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.