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Partick Th -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Mar 21 2015 03:16 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Inverness Owned

 

 

 

Partick Thistle completed the hat-trick of league wins over Inverness this season. They now get to keep us after a late strike by Steven Lawless sealed the points in a dreadful encounter at Firhill. Inverness seldom threatened as the poor surface ensured that slick passing would not be on the agenda. The only good news for Inverness was that Dean Brill was deemed fit enough to make the bench.

 

John Hughes fooled everybody by going with three at the back in a side that incorporated Danny Devine and Gary Warren, but Marley Watkins cut a lone figure at the front.

 

Ryan Christie had our only attempt of note in the first half as he flung himself at a cross from the left curled in by Greg Tansey, but his header was easily smothered by Scott Fox in the Partick goal. Ryan Esson did likewise at the other end as he turned a shot round the post for a corner.

 

Other than that, the pitch was the real winner as both sides failed to create much.

 

Half Time 0-0

 

Partick were the livelier side after the break and Esson tipped a Stevenson rocket over the bar after Christie had been harshly adjudged to have committed a foul.

 

The hard bumpy surface was ruining the game as a spectacle and chances were at a premium, especially for the visitors.

 

The winner came about when substitute Lyle Taylor held off a defender as a hopeful ball came into the box. It came back off him and fell nicely for Lawless who drilled a low ball beyond Esson from eighteen yards.

 

Full Time 1-0

 

A drab game with little to enthuse over that looked like it was heading for a no scoring draw which would have suited the fare on display, but a crisp strike by Lawless was enough to win the points as Inverness lacked any penetration whatsoever. Confidence looks to be at a season low with only one win in the last six league games. It looks like it's going to be a long finale to the season at this rate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Date: 21.03.2015 Venue: Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Attendance: 2603
Referee: Steven McLean
 
Partick Th: 1
Lineup:  Fox, O'Donnell, Booth, Balatoni, Craigen, Bannigan, Doolan (Taylor 65), Stevenson, Lawless (Richards-Everton 90), Frans, Osman

Subs (not used): Gallacher, Fraser, Wilson, McDaid, Keenan 

Scorers: Lawless (84)

Booked: Taylor (90)

Sent Off: none

Inverness CT: 0

Lineup: Esson, Raven (Ofere 86), Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Draper, Devine, Watkins, Tansey, Williams (Doran 68), Christie (Kink 64)

Subs (not used): Brill, Vincent, Ross, Tremarco

Scorers: none

Booked: none

Sent Off: none

 



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Partich Thistle -V- Inverness CT SPFL

Mar 21 2015 11:27 AM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Can Inverness eclipse Partick

 

 

 

 

We had a solar eclipse this week, but can third place Inverness cast a shadow over Partick, a club we have struggled to get the better of in recent games, although we did eventually send them out of the cup, but not before a nervy last twenty minutes.

 

Inverness had last weekend off as our intended victims staged another battle with Celtic. These battles are taking it's toll as players are being sent off as if red cards are going out of fashion. That's good news for both clubs rivals as their squads are being punished for lack of discipline on the field, well, unless you are Scott Brown or Nadir Ciftci.

 

Whilst we were idle, Jekyll & Hyde club Partick Thistle ran out convincing victors over St Johnstone by 3-0. First half goals from Kris Doolan and Conrad Balatoni had Partick cruising and they completed the scoring in the second period with a long range shot from Stuart Brannigan that sealed the points.

 

We need only remind ourselves of the earlier league clashes this season where Partick trounced Inverness twice, scoring seven goals in the process and conceding only one. Their in your face style and high pressing game accompanied by poor defensive decisions saw us fall apart all too easily, but the cup win showed we can do it if we apply ourselves properly, and that coupled with some injury and suspension worries for Partick should give us some optimism for todays game.

 

Inverness have given debut's to both recent signings and both will add new dimensions to our forward play. Ofere's height an obvious advantage and as shown in his cameo against Raith, Tarmo Kink has quick feet and once he reaches full fitness will be an exciting player to watch.

 

Both the newbies will feature in the squad and Garry Warren returns after his suspension, the one where Ciftci taunted him into retaliation and Gary walked. But he will be back which is tough on Danny Devine who has not done much wrong and scored the winning goal against Raith in the cup. Dean Brill has been out of action for over a month since wretching his knee at Kilmarnock and is nearing fitness, but with Esson a reliable replacement, there's no need to rush Deano back.. Richie Foran, well, surprise surprise is still out and one wonders if we will ever see him back.

 

Alan Archibald has a major doubt over Lyle Taylor who picked up a knock in training. Kallum Higgenbotham is suspended and Dan Seabourne, Sean Welsh and Christie Elliot are all reported to be out.

 

tm4tj Prediction:- The Jekyll & Hyde nature of Partick's season has seen them become the unpredictables. They have had some wonderful result, we should know better than most, but have also suffered some abject and unexplained performances and that's why they sit just above the relegation group in ninth place, but slightly adrift of the safety zone. On paper we look good for three points, but the game is not played on paper and we need to concentrate for the full ninety minutes if we want to keep our Euro hopes going strong into the last quarter of the season. It's usually around now that the word Euro brings on a decline in our play, almost as if someone has applied the brakes. With United faltering, we can only throw this advantage away all by ourselves. I am, however in optimistic mode considering Partick's woes and will be looking for a narrow win.

 

A point won't be too shabby, but all three would be nice. :ictscarf:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Inverness CT -V- Raith Rovers - S/Cup

Mar 10 2015 06:17 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Cup run continues

 

Inverness did just enough as they eased into the semi-finals after beating a resolute Raith Rovers 1-0 thanks to a headed goal just after the hour by Danny Devine from a Greg Tansey corner. The performance was secondary and the aim of the game was to get into the next round. That was achieved without too much hassle, although Inverness tried their best to throw Rovers a lifeline with a couple of loose passes along the defensive line. Man of the Match Danny Williams came closest in a drab first half with a scorching shot that cracked off the bar, and Graeme Shinnie could not convert when through on goal, but that apart, not too much to get excited about. The pace was upped in the second half and Raith were mostly on the back foot, but Inverness struggled to create clear  cut chances. The goal came from a deep corner and Devine rose high at the back post to get good power on his header which entered the net via the post for the only goal of the game.

 

 

Full Time 1-0

 

Dancing in the streets of Inverness

 

After the horrendous storms of the last few days, few people were expecting a flat calm for this re-scheduled quarter final tie, but that's exactly what we got, thankfully. The Wind had disappeared and the pitch had dried out sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead.

 

Considering the timing of the game and the original postponement, a sizeable away support bolstered an otherwise apathetic home crowd for the tie which saw Inverness kick off and immediately hold the upper hand, taking the game to their Championship opponents. Greg Tansey had the first stab at goal as he curled a ball high and wide as it broke to him some 25 yards out.

 

Inverness' corner count was rising as the half continued, without either side threatening too much although Edward Ofere was unlucky to have a goalward header barged down as we penned Raith into their own quarter.

 

With quarter of an hour gone, Watkins might have done better or have been less greedy as he shot across the face of the goal when a pass would have been more productive.

 

There followed a series of corners and goal attempts by Inverness which should have resulted in the opening goal. Ofere, Williams, Shinnie and the pick of the misses from Raven as he tried to poke a ball towards the goal. Unfortunately, he stabbed it as high as the stand.

 

Ofere was causing problems in the box with his height and he brought a save out of McGurn, then flashed a header just wide as a goal looked imminent. Shinnie then missed the best chance so far after bursting into the box on his wrong foot, the keeper able to block his attempt as he bore down on goal. Williams is coming into his own these days and he unleashed a ferocious shot that smacked the crossbar from long range but that was about the best of the action and Raith held out for their 0-0 at the break.

 

Half Time 0-0

 

Inverness appeared after the break and straight away there seemed to be more urgency about their play as they attacked the North end. Watkins missed a sitter as he stuck out a foot at a ball in the six yard box, but he lifted it over the bar when it looked easier to score and a minute later he had a header saved under the bar as Raith were pegged back. Draper also had a header saved and the corners were totting up.

 

Rovers replied with a couple of corners of their own but the home defence looked comfortable dealing with them.

 

In the 63rd minute, the home pressure paid off. Tansey whipped a corner to the far post and Devine rose high above his marker to power his header in off the post with McGurn stranded. No more than Inverness deserved really but tough on the Rovers who had denied the Premiership side for over an hour.

 

A second goal would certainly kill the tie off, but Raith dug deep and tried to get back into the game, although the home defence were in no mood to let the lead slip.

 

In truth, Inverness were always a step ahead of their Championship rivals and Raith never did enough to warrant a replay, and after a flurry of subs the game became more fragmented. One of the subs brought some merriment to the North Stand as Tarmo Kink came on for the last fifteen minutes of play. He showed some quick feet and looks like he will do well for us.

 

Watkins, Tansey, and Christie all squandered further half chances and at the other end Ryan Esson had to pluck a last minute header from Conroy away from danger, but Inverness it was that went forward to a Hampden semi with either Dundee United or Celtic.

 

Full Time 1-0

 

Raith did well in the previous round, but found out that Inverness were a tougher nut to crack and offered little creativity although their defensive qualities were difficult for Inverness to break down. Danny Williams has come good recently and he was a good choice for MotM, and he was ably supported by Danny Devine, Graeme Shinnie and Marley Watkins who got his second wind after the break and worked harder in the last half hour. Ryan Christie will have better days and David Raven got us into bother a couple of times when some poor link play gifted the opportunity for Raith to counter attack. However Meekings and Devine coped with that and at the end of the day we deserved our win and 1-0 flattered Raith somewhat. We haven't seen any official figures for the tie yet, but Raith looked as though they had around 300-350 and the North and Main Stands looked to be half full, so maybe around 2,500 to 3,000 in attendance, but I never counted them and I doubt the accountants did either.

 

 

Date: 10/03/15  Venue: Caledonian Stadium    Attendance: ????
Referee: Crawford Allan
 
Inverness CT: 1
Lineup: Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Meekings, Devine, Draper, Tansey, Williams (Kink 79), Watkins, Christie (Ross 90), Ofere (Doran 79)
Subs (not used): Mackay, Vincent, Tremarco, Polworth
Scorers: Devine (63)
Booked: none
Sent Off: none
 
Raith Rovers: 0
Lineup: McGurn, Thomson, Watson, Fox (Conroy 88), Anderson (Vaughan 76), Stewart, Callachan, McKay, McKeown, Nade, Barr
Subs (not used): Cuthbert, Hill, Moon, Scott, Matthews
Scorers: none
Booked: none
Sent Off: none

 

 



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Inverness CT -V- Raith Rovers - S/Cup

Mar 06 2015 08:31 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

They'll be dancing in the streets of ...........

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another of those lifelong quotes could be trotted out this weekend as Inverness face the banana skin that is Raith Rovers in the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup. But which streets will they be dancing in after this cup tie.

 

It's not that long ago that headlines like SupercaleygoballisticCelticareatrocious were all the rage, February 8th 2000 in fact, a date etched on all Caley Thistle fans minds. However, back in the day, Raith Rovers carved their own little niche in Scottish Football. The infamous dancing in the streets quote is often known as a Colemanballs, but was actually quoted by the then editor of Match of the Day, Samuel James Leitch who implied that Raith was a town in Scotland where Rovers plied their trade after they had won another match. Another gaff from the BBC, no surprise there. Or did Scottish born Samuel have a twinkle in his eye when he said those immortal words.

 

Raith play at Starks Park Kirkaldy and can boast a larger capacity stadium than Inverness, 8473 all seated. They have played in the Uefa Cup, courtesy of winning the Scottish League Cup when they beat Celtic on penalties in 1994. Their Uefa journey ended the following season when Bayern Munich won 4-1 on aggregate, but they achieved a creditable defeat in Germany, going down 2-1 having taken the lead against the German giants. Danny Lennon had scored the Raith goal in that game at the Olympiastadion in Munich in front of 27,000 fans, but goals from Jurgen Klinsmann and Marcus Babbel saved the German clubs blushes. Great effort though by the Kirkaldy club. In the previous round, none other than our very own Barry Wilson had scored one of the goals that saw them beat Akranes 3-1. Danny Lennon got a brace in that game as well. In 1951 Raith reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup only to lose 3-2 to Celtic. That game was played at Hampden in front of 84,640 fans. Aye, nostalgia, it's not what it used to be.

 

Back to the future almost and the last time Rovers were here it took an injury time overhead kick by Richie Foran to give Inverness the win by 4-3 in a bit of an epic encounter. Raith had taken an early lead through Iain Williamson, but goals from Richie Foran, Adam Rooney and Eric Odhiambo put Inverness in easy street. However, a blast from the past, as Gregory Tade did his prospects no harm and scored Raith's second before Jamie Mole equalised. It took until the 94th minute before Foran's dramatic winner brought about scenes of joy. We would go on and win the title that season and Raith finished 7th.

 

In the previous round Inverness knocked out our bogey side Partick Thistle at Firhill. Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey had Inverness all but into the next round, but Partick rallied and a Lyle Taylor strike made it a nervy last quarter for Inverness, but we held on to progress to the draw for the quarter finals. Raith got to darts world champion Gary Anderson's draw by beating the Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox. Ryan Conroy had curled in a beauty of a free kick but Haris Vuckic levelled. However, Raith have gone from Tade to Nade and Christian scored a scrambled effort to put Raith into the hat. Gary Anderson did the rest and the first names out of the hat were Inverness and Raith Rovers. So that's us right up to date now, and Saturday will see the clubs slug it out for a semi-final slot.

 

Inverness have signed Tarmo Kink to add to Edward Ofere's signature. Ofere scored on his debut last week in the loss at Motherwell and Kink was added to the squad this week. He has previously played for amongst others, Spartak Moscow and Middlesborough. The Estonian forward has signed until the end of the season.

 

Latest team news

Inverness have some squad problems after last weeks battle at Tannadice. Garry Warren is suspended and Dean Brill has not played for a month now. Foran is forever injured but Aaron Doran and James Vincent are ready for action. Marley Watkins is free to play in the cup game and Edward Ofere and Tarmo Kink could find themselves on the park.

 

Raith Rovers striker Calum Elliot is out after surgery, but Christian Nade is back after suspension. Loan Ranger Barrie McKay is back in contention for a start. Former Inverness super sub Liam Fox will be in the Rovers squad. Another familiar face will be that of ex-County midfielder Martin Scott who will be looking to get one over his olde rivals.

 

 

tm4tj prediction :ictscarf: 

 

 For what it's worth is that Inverness will get into the semi's, but as the Rangers found out, this Raith side are no pushovers and we can expect another stern test as Raith look to get to the semi-finals. Christian Nade is built from the same mold as Josh Magennis and he shoved us around like rag dolls. Never mind, Willie Collum is here to save us, or should that be God save us all. Inverness through after a last minute overhead kick from David Raven :ohmy:

 

 

Edward and Tarmo chatted after signing on the dotted line........

 

 

With the original game being called off due to inclement weather, this tie will now be played this Tuesday night. That means that we now know our fate should we get past Raith Rovers. The draw could have been kinder, but the winners have been paired with either Celtic or Dundee United who scrapped out a 1-1 draw in a game that saw Celtic finish the game with ten men, whilst United ended up with nine. The other semi is more clear cut and it is an all Championship tie with Hibernian playing Falkirk.

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Motherwell -V- Inverness CT -SPFL

Feb 28 2015 06:21 PM | tm4tj in Reports 2014-15

Bottoms Up

 

 

 

A not unexpected reverse at Motherwell, a side buoyed by the return of prodigal son Scott McDonald and Stephen Pearson, saw Well win their first game in nine. Inverness were down to the bare bones and fielded new signing Edward Ofere, but it was Motherwell that took the game to Inverness who turned in a shocker of a first half. Louis Laing headed the opener only for Ofere to score on his debut after 76 mins. With Inverness looking the most likely to go on and win the game, substitute Lionel Ainsworth scored with the aid of a deflection off Ross Draper after a corner and secured the points for struggling Motherwell.

 

Inverness have disappointed in the last few games where it was feasible that we could have all but seen off Dundee United, whilst Motherwell will be happy to get their relegation battle off and running.

 

 

 

Full report to follow..........................

 

 



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Motherwell -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Feb 27 2015 08:38 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Old heads back for Well



Motherwell are the victims this weekend as Inverness take their unbeaten 2015 to Fir Park in a top end versus bottom clash.

Inverness will be making the journey without the red carded Garry Warren and threshold breaker Marley Watkins as a result of their fiery midweek encounter with the aggressive Arabs, who managed to convince the referee that Inverness are a bunch of hammer throwers. Shifty Ciftci used all his continental flair to sneakily and blatantly shove and smash Inverness players behind the refs back in an attempt to even up the numerical advantage. However, the camera never lies and he has been hauled over the coals by the SFA for his nasty tricks. Unfortunately Warren reacted and his card sticks at the moment.



As mentioned, Inverness are unbeaten in their last ten games and are pushing for a top three finish. Motherwell, on the other hand are in free fall. It's nine games since The Steelmen won a game, beating Partick 1-0 at the end of December. Since then they have picked up only one point in a home draw with St Johnstone, and that form has seen them hit the bottom of the league with County and St Mirren all level on points, but Well's goal difference worse than both.

Motherwell are having a torrid time of it injury wise and have moved to strengthen their squad in the battle to avoid relegation. Former players Scott McDonald and Stuart Pearson have been drafted in to help the cause and they have been fantastic servants of the club in the past. McDonald has scored 45 goals for Motherwell and will be a threat to our makeshift back line and his experience will be invaluable as Well look to get off the bottom.

Inverness have signed Nigerian striker Edward Ofere until the end of the season. His most prominent role was at Malmo where he played 85 times, scoring 24 goals over a five year period. Not certain whether clearance has arrived yet or not.

Pulling a sickie for Motherwell are Steven Hammell, Iain Vigurs, Zaine Francis-Angol, Paul Lawson, Jack Leitch and Bob McHugh.

Inverness are a bit threadbare just now and the two suspensions will hit us hard. Foran has been out forever and Dean Brill is still suffering from his knee injury. Aaron Doran and James Vincent are badly needed back in the squad and have returned to training and Danny Devine will be drafted back into the squad in the absence of Gary Warren.

tm4tj prediction:- With Motherwell strengthening big time, this could be a tricky game to negotiate and with us understrength we will do well to come away with a point.

 

 

 

 

 



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Dundee United -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Feb 24 2015 09:02 PM | tm4tj in Reports 2014-15

Fierce Stuff for a Fiver

 

 

 

A fiercely contested game at Tannadice saw United's keeper Michal Szoromnik sent off after fouling Marley Watkins and the resultant Greg Tansey penalty had Inverness going in at half time with a one goal advantage. Referee Calum Murray also saw fit to yellow card United's Paul Paton and a trio of visitors, David Raven, after 10 seconds, Graeme Shinnie and Gary Warren in an ill tempered encounter. Maybe we could have done with Murray last Saturday to tame the Killie rowdies.

 

Marley Watkins and Ryan Christie joined the yellow card express along with Ryan Dow as players from both sides showed poor discipline in the second half as United tried to rescue their predicament. The ten men took the game to the visitors and United deservedly equalised after 74 minutes, Ryan McGowan banging the ball home after a corner at the second attempt. No surprise that Gary Warren was red carded in time added on as Inverness completely lost the plot with Ciftci also yellow carded. It would appear that Ciftci new exactly what he was doing as his forearm smash to the back of Warrens head sparked an angry reaction from the big defender which ultimately led to his dismissal as he went head to head with the Turk.

 

 

Inverness would rue their missed chances in the first half and numerical superiority as once more we failed to build on an early advantage and the battle ended in a 1-1 draw, with two  :redcard:  and eight :yellowcard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dundee United - 1 Ryan McGowan (74)

Szromnik, Dillon, McGowan, Fojut, Dixon, Paton, Butcher(Anier 84), Connolly (Muirhead 76), Dow, Erskine (Cierzniak 7) Ciftci.

Subs:- Souttar, Rankin, Telfer, Spittal,

 

 

 

Inverness CT - 1 Tansey (pen 9)

Esson, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie, Ross, Draper, Tansey, Williams, Christie, Watkins

Subs:- Mackay, Horner, Tremarco, Polworth, Sutherland, Ferguson

 

 

Referee:- Calum Murray

 

Crowd:- 7276



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Dundee United -V- Inverness CT -SPFL

Feb 24 2015 06:34 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

The Fiver Game

 

 

 

 

The race for second, third and fourth hots up tonight despite the inclement weather of the last few days where hopefully, Dundee United will take on Inverness in a game rearranged from the 17th of January, when strangely enough, inclement weather caused the postponement of the game on a rather wintry Saturday afternoon.

 

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It was a rather late call off considering the distance between the two clubs, but the good news is that United recognise the issues and have reduced admission prices for this game. We have had the pay what you can game at Inverness, the 10p game at Hamilton and now we have the Fiver game at Tannadice to compensate for that late call off, so cuedos to the United board for taking that route.

 

It's an important game for both clubs though with Inverness moving above the Arabs in recent weeks. Both sides suffered in the transfer window with prized assets moving on. Billy Mckay off to Wigan, and a triple bow for United with Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong both moving to arch enemies Celtic, probably the biggest disappointment of the lot.

 

The first encounter this season saw Inverness win 1-0 in the Highlands thanks to an early Marley Watkins strike. In truth though, the score was kind to United who managed to keep it to one goal. Billy Mckay missed a few chances that day, I'm not so sure he is in the same mood right now after his clinical display at Rugby Park.

 

United reached the final of the League Cup at the end of January by beating Aberdeen 2-1 and followed that up with a convincing Scottish Cup win at Stranraer. Since then, their last two league games have ended in defeat. A last minute free kick by Kilmarnock saw them lose 3-2 at Rugby Park and a Tayside derby defeat to near neighbours St Johnstone at the weekend has seen a seven point gap open up between the sides.

 

Inverness are unbeaten since the turn of the year with seven wins and two draws. The last game saw Kilmarnock come from behind three times to earn a point at Inverness in a less than exiting 3-3 draw. Maybe exciting if you are a Killie fan, but frustration was the order of the day for Inverness as we lost the lead rather tamely and fortuitously so soon after going ahead. Our defence had been pretty secure prior to that game, but an off day by one or two allowed Killie back in and a point apiece it was. Danny Williams scored a thumping goal though and along woth Ryan Christie looked the likeliest to get the winner, but it was not to be.

 

Inverness are still without Dean Brill and Aaron Doran. James Vincent also missed last weekends game against Killie and there's no news suggesting he is ready to play.

 

Dundee United midfielder Charlie Telfer should be fit, but striker Mario Bilate has not yet recovered from a hamstring injury. John Souttar and Radoslaw Cierzniak are struggling for fitness and could miss out.



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Inverness CT -V- Kilmarnock - SPFL

Feb 22 2015 06:03 PM | tm4tj in Reports 2014-15

Rugby Park, Rugby Players.

 

 

 

They came from Rugby Park and some of them looked more suitable for the game of Rugby. Kilmarnock's Josh Magennis barged his way around the park ably supported by one or two others who were left to knock over Inverness players at will without fear of repercussion by Steve McLean, who put in a performance ranking high on the Willie Collum scale.

 

It was a frustrating afternoon for the home support as Kilmarnock pegged us back three times to share the points in a disappointing 3-3 draw. Aberdeen bound Graeme Shinnie opened the scoring but the lead lasted just two minutes before a fortuitous leveller from Nathan Ecclestone squared the game. Nick Ross is credited with scoring the second for Inverness but a dubious lead up to Killie's free kick saw them level the game right on half time, the ball coming off the post and Essons back before dropping over the line. Nothing lucky about our third. Danny Williams whistled home a glorious strike from 25 to 30 yards across the keeper but a frustrated home crowd saw us gift Killie yet another goal to end the scoring when Obadeyi knocked home from a corner.

 

Less than 3000 fans were in attendance as Inverness and Killie served up a six goal thriller................Erm, no that's not quite right. There was six goals scored but it certainly wasn't a thriller, more gripping than thrilling and frustrating than exhilarating.

 

I'll cut to the chase. Inverness opened the scoring when Marley Watkins teed up Graeme Shinnie who crashed the ball home from fifteen yards, but the lead was short lived. Nathan Ecclestone latched on to a wickedly deflected shot to drive the ball under Esson a couple of minutes later.

 

There was only one team playing football as Killie resorted to hustle and bustle, but they went unpunished for too long. Josh Magennis was the main perpetrator and he would have been better employed at Murrayfield as he shoved his way about the park.

 

Once again it was the home side that were intent on getting back ahead and they deservedly took the lead after great work by Christie who released Watkins. He picked out Nick Ross at the front post and the ball eventually found the net after a couple of ricochets.

 

However, in time added on before the break, Killie were handed a goal by the incompetent MacLean who ignored Nick Ross being bundled over by man mountain and then had the temerity to award Killie a free kick for a similar challenge as they sped towards the home box with Ross lying on the turf nursing a sore body. Nothing wrong with Craig Slater's strike which Esson seemed to tip onto the post, but the ball bounced back onto Esson to enter the net, the last act of the half and unbelievably the visitors went in at the break level.

 

Half Time 2-2

 

Not too much goalmouth action too report but Danny Williams lit up a chilly afternoon with a tremendous goal. He gathered the ball inside the Killie half and drove goalwards across the defence. He unleashed a sweetly struck shot on the run that brushed the hair of a Killie defender as it sped beyond an outstretched Samson in the Killie goal and deservedly once more put Inverness ahead.

 

But, as Inverness failed to kill off the game despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles Killie showed their new found grit once again. David Raven, who has had better games, lost the ball in a forward position, not for the first time, and Obadeyi raced free only to be blocked, the ball going for a corner. Danger averted we all thought. Not so. When the corner came in the ball broke to Obadeyi off Raven's head and he lashed the ball high into the net from close range to end the scoring.

 

Full Time 3-3

 

In truth, it was a game of few chances. Those that did come along ended up in the net. Killie's rough house tactics paid off as we were shoved around, MacLean not stifling this until late in the game. It ended with both sides grateful for a point as one more error would have meant nil points for either side.

 

 

A couple of worthy mentions for actually playing football and that goes to Ryan Christie for a MotM performance. Great vision and touch from him and great energy from Danny Williams and a super goal to boot. And a special mention to Calum Ferguson as he made his first team debut before the end.

 

 

 

Inverness CT 3-3 Kilmarnock

 

Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Draper, Ross (Ferguson 74), Watkins, Tansey, Williams, Christie. Subs not used: Mackay (GK), Devine, Horner, Tremarco, Polworth, Sutherland.

 

Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Connolly (Syme 43), Johnston, Eccleston (Kiltie 79), Obadeyi, Slater, Westlake, O'Hara, Magennis, Pascali. Subs not used: Brennan (GK), Smith, Hawkshaw, Liddington.

 

 

Referee - Steven McLean

 

Crowd - 2912



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Inverness CT -V- Kilmarnock - SPFL

Feb 20 2015 11:03 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Taxi For Christie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors Kilmarnock arrive in Inverness on the back of an excellent couple of recent results, notably beating Dundee United last week with a last gasp winner. The Killie result was welcomed at Inverness as it kept Dundee United off our backs in the meantime as we opened up a six point gap over the Arabs, albeit having played a game more than the Taysiders.

 

Inverness continued their fine form with another win at Paisley. Their current theme of getting ahead comfortably then hanging on somewhat was evident once more. A first half that saw numerous chances go abegging was almost undone as St Mirren fought back to get a foothold in a game that should have been beyond them at half time. However, we are also fairly resillient this season and goals by Greg Tansey and Ryan Christie were good enough to beat the Buddies who scored through Jim Goodwin.

 

Iain Auld thrust a dishevelled looking mic towards Ryan Christie at a blustery Caledonian Stadium and asked the young star about his return to the side..........................

 

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Inverness are now undefeated in seven league games, winning six and drawing the derby clash with County. We are on 51 points, 19 ahead of 8th place Kilmarnock. Whilst not amongst the top five scoring sides, our defensive record has been the backbone which our season has revolved round, only Aberdeen and Celtic have better goals against.

 

The Ayrshire side are well clear of the relegation battle just now and are looking to get into the top six. Their form has been rather erratic thus far, hence their mid-table position, showing only five wins. Three of Killies five wins have come on the road, at Ross County, St Mirren and St Johnstone.

 

Since we last played Killie, they found out that 'Magic' Johnston was not magic after all and relieved him of his duties with another former Jambo, Gary Locke the man they have put their trust in just now. Locke's first game in charge was a nil nil draw at Hamilton, followed by last weeks excellent win over the Arabs, so his tenure has got off to a great start, and that could be the catalyst they have been looking for.

 

 

Killie lost Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United, a move that sparked Johnston's withdrawal from his post. They acquired Nathan Ecclestone after he was released by Partick Thistle, the striker becoming a journeyman at the tender age of 24, having turned out for Huddersfield, Charlton, Coventry and Blackpool, as well as the Harry Wraggs.

 

James Vincent misses out with a hamstring injury. Man of the moment Aaron Doran has sought specialist help over a groin problem, while goalkeeper Dean Brill and captain Richie Foran remain out. That will give Ryan Esson another turn in goal, and Ryan Christie will be looking to get another start after scoring last week. Marley Watkins is coping with being the main threat although it's not his forte, but is getting great support from the rest of the team.

 

A bonus for Inverness is the news that Alexei Eremenko is suspended, adding to a couple of injuries that Locke is keeping close to his chest.

 

 



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St Mirren -V- Inverness CT

Feb 14 2015 02:23 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Early bird catches the worm

 

 

 

Greg Tansey scored inside three minutes to give the visitors an early lead, but despite creating plenty, it took until the hour mark before they eventually nabbed a second goal through Ryan Christie. The Buddies looked down and out at this point but the home side were thrown a lifeline when Jim Goodwin scored with a header after a corner. With the bulk of the possession, Inverness did enough to claim all three points as they held on for a 1-2 victory.

 

   

 

RIG was at the game and he has posted his report on CTO

 

 

In the first half I thought we were excellent. Our passing was quick, crisp and positive. We carved Saint Mirren apart on numerous occasions and, as many have said, could have been out of site by half time. Watkins passed up a couple of good chances. One, similar to those against Partick the other week, where he burst in behind the defence but sent his effort wide. The other he tried to lob Ridgers who blocked his initial effort and then from the follow up Watkins skewed the ball wide.

 

Meekings had a header come off the bar. Some folk said that it might have gone in but even from the normally non conclusive highlights it doesn't look like it's anywhere near going over. Draper also had a good chance as well but his effort was blocked by the backside of a Saint Mirren defender.

 

Luckily we did find a way through and it was from great build up down the left and, more incredibly, from a throw in which we are normally dreadful at. Shinnie played a neat interchange with Christie (I think), receiving the ball back and headed goal wards before cutting the ball back to Tansey who was arriving at the edge of the box and he coolly passed the ball into the net. Great goal from an ICT perspective. As above we dominated the first half but seemed to lose our way in the second half somewhat. Similar to games against Ross County and Partick Thistle in recent weeks it looked like we might pay for not holding a bigger lead. Our passing seemed to become less adventurous and more focused on keeping the ball but minus the attacking intent we had seen in the first half. Saint Mirren looked a lot livelier and more resilient in the second half and we struggled for a time to break them down. Fortunately we did grab a second goal when Raven managed to break down the right and play in Christie who, after what looked like an amazing piece of skilful miscontrol, sent Ridgers the wrong way and doubled our lead.

 

Saints struck back when a corner was met by Goodwin as he out muscled Warren and steered a header past Esson. After that we had our backs to the wall for most of the rest of the game and MccAusland passed up two great opportunities to draw Saint Mirren level. The first, again from a corner, found him free towards the back post but he couldn't quite bring the Buddies back on level terms. The second chance, perhaps the better of the two, came fro ma free kick which evaded everyone and found its way to MccAusland who seemed somewhat taken aback that it had gotten as far as him, and he couldn't adjust his body to get a header on target.

 

 

A fine result which should have been more emphatic than the scoreline depicts but thankfully we got away with passing up some of those great chances. It will be interesting to see how we rectify the apparent easing off in games after a good start. Hughes seems to be aware of this (based on his post match interview) but we haven't seen any changes yet to stop this from happening. We dropped a vital two points against County because of it so hopefully it won't happen again.

 

 
Date: 14.02.2015 Venue: St Mirren Park, Paisley Attendance: 3154
Referee: Bobby Madden
 
St Mirren: 1
Lineup: Ridgers, Naismith, McAusland, Goodwin, Kelly, Dayton (Wylde 71), McGinn (Sonupe 61), Osbourne, Mallan, Arquin (Mclear 46), Thompson
Subs (not used):  Kello, Reilly, Tesselaar, Baird
Scorers: Goodwin (68)
Booked: none
Sent Off: none

Inverness CT: 2
Lineup: Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Draper, Ross, Watkins, Tansey, Williams (Polworth 90), Christie
Subs (not used):  MacKay, Devine, Horner, Tremarco, Sutherland, Ferguson
Scorers: Tansey (3), Christie (60)
Booked: Draper (82), Watkins (85)
Sent Off: none
 



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St Mirren -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Feb 13 2015 08:08 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

West side story

 

 

 

 

 

Inverness are on the road again with a day out at Paisley to visit struggling St Mirren on Saturday. That will be our fourth trip to the wild west in a month, having also toured Maryhill, New Douglas Park and the scheme down Kilmarnock way. All wins, incidentally.

 

The Buddies are having a torrid time of it but that does not mean this will be an easy ride for Inverness as they will now be scrapping for every point available to help them climb away from the relegation battle with County and Motherwell.

 

Inverness received a massive boost late in the week. Not the news that 50 shades of Grey was being shown at the cinema, but when Josh Meekings signed on for another two years. Josh has been a mainstay at the heart of our defence over the last couple of seasons and his partnership with Gary Warren is one of the reasons our defence is normally pretty miserly. Still a young lad with plenty of pace and power he will certainly gain more by staying at Inverness for another couple of seasons before heading on to pastures new. Great investment by the club.

 

 

Another bit of good news, and I say this with some trepidation is that Yogi has been named Manager of the Month for January. That accolade normally brings with it a curse and we will be watching with interest to see if it affects Inverness.

 

This season we seem to be poles apart in terms of quality and teamwork, certainly the league table will vouch for that. However, we do have something in common. St Mirren lost top scorer Kenny McLean to Aberdeen during the January sales and at the same time Billy Mckay went to Wigan.

 

We have played St Mirren four times already this season. A 0-1 league win in October was followed by a draw at the same venue in the Scottish Cup. The replay up North saw Inverness win comfortably by 4-0, but the league game in January was a much tighter affair which Inverness won 1-0, thanks to a Billy Mckay goal, (where is he when you need him?).

 

St Mirren have failed to win a single home game in the league so far this season, although they did manage to beat Dunfermline Athletic in a league cup game in August. 20 goals for and 41 against sees them sit second bottom of the table whereas third placed Inverness can boast 35 goals for and only 22 goals conceded.

 

St Mirren added a couple of players in the transfer window, attacking midfielders Emmanuel Sonupe from Spurs academy, and Kieran Sadlier, an Irish u21 international. Both could feature at some stage this weekend and Yohaan Arquin returns after suspension.

 

Inverness will have to do without Richie Foran and Dean Brill, and a similar starting line up to last week is anticipated. A new name for the injured list is Aaron Doran who has a groin strain.

 

Prediction for this one is another narrow win for Inverness to pile on the woe for the Buddies.

 

 

 

 



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Partick Th -V- Inverness CT - S/Cup

Feb 07 2015 01:56 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Partick Jagged

 

 

 

Inverness moved into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup after stinging this seasons bogey side Partick Thistle. First half counters by Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey were scant reward for a brilliant first forty-five from the visitors. Partick needed to up their game in the second half and they did just that. Returning striker Lyle Taylor scored to open the door for the hosts to make it an anxious last twenty-five for Inverness. They almost got the replay they were seeking but for a tremendous save by Dean Brill's replacement, Ryan Esson, who tipped away a netbound header from Danny Seabourne as the game drew to a conclusion.

 

Great result for Inverness who enter Monday's draw along with Celtic, Hibernian, Queen of the South, Falkirk, Dundee United. Spartans and Berwick have a replay to contend with and the Rangers play Raith Rovers later today.

 

Immortal Howden Ender had this to say :– A game of two halves or probably two quarters and a half. As I suspected Yogi had wound them up to the hilt in a pre-match “forget wee Billy” address. They came out of the traps like greyhounds on heat and nearly caught the stuffed rabbit at the first corner. We completely and utterly dominated the first 20-25 minutes and sailed through the remainder of the half.

 

Just before the quarter hour Marley Watkins should have opened the account but fluffed the finish. Marley was not to be denied and slotted in a well taken finish hardly a minute later. It was however fashioned by the very impressive Ross Draper. Thistle defender Stephen O'Donnell played a terrible to pass to Abdul Osman in the middle of the park who was robbed by our feisty Ross. The ball fell to Marley who held off Frederic Frans before clipping it low past Paul Gallacher to put us 1-0 up. Moments later Watkins was one-on-one again after Nick Ross sent him away but this time his low effort slid inches past the post.

 

Now at this point we should have been 3-0 up and before the inevitable comment of “But if wee Billy was there he would have scored a hat trick” – NOT – Watkins may not be, and sorry never will be a centre forward, but he fashioned the chances through strength and pace. Wee Billy would not have got himself in those positions.

 

And then I recalled our previous league visit to Firhill when we cruised for 20 minutes, went 1-0 up and then imploded and left 1-3. There was a slight PTSD feeling but that was well and truly therapised by Greg Tansey and what has to be a major contender for Goal of the Season. Good old O'Donnell again lost possession in midfield and Greg Tansey picked the ball up 30 yards from goal. Tansey advanced forward, like a modern day Archie Gemmill, shimmied past Frans like a Scouse ballerina and struck a superb right foot shot into the bottom left hand corner of Gallacher's goal.

 

Half Time 0-2

 

And then came the second half, possibly as long a second half as I have witnessed in a long time. Thistle came out like a bunch of Taz’s and our back four must have felt that they were starring in a remake of the Alamo. To be fair they stood firm – too feckin deep for my liking – but Warren and Meekings were immense and there was a true Churchillian feel to the determination – ably abetted by one Ryan Esson. He first produced a fine diving save on the hour to deny Stuart Bannigan. His handling was awry at times but he is more than a capable stand in for Deano.

 

Lyle Taylor then threw the Jags a massive lifeline – and got a MotM from the home support for it !! -when he latched on to O'Donnell's long ball over the top and he appeared to out-muscle Josh Meekings, TV evidence seemed to show that Taylor fouled Meekings but he got away with it.

 

The Alamo then joined forces with the Mafeking. It was boering and nerve tingling to watch but we deservedly survived. And thanks for that go to Ryan Esson who produced a “world class save” in the 90th minute with a superb diving save to earn us a place in Monday's draw.

 

Full Time 1-2

 

Ginger Jaggy agrees and added:- Same sentiment as everyone else about the game. Great first half helped by a very disjointed Partick defence where we should have been out of site and Marley could have grabbed a load of headlines with a great hat trick. He was brilliant running the defence ragged but he isn't a natural scorer and that was shown in his first chance that he hit straight at the keeper. If we are to continue with him front we have to give a couple of the young lads a chance or bring in one or two because he will run himself into the ground he had to come off 10 mins before the end. I don't think the second half was as bad as people make out as I think we could have scored more but we lacked a final ball. We did become hemmed in after a dodgy goal by Taylor that looked a foul and we were left hanging on. With Watkins running out of steam we lacked an out ball but we got through and deservedly so. The away support was great and fingers crossed we get a decent draw we could get at least one trip to Hampden hopefully two.

 

Well Ginger Jaggy got his wish as we drew Raith Rovers at home in the next round. Ties to be played on 7th or 8th March.

 

Inverness CT v Raith Rovers Queen of the South v Falkirk Hibernian v Spartans or Berwick Rangers Dundee United v Celtic

 

 

   

 

 

Highlights can be seen on the BBC Sport web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/31221061

 

 
Date: 07.02.2015 Venue: Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Attendance: 2915
Referee: Willie Collum
 
Partick Th: 1
Lineup: Gallacher, O'Donnell, Seaborne, Bannigan, Stevenson, Lawless (Doolan 62), Frans, Elliott, Higginbotham (Taylor 46), Osman, Fraser (Craigen 46)

Subs (not used):  Fox, Balatoni, McDaid, Keenan

Scorers: Taylor (67)

Booked: Elliot (75)

Sent Off: none

Inverness CT: 2

Lineup: Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Vincent, Meekings, Warren, Draper, Ross (Christie 75), Watkins (Devine 89), Tansey, Williams.

Subs (not used):  Mackay, Horner, Tremarco, Polworth, Ferguson

Scorers: Watkins (16), Tansey (27)

Booked: none

Sent Off: none

 



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Partick Thistle -V- Inverness CT - S/Cup

Feb 06 2015 07:51 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Aerosol Day

 

 

 

It's a week where some olde relics were dug up at Drumnadrochit, and I don't mean Johndo, Johnboy, Scarlet Pimple and Mantis, and it's almost to the day of that famous Scottish Cup win over Celtic that Inverness travel to Glasgow to do battle in the Cup once more. The task this time is just as daunting as we play the team that has turned us over twice already this season. It's Nemesis time as we go to Firhill to take on the Maryhill Magyars.

 

Maryhill Magyars I hear you youngsters say. That name was attached to the side in the heyday of Ferenc Puskas, the great Hungarian footballer of the fifties and along with the Harry Wraggs is one of the finest nicknames in Scottish Football. It would appear that when they play us, they revert to type and have dished out two Goulashings scoring seven goals and even had the luxury of missing a penalty.

 

We have played Partick five times in The Cup, two of those being replays, and have only progressed to the next round once, a 3-0 victory in January 2009. In saying that, Partick have only won one of these games over the allotted time when a Scott Paterson goal on a horrendously wet night in March 2002 saw them into the draw for the Semi-Final. Looking more like a member of Oasis, he scored a fantastic free kick from thirty yards to win the game for the Jags and set up a clash with a now reduntant side called Rangers.

 

Our last outing saw us struggle on the heavy turf at the Caledonian Stadium, adding to the Billy Mckay hangover which resulted in a frustrating draw with Ross County in the Highland derby. Partick fared even worse, going down 1-0 to local rivals St Mirren in an equally scrappy affair at Firhill. That results show Inverness sitting level on points with Aberdeen having played a game more and Partick some twenty two points behind us in ninth place. Recent results in the league will tell us that we have won five of our last six games. Partick have only one win and two draws out of six. The smart money would go on Inverness you would think. However, the form book goes out the window now as the Cup is a whole different ball game as they say.

 

The transfer window came and went and Inverness were only window shopping it would seem, the only activity being Billy Mckay's outward bound trip to Wigan. Partick were proactive in the market and added Rangers defender Ryan Finnie until the end of the season. Calum Booth the Hibs midfielder was also added to the squad but the big scoop was the re-signing of Lyle Taylor on loan for the season. He scored 7 goals in 20 games for the Harry Wraggs last season and will be a major boost for them. Nathan Ecclestone has left the Firhill building by mutual consent.

 

Inverness' Dean Brill is unlikely to be risked after his knee injury and Ryan Esson will continue in goal. the back four will be the same, but it's in midfield and attack where we have many options, depending on the strategy employed by Yogi. Marley Watkins looks likeliest to continue in the strikers role, and the fans would like to see Ryan Christie as his assistant. Danny Williams put in a good shift last weekend and should retain his starting berth. Tansey and Draper will provide the steel, and the rest is up for debate, with Ross, Doran and Vincent in the running for the providers position.

 

Partick are keeping team selections close to their chest, but they do have the knack of beating us, so maybe they won't change much from the start. However, Lyle Taylor could get a game, which is more than the injured Sean Welsh or the suspended Jordan McMillan.

 

So, an entertaining cup game to look forward to as Inverness continue with life after Billy. But wait, there's a downside to all this. Willie Collum is back after his break from refereeing proper games. He was stood down for a few weeks due to his incompetence, but will be in charge tomorrow. I believe they are also introducing the invisible white aerosol spray used in the world cup. I wonder if he sprays himself would he disappear. Just a thought.

 

tm4tj prediction:- Strange as it may sound, but I'm taking Inverness to get into the next round, maybe with the aid of a replay up North. If we can cope with Partick's high pressing game and feed Watkins, then it's possible to get a result. A word of warning though. This is just my opinion, so don't rush down to the bookies and put loads of money on an away win.



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Inverness CT -V- Ross County -SPFL

Jan 31 2015 03:33 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Bogged Down

 

 

 

Inverness and County tried their best to play football, but the weather and pitch were the real winners as the final derby of the season ended in stalemate. Marley Watkins scored a superb opener, guiding a low shot beyond an outstretched Reguero, and despite a few efforts being cleared off the line they could not find that elusive second goal. A debatable equaliser saw the ball squeezed into the net and it looks like Gary Warren has been credited with scoring an own goal in a six yard stramash.

 

With Billy Mckay off to Wigan it was Marley Watkins that started in the strikers role with Nick Ross retaining his starting slot. Dean Brill was out after damaging his knee last week and Ryan Esson was in goals for his first game this season. Ryan Christie and Aaron Doran warmed the bench. There was a Mackay on the substitutes list, but that was the Caley Jags young keeper.

 

County had new signing Ruben Palazuelos on the bench alongside Jake Jervis, with Liam Boyce and Tony Dingwall in the starting X1.

 

Heavy rain, sleet and snow had been forecast and it didn't disappoint. The game survived an early inspection but it was clear to see the weather of the last week had taken it's toll with massive areas looking a bit boggy and plenty of water still sitting on the surface. The staff had done wonders to ensure the game went ahead, but it wouldn't be a day for the purist.

 

County started with a flourish and forced a couple of corners to no avail and Inverness responded in similar fashion with the same result. Reguero flapping at one of the corners but as the ball dropped kindly for County it was booted clear.

 

First close shave went to County as Liam Boyce fired a long range effort that was only a foot or two wide with Esson struggling to cover his post. That one came about after Ross Draper missed a ball headed back towards the home end, he would make another three or four gaffs as he struggled on the heavy surface looking as though he was wearing lead boots.

 

Inverness responded with a header from Gary Warren but Reguero pushed it away before an agricultural clearance saved the day. The game was getting bogged down on the heavy surface and Inverness had abandoned their passing game in favour of keeping the ball off the moor.

 

Best chance so far fell to Tony Dingwall as the ball fell to him some ten yards out. He gathered the ball and shot before being shut down, but Esson used some fancy footwork to keep the low drive out.

 

The hosts opened the scoring out of the blue. A flighted ball down the left side was won by the Inverness midfielders after some tenacious tackling with Watkins and Williams getting stuck in aided by Tansey. The ball was eventually rolled into the path of Watkins again who drifted forward and guided a superb low curling strike beyond Reguero from 25 yards.

 

As the interval approached, County were being forced onto the back foot and were fortunate to get to the break without conceding again.

 

Half Time 1-0

 

The second half started where the first left off and Gary Warren again showed his strength at cross balls, almost scoring with a header that beat Reguero but was hacked clear on the line by Reckford. That elusive second goal was not coming and we paid the price for not being more clinical.

 

Carl Tremarco might look back and think he could have done better as he challenged for a ball in midfield with Jackson Irvine. The County man tamely won the ball and sent a long cross into the area. Sub Jake Jervis challenged for the ball with legs and arms flailing as Esson and Warren looked set to clear the danger but the ball came off body parts and ended up in the net. It's unclear who did what, but Warren has been given the nod and it's an own goal.

 

County almost added another right after scoring but when Jervis found himself with acres of space on the left side of the box he lashed his shot high into the side net stanchion to miss a glaring opportunity to the make the keeper work.

 

Another headed clearance off the line denied Inverness a certain goal and a retaken Tansey free kick was easily plucked out of the air by Reguero as play became more frantic. It was now a midfield battle which the visitors were winning by keeping some width while we resorted to pinging balls forward by-passing the blockage, ignoring our possession game.

 

The last throw of the dice saw Watkins sprint onto a Christie chip, but as he poked the ball round Reguero the keeper seemed to catch his foot. Unfortunately for Marley, his tumble to the deck was somewhat theatrical and that seemed to make up Beaton's mind to ignore the dive and wave play on.

 

The game finished in blizzard conditions which summed up the days play. Not a classic by any manner or means, plenty of effort from both sides but the conditions ensured that it would be energy sapping rather than smooth and silky.

 

 

Full Time 1-1

 

 

A draw was about right although Inverness will rue the chances they spurned when on top. Credit to County for their resillience, some great goal line clearances kept us at bay and they ended up holding the ball better than us during the second half as we went more direct.

 

 

tm4tj MotM goes to Danny Williams. He darted around and caused County plenty of problems in the first half. Quieter second half as the pitch took it's toll but as likely as anyone else to make the breakthrough. Watkins scored a corker and ran himself to a standstill, maybe that's why he fell over so easily and Tremarco plugged away, although his missed tackle for the equaliser was crucial.

 

  

 

 

 

Date: 31/01/15  Venue: Caledonian Stadium    Attendance: 4021
Referee: John Beaton
 
Inverness CT: 1
Lineup: Esson, Tremarco, Warren, Meekings, Raven, Tansey (Doran 88), Draper, Shinnie, Ross (Christie 77), Williams, Watkins
Subs (not used): Mackay, Vincent, Devine, Horner, Polworth
Scorers: Watkins (38)
Booked: Warren (24), Ross (52), Tansey (61)
Sent Off: none
 
Ross County: 1
Lineup: Reguero, Fraser, Quinn, Boyd, Reckord, Dingwall (Carey 66), Kiss (Palazuelos 61), Irvine, Woods, Boyce, Curran (Jervis 75)
Subs (not used): Brown, De Vita, Saunders, Ross
Scorers: Warren (og.76)
Booked: Boyce (78), Jervis (78) 
Sent Off: none

 

 



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Inverness CT -V- Ross County - SPFL

Jan 29 2015 09:18 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Life after Billy

 

 

 

 

 

It's derby day on Saturday and Inverness have been dealt a couple of hammer blows in the last week with the news that Graeme Shinnie is off to Aberdeen at the end of the season. It get's even worse with Billy, small K Mckay signing a two and a half year deal at English Championship club Wigan Athletic.

 

Whilst Shinnie is still around for the foreseeable future, Mckay has been bought for around £150k plus and will be a big miss for the Inverness club as we look to build on five straight wins, a run that started at New year with a 3-1 win in Dingwall. Our opponents are trying desperately to gather enough points to steer clear of relegation, but it's eleven games since County last tasted victory.

 

It's not only transfers that have upset the apple cart. Dean Brill was stretchered off at the end of the Hamilton game. The early prognosis was that he had damaged his knee on landing and at the time it looked as though he might have to sit out a few games. The good news is that Ryan Esson will be an able deputy should he be required to play against County.

 

Inverness hold the upper hand this year over our neighbours. The first game at our stadium ended in stalemate, a 1-1 draw. It was the proverbial game of two halves, and two keepers really. Dean Brill pulled off a handful of excellent saves in the first half but was helpless to stop Yoann Arquin opening the scoring. County could have been out of sight by the break, but the second half belonged to Inverness. Marley Watkins levelled early in the half but Mark Brown was in tremendous form to deny Inverness thereafter with a string of superb saves. Neither of these keepers look like making the game with Tony Reguero the favoured option at the moment for County and Brill nursing a sore knee. The second meeting saw County take a pounding from the eager Inverness forwards and a deserved 3-1 victory for the visitors in Dingwall flattered County somewhat. Aaron Doran does like a goal against the County and he scored twice before Jackson Irvine powered home a header. However outgoing striker Billy Mckay scored a sublime third for Inverness to settle the game with seventeen minutes left and that ended County's hopes of a comeback.

 

The transfer window has been kinder to County though and this will be a whole new ball game. Defender Cameron Burgess has signed from Fulham, along with Marcus Fraser, a 20 year old from Celtic. So that's two young central defenders to help shore up the Staggies suspect defence. The have also acquired Darvydas Sernas, a Lituanian international midfielder with 35 caps. He is an experienced player having plied his trade across Europe and Australia. Striker Craig Curran has signed until the end of the season from Nuneaton Town looking to add some much needed fire power. Another plus for County is that the lackadaisical Arquin has been sent packing. He lasted only 33 minutes of the New Year derby before being hooked by a less than impressed Jim McIntyre. His first role as a St Mirren player was to get sent off against County in the relegation six pointer, but that was not enough to help County out as the ten man Buddies scored a late winner to pile on the misery in Dingwall.

 

Latest Team News for Inverness is a tad worrying. Dean Brill and Marley Watkins could be out and the possibility of Inverness carrying on without Billy Mckay is a matter of concern. The positives are that Ryan Christie may well get the opportunity to shine in an advanced position and Aaron Doran will be looking to start, along with the new improved version of Nick Ross.

 

The Staggies will be boosted by the new additions to their squad as they look to scramble their way off the foot of the table. Jackson Irvine and Terry Dunfield return after missing the defeat by Celtic.

 

 

It has been a hectic week for Inverness and Yogi has made a feature length film to update us on some of the goings on at the Caledonian Stadium

 

 

 

tm4tj prediction:- More difficult than normal to get this one right with County having additional staff and us in the process of losing two influential players. That could have a detrimental effect on our performance, but when Mckay had a lean spell, others were chipping in and we need that to happen again. Great to see Nick Ross adding a goal to his recent promising displays and Marley Watkins is another that knows what it feels like to score in this derby. Aaron Doran seems to keep his best for these games and will be an important player, let's hope he can manage another this Saturday. Another loss could see them slip further behind St Mirren and that will give them the incentive to be in our face this Saturday. Maybe the new arrivals will upset any rhythm County have and that is only good for us, and with that in mind, I'll go for a home win, might be tight though.

 

Take a look at how it all worked out in the two games earlier this season............

 

   



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Hamilton -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Jan 24 2015 10:19 PM | tm4tj in Reports 2014-15

Inverness now own Accies

 

 

 

 

Inverness moved to within a point of Aberdeen as they overcame Hamilton in the 10p game at New Douglas Park. It was a quiet first half with Hamilton just having the edge but an own goal by Grant Gillespie and a team goal finished by Nick ross made it four defeats on the bounce for the Accies and five wins on the trot for Inverness.

 

The 10p admission price made for a large crowd looking for Hamilton to bounce back after three losses, with the visitors hoping to build on their fine run of four wins in a row. At the end of the game, Inverness now get to keep Hamilton Accies after our third win over them this season. Meh!

 

 

Immortal Howden Ender has penned this wonderful report for us.

 

 

ANOTHER AGONISING AFFAIR AGAINST ADMIRABLE ACCIES

 

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There was as much chance of seeing a goal in that first half as being served in one of the local hostelries. However I was later advised that the local publicans had feared an influx of Old Firm fans due to the Cellic playing early doors and Sevco getting postponed. Anyone we managed to squeeze in to the Tap to raise a dram to Frank McAvoy and Alex O'Neil. If you had been doing a pay at half time to define your entertainment rating then 10p may just have been feckin accurate !!

 

To be fair to Hamilton I thought that they bossed the first half whilst not really looking like a threat. To be fair also we did look solid at the back throughout and it was a couple of indisciplined moments of our making that jangled the first half nerves. Deano had one of his moments after 5 opening minutes when he clattered Meekings with an attempted clearance sclaff. The other was yet another needless booking for Gary Warren but the spirited Jesus Garcia then sent a free-kick over the bar. Fortunately the much derided Imrie also sclaffed his chance as well. Forgive me if I am wrong but our only efforts were both from Greg Tansey and only one was on target and did not exactly test Pinocchio McGovern. Deano to be fair redeemed himself holding a decent strike from Tony Andreu. And then they sold out of feckin pies before the half time whistle.

 

Half Time 0-0

 

Yet again we came out in the second half like men possessed. I am really not sure what happened in the first 45 but we looked like we were going for a 1-0 on the break. We hardly put two passes together and then we play them literally off the pitch. Some of the passing and especially the movement was a joy to behold. Canning looked very nervy and perhaps the onus of player manager may be too much for him. His slip let in wee Billy and although Pinocchio saved well that was the cue for a change in the bossing. Grant Gillespie saw appeals for a Hamilton penalty turned down early in the second period but that really was the only scare we got from then forwards, Wee Billy then showed another side to his repertoire and set up both the goals - the second being as good a team effort as I have seen in a while. On 53 minutes Wee Billy looped a pass towards Graeme Shinnie, whose his shot rebounded off both McGovern and Gillespie before nestling in the net. It may have been slightly fortunate but it was well deserved. Pinnochio then prevented wee Billy and then turned a Meekings header wide.

 

Full Time 0-2

 

With fifteen minutes to go we made the game safe with a delightful passing move. Again wee Billy and Ross Draper were the architects - combining down the left to provide an inviting cross that Ross duly slammed past a helpless Pinnochio. Draper possibly could have scored himself but he laid it off to Nick Ross. It was noticeable that the second goal heralded a stampede of departures from the away end as the Old Firm hangers on decided to leave and head for the Buckfast shop. And two eminent gypsies left early doors as well from the midst of the away support. Substitute Aaron Doran passed up a late opportunity to add gloss to the scoreline. But to put an absolute damper on the day Deano collapsed, under no apparent pressure, and it looked like he had jarred his knee. It was more worrying that it took almost 4 minutes to treat him and he was carted off on a stretcher. That also gave rise to the biggest cheer of the day for the return of the Esson. Lets hope Deano's injury is not as bad as once feared but I would say the we are extremely fortunate to have Ryan as back up.

 

So we had seven shots in the second half with six on target, 60-40 possession and four corners. We only committed five fouls over the 90 minutes and, irritatingly to me, two of them resulted in two more needless bookings with Draper following Warren into the book. I even thought Brian Colvin had a good day at the office.

 

I will leave it to Yogi to sum up the day - "I didn't enjoy the game .. There was a real apprehension before the game. We were getting a bit complacent and it showed in the first half... Second half we got back to what we're all about. Even if it wasn't a great performance it showed me the spirit and that's what got us the win. They were the better team in the first half and played some nice football. In terms of us getting on the ball and making things happen that's the worst I've seen us for a long while...But, credit to them in terms of still keeping that clean sheet... We're punching well above our weight. Our main goal at the start of the season was to stay up. I'm serious.. I'm just lucky I'm working with a bunch of boys that want to improve as footballers. We've got a happy, spirited team. It's all about getting results and if you're getting results your job is made easy". That must be the first time that I have wholly concurred with the closing statement from one of our managers :notworthy:

 

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SMILEYMOMETER :smile: 

 

DEANO :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  To be fair he had little to do but did his job when asked - GET WELL SOON BIG MAN

 

RAVEN :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  A quiet day at the office. Did not really notice him that much.

 

MEEKINGS :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Again effective and nearly scored with a cracking header.

 

WARREN :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Again solid but I do wish that he would cut out the needless fouls which lead to needless bookings and needless suspensions.

 

TREMARCO :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Humble pie time fer moi !!  Excellent performance and that included coming forwards. Much improved an my MOM

 

WILLIAMS :smile:  :smile: :smile:  Another who was quietly effective and played in a more defence minded mode. And possibly suffered from the performances of Tremarco and Shinnnie and our preference to play down the left.

 

DRAPER :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Excellent "holding" display but the same negative comments as Warren

 

TANSEY :smile: :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Reminds me of a modern day Gary McAllister and that IS a compliment

 

ROSS :smile: :smile:  :smile:  Not quite sure what his role was but will give similar comment as to Williams. Did he take his goal well with calmness and assurity. 

 

McKAY :smile: :smile:  :smile:  :smile:  Poor wee Billy must have been as frustrated as the fans in the first half but showed in the second that there is more to his game than goalscoring. And his constant movement was a joy to watch and relive.

 

 

 

Inverness CT 

Brill (Esson 94), Raven, Shinnie ©, Warren, Meekings, Mckay, Draper, Ross, Tansey, Tremarco, Williams (Doran 79)

Subs:- Vincent, Devine, Horner, Polwarth, Christie.

 

 

Hamilton 

McGovern, Gillespie, Canning, Tana, Hendrie, Routledge, MacKinnon (Docherty 83), Crawford, Redmond (Brophy 69), Imrie (Longridge 82), Andreu

Subs:- Watson, Hill, Antoine-Curier, El-Zubaidi.

 

 

 

Referee:- Brian Colvin

 

Crowd:- 5089

 

 

Final score Hamilton Accies 0-2 Inverness CT



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Hamilton -V- Inverness CT -SPFL

Jan 23 2015 08:21 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

10p Game

After the pay what you want, comes the 10 pence game. It would appear that the clubs don't need money these days. This is a remarkable gesture from Hamilton Accies in recognition of their former player and manager Alex Neil who moved on to Norwich recently. As a tribute to him, the Accies have reduced prices to the number he wore, 10, hence the 10p admission prices.

The midweek games saw Inverness walk all over a poor St Johnstone while Hamilton felt the full force of the unpredictables, Patrick Thistle who routed the Accies 5-0. These results have seen a 5 point gap open up between the teams as Inverness remained in 3rd place due to United drawing with St Mirren with Hamilton in 5th.

Inverness were the victors in the two previous games this season, winning 2-0 at New Douglas Park and 4-2 in the return game at Inverness.

Richie Foran is out, but still an important part of the set up, working behind the scenes. Choices for Hughes who, if any, he brings in after a convincing win in midweek.

Martin Canning is the man tasked with keeping Hamilton at the top end of the table, not an easy job following behind the local legend. 

Short preview this week due to technical problems. My laptop is in thirty bits. Not good.

Tm4tj prediction is brief as well. I am tipping Inverness to pile more misery on Accies recent form and take all three points back North.



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Inverness CT -V- St Johnstone - SPFL

Jan 20 2015 06:23 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Easy Money

 

 

 

Inverness cruised to victory over a rancid St Johnstone side devoid of skill, energy, subtleness and quality. First half goals from Billy Mckay and Marley Watkins had Inverness in the driving seat before the break as the Perth side never got out of first gear. No further goals in the second half but I doubt Inverness will have an easier game all season. Someone needs to tell the St Johnstone team it was a pay what you can night, not a play when you can be bothered.

 

.Graeme Shinnie moved to right back to replace the suspended David Raven and Danny Williams started along with Marley Watkins. Ryan Christie and James Vincent started from the bench and young Ally Sutherland made an appearance before the end.

St Johnstone were without James McFadden, but the dangerous Michael O'Halloran started.

The pay what you want experiment certainly boosted the size of the crowd, not sure about the coffers though.

The visitors started with a flurry of crosses and corners right from the off and from one of these Graeme Shinnie was fortunate to see a sliced clearance shave the top of the bar. It looked as though it was going to be a busy night for the Inverness defence, but that was it really. Once the Caley Jags got hold of the ball, they never relinquished it and it proved to be a difficult night for the Perth men as our possession game took over, albeit sometimes overplayed at times, but in keeping the ball, St Johnstone were restricted to chasing shadows for the rest of the game.

In truth, it turned into shooting practice for the hosts as they turned the screw. Plenty of showboating and slick interplay saw the Perth defence opened up time and time again with only the end product missing. Billy McKay was unlucky a few times as Mannus did his best to thwart the Inverness strikers. He clawed away a Billy header and saw a few efforts go close, none closer than Aaron Doran who hit the post after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box. A goal was imminent though and it carried a touch of fortune initially. An attempted clearance cannoned off a defender amidst claims of handball. Nick Ross never hesitated and his chipped cross found Shinnie at the back post, and he kept it alive by knocking it back to McKay who turned the ball into the net.

The Inverness tails were well and truly up and after a period of ball retention across our own penalty area, the long ball down the left paid off. Tremarco took the ball expertly on his chest as he burst forward before rifling a low ball across the box. Mannus dived but failed to cut it out and Watkins had the simplest of tasks to side foot the ball into an empty net.

St Johnstone were nowhere to be seen as Inverness dominated to the break, Tremarco volleying wide but no more goals as the half ended.

HALF TIME 2-0

If anything the second half was a bit of an anti climax as pretty patterns were still being weaved but the back of the net would not bulge again. That's not to say we did not create anything but a ruthless streak we do not possess. There were a few melee's around the Saints box but that elusive third goal would not come. Nick Ross volleyed over from a good position and one or two efforts were headed away or blocked in the six yard box.

FULL TIME 2-0

St Johnstone were absolutely minging, creating very little and spent most of the game chasing shadows. A lot of that was down to our possession play, but plenty of it was down to their lack of urgency and quality. That said, we let them off lightly by not forcing home our massive superiority and that is my only gripe. Too often we faffed around at the back and played across the park in search of total retention. It certainly worked to piss off St Johnstone but it was getting frustrating to watch at times although it probably kept Brill warm as the chill descended on the stadium.

tm4tj MotM is not easy to pick given our overall dominance. Nick Ross was the sponsors choice, not a bad one at that, but my pick was Carl Tremarco who grew into the game and had a brilliant assist for the second goal. Only Brill gets less than full marks as he had nothing to do but clear pass backs, and one of them he left so late he cleared it next week, almost being shut down. Now where have I seen that before? Happy days, four in a row, here we go!

 

 

Date: 20/01/15  Venue: Caledonian Stadium    Attendance: 3161Referee: Kevin Clancy Inverness CT: 2Lineup: Brill, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Watkins (Christie 67), Draper, Williams (Vincent 81), Doran, Ross, McKay (Sutherland 87)
Subs (not used): Esson, Devine, Horner, Polworth
Scorers: Mckay (34), Watkins (41)Booked: noneSent Off: none
 St Johnstone: 0
Lineup: Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Wright (Miller 55), Scobbie, O'Halloran (Kane 29), Brown (McDonald 46), Lappin, Caddis, Wotherspoon, Graham
Subs (not used): Banks, MacLean, Croft, Easton
Scorers: noneBooked: Graham (27), Lappin (46), Anderson (68), McDonald (70)Sent Off: none

 

 



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Inverness CT -V- St Johnstone - SPFL

Jan 19 2015 08:57 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Pay What You Can



It's innovation time at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium this Tuesday night as the club introduce a Pay What You Can strategy as the January purse strings tighten on us all. This is the first time a Premiership club has tried this and credit to the Caley Jags board for recognising the plight of the football fan in trying times for fans and clubs alike. See the full story on the official sight right here at http://ictfc.com/news/club-news/1456-pay-what-you-can-v-st-johnstone



It's the turn of Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone to visit the Highland capital having already defeated us 1-0 in a typically dour encounter in Perth when the fall guy Brian Graham tricked Willie Collum into awarding a penalty. The same player scored from the spot and has since been handed a two game ban for his cheating and the bungling Mr Collum demoted through the ranks for a couple of weeks for his misinterpretation of the laws, not just for this game, but a series of game changing blunders.

The last six encounters have resulted in four wins for Inverness and two for Perth. Both defences have conceded 21 goals, but it's in attack where Inverness hold the advantage with 30 goals against St Johnstone's 19. That is the main reason we hold a nine point advantage over the Perth men. However, the recent reverse at McDiarmid Park in December was in the middle of a three game losing streak which we seem to have rectified by winning our last three games. Since beating us, St Johnstone have beaten Dundee United before losing to Aberdeen and Hamilton and then triumphing over our Nemesis, Partick Thistle on Saturday. Captain Dave Mackay and Steven Anderson were the scorers

David Raven and Greg Tansey are both suspended for this one with Raven being unable to carry out his punishment at the weekend due to the Tannadice game being off. Bringing Devine in at centre back and moving Meekings to right back is an option as that is where Josh originally plied his trade. This should open the door for a fit Marley Watkins and James Vincent to return with young Ryan Christie raring to go as well. Plenty of options for Hughes.

St Johnstone are without injured midfielders Chris Millar and Murray Davidson and former Scotland international James McFadden is suspended but Lee Croft and Brian Easton are available.

tm4tj prediction:- with a full strength squad I would have had no hesitation in promoting a home win as the safest bet. However regular first choice defender David Raven and midfielder Greg Tansey are under disciplinary suspensions which will weaken the side, although Hughes has plenty of options for replacements. Danny Devine has deputised with seamless ease previously and he could fill the void. I still believe Inverness have enough at their disposal to take all three points, but St Johnstone always seem to make it difficult for teams to break them down. Marley Watkins extra pace has been missed recently and he could return to add a bit of width to our attack. Michael O'Halloran is a threat for the visitors and could unsettle a makeshift defence, but it's a home win for me, however be prepared for a tense struggle.
 



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Dundee Utd -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Jan 17 2015 08:04 PM | tm4tj in Reports 2014-15

Game off

 

 

 

Oh dear. Once again the old problem of calling games off too late reared it's ugly head. United allegedly had the heaters on since Thursday morning but amazingly there were still pockets of ice around the threadbare goal areas.

 

Many Inverness fans had already left, some as far as Perth before the decision to call the game off was officially announced after a second pitch inspection. Some buses made it to Bruar, little consolation if you ask me.

 

 

This has been posted on the official United site stating the reasons and a reduced offer for tickets when the game is eventually played.

 

January 17, 2015

A Club spokesperson said: “Naturally we’re very disappointed the game can’t go ahead due to the sub zero temperatures we have experienced overnight. Despite taking every precaution and our undersoil heating being on since first thing on Thursday morning, there are patches of the pitch that are a safety hazard for the players particularly in and around the goalmouth areas. We don’t want to take any chances with player safety and as such, while we wanted to give the game as much chance to happen as possible, we also wanted to give fans adequate notice to save unnecessary travel.

“We have also decided that, as a good will gesture in appreciation of the effort being made by supporters at this time of year, we will let supporters of Inverness and Dundee United attend the rescheduled fixture for £5.”

 

However, some choice quotes have been doing the rounds:-

 

£15 to go to Bruar and back...money well spent, said AJS on twitter, however, it got better for him......To Bruar and back for a pish and a Subway. Rare away day experience....... Pointless journey. F*%*!n shambles. Hoping Tuesdays on now.

Bev tweeted.........not a happy supporters bus heading north. What a shambles......we didn't even get a toilet stop.........

Paul was not too happy..........Doesn't take a genius to know that #ICTFC against #DUFC isn't a local derby. Either make a decision early or don't. It's not rocket science.

Gringo was grumpy as well.......Nice one SPFL. Let the ICT fans and team travel down the icy A9 for a couple of hours and then.....and only then....call the game off. You really are a fecking joke.

Anon.........absolutely disgraceful that a basic need cannot be fulfilled I can understand IF the heating failed. It that doesn't seem to be the case, who is doing the ground staffing for United, Stevie Wonder?

 

And the final complaint was .....The SPFL were willing to risk fans travelling on the notorious A9 in these conditions. Tells you all you need to know about where we come.

 

Anyway, fair play to United for reducing the prices for the next one, but could it have been averted in the first instance, and, if in doubt, could it have been called off sooner.



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Dundee Utd - GAME OFF

Jan 16 2015 06:30 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

GAME OFF

 

 

 

Tannadice is the venue this Saturday with United hosting third equal  Inverness in the weekends top game, where only goal difference separates the sides. At the other end of the spectrum, Ross County have St Mirren as visitors in the ongoing relegation battle.

Inverness picked up an excellent three points last Saturday when a Billy Mckay double helped the 10 men to overcome Kilmarnock. David Raven had been sent off just after the break and Inverness did it the hard way, coming from behind to win convincingly by 1-2, despite the numerical disadvantage. Mckay's two goals were well worth the long trek for the Inverness fans, his tenacity, interplay and invention worthy of a bigger stage.

United had to wait until Monday night for their game when they ousted Hamilton at New Douglas Park in a five goal thriller. United saw a two goal lead dwindle away before Sean Dillon headed the winner to take them above Inverness in the table. Stuart Armstrong and Mackay-Steven had put United in the driving seat before the Accies drew level, but it was United that took all three points.

So, excellent away wins for both clubs that keeps them on the heels of Aberdeen and Celtic. Inverness are on a three game winning run after losing the previous three. United have two wins and a draw in their last three games, including a thumping 6-2 derby win over the Dark Blues. Over the last ten games, United have accumulated nineteen points, one more than Inverness. United are top scorers in the league with forty-two goals which is twelve more than the Caley Jags whereas our defence has conceded seven less than United's.

The first encounter this season saw Inverness win 1-0 in the Highlands thanks to an early Marley Watkins strike. In truth though, the score was kind to United who managed to keep it to one goal. Billy Mckay missed a few chances that day, I'm not so sure he is in the same mood right now after his clinical display at Rugby Park.

United's Gary Mackay-Steven is a talented youngster and has been attracting attention from none other than Celtic who are allegedly preparing a package, but it has been reported that United would take no less than £250K to let the 24 year old Thurso lad leave Tannadice. Sheffield United have already been told to take a hike with their £80K bid.

John Hughes will be without the suspended David Raven. Marley Watkins and James Vincent missed the trip to Kilmarnock, but look to have recovered from their minor knocks. Maybe a gap in the market for Danny Devine to come into the defence although Ross Draper has covered there before and Josh Meekings was originally played at right back. Over to you Yogi. Incidentally, Ibra Sekajja has left the building and signed for Livingstone.

Jackie McNamara is without centre-backs Callum Morris and John Souttar as well as striker Mario Bilate. However, United should have signed the powerful former Motherwell striker Henri Anier in time for him to be included in their squad for this game. Anier scored nine times for Motherwell in forty appearances and will sign a two and a half year deal. It looks as though Gary Mackay-Steven has signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic and will join the Scottish Champions in the summer. I wonder if that will affect his focus for the remainder of the season? Full back Mark Wilson has left the building.

tm4tj prediction:- This is one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar. However, if you want to mix it with the big boys, this is the right end of the table to be at. Tannadice is not an easy place to get anything from and when United are in full flow they are a joy to behold. The addition of Anier will add strength to an already impressive strike force which is the leagues top scorers. The United front men are backed by an equally impressive midfield who are not afraid to get in amongst the goals. Their defence is suspect though and are more akin to a mid-table side and that is where we will find any joy that comes our way. We will miss David Raven who has been a regular contributor, but Yogi has choices and that could be important who he decides will fill Raven's boots. With Watkins and Vincent at his disposal, we can also boast a decent attacking force, and Christie will be champing at the bit to test his skills with United's engine room. The winner of tomorrow's game will jump into second place in the table, and that's incentive enough for Inverness to take all three points in a tight affair.

By the way, on this very day in 1931 Dundee United recorded their biggest ever win by beating Nithsdale Wanderers 14-0. Jock Bain scored a hat-trick and Tim Williamson bagged five. On the same day, Inverness Caledonian Thistle were erm, unheard of. We were there in spirit though in the shape of Caledonian FC and Inverness Thistle.

The Motherwell v Killie game has been postponed due to damage at Fir Park.

 



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Kilmarnock -V- Inverness CT SPFL

Jan 10 2015 02:28 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Raven Mad!

 

 

 

Inverness defender David Raven saw red early in the second half after he felled Josh Magennis to provide Alexei Eremenko with the opener from the penalty spot. Raven had also been booked in the first half for a dangerous tackle which could easily have been red. From hero to zero for Raven in the space of a week. Billy Mckay continued his mini scoring spree by getting both Inverness' goals to turn the game on it's head as the ten men took all three points up a snowy A9. That was Mckay's fourth goal in the last three games, great return from the wee man who scores when he wants, and this result moves Inverness back into third place for now, albeit temporarily as Dundee United have still to play Hamilton.

 

 

The Real Mckay

It was a horrendous day weatherwise as the sides entered the park. Strong winds and heavy rain/sleet showers greeting the players and fans alike and the long journey back to Inverness would take a bit longer than normal with driving conditions poor over Drumochter.

Ryan Christie dropped to the bench to make way for Ross Draper in midfield in an otherwise unchanged side from the one that beat St Mirren.

Allan Johnstone added some punch to his shot shy squad with Lee Miller starting ahead of Chris Johnston and Craig Slater putting Jamie Hamill on the bench. It's over 700 minutes since Killie had scored from open play and the local fans showed they are not happy by staying at home.

Like Kenny McLean did at Inverness last week, Greg Tansey waged a one man war on the opposition goal firing in a number of long range shots, Samson equal to those that were on target, tipping one particular wind aided effort over the bar in style.

The visitors were making all the early running and the sharpness of Billy Mckay was troubling the Killie defence. He turned his marker on the inside right position but his shot was blocked for a corner as he sprinted clear.

Eremenko eventually managed to find himself in the opposition half and he let fly from 35 yards. Josh Meekings saw the danger and headed the ball just over with Brill flying across his goalmouth just in case.

This woke Killie up a bit and the same player was just too high with a free kick from the other side of the park, and Lee Miller had Brill scrambling across his line, but his shot on the turn was always going wide, good effort though.

Half Time 0-0

Raven was the scapegoat just after the break, but not before Tansey had once more warmed the palms of Samson. A through ball was missed by Warren in front of the back line allowing Magennis to break into the box. Raven tried his best to cover for the error but only succeeded in tumbling the burly striker. Red card for Raven and the unflappable Eremenko despatched the resultant spot kick effortlessly. Goal for Killie, but still not from open play.

Raven knew the score and never looked back as he made his way off the pitch. He had been booked for a clumsy tackle in the first half and a second yellow would have been enough to send him for an early bath.

The fall guy Magennis spurned a great chance to double the advantage and score without the aid of a set-piece but headed tamely over the bar from six yards with Brill lying on the deck after pushing out an angled drive from Rory Mackenzie.

Killie should have been in heaven by now, one goal to the good and Inverness having to play virtually the whole second half with ten men. We don't do lying down though and the men from the North rolled up their sleeves and took the game to their hosts.

Billy Mckay scored a stunning equalising goal. A wonderful flighted ball round the back of the Killie defence from Nick Ross allowed Mckay to run onto the curling pass. Billy had plenty to do with three defenders around, but he took the first one out by flicking the ball over him onto his left foot. Two steps to his left saw off the others and he smashed the ball home from eight yards. Paul Gasgoine eat yer heart out!

The wee man wasn't done though and himself and Nick Ross teed up an opportunity for Doran but his shot went wide as Inverness continued to hold the upper hand.

Lee Miller almost snuck one in but the attention of Graeme Shinnie was enough for the big striker to poke the ball the wrong side of the post in a rare attack from the Ayrshire side.

Samson pulled off another great save to deny Tansey once more, pushing the ball away for a corner. The winner was coming though and another stunning goal it was.

This one was made and scored by none other than Billy Mckay with a neat assist from the intelligent Nick Ross. Mckay robbed a Killie player some 15 yards into the Inverness half. He made a bee line for the home penalty area cutting across field from the left before playing on to Ross who delayed perfectly before reversing the ball to the overlapping Mckay. He never broke stride to strike a low shot into Samson's bottom right corner for a tremendous goal.

Full Time 1-2

That ended the scoring and what a way to send the visiting fans home. Two better strikes from the same player in the same match you will be hard pushed to see. It was a brave performance from Inverness after going down to ten men, but no more than they deserved. Kilmarnock have still to get rid of the unwanted tag of not scoring from open play for so long.

 

Rig seems to agree about the weather and with the choice of players who were performing well and he commented thus on CTO:- Superb result considering the circumstances and also the weather which was truly horrendous in parts. One Dean Brill kick looked like it had some real distance on it only to be held up in the air being sent back towards the ICT goal. Awful conditions to play football in. I can see why a lot of Killie fans are frustrated. That game should have been yours after the sending off and penalty but for some reason Kilmarnock became very negative and struggled to make their man advantage count. Credit to Hughes and the players for remaining disciplined and hitting so effectively on the counter. Mckay was absolutely magnificent. His hold up play was a joy to watch and his goals were well taken. Nick Ross also did well supporting the attack and he grabbed two assists yesterday. With Watkins out just now he's certainly impressing.

 

  

tm4tj MotM:- Oh well, he scores when he wants and he did just that today. Mckay was the main difference, turning attacks into opportunities all on his own and converting said chances with aplomb. He might not be here next season, but while he is we will cherish every moment. Nick Ross made a telling contribution today and he deserves a mention and Greg Tansey's shoot on site policy is gaining momentum.
 

 

 
Date: 10.01.2015 Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Attendance: 2793
Referee: Don Robertson
 
Kilmarnock: 1
Lineup: Samson, Barbour, Connolly, Ashcroft, Chantler, McKenzie, O'Hara (Cairney 83), Slater, Magennis, Eremenko (Johnston 70), Miller (Muirhead 64)

Subs (not used):  Brennan, Hamill, Westlake, Pascali

Scorers: Eremenko (pen.47)

Booked: Miller (20), Chantler (67), Cairney (90)

Sent Off: none

Inverness CT: 2

Lineup: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Tansey, Shinnie, Doran (Williams 61), Draper, Ross (Christie 84), McKay

Subs (not used):  Esson, Devine, Horner, Polworth

Scorers: Mckay (53, 81)

Booked: Raven (18), Draper (36)
Sent Off: Raven (47)

 



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Kilmarnock -V- Inverness CT - SPFL

Jan 08 2015 09:11 PM | tm4tj in Previews 2014-15

Keep off the Grass

 

 

 

It's off to Rugby Park on Saturday as Kilmarnock host Inverness on their plastic pitch in a fifth versus seventh premiership match. They played Celtic on it on Monday and a furore broke out when Celtic were denied permission to train on the pitch prior to the game. Meh!

Pitches have moved on since the original ones were installed in the eighties. Stirling Albion were the first to try it out at their then ground at Annfield in 1987. There are now 12 stadiums where grass is no longer used, Hamilton being the only other one in the Premier division. The state of the art 3G surfaces are reckoned to be as good as it gets and might be the way forward in our harsh winters. Water on the surface makes for a great game apparently. That shouldn't be a problem this weekend.

Last Sunday, Inverness eventually saw off St Mirren thanks to a piece of magic from Billy Mckay, the striker flicking home an incisive cross from MotM David Raven half way through the second half. That win was on the back of an excellent derby triumph at Dingwall which broke a run of three defeats over the Xmas period.

Kilmarnock had picked up some form recently with wins over Hamilton and St Mirren, but suffered defeat on Monday when Celtic won 2-0. Prior to beating Hamilton, Killie had gone nine games without a win, losing eight of those games.

Our last few visits to Rugby Park have thrown up mixed results. Three wins and three defeats including that remarkable fireworks display when we won 3-6 in 2011. Nobody saw that one coming, but it was a game that will stick in the memory banks for a long time. We had a Shinnie hat-trick that day, but it was brother Andrew that did the damage, along with a brace from Gregory Tade and a single from Jonny Hayes. Killie's scorers were Dean Shiels (2) and Paul Heffernan. Worth noting that none of these scorers play for the clubs now.

Some positive news for Inverness fans with Greg Tansey signing on for another couple of seasons, but we await deals for Shinnie, Watkins, Mckay, Meekings and Raven. Shinnie, Watkins and Mckay look to be the difficult ones to secure, but there is more hope for Meekings and Raven to be tied up.

 

  

 

In the earlier game in August, Inverness ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Aaron Doran opened the scoring in the second half and Greg Tansey scored with a superb long range shot that cannoned off the bar/post and Samson, with the keeper actually being credited with scoring the goal. That was a similar game to our last home game, the match taking a while to ignite, but overall a deserved three points.

Marley Watkins missed the St Mirren game with a knock but that was our only worry. Richie Foran is out long term. That gave Nick Ross the chance to shine with Ross Draper returning to the bench after suspension. Carl Tremarco carried on at left back with Graeme Shinnie foraging around in midfield. I would expect a similar squad to face Killie.

Allan Johnstone has the experienced (and sturdy) Alexei Eremenko to call upon. The Russian playmaker is built like a brick shit house, but his ability on the ball is unquestionable. With former Aberdeen player Josh Magennis on the books, Killie are not short of target men.Craig Slater returns to the squad after his suspension. His over exuberant celebration for scoring the winner against St Mirren saw him picking up his second yellow and subsequently missed the Celtic game. The referee as you might have correctly guessed for that chastising sending off was once more the incompetent Willie Collum. Enough said.

 

Killie are reported to be lining up a bid to entice Kris Boyd back once more. Boyd is now out of favour at troubled the Rangers and if Killie can come up with a package, the proven scorer could find himself playing for the Rugby Parkers once more, the possibility of him lining up against us is a real prospect.

 

tm4tj prediction:- I thought we might have to settle for a point at Dingwall, but a surprising return to direct football saw us emerge with an easy 3-1 victory. We reverted to type against St Mirren but still took the points, although the performance was a bit below par. It's not easy to work out which approach we will use, but my guess is it will be somewhat cautious and I wont be expecting fireworks this time, although a point won't be too shabby. We are capable of taking all three, but let's not be greedy as Killie are also capable of turning on the style and we have suffered at their hands before.       



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Inverness CT -V- St Mirren -SPFL

Jan 04 2015 02:10 PM | Scotty in Reports 2014-15

Just enough

 

In a game low on drama, Inverness did just enough to take all three points with a fabulous, brilliantly executed goal from Billy Mckay after tremendous wing play by David Raven. St Mirren had stifled the Inverness engine room and used the Partick tactics of closing us down quickly and it almost paid off for them, but for Raven and Mckay's invention, Billy flicking the ball home with around fifteen minutes to go.

With it being a seasonal Sunday kick off, the attendance was also seasonal, but full of anticipation after the performance at Dingwall giving fresh hope to our campaign.

Ross Draper was available but only made the bench, and Marley Watkins had picked up a knock and missed out. Nick Ross was the surprise inclusion in an otherwise unchanged side. St Mirren had the luxury of Steven Thompson and Kenny McLean available and had Inverness lad Mark Ridgers in goal

A fine afternoon saw St Mirren kick off and the usual slow pattern of play ensued. Inverness content to hold the ball, the visitors happy to let us have it, but no goal threats as a consequence of St Mirren shutting us down quickly a las Partick Thistle, which would make it an uncomfortable afternoon for the home fans.

 

Unlike the derby game, our play was less direct. St Mirren gave as good as they got in the first half and Kenny McLean was unlucky with a shot from distance that rattled the top of Brill's crossbar, McLean taking aim some 35 yards out, but his swerving shot was always just on the high side which was fortunate for the big keeper as he would not have stopped it.

Brill tipped over a rasping shot from McLean as he waged a one man war on Dean's goal as Inverness struggled to get any momentum going and he also flashed a swerving shot a yard wide as the visitors looked the most likely to open the scoring.

Inverness fans were getting impatient and they wanted better. Billy Mckay squandered the best opportunity of the half as a wayward back pass from Jeroen Tesselaar fed him in on goal on the right side of the box. Unfortunately as he cut inside the keeper he elected to clip the ball to his left but Ridgers managed to block the tame attempt and the chance was gone.

A poor first forty-five from Inverness' point of view came to an end just as we looked to up the pace, Christie, Mckay and Doran missing before the break giving some hope for a better second half.

Half Time 0-0

The second half had barely started when Doran fired one wide and at the other end McLean kept plugging away but shot over from distance. Inverness were content for St Mirren to take on long pots but they were keeping the visitors out of their box for the most part.

Danny Williams replaced Ryan Christie after the hour and a bit more urgency came into our game. The pressure was mounting and a series of attempts were blocked by the now hard working St Mirren defence. A goal was coming but it took a moment of magic to conjure it up.

Tansey collected the ball well in his own half. He looked up and spotted Raven making himself available on the right wing. He flighted a fifty yard diagonal ball towards Raven who still had plenty to do. The full back took the ball on the third bounce and skinned the defender to the bye line then arrowed a low ball into the box where Mckay, with his back to goal stepped over it with his leading leg and back flicked it home for a sensational goal. It was going to take something special to break the deadlock and that was it; stunning goal.

 

A spate of substitutions from both sides broke the game up thereafter although Mckay could have done better after breaking clear on the right side of the area, but he elected to shoot early and Ridgers gathered his weak shot easily when a cut back might have produced better.

A late Tansey free kick from 22 yards was comfortably saved by the keeper and Mckay almost turned a deep cross into the net but the angle beat him and the ball ended in the side net.

Full Time 1-0

The game drew to a close and Inverness did just enough to earn this victory as the visitors had struggled to make much headway in the second period. Not a pretty sight but another welcome three points in the bag.

 



tm4tj MotM:- Not always getting the plaudits, but today David Raven was superb and he capped it with a brilliant piece of skill to set up Mckay for the only goal of the game.

 

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Next game is away to Kilmarnock.

 

 
Date: 04.01.15 Venue: Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Attendance: 2751
Referee: Bobby Madden
 
Inverness CT: 1
Lineup: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Ross (Vincent 83), Tansey, Shinnie, Doran (Draper 78), Christie (Williams 64), McKay
Subs (not used): Esson, Sekajja, Devine, Horner
Scorers: Mckay (77)
Booked: Tansey (26)
Sent Off: none

 

St Mirren: 0
Lineup: Ridgers, Naismith, McAusland, Goodwin, Tesselaar, Drury (Mclear 78), Mallan (Reilly 85), McGinn, Kelly (Wylde 78), McLean, Thompson
Subs (not used): Kello, Osbourne, Ball, Baird
Scorers: none
Booked: McGinn (66)
Sent Off: none

 



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