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Inverness CT   3 - 0   Motherwell

Caley Thistle celebrate the opening goal
Sutherland (centre) opened the scoring at Caledonian Stadium

Inverness Caledonian Thistle moved back into the top six in the Scottish Premier League with an impressive win over disappointing Motherwell.

Shane Sutherland marked his return to the starting line-up by firing the opener after 18 minutes - his first goal for Caley Thistle.

Richie Foran's close-range finish stretched the lead after 64 minutes.

Foran set up Alex MacDonald to score with his first touch of the ball eight minutes later.

It meant that Inverness had secured only a fourth win in 15 home games against Motherwell and ended the visitors' run of five straight league wins away to Caley Thistle.

Motherwell arrived on a high after last weekend's win over Celtic and manager Stuart McCall left Stephen Craigan on the bench despite his return from suspension but restored Francis Jeffers in place of Chris Humphrey.

Sutherland, Nick Ross and Russell Duncan all returned to the Inverness starting line-up, with wingers Jonny Hayes and Aaron Doran injured and Chris Innes dropping to the bench as they sought an improvement after their defeat by Dundee United.

Caley Thistle responded with the first shot on target, Foran laying the ball back into Duncan's path, but his low effort from 20 yards was saved down to his left by Darren Randolph.

Foran was the creator again moments later, rising highest to head the ball down to the feet of Ross, who failed to control when in plenty of space and the chance was lost.

Motherwell were having plenty of the ball in the early stages but struggled to create anything in the final third and they soon found themselves trailing after 18 minutes.

Lee Cox picked out Sutherland on the right and he cut inside Steven Hammell before unleashing an unstoppable left foot drive from 14 yards that crashed into the roof of Randolph's goal.

Sutherland then came close to connecting with Foran's cross, but his attempted flick-header drifted a yard wide as Caley Thistle continued to be the more dominant force in the final third.

With half-time approaching, the visitors at last threatened and Keith Lasley sent Sutton running through on goal, but Esson was out quickly to save at the forward's feet.

Motherwell were finally beginning to offer a goal threat, Sutton again involved as he headed Forbes corner on to the roof of the net.

Both teams made lively starts to the second half, with Foran close to connecting with Duncan's through ball, while Jeffers was denied by Esson from Tom Hateley's deep cross at the other end.

Motherwell were showing more of an attacking intent, but they nearly came unstuck when a swift break by Inverness sent Ross clear from a Cox pass only to fail to connect with the ball under pressure from Hammell.

The visitors failed to heed the warning and, in the 64th minute, they were left with a mountain to climb.

Ross sent Rooney in on goal and the Irishman shaped as if to shoot but instead crossed for Foran, who fired the ball home from just inside the six-yard box with Randolph well beaten.

Motherwell's response came courtesy of sub Humphrey, only for the wide man to first be thwarted by a wonderful save from Esson before Ross Tokely blocked his second effort on the line.

With the Steelmen committing more players forward, Cox had the chance to finish the game as a contest, but Randolph saved well at the midfielder's feet.

Inverness boss Terry Butcher introduced MacDonald into the action and it was an inspired change as, within 30 seconds of coming on, he got his name on the scoresheet.

Foran's cross was misjudged by Gavin Gunning and the Scotland under-21 international had the simplest of tasks to finish from close range.

Murphy had a shot pushed on to the crossbar by Esson, but Caley Thistle comfortably secured only their fourth league triumph at home this season.

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Inverness CT 3-0 Motherwell FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Sutherland 18
  • Foran 64
  • MacDonald 72

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Munro
    • 28 Hogg
    • 04 Duff
    • 06 Cox
    • 08 Duncan
    • 19 Ross (Odhiambo 83)
    • 09 Foran (Morrison 89)
    • 10 Rooney (MacDonald 71)
    • 20 Sutherland

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 15 Innes,
    • 16 McBain,
    • 17 Morrison,
    • 25 MacDonald,
    • 07 Odhiambo

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 03 Hammell
    • 14 Lasley
    • 18 Forbes (Humphrey 54)
    • 19 Hutchinson
    • 22 Gunning
    • 06 Hateley (Saunders 57)
    • 08 Jennings
    • 09 Murphy
    • 11 Sutton
    • 24 Jeffers

    Substitutes

    • 34 Bradley,
    • 02 Saunders,
    • 05 Craigan,
    • 20 Page,
    • 07 Humphrey,
    • 32 Pollock,
    • 23 Casagolda
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 3,563
    INVERNESS CT
    MOTHERWELL

    Possession

    • Inverness CT 50%
    • Motherwell 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Inverness CT 6
    • Motherwell 1

    Attempts off target

    • Inverness CT 1
    • Motherwell 1

    Corners

    • Inverness CT 1
    • Motherwell 3

    Fouls

    • Inverness CT 13
    • Motherwell 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:24 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+1:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Duncan by Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
    • 90:00+0:25 Alex MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie Hammell. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:50 Substitution Richie Foran goes off and Gavin Morrison comes on.
    • 88:11 Foul by Keith Lasley on Ross Tokely, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 83:08 Foul by Chris Hogg on Francis Jeffers, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell from left channel.
    • 82:06 Substitution Eric Odhiambo on for Nick Ross.
    • 80:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gavin Gunning, Grant Munro manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:09 Richie Foran challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 74:25 Steven Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
    • 73:41 Foul by Alex MacDonald on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Saunders.
    • 71:25 Assist on the goal came from Nick Ross.
    • 71:25 GOAL - Alex MacDonaldInverness CT 3 - 0 Motherwell Alex MacDonald finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 3-0 Motherwell.
    • 70:14 Substitution Adam Rooney goes off and Alex MacDonald comes on.
    • 68:43 Lee Cox takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 66:58 Keith Lasley takes a shot. Blocked by Ross Tokely.
    • 63:17 Assist by Nick Ross.
    • 63:17 GOAL - Richie ForanInverness CT 2 - 0 Motherwell Richie Foran fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell.
    • 62:38 Nick Ross takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 61:27 The offside flag is raised against Richie Foran. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:41 Corner taken right-footed by Nick Ross from the left by-line, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
    • 56:51 Stevie Hammell takes the outswinging corner, save by Ryan Esson.
    • 56:05 Substitution Tom Hateley goes off and Steven Saunders comes on.
    • 55:10 Chris Hogg is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 54:36 Nick Ross fouled by Tom Hateley, the ref awards a free kick. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
    • 53:57 Substitution Chris Humphrey replaces Ross Forbes.
    • 51:43 Nick Ross concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Forbes, blocked by Ross Tokely.
    • 50:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Jeffers by Russell Duncan. Direct free kick taken by Francis Jeffers.
    • 50:12 Unfair challenge on Nick Ross by Ross Forbes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:10 The match has reached half-time.
    • 40:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by John Sutton goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 33:56 Lee Cox challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Forbes, Gavin Gunning concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Esson. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 32:21 Foul by Stuart Duff on Francis Jeffers, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
    • 28:03 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Shane Sutherland misses to the right of the target.
    • 20:25 Francis Jeffers is ruled offside. Ryan Esson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 17:47 Richie Foran provided the assist for the goal.
    • 17:47 GOAL - Shane SutherlandInverness CT 1 - 0 Motherwell Goal scored by Shane Sutherland from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell.
    • 13:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Adam Rooney. Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.
    • 12:34 Russell Duncan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francis Jeffers. Free kick crossed by Ross Forbes.
    • 12:09 Russell Duncan challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:37 Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Forbes. Ross Forbes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Nick Ross. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:31 Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 2:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Gavin Gunning. Steve Jennings takes the free kick.
    • 0:59 Francis Jeffers challenges Ross Tokely unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Duncan takes the free kick.
    • 0:12 The official flags Francis Jeffers offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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