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Points shared in Saints' trip to the Highlands

Inverness CT 1

Horner 44

St Mirren 1

Morgan 51
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2015
  • Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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Inverness and St. Mirren played out a draw in the development league on Tuesday evening. Both teams faced the driving wind and rain in a game that lacked any real cutting edge.
 
Inverness played 3 first team regulars which saw new signing Tarmo Kink, James Vincent and goalkeeper Dean Brill return from his knee injury. Totttenham loanee Emmanuel Sonoupe featured for the saints.
 
Inverness got the game off to a good start retaining possession and looking for the opening. The first real chance fell to the hosts. Alisdair Stark played a ball into Andrew Macrae whose neat flick found James Vincent but his shot flew over the bar.
 
St Mirren hit Inverness on the counter attack and neat passing between Thomas Reilly and Lewis Mclear carved the Inverness back line open but Mclears low drive was well saved by Brill.
 
Inverness were really starting to dominate the game with Tarmo Kink causing all sorts of problems to the Saints back line. His looping cross found Macrae at the back post but his shot just went wide of the mark causing Dan Wilks no problems. 
 
St Mirren were holding on but came close to getting the opener when Reilly's corner found captain Jack Baird but his strong header went wide of the target. 
 
Inverness arguably grabbed their deserved lead just before the break. From a corner Ryan Baptie's dangerous cross evaded everyone but found Lewis Horner at the back post who stabbed the ball past Wilks after he had saved the original effort. Russell Latapy (standing in for the missing Duncan Shearer) was delighted that the young Caley side grabbed their goal at such a pivotal time of the game.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 1-0
  • St Mirren
Unlike the first period it was St Mirren who were looking more likely to take control of the game.
 
And their perseverance showed, good pressing by the Saints forwards saw the ball fall to Lewis Morgan's feet. The young winger let fly a powerful right footed showed from 8 yards away and the ball went under Brill and into the back of the net to see the sides level at one each. 
 
St Mirren so nearly took the lead minutes later. Brill cleared the ball but Morgan intercepted it and let fly from around 35 yards. His audacious shot had Brill beaten but Inverness were saved by the crossbar as the ball cannoned back of it and rolled away to safety. 
 
Kink was still pulling the strings for Inverness creating space and openings all over the park. His clever through ball found Baptie whose shot was palmed away fell to Vincent who shot well wide of the Saints goal.
 
Kink then had an opportunity of his own after neat link up play Polworth and Ali Sutherland saw the ball fall to Kink but his shot again sailed wide of the goal.
 
Inverness nearly grabbed all 3 points at the death after a goal mouth scramble saw the ball pin balled around the box. The ball eventually flew out the box and Polworth hit a first time volley but his shot just drifted over and Wilks would have been relived to see that clear the bar.
 
In the end the draw was definitely a fair result as both chances created very little shots on target.
  • Full Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 1-1
  • St Mirren

Lineups

Inverness CT
St Mirren
1. Dean Brill
2. Ali Stark
3. Ryan Baptie
4. Lewis Horner
5. Jason Brown
6. James Vincent
7. Andrew Macrae
8. Chris Blackett
9. Tarmo Kink
10. Liam Polworth
11. Ali Sutherland
12. Daniel Hoban (GK)
14. Calum Howarth
15. Kane Hull
16. Stephen Rennie
17. Jamie Macleod
1. Dan Wilks
2. Barry Cuddihy
3. Jordan Stewart
4. Thomas Reilly
5. Mark Williams
6. Jack Baird
7. Emmanuel Sonoupe
8. Adam Brown
9. Kieran Sadlier
10. Lewis Mclear
11. Lewis Morgan
12. Dan Macdonald
14. Mark Morrison
15. Robbie Mitchell
20. Mark Fodden (GK)
Star Player
Inverness CT
St Mirren
Tarmo Kink. The new signing caused all sorts of problems with his pace and his dazzling skill was easy on the eye and first team manager John Hughes would have been impressed.
Thomas Reilly pulled the strings in the middle of the park for the saints. He went forward to support the attack but also tracked back to cut any danger caused by the hosts.
Magic Moment
Inverness CT
St Mirren
Tarmo Kinks several "no look" passes which was very nice to watch.
The sheer perseverance from the saints front 4 to grab that important equaliser so early in the second half.
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