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Fixtures : 2023-2024 : Inverness CT

Sat, 18th Nov 2023 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Inverness CT 1

Saturday, 18th Nov 2023

cinch Championship: Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Matty Todd and Lewis McCann start. Danny Devine (43) 0-1: Lewis McCann (87) 1-1:

With both clubs out of the SPFL Trust Trophy this originally scheduled Halloween night fixture was played on this November afternoon. Both sides were keen to make this game-in-hand fixture impact on their league position. Three points would take Dunfermline into the top four in the Championship, whereas three points for Caley Thistle would take them above their hosts.

Pars boss James McPake made three changes from the side that played Dundee United the previous Friday night - Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Matty Todd and Lewis McCann started. Aaron Comrie, Michael O ‘Halloran and Craig Wighton dropped to the bench. Keeper Deniz Mehmet was able to take his place after retiring at half time against United with concussion.

Inverness arrived at the KDM on the back of five matches undefeated in the period since the appointment of Duncan Ferguson as their manager. He went with the same starting eleven for the third match in a row.

Rain fell throughout the warm up period and it got heavier as kick off time arrived. The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the Norrie McCathie Stand end. A strong run from Todd forced a corner within the first minute. Josh Edwards at the back post was closest to Joe Chalmers cross but it travelled out for a goal kick. The opposition earned a third minute corner on the left but that low delivery was easily cut out at the near post.

Mehmet was the first keeper in shot stopping duty, holding a fifth minute effort from 20 yards by Max Anderson. Then from an Edwards cross McCann was able to make a headed attempt but the ball bounced wide left. Inverness replied with Cameron Harper teeing up Nathan Shaw for a shot that Sam Fisher blocked. Play switched back into the Caley Thistle half and Todd, on a run, looked like he might breach the Thistle defence but last man, Danny Devine’s intervention halted the opportunity. Owen Moffat popped a shot over the Caley crossbar before McCann came even closer with a shot on 17 minutes that hit the right goalpost and travelled across the face of goal to go wide off the other post.

Two minutes later the right post kept out a Ritchie-Hosler shot as he got on to another Edwards cross and again the ball went across goal and Devine cleared behind after hitting the left upright. At the midpoint of the half an Inverness corner saw 13 players within the Pars six yard box. Mehmet punched the ball clear but Billy McKay thrashed a shot on-target that Todd defended.

In 27th minute it was Caley Thistle’s turn to come incredibly close to scoring. Anderson took the ball into the right side of the Pars box and his cross evaded McKay but Harper connected only to send the ball out wide left.

The woodwork came to Inverness’s rescue for a fifth and sixth time in 33rd minute. McCann looked set up when he intercepted a weak pass back but he hit the right post and when the ball rebounded out to Moffat he smashed his shot on to the woodwork as well. Quite a let off!

When Charlie Gilmour clipped Moffat Dunfermline were awarded a free kick on the right side 24 yards out but Chalmers cross was defended for a corner that proved to change nothing.

Inverness pressed towards the break and from a 43rd minute corner from the left former Par, Danny DEVINE was able to find the net from an angle on the right.

Play halted when Allan and Gilmour clashed heads. Both were able to continue but tempers frayed as players views on the clash varied. Hamilton for Dunfermline and Gilmour and Harper for Caley Thistle. Referee Euan Anderson called the interval after three added minutes but the Fifers had to go in to face their management after a half in which they should really have found the net.

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Inverness Caley Thistle 1

It was the Highlanders who started the second half more positively and from the left side of the home box, David Wotherspoon fired a shot narrowly wide right. Inverness enjoyed much of the possession until on the hour James McPake made his first substitution. Having made his first start since July, 60 minutes were deemed enough for Todd and he was replaced by Alex Jakubiak.

The Fifers first opportunity of the second half then came when McCann got to the left byeline and squared. Ritchie-Hosler at the far post looked the most likely to convert but Harper stepped in to turn the ball behind. As the match entered its final quarter the home side were beginning to play the ball more in the Caley half.

Both sides made double substitutions with Michael O’Halloran and Craig Wighton replacing Owen Moffat and Kane Ritchie-Hosler. Within a minute it was Wighton who forced a 71st minute corner but despite efforts from Jakubiak and Hamilton the Inverness goal survived. The visitors also survived a penalty appeal in 75 minutes when Devine appeared to haul over Jakubiak. It wasn’t looking like Dunfermline’s afternoon.

Displaying good close control Jakubiak continued to try and find a way through the Caley defence. They swarmed around him on the top of the box forcing a pass right for O’Halloran but his cross was defended.

Into the final ten minutes and a Carson cross was scooped over Mehmet’s crossbar by sub Luis Longstaff. Then in 82 minutes the home crowd willed Otoo to shoot and from 30 yards out he smacked his drive off the right goalpost.

Dunfermline pushed up on all sides and eventually in 87th minute Chalmers launched the ball towards the right side of the Caley box where it dropped for McCANN and his strike found the net. 1-1

There was time for another but Allan’s corner was defended and Edwards long throw held by Ridgers. O’Halloran’s run won a 93rd minute corner but Athletic failed to make that count. It would end 1-1 but it was a day where Dunfermline’s luck deserted them.

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo: Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Michael O’Halloran 70), Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Owen Moffat (Craig Wighton 70): Matty Todd (Alex Jakubiak 60), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Comrie, Miller Fenton, Harrison Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK)
SCORERS: McCann (87)
YELLOW CARD: Chalmers (45), Hamilton (45+3)

INVERNESS CT: Mark Ridgers: Nikola Ujdur (Wallace Duffy 65), Danny Devine, Morgan Boyes: David Carson, Charlie Gilmour, Max Anderson, Nathan Shaw, Cameron Harper: David Wotherspoon (Sean Welsh 83), Billy McKay (Luis Longstaff 65).
SUBS NOT USED: Cillian Sheridan, Adam Brooks, Zak Delaney, Harry Lodovica, Robert Thomson, Cammy Mackay (GK).
SCORERS: Devine (43)
YELLOW CARD: Gilmour (45+3), Harper (45+3), Duffy (74)

REFEREE: Euan Anderson

NEXT MATCH: Scottish Gas Scottish Cup (home) v Raith Rovers, Friday 24th November 2023, kick off 7.45pm

The winner(s) for the 50/50 DAFC v Inverness CT 18/11/2023 draw which ended on November 18, 2023 Ticket Number WEB6368

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Saturday, 18th Nov 2023

cinch Championship (home) v Inverness Caley Thistle, Saturday 18th November 2023 kick off 3.00pm at KDM Group East End Park

Both Dunfermline and Inverness have two games in hand on half the teams in the Championship and this fixture is a catch up for the original game scheduled for Halloween but re-arranged due to both teams having a blank Saturday.

The sides have met 50 times before, Dunfermline winning 11, Inverness 19 with 20 matches having been drawn. At home the record is won 6, lost 9 and drawn 10.

Milestones v Inverness Caley Thistle (home)

Last League Victory | 17/10/20 | 3-1 | Championship

Last League Defeat | 25/02/20 | 1-2 | Championship

Best League Victory | 07/08/99 | 4-0 | Division 1

Worst League Defeat | 18/01/12 | 1-3 | Division 1

Last Goalless Match | 18/09/21 | 0-0 | Championship

First Ever Meeting | 07/08/99 | 4-0 | Division 1

Last Time at KDM Group East End Park
Championship, Saturday 22nd January 2022
Dunfermline 1 Inverness Caley Thistle 1

A penalty kick converted by Steven Lawless ten minutes from time earned the Pars a vital point and it could have been more if they had been given decisions in the second half.

In the first half Dunfermline were pressed into doing a fair bit of defending without Fon Williams being called into any serious action but then in 39 minutes Caley Thistle found their way through. Reece McAlear broke into the right side of the Pars box and his cross picked out SUTHERLAND on the far side who drilled the ball home. 0-1

With time running out Dunfermline had pushed up in numbers and they were awarded a penalty after Pybus ran around the back of Edwards and then tried a cross in from the left that David Carson stopped with his hand. Steven LAWLESS stepped up to convert the 80th minute penalty with a left footed shot into the bottom left. The first goal for the Pars from the spot that season made it 1-1.

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Coll Donaldson, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus, Paul Allan (Kevin O’Hara HT), Matthew Todd (Graham Dorrans 63), Ryan Dow (Reece Cole 63): Steven Lawless, Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Nikolay Todorov, Leon Jones, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
SCORERS: Lawless (80 pen.)

INVERNESS CT: Mark Ridgers: David Carson, Kirk Broadfoot (c), Danny Devine (Wallace Duffy 45+2), Robbie Deas: Tom Walsh, Sean Welsh, Reece McAlear, Shane Sutherland, Cameron Harper (Sam Pearson 73): Manny Duku (Logan Chalmers 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Jamieson, Lewis Hyde, Lewis Nicolson, Cameron Mackay (GK)

The last dozen league matches between the teams have seen two Dunfermline wins, four draws and six Caley Thistle wins.

Last 12 League matches v Inverness Caley Thistle

02/09/23: (A) D 1-1 [0-1] Shaw, [1-1] Hamilton.
26/03/22: (A) L 0-2 [0-1] McAlear, [0-2] Samuels.

22/01/22: (H) D 1-1 [0-1] Sutherland, [1-1] Lawless (pen.)

13/11/21: (A) W 2-1 [0-1] McKay, [1-1] Devine o.g, [2-1] Thomas

18/09/21: (H) D 0-0

20/03/21: (H) L 0-1 [0-1] Carson

29/12/20: (A) D 1-1 [1-0] Turner, [1-1] Todorov

17/10/20: (H) W 3-1 [0-1] Todorov, [1-1] E Murray, [2-1] Dow, [3-1] McManus

25/02/20: (H) L 1-2 [0-1] Doran, [1-1] Thomas, [1-2] Walsh

21/12/19: (A) L 0-2 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] McCart

14/09/19: (H) L 0-1 [0-1] Welsh

04/05/19: (A) L 0-1 [0-1] Austin

Recent Form

Inverness have won won three, drawn two and lost only one of their last six games and are unbeaten since Duncan Ferguson arrived as manager.

Dunfermline have lost four of their last six matches and both their last two wins were against Morton.

League Stats

League Position: 5th

League Points: 14

Goal Difference: -1

Home League Record: P5 W2 D0 L3 GF6 GA6

Last Six Match Form: WLLLWL


League Position: 8th

League Points: 12

Goal Difference: -1

Away League Record: P5 W1 D1 L3 GF5 GA7

Last Six Match Form: LWDWDW

Last six matches


Dundee United (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) W 2-1
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) L 0-1

Partick Thistle (A) L 0-3

Morton (H) W 3-1


Ayr United (H) W 3-1
Dundee United (A) D 1-1
Airdrieonians (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) D 0-0
Arbroath (A) W 3-2
Dundee United (H) L 0-1

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE ( v Dundee United): 
Deniz Mehmet (Harrison Sharp HT): Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo: Aaron Comrie (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 75), Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Owen Moffat (Matty Todd 55): Craig Wighton (Alex Jakubiak 60), Michael O’Halloran (Lewis McCann 22)

SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Max Little (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (v Ayr United): Mark Ridgers: Nikola Ujdur, Danny Devine, Morgan Boyes: David Carson (Wallace Duffy 57), Charlie Gilmour, Max Anderson (Luis Longstaff HT), Nathan Shaw, Cameron Harper: David Wotherspoon (Adam Brooks 89), Billy McKay (Cillian Sheridan 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Zak Delaney, Lewis Hyde, Harry Lodovica, Robert Thomson, Cammy Mackay (GK).

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