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  • Date:25 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,395
  • Innes (35) Innes (35)
    Doran (56) Foran (69)
Goal!

Live Commentary

90:51 +0.51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Doran on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger shoots direct from the free kick, Shane Sutherland gets a block in.

90:04 +0.04

Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.

89:29

Eric Odhiambo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richie Foran.

87:05

Alex MacDonald is brought on as a substitute for Adam Rooney.

86:39

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Daniel Grainger has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

85:28

Daniele Invincibile goes off and Stephen Reynolds comes on.

85:16

Nick Ross takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

84:12

Graham Gartland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Doran. Aaron Doran takes the free kick.

83:03

Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Jackson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

79:05

Foul by Kenny Gillet on Daniele Invincibile, free kick awarded. Daniele Invincibile takes the free kick.

78:58

The ball is delivered by Adam Rooney, comfortable save by Graeme Smith.

76:36

Kevin Moon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.

74:20

Liam Craig leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Moon.

73:04

Unfair challenge on Aaron Doran by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Aaron Doran from right wing, clearance by Graham Gartland.

72:28

The ball is crossed by Aaron Doran.

70:52

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Daniele Invincibile goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

70:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by Grant Munro. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.

69:47

Richie Foran finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Inverness CT.Assist by Shane Sutherland.

67:47

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.

67:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Chris Innes. Strike on goal comes in from David MacKay from the free kick.

64:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Richie Foran. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

62:33

The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.

61:55

Adam Rooney is caught offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.

61:23

Liam Craig sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Innes.

60:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Gillet on Andrew Jackson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, Richie Foran makes a clearance.

58:08

Unfair challenge on Lee Cox by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Murray Davidson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.

56:27

Aaron Doran grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Inverness CT.

55:32

Unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson by Aaron Doran results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.

55:05

The ball is swung over by Aaron Doran.

53:29

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, Jordan Robertson manages to make a clearance.

53:17

Adam Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. David MacKay gets a block in.

51:15

Chris Millar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

50:37

Daniele Invincibile delivers the ball.

49:47

Liam Craig takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a comfortable save.

49:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Aaron Doran. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

48:25

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.

47:33

Andrew Jackson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.

46:16 +1.16

Outswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran.

46:04

Shane Sutherland concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

46:01 +1.01

Shot by Lee Cox. Graham Gartland gets a block in.

45:48

David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Aaron Doran restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Jordan Robertson coming on for Steve May.

44:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniele Invincibile on Aaron Doran. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.

43:01

The ball is sent over by Adam Rooney, Daniel Grainger gets a block in.

41:41

Unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by Grant Munro results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Kenny Gillet makes a clearance.

41:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Rooney. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.

40:29

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Sutherland, comfortable save by Graeme Smith.

39:54

Murray Davidson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

38:46

Centre by Daniel Grainger, save by Ryan Esson.

37:23

Shot on goal by Chris Millar from just inside the area goes over the target.

36:32

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Grant Munro.

35:42

Nick Ross crosses the ball, Chris Innes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. St Johnstone 0-1 Inverness CT.Nick Ross provided the assist for the goal.

34:55

Nick Ross takes a outswinging corner.

32:17

Centre by Liam Craig, clearance made by Grant Munro.

31:39

Richie Foran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, Richie Foran makes a clearance.

31:00

The referee blows for offside against Aaron Doran. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.

29:45

Graham Gartland challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Aaron Doran, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.

29:02

A cross is delivered by Nick Ross.

27:01

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Andrew Jackson takes a shot. Clearance by Richie Foran.

26:52

Shot from 18 yards by David MacKay. Grant Munro gets a block in.

26:20

Unfair challenge on Daniele Invincibile by Aaron Doran results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, Grant Munro makes a clearance.

25:20

Graham Gartland challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Gartland is cautioned. Centre by Aaron Doran, Chris Innes takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.

23:42

Corner taken by Shane Sutherland, Header from close in by Lee Cox misses to the right of the goal.

22:28

Centre by Shane Sutherland, save by Graeme Smith.

21:40

Adam Rooney challenges Graham Gartland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.

20:42

Shot from just outside the area by Alan Maybury hits the post.

19:22

Unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by Nick Ross results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger has an effort direct from the free kick.

17:01

The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, Murray Davidson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

15:18

The ball is delivered by Aaron Doran, Header from close range by Richie Foran misses to the right of the target.

14:09

Effort on goal by Nick Ross from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

11:49

Adam Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.

10:46

Murray Davidson challenges Kenny Gillet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant Munro takes the free kick.

9:10

Foul by Kenny Gillet on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Richie Foran.

8:35

Andrew Jackson challenges Grant Munro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant Munro takes the free kick.

7:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Gillet on Steve May. Free kick taken by David MacKay.

5:32

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger.

5:13

Murray Davidson has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Chris Hogg.

3:20

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, clearance made by Chris Millar.

2:37

Aaron Doran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Murray Davidson.

1:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Richie Foran makes a clearance.

1:02

Andrew Jackson takes a shot from 12 yards. Fantastic save by Ryan Esson.

Match Preview

McInnes wants to seal seventh Manager Derek McInnes hopes his St Johnstone side can get over their Scottish Cup disappointment by clinching seventh place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. After the 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell at Hampden Park, Saints' focus returns to the SPL in the clash with Inverness at McDiarmid Park. With Caley Thistle and Hibernian also aiming to finish top of the bottom half of the table, McInnes knows victory tomorrow night is a must. McInnes said: "We finished eighth last year and we've got a bit of work to do if we want to beat that. "We need to win the last five games if we want to finish seventh. "We've got something to work towards and that's what we'll try and do. "Terry Butcher and his team are one of the teams who will be going for exactly the same target." McInnes has seen something of his St Johnstone side in Inverness this season. Caley Thistle won promotion from the Irn-Bru First Division last season and were in the top six of the SPL for much of the first half of the season. McInnes said: "They've mirrored very much our first season last year. "They've come up with an enthusiasm and brought something to the SPL. They've been very positive and had a lot of plaudits - and rightly so. "I like how Terry and his players have approached it and one thing is for certain we know their approach will be spot on and we look forward to it." In three prior meetings this season, Inverness have one win, Saints have one win and there has been a draw. Defenders Michael Duberry and Steven Anderson are suspended for Saints. Midfielder Jody Morris played in the Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell but could yet miss the rest of the season with a back problem, while Graham Gartland (groin) and Collin Samuel (hip) are doubtful. Peter MacDonald is back following a ban and on-loan Hearts winger Arvydas Novikovas is available again after missing the cup clash. Inverness forward Richie Foran admits he does not enjoy playing against St Johnstone but hopes the goalscoring prowess of his team can make their trip to Perth worthwhile. Caley Thistle have had mixed fortunes against St Johnstone this season with one win, one draw and a January defeat that ended their 13-month unbeaten away run in the league. Saints have struggled for goals this season, netting just 18 times in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, even fewer than bottom club Hamilton. Inverness have scored 41 goals but sit only four points above their Easter Monday opponents, whose ability to grind out results does not make them an attractive prospect for Foran. "We`re in for a really tough game," the former Motherwell player said. "Every game we have played this season, there hasn`t been a lot of goals. "They haven`t been nice games to be honest, I haven`t really enjoyed them. It`s all about going there and winning ugly. "They`re not nice games to play, they are just a battle. They`re a battling team, they are big, honest lads. We have to go there with the right attitude. "If we battle with them, I think our quality can come through on the night." Winger Jonny Hayes is out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery. The Irishman is joined on the sidelines by the suspended Ross Tokely and Stuart Duff. David Proctor (hamstring), Dani Sanchez (hand) and Graeme Shinnie (stomach) remain out.

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Terry Butcher

Inverness CT

  • Graeme Smith
  • Alan Maybury
  • David MacKay
  • Graham Gartland
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Daniele Invincibile
  • Chris Millar
  • Murray Davidson
  • Liam Craig
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Steve May
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Clark
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Kevin Moon
  • Jamie Adams
  • Stephen Reynolds
  • Jordan Robertson

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Match Report

Three-and-easy for resurgent Caley Aaron Doran's brilliant curling effort helped move Inverness four points clear in seventh place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following a comfortable 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park. St Johnstone had enjoyed the better of the opening half hour with Alan Maybury hitting the post and Andy Jackson seeing a shot cleared off the line, but Chris Innes headed the visitors in front in the 36th minute. Caley Thistle never looked in danger after Doran struck in the 57th minute and Richie Foran soon added a third as the Highlanders moved away from Hibernian. Saints have now lost five games in succession without scoring and, although they endured some bad luck in front of goal in the opening half, they showed a distinct lack of belief when trying to get back into the game. The defeat added to the gloom following the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Motherwell by the same scoreline, for which goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was the major casualty as St Johnstone made six changes. Most of them were necessary though with centre-backs Michael Duberry and Steven Anderson suspended and both Collin Samuel and Jody Morris injured. Inverness made three enforced changes with Innes, Grant Munro and Shane Sutherland coming in for suspended pair Stuart Duff and Ross Tokely plus Jonny Hayes, who has undergone ankle surgery. Jackson started up front alongside Stevie May for Saints and took just 60 seconds to get a good effort on target from the edge of the box but Ryan Esson got down well to push the ball wide. Murray Davidson soon threatened for the hosts with a deflected strike from 20 yards that went just wide. The home side failed to make the most of several set-pieces and Inverness had a half chance when Foran threw himself at Doran's cross but could not turn it on target. Maybury came very close with a powerful first-time volley from 25 yards which bounced off the inside of the post but Inverness threatened after Graham Gartland was booked for pulling back Foran as the Irishman broke. Adam Rooney just failed to connect from close range after Innes headed on Doran's long free-kick and Graeme Smith then saved Chris Hogg's header. The hosts came closer following Danny Grainger's deep corner. Gartland headed the ball back and Jackson hooked it past Esson but Foran cleared off the line. However, they fell behind when Innes ran on to Sutherland's cross following a half-cleared corner before heading unchallenged into the roof of the net from 12 yards. Chris Millar curled over from a tight angle and Saints should have levelled before the break when Davidson flicked a long ball past the visiting defence before running clear, but the midfielder slipped the ball wide with only Esson to beat. Esson saved from Jackson, Jordan Robertson - who was on for May - and Liam Craig within five minutes of the restart but Saints quickly lost their momentum and Doran scored a brilliant second. Maybury failed to control a long ball to give the Irish winger the chance to run at him and curl the ball into the far top corner from just inside the box. Inverness comfortably defended their lead, which Foran extended in the 70th minute when he collected Sutherland's header just inside the box and slid the ball past Smith from 14 yards despite having defenders in his way. St Johnstone have scored just 18 goals in the SPL this season and they looked devoid of confidence as they sought a way back into the game, although Jackson curled just wide from 18 yards. Rooney could have made the scoreline even more emphatic when he shot over from a decent position.

Form Guide

    DDDLLL
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Inverness CT
  • LLWLDD

Last Meetings

  • Inverness CT
  • 2 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 19/02/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 0
  • Inverness CT
  • 02/01/2011
  • Inverness CT
  • 1 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 16/10/2010

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • S May 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1

Inverness CT

  • A Rooney 8
  • J Hayes 6
  • R Foran 4
  • E Odhiambo 4
  • G Munro 3
  • R Duncan 2
  • A Doran 2
  • R Tokely 1
  • S Duff 1
  • A MacDonald 1
  • L Cox 1
  • S Sutherland 1
  • D Sanchez 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 12 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Inverness CT

    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 41
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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