Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2006-2007 : Inverness CT

Sat, 17th Mar 2007 Kick Off: 15:00

Inverness CT 1 Dunfermline 3

Saturday, 17th Mar 2007

Pars give Stephen Kenny something to celebrate on St Patricks Day.

Bright sunshine welcomed the Pars to a blustery Caledonian Stadium on the south side of the Beauly Firth but by kick off the weather mirrored the Pars league position with heavy clouds overhead. Stephen Kenny, still in search of his first SPL win since his first day in charge back against Dundee United on 18th November, went with a new strikeforce of Jim McIntyre and Tam McManus. Scott Morrison also came into the starting line up with Stephen Simmons, Jim Hamilton and Stevie Crawford making way.

Inverness were unchanged from the team that started at Rugby Park last time out meaning they were still without the suspended Grant Munro, Roy McBain and Dennis Wyness out injured.

The two Macs got the match underway with Dunfermline looking positive in the opening 90 seconds playing into the wind, attacking the goal at the bridge end. Jim McIntyre was first to shoot at goal in the fifth minute after a sweet interchange between Mason and McManus but his effort went wildly wide left.

When Markus Paatelainen was fouled on the left touchline in the next minute Barry Wilson floated a dangerous ball into the Pars box that was headed out as far Ian Black whose shot from 25 yards fairly stung Mason but did the job.

The first serious shot on target from the visitors came in ten minutes with McManus feeding Hammill on the left for the on loan Liverpool player to drive into the box only for McCaffery`s block to earn him a corner. Scott Wilson was unlucky not to control the ball when Hammill`s delivery from the left hit his thigh in the centre of the box.

On the quarter hour mark a long ball from Phil McGuire sent O`Brien to the byeline and his cross came bck off the crossbar as Michael Fraser looked on and Ross Tokely stuck the ball behind for a corner as Hammill raced in. The corner was cleared but Greg Ross won another on the right at which the Caley defence looked very unconvincing as Glass`s effort skimmed in low.

de Vries`s first save was called upon in 20th minute when a free kick midway inside the Pars half was turned in on goal by Graham Bayne. Three minutes later his defence got really tied up although Tokely`s tackle on McIntyre should have been penalised before the ball was pumped into the six yard box. Three defenders failed to clear in a classic stramash and Markus PAATELAINEN sent a low drive into the bottom left to give the Caley Jags the lead.

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Hammill sent a free kick into the keeper`s hands, O`Brien found McIntyre with another and Glass had another low cross in from a corner on the right but none of that was to alter the score.

Indeed it was Caley who might have increased their lead had de Vries not made a fine diving save from Ian Black in 36 minutes and then Tokely`s dipping shot from distance that landed on the roof of the net.

The home side finished the first half the stronger with de Vries called upon to tip over a Wilson cross that looked goalbound. After early optimism the mood of the 250 strong Pars support was sombre at the break.

Half Time: Inverness Caley Thistle 1 Dunfermline 0

The second half got off to the best possible start with just 125 seconds gone when Greg Ross`s throw in on the right, level with the 18 yard line was controlled by Jim O`Brien and whipped across for Stephen GLASS to hammer home from 15 yards.

Caley had a promising break with Bayne racing through before cutting back for Duncan to thread the ball through the box. When the ball was left to run for Gary McSwegan, O`Brien was back to make a crucial interception.

Just after the hour mark the sun came out and a helicopter flew over the park. Surely someone above was checking on the credibility of it all because Dunfermline had gone into the lead!

O`Brien again created the opening with a fine ball in from the right that got in behind the Caley Thistle defence. McManus failed to turn the ball in but Jim McINTYRE made no mistake to notch his first SPL goal for the Pars.

Dunfermline were desperately unlucky not to go further ahead in 65 minutes when Gary Mason just failed to get a connection on a McManus delivery from the left. McIntyre made Fraser hold a headed effort after Ross had swung in a ball from deep.

The highlanders were trying to get back into the game with Paatelainen making de Vries turn a fierce shot over his crossbar for play to switch to the other end and see Adam Hamill taken down by Ian Black as he ran back out of the Caley box.

There were arguments when Referee Chris Boyle awarded the Pars a 78th minute penalty since the home side believed the challenge was outside the box but Stephen GLASS accepted the responsibility to drill the spot kick in low and right.

At 3-1 ahead Scott Morrison stopped Wilson`s progress on the left side of defence and Caley might have been awarded a penalty as well but this time the referee decided the challenge had been outside the box. A yellow card for the former Don and a free kick outside the box. de Vries made more than one crucial interceptions t deny Inverness but with the match in the second minute of added time Tam McManus got himself red carded after reacting in a tangle with Ian Black. That was the only thing that could sour the win.

It was an extremely happy St Patrick`s Day for the Fifers` management team of Stephen Kenny, Declan Devine and Colm O`Neill; the first official SPL victory under their stewardship, the Pars first SPL away win since Tannadice last May and their first ever SPL win over Caley Thistle.

INVERNESS CT: Michael Fraser; Ross Tokely, Darren Dods, Stuart McCaffrey, Richard Hastings; Barry Wilson, Ian Black, Russell Duncan (John Rankin 63), Markus Paatelainen; Gary McSwegan (Keith Dargo 63)
SUBS NOT USED: Alan Morgan, Richard Hart, Zander Sutherland, Rory McAllister, Ally Ridgers (GK)
SCORERS: Paatelainen (23)
YELLOW CARD: Tokely (81)

DUNFERMLINE: Dorus de Vries; Greg Ross, Phil McGuire, Scott Wilson (c) (Jamie Harris 80), Scott Morrison; Jim O`Brien, Gary Mason, Stephen Glass, Adam Hammill (Scott Muirhead 87); Jim McIntyre, Tam McManus
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie McCunnie, Owen Morrison, Jim Hamilton, Stevie Crawford, Roddy McKenzie (GK)
SCORERS: Glass (48, 78), McIntyre (61)
YELLOW CARD: McGuire (17), McManus (83), Morrison (84)
RED CARD: McManus (92)

REFEREE: Chris Boyle
WEATHER: Changeable, windy 5°C
ATTENDANCE 4447

NEXT MATCH: (away) v Motherwell, Saturday 31st March 2007

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Preview Inverness CT

Wednesday, 14th Mar 2007

Since Christmas Celtic have been the only visiting team to win in Inverness.

Inverness v Dunfermline 30/09/06


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The next two Pars matches are on the road; at Inverness and Motherwell - teams in seventh and ninth respectively. The Top Six is no longer possible but two Dunfermline wins are almost a must if there has to be any chance of the great escape that is now necessary. St Mirren are without a fixture because of Hibs involvement in the CIS Insurance Cup Final so three points for the Pars would close the gap.

League Record v Inverness Caledonian Thistle (A)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

6

1

1

4

4

9

Not much to write about here! One victory away from home, and that was in April 2000 in the game that the Pars won promotion to the Premier League after a year`s absence.

Milestones Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Away)

Last League Victory

22/04/00

2-1

Sc Div 1

Last League Defeat

30/09/06

0-1

SPL

Best League Victory

22/04/00

2-1

Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeat

15/08/04

0-2

SPL

*Pre league reconstruction

Fourteen league games have now taken place between the teams. Dunfermline have won three of them but only in the First Division, there have been five draws and six have ended in defeat. The Pars have not beaten the Highlanders in the last ten league games.

The Fourteen League Matches v Inverness CT

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

23/12/06 H 0-0  
30/09/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Tokely
06/05/06 H 0-1 [0-1] Morgan
08/02/06 H 2-2 [1-0] Hunt, [2-0] Burchill, [2-1] Dargo, [2-2]Wyness
05/11/05 A 1-2 [0-1] Black, [0-2] Proctor, [1-2] Makel
13/08/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Fox
23/04/05 H 0-0  
29/01/05 A 0-2 [0-1] Wilson, [0-2] Brewster
06/11/04 H 1-1 [1-0] Darren Young, [1-1] Fox

15/08/04

A

0-2

[0-1] Golabek, [0-2] Juanjo

22/04/00

A

2 -1 [1-0] Moss, [2-0] Bullen, [2-1] Xausa

18/12/99

H

1-0

[1-0] Tod

23/10/99

A

1-1

[1-0] Hampshire, [1-1] Bavidge

07/08/99

H

4-0

[1-0] Smith (p), [2-0] Reid, [3-0] Thomson, [4-0] Petrie

Dunfermline last won an away match in the SPL back on 2nd May 2006 but at least Adam Hammill`s late strike at Celtic Park broke the run of ducks since Stevie Crawford scored at Kilmarnock at the start of December.

Current League Form
Inverness CT Dunfermline
7 12
Last 6-SPL Match Form
WLLLWL LDLDLD
Home/Away Record
P15, W6, D5, L4 P15, W0, D4, L11
Leading Scorers
S Simmons (5)
S Crawford (5)

Since Christmas Celtic have been the only visiting team to win in Inverness. 

Recent Form
Inverness CT
Home

W
Dundee United
1-0

L
Celtic
1-2

W
Dundee United
1-0

L
Celtic
1-2

W
Hibernian

3-0

Dunfermline
Away

L
Celtic
1-2

L
Aberdeen
0-3

L
Falkirk
0-1

L
Hibs
0-2

D
St Mirren
0-0

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v St Mirren): Dorus de Vries; Greg Ross ( Owen Morrison 77), Phil McGuire, Scott Wilson (c), Stephen Glass; Jim O`Brien, Stephen Simmons, Adam Hammill; Jim Hamilton ( Jim McIntyre 66), Stevie Crawford ( Mark Burchill 66).
SUBS NOT USED: Roddy McKenzie (GK), Scott Muirhead, Souleymane Bamba, Jamie McCunnie.

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE: (v Kilmarnock); Michael Fraser; Ross Tokely, Darren Dods, Stuart McCaffrey, Richard Hastings; Barry Wilson (Richard Hart 76), Ian Black (Zander Sutherland 76), Russell Duncan, Markus Paatelainen; Gary McSwegan (Rory McAllister 79)
SUBS NOT USED: Ally Ridgers (GK), Alan Morgan, John Rankin, Stuart Soane

Referee will be Chris Boyle, a 34 year old Chartered Psychologist, taking his first ever SPL match. The lower division referee averages just under 4 cards per match.
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