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St Johnstone   0 - 3   Inverness CT

St Johnstone v Inverness

Highlights - St Johnstone 0-3 Inverness CT

By Andy Campbell

Inverness Caledonian Thistle recorded a convincing Scottish Premier League win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Alan Maybury struck the post as Saints enjoyed the better of the first half but it was Inverness who moved into the lead through Chris Innes's header.

Aaron Doran's impressive curling strike doubled the visitors' lead 12 minutes into the second half.

And Richie Foran slotted home a third for Inverness, finishing off a well-worked move 20 mintues from the end.

The result bolsters Terry Butcher's side's chances of finishing seventh and thus being the top team in the SPL's bottom half, the Highlanders now boasting a game in hand and a four-point gap over eighth-placed Hibernian.

The home side started brightly and Andy Jackson's shot on the turn was turned away by Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson.

Murray Davidson then flashed a deflected shot wide of Esson's goal after the ball broke invitingly for the midfielder.

Maybury was inches away from opening the scoring for the hosts when he ran on to Steven May's lay-off and smaked a low shot against the post, the ball then spinning across the face of goal to safety.

Inverness players celebrating after Aaron Doran scores against St Johnstone
The Inverness players celebrate Doran's superb strike

Inverness were coming under more and more pressure and Foran whacked clear off the line after Jackson had head-flicked the ball towards goal from Graham Gartland's towering header at the back post.

But, despite being pressed back for much of the match, it was the Highlanders who took the lead on 36 minutes.

Shane Sutherland's initial corner delivery was cleared but when he received the ball again he whipped a superb cross into the danger area and Innes rose to power a header past Graeme Smith.

Saints responded with Chris Millar curling a shot over from the right-hand side of the box.

The Perth side continued to pass up chances with Davidson playing a neat one-two with May and bursting straight through on goal only to place his shot wide, although the St Johnstone players claimed in vain Esson got a slight touch on the shot.

Liam Craig arrived late in the box to fire in a rising shot that Esson was well placed to claim after the break.

Doran claimed Inverness's second when he stole the ball off the toe of Maybury, cut inside and curled an excellent shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.

St Johnstone went back on the attack and Jackson missed his kick at the crucial moment after being found by Danny Invincibile's centre.

Foran, who had been lively throughout, put the seal on Inverness's win with a well taken goal.

Rooney and Shane Sutherland combined to release Foran into the penalty area and the forward cut across a clutch of defenders on the edge of the box before turning sharply to strike low into the net.

Jackson's frustration continued as his curling shot bounced wide of Esson's goal and, at the other end, Rooney blazed over from the edge of the box as the match wound down.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 0-3 Inverness CT FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Innes 36
    • Doran 57
    • Foran 70

    St Johnstone

    • 15 Smith
    • 02 MacKay
    • 03 Grainger
    • 17 Gartland yellow card
    • 19 Maybury
    • 07 Millar
    • 10 Craig (Moon 75)
    • 20 Davidson yellow card
    • 22 Invincibile (Reynolds 86)
    • 32 May (Robertson 46)
    • 23 Jackson

    Substitutes

    • 35 Clark,
    • 11 Taylor,
    • 14 Moon,
    • 24 Adams,
    • 08 Novikovas,
    • 26 Reynolds,
    • 28 Robertson

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 14 Munro
    • 15 Innes
    • 24 Gillet
    • 28 Hogg
    • 06 Cox
    • 19 Ross
    • 09 Foran (Odhiambo 90)
    • 10 Rooney (MacDonald 88)
    • 20 Sutherland
    • 26 Doran

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 08 Duncan,
    • 17 Morrison,
    • 25 MacDonald,
    • 07 Odhiambo
    Ref: MaddenAtt: 2,395
    ST JOHNSTONE
    INVERNESS CT

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 54%
    • Inverness CT 46%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 11
    • Inverness CT 7

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 8
    • Inverness CT 5

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 6
    • Inverness CT 5

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 11
    • Inverness CT 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+0:51 Aaron Doran challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick, Shane Sutherland gets a block in.
    • 90:00+0:04 Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.
    • 89:29 Substitution Richie Foran leaves the field to be replaced by Eric Odhiambo.
    • 87:05 Substitution Alex MacDonald is brought on as a substitute for Adam Rooney.
    • 86:39 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Daniel Grainger has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 85:28 Substitution Daniele Invincibile goes off and Stephen Reynolds comes on.
    • 85:16 Shot from just outside the area by Nick Ross goes over the bar.
    • 84:12 Aaron Doran fouled by Graham Gartland, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Doran takes the free kick.
    • 83:03 Andrew Jackson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 79:05 Daniele Invincibile fouled by Kenny Gillet, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniele Invincibile.
    • 78:58 The ball is delivered by Adam Rooney, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 76:36 Shot from 20 yards from Kevin Moon. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
    • 74:20 Substitution Kevin Moon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Craig.
    • 73:04 Aaron Doran fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Aaron Doran, clearance made by Graham Gartland.
    • 72:28 The ball is delivered by Aaron Doran.
    • 70:52 Header on goal by Daniele Invincibile from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 70:41 Grant Munro concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Jackson. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:47 Assist by Shane Sutherland.
    • 69:47 GOAL - Richie ForanSt Johnstone 0 - 3 Inverness CT Richie Foran fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Inverness CT.
    • 67:47 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 67:27 Foul by Chris Innes on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. David MacKay has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 64:16 Foul by Richie Foran on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:33 Daniel Grainger delivers the ball, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 61:55 The official flags Adam Rooney offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:23 Liam Craig produces a cross, Chris Innes makes a clearance.
    • 60:27 Kenny Gillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Jackson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
    • 58:15 Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 58:15 Booking Murray Davidson receives a caution.
    • 58:08 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cox.
    • 56:27 GOAL - Aaron DoranSt Johnstone 0 - 2 Inverness CT Aaron Doran scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Inverness CT.
    • 55:32 Jordan Robertson fouled by Aaron Doran, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
    • 55:05 Aaron Doran delivers the ball.
    • 53:29 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran, Jordan Robertson makes a clearance.
    • 53:17 Shot by Adam Rooney from 18 yards. Blocked by David MacKay.
    • 51:15 Shot from just outside the area by Chris Millar goes over the bar.
    • 50:37 The ball is sent over by Daniele Invincibile.
    • 49:47 Liam Craig has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
    • 49:24 Foul by Aaron Doran on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 48:25 Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 47:33 Effort on goal by Andrew Jackson from 20 yards. Ryan Esson makes a comfortable save.
    • 46:04 Liam Craig fouled by Shane Sutherland, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 45:48 David MacKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Doran.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jordan Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve May.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:16 Aaron Doran takes a outswinging corner.
    • 45:00+1:01 Shot by Lee Cox from 25 yards. Blocked by Graham Gartland.
    • 44:04 Daniele Invincibile concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Doran. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 43:01 Adam Rooney sends in a cross, blocked by Daniel Grainger.
    • 41:41 Unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by Grant Munro results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Kenny Gillet manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:10 Adam Rooney is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 40:29 Richie Foran fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Sutherland from right channel, Graeme Smith makes a comfortable save.
    • 39:54 Murray Davidson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 38:46 The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger, comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
    • 37:23 Effort on goal by Chris Millar from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 36:32 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Grant Munro.
    • Correction - 35:48 Assist by Nick Ross.
    • 35:48 Assist by Aaron Doran.
    • 35:48 GOAL - Chris InnesSt Johnstone 0 - 1 Inverness CT Chris Innes grabs a headed goal from close in. St Johnstone 0-1 Inverness CT.
    • Correction - 35:42 Centre by Nick Ross,
    • 35:42 Aaron Doran produces a cross,
    • Correction - 34:55 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nick Ross.
    • 34:55 Corner taken by Aaron Doran.
    • 32:17 The ball is sent over by Liam Craig, clearance made by Grant Munro.
    • 31:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Foran on Alan Maybury. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, clearance by Richie Foran.
    • 31:00 Aaron Doran is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 29:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Gartland on Richie Foran. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Aaron Doran, clearance made by Graham Gartland.
    • 29:02 Centre by Nick Ross.
    • 27:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Andrew Jackson takes a shot. Clearance made by Richie Foran.
    • 26:52 Effort from 18 yards by David MacKay. Blocked by Grant Munro.
    • 26:20 Daniele Invincibile fouled by Aaron Doran, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Grant Munro.
    • 25:35 A cross is delivered by Aaron Doran, Chris Innes takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
    • 25:35 Booking Graham Gartland is booked.
    • 25:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Graham Gartland.
    • 23:42 Corner taken by Shane Sutherland from the left by-line, Header from close in by Lee Cox misses to the right of the goal.
    • 22:28 Shane Sutherland delivers the ball, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 21:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Graham Gartland. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:42 Alan Maybury produces a drilled left-footed shot from just outside the box that hits the post.
    • 19:22 Foul by Nick Ross on Andrew Jackson, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick.
    • 17:01 Liam Craig sends in a cross, Murray Davidson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 15:18 The ball is delivered by Aaron Doran, Close range header by Richie Foran misses to the right of the goal.
    • 14:09 Effort on goal by Nick Ross from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 11:49 Adam Rooney challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:46 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Gillet. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
    • 9:10 Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Kenny Gillet results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Richie Foran.
    • 8:35 Foul by Andrew Jackson on Grant Munro, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve May by Kenny Gillet. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
    • 5:32 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger.
    • 5:13 Murray Davidson has an effort at goal. Chris Hogg gets a block in.
    • 3:20 Outswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, Chris Millar makes a clearance.
    • 2:37 Shot by Aaron Doran from 20 yards. Blocked by Murray Davidson.
    • 1:23 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Richie Foran.
    • 1:02 Andrew Jackson takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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