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Inverness CT   0 - 1   Celtic

Inverness CT v Celtic

Highlights - Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic

By Keir Murray

A superb second-half solo goal by Paddy McCourt gave Celtic three points in the Scottish Premier League curtain-raiser at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The newly promoted hosts had been by far the brighter in the opening exchanges, Eric Odhiambo guilty of wasting a free header in 18 minutes.

Celtic's Shaun Maloney smacked the post from 14 yards and Lukasz Zaluska saved from Caley's Adam Rooney in 30 minutes.

But McCourt's terrific dribble and strike gave Celtic a deserved victory.

While Celtic's Thomas Rogne failed to prove his fitness, Scott Brown, who missed Scotland's 3-0 defeat by Sweden in midweek, made the starting line-up for the visitors.

Yet there was barely time for the Celtic captain to test his ankle before he and his team-mates were put on the back foot by a surging run from the halfway line by Johnny Hayes.

The Caley Thistle midfielder was eventually halted by the Dutchman Glenn Loovens at the edge of the box, a clash that left both players nursing injuries.

The pressure on the Celtic back line was maintained when Odhiambo retained possession and fed the ball to Kevin McCann, who whipped a ball over to Adam Rooney.

The young striker's right-foot volley was powerful but wayward.

Terry Butcher was left holding his head in frustration when Odhiambo headed harmlessly over the bar with the goal at his mercy in 18 minutes.

Gradually, the fluorescent green strips of Celtic began to advance and, when Maloney broke the offside trap to race through on Ryan Esson, a goal looked likely.

But the little Scot's powerful angled shot from 14 yards rebounded off the Caley Thistle upright and the match raged on.

Much will be expected of Zaluska this season as he tries to emulate the form of countryman Artur Boruc, who left for Fiorentina.

And, in 32 minutes, he kept out Rooney's snap shot on the turn, smothering the burly striker's shot from close range.

Caley Thistle's inability to convert their early chances began to look costly.

First, a quick break instigated by Maloney, with Samaras and Marc-Antoine Fortune in support, gave Joe Ledley the chance to score, but his shot was diverted over by the flailing heel of Ross Tokely.

Then Samaras soared to meet Charlie Mulgrew's inswinging corner and was cursing his luck when Nick Ross, tucked against the post, chested the ball off the goal-line.

Celtic began the second period as the hosts had the first, Ledley powering down the inside-left channel and unleashing a shot straight at Esson.

And, moments later, the fans were treated to a marvellous goal by McCourt, who sashayed across the 18-yard line, evaded the legs of desperate Highland defenders and slammed a right-foot shot low beyond Esson.

While the scorer was treated for a head injury sustained when Maloney was too robust in his congratulations, Brown broke into the box and fired a shot that Esson saved comfortably.

As the visitors turned the screw, Fortune was fractionally too slow to connect with Maloney's shot across the face of goal, which rolled just past the post.

Du-Ri, ever willing to make overlapping runs deep in the opposition half, collected Fortune's pass and crossed menacingly for Maloney.

Thankfully for the hosts, loyal club servant Tokely was sharp enough to prod the ball past for a corner.

After their initial verve, Caley Thistle were being reminded painfully how demanding the SPL can be.

As the newcomers gasped for oxygen, Celtic's James Forrest, who had replaced the injured McCourt, was the next to stand accused of profligacy, sweeping the ball high over the bar when a controlled finish from eight yards was required.

In the closing minutes, Esson made a wonderful save from a long-range Forrest dipping shot then denied the rampaging Du-Ri to keep the scoreline respectable, but an inaccurate reflection of the Glasgow side's dominance.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic FT
(HT 0-0)
    • McCourt 56

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Munro
    • 24 Gillet
    • 25 McCann
    • 06 Cox
    • 08 Duncan
    • 11 Hayes (Sutherland 86)
    • 19 Ross (Blumanshtein 61) (Proctor 78)
    • 07 Odhiambo
    • 10 Rooney

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 02 Proctor,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 16 McBain,
    • 18 Blumanshtein,
    • 20 Sutherland,
    • 23 Sanchez

    Celtic

    • 24 Zaluska
    • 06 Hooiveld
    • 11 Cha Du-Ri
    • 21 Mulgrew
    • 22 Loovens
    • 08 Brown
    • 16 Ledley
    • 20 McCourt (Forrest 62)
    • 09 Samaras
    • 10 Fortune (Juarez 89)
    • 13 Maloney

    Substitutes

    • 47 Cervi,
    • 04 Juarez,
    • 15 Misun,
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
    • 33 Baram Kayal,
    • 27 Murphy,
    • 49 Forrest
    Ref: MurrayAtt: 7,547
    INVERNESS CT
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Inverness CT 49%
    • Celtic 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Inverness CT 3
    • Celtic 15

    Attempts off target

    • Inverness CT 5
    • Celtic 7

    Corners

    • Inverness CT 1
    • Celtic 12

    Fouls

    • Inverness CT 11
    • Celtic 7
    • Final Result
    • 94:23 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:53 Attacking throw-in by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).
    • 90:00+3:20 Shaun Maloney fouled by Ross Tokely, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 90:00+2:07 James Forrest produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Efrain Juarez takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 88:57 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 88:46 Defending throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 88:16 Substitution Efrain Juarez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 87:46 Du-Ri Cha takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 87:04 James Forrest takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Ryan Esson. Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
    • 86:36 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 85:41 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 85:41 Substitution Shane Sutherland is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Hayes.
    • 83:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Shaun Maloney. Free kick crossed right-footed by Shaun Maloney. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 82:43 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 82:37 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 81:38 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
    • 79:19 Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ross Tokely.
    • 78:14 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 77:35 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 77:35 Substitution Gil Blumenshtein leaves the field to be replaced by David Proctor.
    • 76:56 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 76:02 James Forrest produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
    • 74:47 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Russell Duncan.
    • 73:51 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson. Charlie Mulgrew takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Russell Duncan manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:15 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 72:20 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 71:41 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 69:44 Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Russell Duncan.
    • 69:28 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 66:40 Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 65:56 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 65:11 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 63:48 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Glenn Loovens misses to the right of the goal.
    • 62:49 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Clearance made by Ross Tokely.
    • 60:50 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 60:50 Substitution James Forrest comes on in place of Patrick McCourt.
    • 60:50 Substitution Gil Blumenshtein joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicholas Ross.
    • 60:25 Scott Brown takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
    • 59:09 Foul by Kevin McCann on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:35 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 57:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Odhiambo on Du-Ri Cha. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:14 GOAL - Patrick McCourtInverness CT 0 - 1 Celtic A goal is scored by Patrick McCourt from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic.
    • 54:37 The ball is delivered by Jonathan Hayes, Nicholas Ross takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 54:31 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 53:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Munro by Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 53:20 Foul by Lee Cox on Glenn Loovens, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
    • 52:41 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 51:39 Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, clearance by Ross Tokely.
    • 50:49 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 49:52 Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Ryan Esson.
    • 49:40 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 49:12 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 48:35 Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Duncan. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.
    • 47:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Tokely on Scott Brown. Shot comes in from Charlie Mulgrew from the free kick, save by Ryan Esson. Short corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line.
    • 45:46 Russell Duncan takes a shot. Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.
    • 45:25 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:50 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:13 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 43:34 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 43:12 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 42:40 Grant Munro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Glenn Loovens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:12 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 41:15 Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Nicholas Ross.
    • 40:47 Defending throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 40:06 Georgios Samaras produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 39:45 Defending throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 38:19 The referee gives a free kick against Georgios Samaras for handball. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:09 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 36:21 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Grant Munro.
    • 35:41 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 35:20 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 34:43 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 34:00 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 32:53 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 32:34 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 31:20 Adam Rooney takes a shot. Lukasz Zaluska makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan Hayes from the left by-line, Charlie Mulgrew fouled by Ross Tokely, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 30:36 Russell Duncan fouled by Scott Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jonathan Hayes.
    • 30:22 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 29:56 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 29:38 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 28:41 Charlie Mulgrew fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:23 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 26:17 The ball is crossed by Russell Duncan, Header from deep inside the area by Adam Rooney goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 25:41 Attacking throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 22:14 Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Kenny Gillet results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, Nicholas Ross manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:50 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 21:12 Charlie Mulgrew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 20:48 Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
    • 19:21 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
    • 17:49 A cross is delivered by Jonathan Hayes, Header on goal by Eric Odhiambo from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 17:21 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 16:41 The referee gives a free kick against Georgios Samaras for handball. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eric Odhiambo by Du-Ri Cha. Kenny Gillet takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:41 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 15:10 Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 14:25 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 13:33 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
    • 12:38 Charlie Mulgrew challenges Jonathan Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McCann.
    • 12:14 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 11:10 Kenny Gillet fouled by Georgios Samaras, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 10:41 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
    • 10:38 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
    • 9:42 Centre by Jonathan Hayes, Eric Odhiambo has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 8:50 Defending throw-in by Kenny Gillet (Inverness CT).
    • 7:49 Foul by Glenn Loovens on Eric Odhiambo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
    • 6:26 Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 5:32 The ball is delivered by Kevin McCann, Adam Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 5:01 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McCann (Inverness CT).
    • 4:41 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).
    • 0:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens by Jonathan Hayes. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Aberdeen 1 4 3
    2 Rangers 1 1 3
    3 Celtic 1 1 3
    4 Dundee Utd 1 0 1
    5 Hearts 1 0 1
    6 St Johnstone 1 0 1
    7 St Mirren 1 0 1
    8 Hibernian 0 0 0
    9 Motherwell 0 0 0
    10 Kilmarnock 1 -1 0
    11 Inverness CT 1 -1 0
    12 Hamilton 1 -4 0

    see also
    Saturday's Scottish football as it happened
    14 Aug 10 |  Scottish Premier
    'Beaten by better team' - Butcher
    14 Aug 10 |  Inverness CT
    Defender Majstorovic joins Celtic
    16 Aug 10 |  Celtic
    Lennon pleased with win at Caley
    14 Aug 10 |  Celtic
    Celtic's O'Dea loaned to Ipswich
    18 Aug 10 |  Ipswich


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