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St Johnstone   1 - 0   Inverness CT

St Johnstone v Inverness CT
Collin Samuel's late goal delighted Saints manager Derek McInnes

A late Collin Samuel strike ended Inverness's long unbeaten away run and secured three points for St Johnstone.

The home side dominated the first-half possession but failed to score, with Sam Parkin guilty of spurning chances.

However, the visitors went close when Saints goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was fooled by Nick Ross's cross, which rebounded off the bar.

Visiting keeper Ryan Esson foiled Saints with some fine saves until Samuel struck into the roof of the net.

The result ended Caley Thistle's unbeaten away run of more than a year and pushed Saints 10 points clear of bottom club Hamilton.

It was a cagey opening to the match, but Saints did carve out an chance when Dave Mackay crossed from the left, but Liam Craig could not connect properly and the ball flashed wide of the post.

Saints broke again and Peter MacDonald set Jody Morris free on the left and he set up Cleveland Taylor, but the winger's shot was straight at Esson.

The home side were on top and burly forward Parkin was next to have an effort with a back-post header from Taylor's cross - but again the effort was comfortably saved by Esson.

Adam Rooney then carved out Inverness's first opportunity, picking up Ross's cross before firing in a low effort that Enckelman parried.

Parkin was getting plenty of service, particularly from Taylor, but put another header wide of the mark from close range.

The bustling English striker passed up a golden opportunity for Saints when Esson parried MacDonald's shot towards him, but the striker's header was cleared off the line.

Chris Millar went on a fine run on the right and his cross was deflected towards the Inverness goal by Graeme Shinnie, but the in-form Esson clawed the ball away.

The home side dominated the opening period in terms of possession but showed why they are the lowest scorers at home in the Scottish Premier League with only four goals as they spurned several chances.

However, it was Caley Thistle who went close early in the second half when Ross's mishit cross cannoned off the Saints crossbar with Enckelman left helpless.

Eric Odhiambo burst through on the break, but his shot was weak and was comfortably held by Enckelman.

Saints carved out a fine opportunity through Craig on the left.

His pass was missed by Parkin in the box, but Mackay picked it up at the back post, only for Esson to keep Saints at bay yet again.

Danny Grainger blazed a good chance well wide of the mark, snatching at his shot from the edge of the box as the home side pushed for a winner.

Esson spread himself to make an instinctive block from Saints substitute Samuel, whose pace saw him race on to a poor pass-back from Grant Munro.

Enckelman had to look smart to turn a late, deflected Odhiambo effort round the post as Caley made a rare break up the pitch.

But Trinidad international Samuel finally broke the deadlock, lashing the ball high into the net from just inside the box after Mackay's shot was blocked.


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Sunday, 2 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Samuel 85

    St Johnstone

    • 01 Enckelman
    • 02 MacKay
    • 03 Grainger
    • 06 Duberry
    • 12 Anderson (Maybury 62)
    • 04 Morris
    • 07 Millar
    • 10 Craig
    • 11 Taylor (Davidson 59)
    • 09 Parkin
    • 16 MacDonald (Samuel 72)

    Substitutes

    • 15 Smith,
    • 19 Maybury,
    • 37 Caddis,
    • 20 Davidson,
    • 26 Reynolds,
    • 32 May,
    • 21 Samuel

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Munro
    • 15 Innes
    • 04 Duff
    • 06 Cox yellow card (Sutherland 71 yellow card)
    • 18 Blumanshtein (Foran 46)
    • 19 Ross
    • 21 Shinnie
    • 07 Odhiambo
    • 10 Rooney

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 16 McBain,
    • 08 Duncan,
    • 09 Foran,
    • 20 Sutherland,
    • 23 Sanchez
    Ref: George SalmondAtt: 3,126
    ST JOHNSTONE
    INVERNESS CT

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 55%
    • Inverness CT 45%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 7
    • Inverness CT 6

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 7
    • Inverness CT 1

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 5
    • Inverness CT 5

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 14
    • Inverness CT 13
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:11 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:22 Attacking throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 90:00+1:28 Booking Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+1:27 Foul by Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT) on Collin Samuel (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+0:57 Foul by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) on Ross Tokely (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 89:47 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 89:09 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 89:03 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 88:35 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 88:13 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 87:07 Shot by Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT) left-footed from left side of penalty area (20 yards), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 86:43 Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Stuart Duff (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 84:43 GOAL - Collin SamuelSt Johnstone 1 - 0 Inverness CT Goal by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone) right-footed (high centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT.
    • 83:50 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) to centre, shot by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Chris Innes (Inverness CT).
    • 83:28 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 83:02 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) to centre, save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 82:43 Shot by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped round post) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 81:55 Cross by David MacKay (St Johnstone), blocked by Chris Innes (Inverness CT).
    • 81:31 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 80:56 Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 79:45 Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) on Collin Samuel (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right wing, header by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 79:40 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 76:55 Foul by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) on Eric Odhiambo (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 76:34 Defending throw-in by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone).
    • 75:57 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 75:36 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 75:21 Shot by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 74:13 Foul by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone) on Eric Odhiambo (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 73:52 Shot by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (blocked) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 73:30 Shot by Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 73:13 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 72:39 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 72:21 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 72:10 Attacking throw-in by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone).
    • 71:34 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Peter MacDonald replaced by Collin Samuel (tactical).
    • 70:55 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) to far post, clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 70:45 Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 70:17 Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Lee Cox replaced by Shane Sutherland (tactical).
    • 69:42 Foul by David MacKay (St Johnstone) on Stuart Duff (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 69:31 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 69:06 Shot by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
    • 68:20 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 68:03 Defending throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 67:34 Foul by Eric Odhiambo (Inverness CT) on Jody Morris (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 67:25 Attacking throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 66:55 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 66:20 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 65:54 Shot by David MacKay (St Johnstone) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 64:15 Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 63:50 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 62:38 Foul by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) on Ross Tokely (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from own half, passed.
    • 61:40 Foul by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) on Ross Tokely (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 61:40 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Steven Anderson replaced by Alan Maybury (injury).
    • 60:51 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 60:30 Cross by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 59:41 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) to centre, clearance by Grant Munro (Inverness CT).
    • 59:34 Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), blocked by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).
    • 59:28 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 58:46 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Cleveland Taylor replaced by Murray Davidson (tactical).
    • 58:04 Attacking throw-in by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).
    • 57:51 Cross by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone), clearance by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).
    • 57:25 Foul by Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) on Michael Duberry (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 57:20 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 57:03 Shot by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 56:33 Shot by Eric Odhiambo (Inverness CT) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 54:57 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) to centre, foul by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT) on Michael Duberry (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 54:45 Shot by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 54:26 Attacking throw-in by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).
    • 54:19 Cross by Richie Foran (Inverness CT), blocked by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 53:57 Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 52:28 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 51:57 Cross by Richie Foran (Inverness CT), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 51:35 Cross by Nick Ross (Inverness CT), resulting in open play.
    • 50:42 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 48:40 Booking Lee Cox (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 48:39 Foul by Lee Cox (Inverness CT) on Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 47:40 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) to centre, clearance by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 46:58 Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 46:23 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 45:32 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Gil Blumenshtein replaced by Richie Foran (tactical).
    • 45:00+2:12 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:12 Foul by Chris Innes (Inverness CT) on Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) from right channel, clearance by Chris Innes (Inverness CT).
    • 45:00+0:40 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 45:00+0:28 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 43:05 Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), blocked by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 42:45 Cross by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT), clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
    • 40:45 Foul by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) on Grant Munro (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 39:40 Foul by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT) on Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone) from left wing, weak shot by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 39:10 Cross by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT), clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 38:56 Cross by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT), clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 38:39 Cross by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone), blocked by Adam Rooney (Inverness CT).
    • 38:06 Foul by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) on Grant Munro (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from own half, passed.
    • 37:25 Foul by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) on Chris Innes (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 37:01 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 36:35 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 35:57 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 35:29 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 35:01 Foul by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) on Sam Parkin (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 34:23 Foul by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone) on Stuart Duff (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 33:31 Cross by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone), comfortable save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 32:55 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 31:16 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 30:53 Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 30:01 Attacking throw-in by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).
    • 29:18 Foul by Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) on Steven Anderson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) from own half, passed.
    • 29:14 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 28:43 Shot by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) drilled left-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.
    • 28:28 Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), clearance by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT).
    • 28:19 Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), resulting in open play.
    • 27:01 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone) to far post, save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 26:11 Foul by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) on Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) from right wing, clearance by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 26:06 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 25:50 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 24:51 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 24:07 Header by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
    • 23:35 Foul by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) on Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 23:16 Attacking throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 22:32 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone) to near post, clearance by Lee Cox (Inverness CT).
    • 22:13 Cross by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone), clearance by Chris Innes (Inverness CT).
    • 22:00 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 21:26 Cross by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT), shot by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 21:09 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Duff (Inverness CT) to centre, clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 20:47 Shot by Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (blocked) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 20:28 Cross by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone), clearance by Chris Innes (Inverness CT).
    • 19:48 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 18:21 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 17:48 Cross by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone), weak header by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 17:05 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 16:30 Cross by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone), resulting in open play.
    • 15:31 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 14:30 Foul by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) on Ross Tokely (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 13:27 Cross by Jody Morris (St Johnstone), shot by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 10:25 Foul by Sam Parkin (St Johnstone) on Chris Innes (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 10:14 Attacking throw-in by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).
    • 9:35 Attacking throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 9:06 Attacking throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 8:29 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 8:10 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 7:23 Foul by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) on Ross Tokely (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 6:54 Foul by Grant Munro (Inverness CT) on Sam Parkin (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Cleveland Taylor (St Johnstone) from right channel, passed.
    • 6:24 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 6:05 Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 5:42 Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
    • 5:19 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).
    • 5:00 Cross by David MacKay (St Johnstone), shot by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 4:38 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 4:00 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 3:46 Defending throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 3:40 Defending throw-in by Ross Tokely (Inverness CT).
    • 2:28 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
    • 1:37 Cross by Adam Rooney (Inverness CT), clearance by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone).
    • 0:13 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    As it stood on 2 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 19 28 45
    2 Rangers 17 20 41
    3 Hearts 19 18 39
    4 Kilmarnock 18 9 27
    5 Inverness CT 20 4 27
    6 Motherwell 18 1 24
    7 Dundee Utd 16 -5 21
    8 St Johnstone 18 -12 21
    9 Aberdeen 19 -19 17
    10 Hibernian 19 -11 16
    11 St Mirren 18 -14 16
    12 Hamilton 17 -19 11

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