Inverness CT 5 - 0 St. Mirren

League Match
Saturday, May 6th, 2000, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 3,218
Referee: T Brown
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
Davide Xausa (25)
Mark McCulloch (35)
Barry Wilson (36)
Martin Bavidge (84)
Mark McCulloch (89)
None.

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Tom Hendrie

Starting Eleven
Les Fridge
Richard Hastings
Mark McCulloch
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Charlie Christie
Barry Wilson
Paul Sheerin
Kevin Byers
Davide Xausa
Dennis Wyness
Roy
Nicolson
Ross
Rudden
J McLaughlin
S Walker
Murray
Gillies
McGarry
Mendes
Lavety

Substitutes
Graeme Stewart
Martin Bavidge
David Craig
Baltacha
Donnachie
Robinson

Substitutions
Martin Bavidge for Davide Xausa (66)
Graeme Stewart for Kevin Byers (73)
David Craig for Charlie Christie (76)
Baltacha -> J McGlaughlin
Donnachie -> Lavety (62)
Robinson -> Nicolson (62)

Bookings
None. S Walker

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Les Fridge (GK) 68 apps -
Stuart Golabek 41 apps1 goal
Richard Hastings 192 apps2 goals
Bobby Mann 48 apps1 goal
Mark McCulloch 119 apps9 goals
Paul Sheerin 102 apps33 goals
Barry Wilson 156 apps45 goals
Kevin Byers 40 apps2 goals
Charlie Christie 194 apps27 goals
Dennis Wyness 32 apps5 goals
Davide Xausa 21 apps10 goals
Graeme Stewart (sub) 5 apps -
David Craig (sub) 11 apps -
Martin Bavidge (sub) 45 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (22 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2001 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 164 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (22 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Les Fridge (2001 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 164 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Davide Xausa reached 10 goals for the Club.

St Mirren were clapped onto the pitch as First Division champions by the Caley Thistle players but the respect ended there.
Saints looked sharp in the first few minutes but the home side took control and could have won by more than five. Barry Wilson should have scored in 8 minutes when an error by Paul Rodden left him one-on-one with Ludovic Roy. He chipped over the keeper and the bar. The St Mirren defence held out under pressure until the 25th minute. Wilson turned a defender down the right and sent a low pass to Davide Xausa unmarked at the back post. He trapped the ball and tapped it in with Roy stranded.
In 35 minutes Paul Sheerin took a corner on the left, Bobby Mann headed on and Mark McCulloch volleyed home for number two. A minute later a Rudden cross-field pass was knocked on by Wilson and he chased it with Roy - the ball broke loose, Wilson was first to his feet and he stroked in for 3-0. With a minute of the half left Caley Thistle had a series of chances to make it 4-0. Richard Hastings powered in on Roy but the keeper dived at his feet. It fell to Denis Wyness who headed goalwards with Roy scrambling back. A defender headed off the line and Hastings' follow-up shot went past the post. The second half was much like the first with Caley Thistle dominating and St Mirren challenging rarely. The home side scored two late goals to complete the rout. In 84 minutes substitute Martin Bavidge took a pass from Dennis Wyness and sent a low ball into the net from 20 yards. A minute from time Mark McCulloch made it a record-equalling 5-0. Wyness sent a pass from the right across the 18 yard line and McCulloch hit it low past Roy. At the final whistle the Saints fans decided not to let this defeat spoil the party and they invaded the pitch and stayed until their championship-winning team came back out. For Caley Thistle it was a great end to a satisfying season. Division One proved harder than many had anticipated but the team adapted well after a bad start and finished a very creditable sixth. Ross County will join them in Division One next season so the local derbies will return.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. St. Mirren 36 23 7 6 75 39 36 76
2. Dunfermline 36 20 11 5 66 33 33 71
3. Falkirk 36 20 8 8 67 40 27 68
4. Livingston 36 19 7 10 60 45 15 64
5. Raith Rovers 36 17 8 11 55 40 15 59
6. Inverness CT 36 13 10 13 60 55 5 49
7. Ayr United 36 10 8 18 42 52 -10 38
8. Morton 36 10 6 20 45 61 -16 36
9. Airdrieonians 36 7 8 21 29 69 -40 29
10. Clydebank 36 1 7 28 17 82 -65 10