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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline - Preview


    Finger Out Time


    With the fans restless, it's time for the Caley Jags to get their season started and get some points on the board. Many fans have lost any lingering faith in the current regime from the top to the bottom and would like to see change. Yes, it's only three games into the season, but the signs are there for all to see. A lack of direction on and off the park is worrying. Who replaced Robbie Deas? The answer is nobody. Hence our defence is riddled with errors at the moment. Deas leaving has been known for at least six months yet we have done nothing about it. Why? We have been scraping the bottom of the transfer barrel for a while now and performances on the park have reached an unacceptable level. The fans are disgruntled, the manager is getting some heavy flak, the Sporting Director is seen more at Dingwall at the weekends commentating on other sides whilst his own team are floundering, the CEO is taking us down a perilous route with no light at the end of the tunnel after a series of money making ventures have failed. We were well warned, now it's time for the Chairman to speak out before it's too late.

    We face Dunfermline on Saturday in what many believe could be a season defining encounter. Win and we will paper over the cracks for a while, lose and the only real option is wholesale change from the very top. As Richard Osman would say, we are pointless. The Pars have claimed four points from their opening fixtures; it's time to close that gap.


    Match & Ticket Info

    Max Anderson

    Morgan Boyes

    Nikola Ujdur


    Venue H2H v Dunfermline Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 23 10 8 5 30 21 +9
    Away 24 9 10 5 29 26 +3
    Neutral 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1
    Total 49 19 19 11 62 51 +11

    We missed the Pars last season as they were busy getting themselves promoted from League 1 along with Airdrie.

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Dunfermline
    2 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 2
    0 - 0
    1 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 3
    2 - 1
    2 - 0
    1 - 0

    The last time we met was a 2-0 win for Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium at the end of season 2021/2022

    Inverness took a massive step towards a play off place by defeating Dunfermline Athletic for the first time this season. An encouraging but goalless first half where Reece McAlear had hit the post was replaced by a two goal second half with chances at both ends. The deadlock was broken by a man who only scores screamers. Reece McAlear lashed the ball across the keeper and into the top right corner of the goal from a difficult position wide on the inside right area. What a strike that was but it only woke the Pars up from their lethargy and they had three or four great opportunities before substitute Austin Samuels sealed the points after he sprinted on to a through ball from Aaron Doran to slot neatly behind Mehmet in goal. Comfortable thereafter for the remainder of the game and an excellent three points to strengthen our hold on third place.

    Last Time Out

    Despite Billy Dodds oddly claiming we started well against Airdrie, we went a goal down after 35 seconds. And just to rub it in, it was an own goal as Cammy Harper prodded a deflected cross past Mark Ridgers before the sugar had been added to the coffee. The second goal was another defensive masterclass (NOT) as Devine was caught unawares when Davidson tried to play a short ball to him. Top scorer Calum Ferguson needed no second invitation to bury it behind Ridgers and once more leave us chasing the game. Not even with Airdrie being reduced to 10 men could we get anything. Our MotM Nathan Shaw pulled a goal back in the second half but we were unable to complete the comeback thanks to a combination of keeper Josh Rae, the woodwork and some rank rotten finishing. That was on the back of defeats to Queens Park and Ayr United. Meh!

    The Pars lost their big Fife derby match with Raith Rovers thanks to a Sam Stanton first half goal. It was a tight affair with Rovers just shading it.  Rhys Breen and Ewan Otoo went close after the break for the Pars and Stanton almost added a second in front of over 7500 fans but the hosts fell just short. Dunfermline opened their campaign coming from behind to beat Airdrie 2-1 (Otoo & Allan) and followed that up with an encouraging 1-1 draw at Tannadice. Wighton had put the Pars ahead and it took United until the 95th minute to make their point.


        Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
    1. Queens Park 4 3 0 1 6 5 1 9
    2. Dundee Utd 3 2 1 0 8 1 7 7
    3. Raith Rovers 3 2 1 0 6 4 2 7
    4. Airdrieonians 3 2 0 1 5 4 1 6
    5. Partick Thistle 3 1 1 1 6 5 1 4
    6. Dunfermline 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
    7. Morton 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3
    8. Arbroath 4 1 0 3 4 7 -3 3
    9. Ayr United 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 3
    10. Inverness CT 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

    Championship Fixtures Saturday 2nd September

    1.  Inverness CT v Dunfermline 
    2. Arbroath v Ayr Utd  
    3. United v Airdrie
    4. Morton v Partick
    5.   Rovers v Queen's

    Results so far

    1. Inverness 1-2 Queens Pk
    2. Ayr United 1-0 Inverness   
    3.     Airdrie 2-1 Inverness
    5.  Dunfermline 2-1 Airdrieonians
    6. Dundee Utd 1-1 Dunfermline
    7. Dunfermline 0-1 Raith Rovers

    Latest Team News

    Inverness moved into the transfer market to try and arrest our slump and have secured a season long loan for Max Anderson from Dundee. Does this tell us that MacGregor and Welsh might be out for some time or that Glimour and co are not up to the task? Welsh and MacGregor missed out at Airdrie again along with long term Lewis Nicolson. Aaron Doran also missed the Airdrie game. Not sure what's up there as he played in the Inverness Cup game against Clach and looked sharp. Apparently we are actively trying to source a defender to plug the gaps........... And, ask and ye shall get. We have signed defender Morgan Boyes on a season long loan from Livingston and he will be available for selection for the Pars game tomorrow. We have also signed Nikola Ujdur, an Australian defender, on a two year deal.

    Sean Welsh is still out so I would expext Max Anderson to be in with a shout of starting this one.


    Here's our latest Max


    Dunfermline have some new faces. We won't concern ourselves with who they don't have, but here are their latest signings:

    In: Michael O'Halloran, forward (St Johnstone); Kane Ritchie-Hosler, midfielder (Rangers, loan to permanent); Ewan Otoo, defender (Celtic, loan to permanent); Sam Fisher, defender (Dundee). Loan in: Harry Sharp, goalkeeper (Dundee); Ben Summers, midfielder (Celtic).

    Joe Chalmers is still at East End Park and Michael O'Halloren and Craig Wighton are an experienced partnership up front.

    Pars Team v Raith Rovers last week
    Fisher  Benedictus  Breen (Sutherland 86)
    Comrie  Chalmers  Otoo  McCann  Edwards
    Wighton  O'Halloran (Summers 63)
    Subs not used: Little; Hamilton, Allan, Fenton, Tod







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