Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2011-2012 : Inverness CT

Sat, 18th Feb 2012 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Inverness CT 1

Saturday, 18th Feb 2012

Cardle, Hardie and Hutton in for Kerr, Burns and Buchanan, Cardle (45) 1-0; Ross (72) 1-1

Jordan MacMillan v Inverness Caley Thistle

MATCH PICTURES
An extremely chilly East End Park for the fifth meeting this season between Dunfermline and Inverness Caley Thistle. Dunfermline made three changes for the match against Inverness Caley Thistle.  In came Joe Cardle, Martin Hardie and Kyle Hutton, out went Paul Burns, Liam Buchanan and the injured Mark Kerr. Austin McCann returned on the bench.

For Inverness Caley their manager, Terry Butcher was forced into one change; Steve Williams was suspended so David Proctor replaced him in the centre of the defence. The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie end.

There was optimism in the third minute when Graham was sent away up the right but his cross became a shot and Ryan Esson held easily at his far post. Inverness created danger with a Foran shot from the edge of the box and then a break from Foran to Nick Ross looked like putting the player in on goal but he chose to try and find Claude Gnapka to his right and Paddy Boyle nicked the chance away.

Greg Tansey drove well wide in nine minutes as Inverness got to grips better than the Fifers. Cardle and Hardie were both chopped before a free kick was eventually awarded but the Pars failed to make use of that. Tansey then took out Graham and another free kick came the Pars way. From it Hardie headed the ball into the penalty box but Andy Kirk was offside.

In fifteen minutes Chris Smith held a shot from the edge of the box from Ross.  Hardie and Cardle combined well on midway to send Kirk away but the Highlanders defence mopped that up before he could get into stride.

At the other end Gnapka tried to curl in a shot but he was well wide right. Then in 20 minutes Hayes got the better of Boyle on the right byeline and the Irishman got in a cross that Smith could only fist as far as Tansey in front of goal but fortunately the Inverness man screwed up his shot just 15 yards out.

At the midway stage of the first half Graham sent Boyle scurrying away down the left channel.  He cut inside for Cardle, Joe played the ball on to his right foot  as he cut inside for a shot from the edge of the box but there was a sea of defenders and the shot was blocked by Kenny Gillet.

Caley Thistle piled on sustained pressure at the other end but they were not able to get themselves into a scoring situation. In 28 minutes Shinnie picked out Ross with a really good pass and he laid it off for Shane Sutherland who fortunately blasted his shot wide left.  Two minutes later Johnny Hayes sent over a great ball to the far post that MacMillan headed over the bar.

From the corner Gnapka`s header went into Smith`s hands but not before the ball had pinged about the Pars six yard box. Any time Dunfermline went forward the visiting defence was coming out on top although occasionally they got the benefit of the referee`s reluctance to penalise Caley.

Inverness failed to get to play advantage in 38 minutes when Hayes was waiting for the ball on the right edge of the box. The free kick in a central position 28 yards out was driven into the Dunfermline wall.  Next minute Hayes did get a chance to shoot but he was wide right with his effort.

Gary Mason skied a shot over the bar after Hardie had carved out a chance. Then in 44 minutes Cardle`s burst forward was blocked by Gillet and a free kick was awarded 23 yards out.  Hardie drove the set piece on to the crossbar, Gillet and Sutherland jumped to head the rebound but failed to head clear and Joe CARDLE stepped in to drill the ball home. 1-0

Joe Cardle

This was not the Pars best 45 minutes of the season. Possession was conceded to Inverness far too often. When Dunfermline did go forward there was a lack of penetration and rarely looked like scoring.  Then Cardle struck with the last kick of the half and everything looked so much better at the break.

Half Time: Dunfermline 1 Inverness Caley Thistle 0

The second half could have started just as well for the Pars. In 49 minutes Graham sent a great ball in from the right, the ball evaded Kirk as he ran in but Cardle collected and sent the ball back in. The ball flashed through the Caley box and out beyond the right post with Boyle coming closest to getting the killer touch.

Inverness came back at the Pars with MacMillan covering across to stop Sutherland shooting but it was in front of the home support that the next goal almost arrived. Hardie slipped a great ball into the box but just behind the attack that had raced in to take the chance.  

Dunfermline were looking much better when Hardie picked out Graham on the right but his 58th minute cross was headed away. Next minute Kirk dispossessed Proctor midway inside the Inverness half but when through on Esson had his shot turned behind for a corner on the right. The Pars pumped another shot over the bar but this all gave the team confidence and they were stroking the ball around much better.

In 67 minutes Mason produced a low shot that was wide and Kirk was stretching to connect but he was probably offside anyway. Welshman Owain Tudor-Jones then replaced Sutherland as Terry Butcher tried to alter things.

The Pars were defending deep and paid dearly for that in 72 minutes.  Sub Billy McKay created the danger holding the ball up on the edge of the box before he fed it left for Hayes to crash across the six yard box where Foran and ROSS were waiting and it was the latter who turned the ball into the net. 1-1

Nick Ross celebrates scoring Inverness` equaliser

Ryan Thomson replaced Gary Mason with ten minutes remaining and there was a great break when Kirk got past Proctor in the centre of the field but he was unlucky that his ball to Buchanan to his right was mopped up by Esson as he raced out.

A Pars free kick in 84th minute was sent in by Hutton but referee Madden penalised the Pars for climbing in the box. Smith then held a Ross cross as both sides looked for a winner. Buchanan forced a corner on the right, Burns sent the ball to the far post where Buchanan headed over the crossbar when it might have been easier to head home.

Andy Kirk v Inverness

Inverness caused more problems with an 89th minute corner of their own and then continued to attack with Hayes getting in on the right but Keddie headed the on target shot behind. From the first a second corner followed and Smith held that.

Burns had a great chance in stoppage time but took an extra touch as he broke free on the right side of the box, and it was gone, There was to be no home win for the Pars as it finished one a piece to make it three draws out of three in the SPL against Caley this season.  One point put Dunfermline level on points with Hibs who had to wait until Sunday to face Celtic.

Jordan MacMillan & Paddy Boyle

DUNFERMLINE: Chris Smith; Jordan McMillan, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Alex Keddie, Paddy Boyle; David Graham, Gary Mason (c) (Ryan Thomson, 80), Kyle Hutton, Joe Cardle (Paul Burns 72), Martin Hardie (Liam Buchanan 74), Andy Kirk
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Goodfellow (GK), Andy Dowie, Austin McCann, Paul Willis
SCORERS: Cardle (45)

INVERNESS CT: Ryan Esson; Claude Gnakpa (Billy McKay 63), David Proctor, Kenny Gillet, Graeme Shinnie, Josh Meekings, Greg Tansey, Nick Ross, Jonathan Hayes, Richie Foran, Shane Sutherland (Owain Tudor-Jones 69)
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Winnall, Ross Tokely, Gavin Morrison, Jonathan Tuffey, Thomas Piermayr,
SCORERS: Ross (72)

REFEREE: Bobby Madden
WEATHER: 6°C Sunny intervals, cold
ATTENDANCE 2881

NEXT MATCH: (away) SPL v Celtic
Wednesday 22nd February 2012, kick off 7.45pm

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Preview Inverness CT

Wednesday, 15th Feb 2012

Saturday 18th February - the Pars meet Inverness Caley Thistle for the fifth time this season

2012-02-18 - Inverness
Dunfermline v Inverness

On Saturday the Pars meet Inverness Caley Thistle for the fifth time this season. So far all four games - two in the SPL and two in the William Hill Scottish Cup have all ended even after 90 minutes. In the Scottish Cup Replay last month at East End Park, the Highlanders won through 3-1 in extra time so it can be expected that this is going to be another close encounter.

League Record v Inverness CT (Home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

11

2

6

3

11

9

Tansey makes it 3-1

It is 11 games back now since Dunfermline last defeated Inverness Caley at East End Park that was over twelve years ago in December 1999. Since then Caley successes in Fife include two cup victories.  The aforementioned Scottish Cup Replay and a CIS Insurance Cup tie played on 9th October 2001. That night Jimmy Calderwood`s Pars side went out on penalties despite a 63rd minute Steven Hampshire equaliser getting the Pars back on track at 1-1.

Milestones v Inverness CT (Home)

Last League Victory

18/12/99

1-0

Sc Div 1

Last League Defeat

08/08/09

0-1

Sc Div 1

Best League Victory

07/08/99

4-0

Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeat

13/08/05
06/05/06
08/08/09

0-1
0-1
0-1

SPL
SPL
Sc Div 1

Inverness Caley Thistle 0 Dunfermline 1

In the last dozen meetings between the teams Dunfermline have won only once, with six drawn and five lost.  The only win - Stephen Kenny`s first league win - was on 17th Match 2007.

Last 12 League Matches v Inverness CT

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

22/10/11 A 1-1 [0-1] Tade, [1-1] Buchanan.
06/08/11 H 3-3 [1-0] Kirk, [1-1] Tansey, [2-1] Kirk. [2-2] Hayes, [2-3] Tansey, [3-3] Hardie
17/04/10 A 0-2 [1-0] Rooney, [2-0] Foran
19/12/09 H 0-0 .
17/10/09 A 1-1 [0-1] Proctor, [1-1] Kirk

08/08/09

H 0-1 [0-1] Cox
  12/05/07 A 1-2 [1-0] McIntyre, [1-1] Hastings, [1-2] McAllister
   17/03/07 A 3-1 [0-1] Paatelainen, [1-1] Glass, [2-1] McIntyre, [3-1] Glass
   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 (p), [2-2] Wyness

Inverness Caley Thistle v Dunfermline

Both sides will want three points from this game. Terry Butcher`s side are two places above the Pars with 26 points to Dunfermline`s 18 but Inverness have a game in hand. Their advantage is clearly down to a run of seven matches undefeated, five of them in the SPL. The sequence was brought to an end last Saturday when they went down 1-0 at Celtic Park.

Current League Form
Dunfermline Inverness CT
League Points
18 26
League Position
12 12
Goal Difference
-30 -11
Form Last 6 League Matches
LWLLDL WDWWDL
Home / Away SPL Record

P13, W0, D5, L8

  P5, W2, D1, L2

Jason Thomson v Inverness Caley Thistle

Every Pars fan would like to see a home win.  The last was against Falkirk in May last year.

Form last six home / away
Dunfermline (home) Inverness Caley Th (away)
Rangers D

1-4

Celtic L 0-1
Kilmarnock D

1-1

Dunfermline (aet) W 3-1
Inverness Caley L

1-3

Motherwell W

1-0

Hibs L

2-3

Hibs D

1-1

Celtic L

0-3

Rangers L 1-2
St Johnstone L

0-3

St Mirren W 2-1

Gary Mason v Invernes Caley Thistle

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Rangers): Chris Smith; Jordan McMillan, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Alex Keddie, Paddy Boyle; Paul Burns, Mark Kerr (Martin Hardie 65), Gary Mason (c) (Joe Cardle 76), David Graham, Liam Buchanan (Ryan Thomson 74), Andy Kirk
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Goodfellow (GK), Andy Dowie, Shaun Byrne, Paul Willis,

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (v Celtic): Ryan Esson; Claude Gnakpa, Steve Williams, Kenny Gillet, Graeme Shinnie, Josh Meekings, Greg Tansey, Nick Ross, Jonathan Hayes, Richie Foran, Shane Sutherland
SUBS: Sam Winnall, Ross Tokely, Gavin Morrison, Jonathan Tuffey, Owain Tudur-Jones, Thomas Piermayr, David Proctor

Referee will be Bobby Madden, his first time back in Dunfermline since his controversial `fog` decision on the day of the Kilmarnock match.

C`mon ye Pars!

Dunfermline v Inverness Caley



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