Inverness off to perfect start

03 August 2013 07:31

An impressive second-half display sealed a perfect start to the new Scottish Premiership season for Inverness as they ran out comfortable 3-0 victors over 10-man St Mirren at the Caledonian Stadium.

Terry Butcher's side will be looking to build on last season's fourth-placed finish and proved to be too strong for the Buddies.

James Vincent opened the scoring with a 47th-minute penalty after Ross Draper's shot had struck the arm of David van Zanten inside the St Mirren box.

The lead was doubled within a minute after poor defending from the visitors allowed Aaron Doran to score a simple second before the former Blackburn youngster set up Billy McKay to wrap up the three points.

Van Zanten's day then went from bad to worse when he was shown a second yellow card late on as St Mirren finished the game a man down.

There was also an opening-day win for Aberdeen in front of a bumper crowd at Pittodrie as they saw off Kilmarnock 2-1.

Jonny Hayes opened the scoring after 21 minutes, tapping home after Calvin Zola's initial effort was well-saved.

Debutant Willo Flood then headed in a second for the hosts early in the second half before Kris Boyd scored what proved to be a consolation for Allan Johnston' side.

Source: PA