolahan as he headed for goal.

Full Time 0-1

The whistle went and the strains of ‘The only way is up’ came from the tannoy. Not strictly true but Livi have to hold on to the hope of an early return to the top flight.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 35 27 6 2 89 32 57 87
2. Hearts 35 20 8 7 67 29 38 68
3. Rangers 36 19 10 7 63 36 27 67
4. Hibernian 36 17 5 14 59 51 8 56
5. Aberdeen 36 13 14 9 44 37 7 53
6. Inverness CT 36 13 13 10 48 38 10 52
7. Kilmarnock 36 14 10 12 60 61 -1 52
8. Motherwell 36 12 9 15 53 60 -7 45
9. Dundee Utd 36 7 11 18 40 64 -24 32
10. Falkirk 36 7 9 20 34 62 -28 30
11. Dunfermline 36 7 9 20 32 67 -35 30
12. Livingston 36 4 6 26 25 77 -52 18