Inverness CT 2 - 0 Dunfermline

League Match
Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,116
Referee: Alan Newlands
Inverness CT  Dunfermline

Goalscorers
Shaun Rooney (33)
Jamie McCart (80)
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Team Managers
John Robertson Stevie Crawford

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kevin McHattie
Coll Donaldson
Shaun Rooney
Jamie McCart
Charlie Trafford
David Carson
Aaron Doran
James Keatings
Jordan White
Miles Storey
Ryan Scully
Aaron Comrie
Lee Ashcroft
Danny Devine
Lewis Martin
Ryan Dow
Tom Beadling
Paul Paton
Joseph Thomson
Kevin Nisbet
Lewis McCann

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Matheus Machado
Roddy MacGregor
James Vincent
Nikolay Todorov
Mitchell Curry
Cammy Gill
Josh Edwards
Harry Cochrane
Tom Lang
Andy Ryan
Kyle Turner
Anthony McDonald

Substitutions
James Vincent for James Keatings (74)
Mitchell Curry for Jordan White (85)
Nikolay Todorov for Aaron Doran (89)
Kyle Turner -> Tom Beadling (43)
Anthony McDonald -> Lewis McCann (62)
Andy Ryan -> Joseph Thomson (74)

Bookings
Coll Donaldson (65)
Aaron Comrie (35)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 112 apps -
Coll Donaldson 101 apps4 goals
Jamie McCart 72 apps2 goals
Shaun Rooney 64 apps8 goals
Kevin McHattie 21 apps -
Aaron Doran 266 apps44 goals
Charlie Trafford 83 apps3 goals
David Carson 24 apps -
Jordan White 76 apps22 goals
Miles Storey 58 apps16 goals
James Keatings 18 apps4 goals
James Vincent (sub) 88 apps6 goals
Mitchell Curry (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Nikolay Todorov (sub) 21 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (22 years 189 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (29 years 141 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 93 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (18 years 4 days)
Oldest Player:James Vincent (30 years 92 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 111 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Xmas Cheer

Inverness collected all three points with an ultimately deserved win over a persistent Dunfermline Athletic. Despite mostly dominating the first half, we had Mark Ridgers to thank thrice for excellent blocks to deny Kevin Nisbet on each occasion, one just before the break was crucial, and that meant that Shaun Rooney's goal around the half hour gave Inverness the lead at the interval. The Pars were more prominent in the second half without really threatening, but Ridgers had to make another good block to thwart Nisbet again to keep his clean sheet, and a second half header from Jamie McCart sealed the win with ten minutes remaining. This result keeps Inverness four clear in second place with Dundee United disappearing over the horizon.

Carl Tremarco was out injured with Kevin McHattie taking his place and Tom Walsh and Brad Mckay missed out again. Stevie Crawford was without the suspended Greg Kiltie, Joe Thomson getting his first start for nine months. Paul Paton and Lewis McCann started with Harry Cochrane and Kyle Turner on the bench alongside former Inverness loan player Anthony McDonald.

A tentative opening quarter by both sides with James Keatings shooting just wide early on from inside the box.

Mark Ridgers made his first save from Kevin Nisbet after 15 minutes when he spread himself well to deny the on form striker, then grabbed his follow up header. That was slightly against the run of play, but showed that the Pars would be dangerous on the counter.

Scully was forced into making a fingertip save from what looked to be a header from one of his own defenders, the ball being tipped behind for a corner after a dangerous cross into the box with Jordan White lurking with intent.

Neither keeper was overworked but after half an hour Inverness opened the scoring when Shaun Rooney was on hand to knock a Keatings cross behind Scully from 10 yards after a corner was cleared back to the Caley Jags man out wide.

The hosts were now in control of midfield with Charlie Trafford and David Carson prominent and Scully had more to deal with than Ridgers, but on the stroke of half time the big Inverness keeper did well to prevent Nisbet getting an equaliser as he spread himself once more when one on one.

Half Time 1-0

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What the managers said on BBC Sport

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson: "On the face of it, it seems the perfect day. As a manager you want the three points, a clean sheet and the performance too.

"We were a big threat at set pieces and I think that second goal at the end of the day was deserved. We still had to concentrate, still had to be lively as Dunfermline have players who can hurt you if you don't keep an eye on them."

Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford: "It's a very difficult place to come, we had chances we could've scored from and were punished.

"The second-half we huffed and puffed. Inverness managed the game really well, and we never created enough goalscoring chances to get back into the game."

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Dunfermline looked more determined after the break but with little cutting edge Ridgers was left to deal with the odd cross and a few clearances.

The hosts were looking more comfortable as the half wore on and with a bit more composure could have added to their tally.

Jamie McCart headed over from a corner with twenty minutes left as the home fans were looking for the cushion of a two goal lead. It would come ten minutes from the end and this time McCart rose unchallenged at the back to loop a header across the keeper into the far corner. Bit of a soft goal for Dunfermline to lose but a vital second goal for Inverness.

Still work to do and Ridgers denied Nisbet for a third time with another excellent block to hold on to the clean sheet.

The game ran away from the Pars and at the end of the day they can have little complaints after failing to capitalise on three one on ones with Ridgers who stood firm and gets my vote for MotM. Mark was well supported by his back line who were prepared to defend in depth when needed and willing to turn defence into attack with some great out balls.

Defensively sound for most of the game that was a great way to get over the defeat at Firhill last week and puts a wee dent in the Pars run towards the play-off places. Shaun Rooney was the sponsors vote and he had a great second half with a couple of trademark bursts down the touchline. Aaron Doran was also lively and kept the visitors defence on their toes. There were some failures, but it's not a day for complaints with three points in the bag and a clean sheet.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 18 15 0 3 42 14 28 45
2. Inverness CT 18 10 2 6 27 21 6 32
3. Ayr United 18 9 1 8 31 28 3 28
4. Dundee 18 8 4 6 25 25 0 28
5. Dunfermline 18 7 4 7 28 23 5 25
6. Queen of the South 17 6 4 7 18 19 -1 22
7. Arbroath 18 6 4 8 16 20 -4 22
8. Greenock Morton 17 6 1 10 22 34 -12 19
9. Partick Thistle 18 5 3 10 24 34 -10 18
10. Alloa Athletic 18 3 5 10 17 32 -15 14