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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline - Report

    2-2, Who knew? 

     

    Everyone I should think. That result was as predictable as Xmas is on the 25th of December. Isn't it?

    Four first half goals ended the entertainment with neither side able to create an opening in a turgid second half at a baltic Caledonian Stadium. Keena put the Pars ahead twice, the second a spectacular effort from thirty yards plus. Calder equalised with a sweet finish first time and White scored our second to make it six draws on the trot. 

    Boo's greeted the players at the end as the fans frustrations grew, a point not lost on Jordan Whyte who replied into the North Stand as angry fans remonstrated with the players, Whyte a particular target of the boo boy brigade.

    John Robertson shuffled the pack a little in a bid to get out of the cycle of draws. Carl Tremarco was missing through injury and was replaced by Riccardo Calder. Tactical switches saw Charlie Trafford in for midfielder Joe Chalmers and Daniel Mackay replacing Aaron Doran up front.

    Allan Johnston gave starts to Aidan Connolly, Malaury Martin and Joe Thomson.

    It was ice cold in Inverness as the Caley Jags kicked off with less than 2000 in the ground.

    Despite a bright opening from the hosts, it was all undone with one sloppy pass on the halfway line. Sean Welsh passed the ball to the visitors and when it came to Aidan Keena from Myles Hippolyte, the Hearts loan player calmly curled a low shot beyond the outstretched Mark Ridgers in the Caley Jags goal. A sloppy goal to lose, almost a replica of the Brad Mckay gift against Morton.

    We looked determined to get back on level terms, a couple of headers from Jordan Whyte causing little concern to Robinson in the Pars goal.

    After Daniel Mackay had won a free kick, Liam Polworth fired a low ball across the box where it was left to run to the left side and the incoming Riccardo Calder fired it home first time as he met the ball for an excellent reply.

    Keena and Whyte had efforts saved at either end of the ground and the Pars were threatening to open us up as we slithered around. On the half hour the Pars went back in front in spectacular style. Keena picked the ball up some forty yards out and after a few paces forward he sent a vicious shot high into the left hand side of Ridgers' net. No chance for the keeper and a stunning goal for Keena.

    Five minutes later and it was back level. Polworth fed the ball wide and Tom Walsh fired a low ball into the box where Whyte, under pressure, nicked the ball behind Robinson.

    An entertaining half ended level as the temperatures kept dropping.

    Half Time 2-2

    More of the same would have been nice in the second period, unfortunately it was a bit of an anti-climax with both sides trying to make the breakthrough.

    Neither keeper was troubled but with just over ten minutes left, Aidan Connolly skimmed the top of the bar with a free kick, although Ridgers may well have had it covered had it been six inches lower.

    The nearest Inverness came to grabbing the winner was just after that free kick but Whyte headed over at the back post after failing to get above the ball following a corner. Great chance missed and maybe that just added fuel to the boo boys which led to the angry exchange after the final whistle.

    Full Time 2-2

    Another draw and we fall further behind the leaders. Eight points behind surprise leaders Ayr United.

    Plenty of effort and a couple of goals were not enough to keep the fans happy. A lack of ambition in the second half undid any positives from the first forty-five. Inverness were best served by Coll Donaldson, Riccardo Calder and Mark Ridgers.

    However, my MotM is going to Dunfermline's Aidan Keena who exploded that shot behind Ridgers from probably thirty-five yards. Great goal worth seeing in the highlights.

    Highland derby on Saturday and Inverness will need to up their game if they want to remain unbeaten.
     

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    Here's the goals from Caley Jags TV

     

    And Robbo's aftermatch can be seen on the facebook page

    Full Highlights from Dunfermline TV

     

     


    Date: 30/10/2018  Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 1994 Referee: Barry Cook
     
    Inverness CT: 2

    • Lineup:  Ridgers; Rooney, B Mckay, Donaldson, Calder, Welsh, Polworth (Doran 75),
    • Trafford (Chalmers 70), Walsh (Austin 71), D Mackay, White
    • Subs (not used): Hoban; McCart , Oakley, McGregor. 
    • Scorers: Calder (20), White (34)
    • Booked: Welsh (62), Rooney (85)
    • Sent Off: none

    Dunfermline Ath: 2

    • Lineup:  Robinson; Craigen, Ashcroft, Devine, Longridge, Connolly, Martin, Thomson,
    • Longridge, Hippolyte, Ryan, Keena (Muirhead 81)
    • Subs (not used): Gill; Williamson, Martin, HigginBotham, El Bakhtaoui, McCann, 
    • Scorers: Keena (10, 29)
    • Booked: Craigen (14)
    • Sent Off: none

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