Inverness CT 2 - 3 Livingston

League Match
Saturday, April 28th, 2001, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,824
Referee: S Kaney
Inverness CT  Livingston

Goalscorers
Paul Sheerin (pen.) (17)
Paul Sheerin (pen.) (90)
Fernandez (31)
Wilson (pen 43)
McCaffrey (og 53)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
Jim Calder
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
David Bagan
Roy McBain
Martin Bavidge
Dennis Wyness
Broto
Brinquin
Fleming
McCulloch
Coughlan
Deas
Tosh
Fernandez
Wilson
Jackson
Bingham

Substitutes
Ally Ridgers
Grant Munro
Kevin Byers
Graeme Stewart
Neil MacDonald
Xausa
McPhee
Crabbe
Hart

Substitutions
Kevin Byers for Charlie Christie (61)
Graeme Stewart for David Bagan (68)
Neil MacDonald for Martin Bavidge (73)
Xausa -> Jackson (70)
McPhee -> Wilson (78)
Crabbe -> Fernandez (85)

Bookings
Jim Calder
Stuart McCaffrey
JS Broto

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 180 apps -
Ross Tokely 152 apps7 goals
Bobby Mann 87 apps4 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 33 apps -
Mike Teasdale 198 apps18 goals
Charlie Christie 235 apps29 goals
Roy McBain 39 apps3 goals
David Bagan 39 apps8 goals
Paul Sheerin 141 apps45 goals
Dennis Wyness 68 apps30 goals
Martin Bavidge 79 apps13 goals
Kevin Byers (sub) 55 apps2 goals
Graeme Stewart (sub) 7 apps -
Neil MacDonald (sub) 5 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 57 days)
Oldest Player:Stuart McCaffrey (2002 years 270 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 188 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 57 days)
Oldest Player:Martin Bavidge (2002 years 270 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 188 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Livingston's victory gave them a place in the Premier League but they were fortunate to take all three points. Caley Thistle had the upper hand in the first half against a nervous Livvie side and keeper Javier Broto kept them in the game with several top class saves. Paul Sheerin was first to test Broto with a long range effort in 3 minutes, his shot was tipped onto the post and over for a corner. In 9 minutes Broto raced out of his area to head away before Dennis Wyness could pounce. A Livi attack in 12 minutes led to Barry Wilson bearing down on Jim Calder. He rounded the keeper but failed with the final touch. Davide Fernandez was through two minutes later but Ross Tokely was chasing him all the way and did enough to put him off and the ball was hoisted over the bar. Martin Bavidge was brought down by Broto in 17 minutes and Sheerin scored with the penalty. Broto was lucky to escape with a yellow card and this proved invaluable to Livvie as the game progressed. In 23 minutes Bobby Mann took a long range free kick but Broto fisted it away for a corner. The home side then created numerous chances but could not extend their lead. Livingston came back and Calder had to dive to tip away a Steve Tosh low shot. From the resultant corner a Graham Coughlan header came off the post to Fernandez, he equalised with a low ball from a difficult angle. Livingston took the lead when Stuart McCaffrey brought down Fernandez in the box in 42 minutes, he seemed to be offside before that but play was waved on and a penalty given. Barry Wilson scored to make it 2-1. Broto saved well from Wyness right on the half time whistle. The second half was fairly even and the home side were unlucky to go 3-1 down in 53 minutes. Fernandez was racing through and McCaffrey put a foot in to tackle but he only succeeding in looping the ball over the advancing Calder. Steve Tosh netted in 57 minutes but he was offside. The game flowed from end to end after that and in 82 minutes Brian McPhee headed past. In 87 minutes Broto made another stunning save from a Mann rocket shot inside the box. In the dying seconds Kevin Byers was felled in the Livingston box by Coughlan and Sheerin scored his second penalty goal. It was not enough and at the final whistle Livingston were confirmed as champions. Their fans invaded the pitch to celebrate this remarkable achievement for a team which only came into existence 6 years ago from the ashes of Meadowbank Thistle. Caley Thistle now go head to head with Falkirk for third place next week.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 34 22 7 5 67 29 38 73
2. Ayr United 35 19 11 5 72 40 32 68
3. Inverness CT 35 14 12 9 70 52 18 54
4. Falkirk 35 15 8 12 55 58 -3 53
5. Clyde 35 10 14 11 42 46 -4 44
6. Ross County 35 10 10 15 44 52 -8 40
7. Raith Rovers 35 10 8 17 41 51 -10 38
8. Airdrieonians 34 8 13 13 48 61 -13 37
9. Alloa Athletic 35 7 11 17 38 58 -20 32
10. Morton 35 8 8 19 31 61 -30 32