End of season rout
Inverness rounded off the regular season with big win over hapless Hamilton. Tom Walsh gave Inverness an early lead and Shane Sutherland added a tremendous second after fifteen minutes. Walsh notched his second when Sutherland slipped him into the box and Joe Hardy got in on the act with his first goal. Four up at the break and the foot was off the pedal in the second half as Inverness cruised to victory in the final home game with no further scoring.
The last game of the season ahead of the play-offs saw Hamilton Accies come North looking to secure sixth place in the Championship. For Inverness it was about game management and preparation for the play-offs to come, therefore I wasn't expecting too much from the team as this result counts for nothing other than pride.
Dodds rested Broadfoot and Devine with McAlear, Samuels and Chalmers on the bench. Hamilton were claiming a reduced squad due to injuries and covid.
After a bright opening, Tom Walsh opened the scoring with a low shot across the keeper in the fourth minute.
Popescu headed just wide from a great position after a corner was swung into the box, the defender should really have done better than to place his header wide.
Shane Sutherland doubled the lead when Walsh turned provider and played him into the right side of the box. Sutherland stepped onto it and first timed the ball into the roof of the net from around seventeen yards.
Mark Ridgers did well to beat away a dangerous shot that bounced just in front of him as Accies responded through Lewis Smith, but their joy was short lived when Sutherland slipped Walsh into the box for him to place the ball behind the keeper with aplomb.
Billy Mckay nearly got on the scoresheet after Walsh threaded him into the box, Fulton saving at the expense of a corner. Moments later Joe Hardy almost got his first goal for the club, Fulton saving once more. However, Hardy would not be denied and he rolled in a fourth goal with Walsh involved again.
It was all too easy for the hosts and Stuart Taylor hooked Ellis Brown and replaced him with the reliable and experienced Brian Easton in an attempt to shore up at the back against a rampant Caley Jags.
Half Time: 4-0
First notable action of a quieter second half saw sub keeper Cammy Mackay deny Popescu who had drilled a low dipping shot near his left hand post, the keeper doing well to keep the ball out.
A tremendous sweeping move down the right almost found an acrobatic finish from Austin Samuels but the defence just managed to deny him the opportunity. Samuels went close again soon after as he shot across the face of the goal.
MacGregor and Chalmers combined well to win a corner on the left but it came to nothing.
Accies looked to have scored a consolation goal when substitute Andrew Winter lashed a through ball into the roof of the net but it was adjudged to be offside, marginal decision if at all.
Samuels had a late effort saved by the keeper as he shot from a narrow angle on the right side.
Full Time: 4-0
Inverness warmed up for the play-offs with a superb first half which blew Accies away. That's our first win over them this season. Great performance all round with some slick play on show and that afforded us the luxury of coasting through the second half.
Man of the Match for me was Roddy MacGregor who strolled through this one and Tom Walsh looked more like his old self with a couple of slick goals.
Hot off the press
Goal of the season: Reece McAlear (v Dunfermline)
Fans' and players' young player of the season: Reece McAlear
Players' player of the year: Shane Sutherland
Fans' player of the year: David Carson
Caley Jags 4-0 Hamilton
Arbroath 3-0 Morton
Ayr Utd 3-1 Partick
Dunfermline 1-2 Queen of South
Rovers 1-1 Killie
***Dates for your diary***
CINCH PREMIERSHIP PLAY-OFFS
Tuesday May 3
Quarter-final, 1st leg
Partick Thistle v Inverness CT
Live on BBC Scotland, kick-off 7.05pm
Friday May 6
Quarter-final, 2nd leg
Inverness CT v Partick Thistle
Live on BBC Scotland, kick-off 7.45pm