Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Inverness CT

Sat, 19th Dec 2009 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 0 Inverness CT 0

Saturday, 19th Dec 2009

IRN BRU First Division: Greg Paterson in goals for Pars for his first league start. No o

Greg Paterson started his first ever league game for Dunfermline after on loan Chris Smith fractured his foot.  Otherwise Dunfermline fielded an unchanged outfield ten. Eric Odhiambo dropped out of the Inverness team to make way for Richie Foran to return from suspension.

The match survived winter`s wrath to kick off as planned at 3.00pm but not before snow 90 minutes before kick off had covered the green pitch and lines had to be brushed before Referee John McKendrick passed it playable.  The undersoil heating had done its job but the surface was fairly wet as Dunfermline kicked off attacking the goal in front of the CCW East Stand.

Paterson got an early touch in 75 seconds when Alex Burke sent back an intercepted pass from Foran.  He showed total calm dragging the ball to his right to evade the inrushing opponent and boot the ball up the park.

The home side showed well in the opening minutes, denying Inverness much of the ball and Andy Kirk got in the first shot of the game in six minutes after David Graham had picked him out on the top of the D.  Ryan Esson dealt with that easily but next minute he rashly went rushing away out to the right touchline and was lucky to win the ball in a spill with Steven McDougall.

Ryan Esson rushes out at Dunfermline

At the other end Adam Rooney had Inverness`s first attempt when Foran nodded down a crossed ball from the right.  Fortunately his shot was well wide of the right post. Next minute Neil McGregor slid in to halt Rooney`s run in on goal and then Dunfermline forced the first corner of the afternoon when Greg Ross sent Steven Bell deep right but the defence put the ball behind.  Graham had no luck with his connection on Gibson`s delivery, the ball ending up in the stand.

In 16 minutes Paterson miskicked and Bell was forced to trip Foran as he threatened to advance on goal.  Fortunately the Pars defence got Jonathan Hayes free kick away but Inverness began to win more balls and for a few minutes demonstrated that they could pass the ball. It was 21st minute before Graham took Dunfermline forward releasing a pass to McDougall who tried a low angled drive on target but nothing that was going to beat Esson.

As the players slid about it became increasingly likely that a mistake somewhere was going to cost a goal. In 27 minutes a wayward header from Andy Dowie went straight to Rooney but McGregor made a telling tackle to stop the shot. The visitors kept coming though and four minutes later Hayes put Rooney through.  This time he did get in a shot but it was outside Paterson`s right hand post.

Willie Gibson v Inverness Caley Thistle

In 33 minutes Paterson made his first save in earnest.  Again Hayes fed Rooney and the striker`s low shot was well held by the Pars keeper dropping to his right.  Esson was kept involved when Gibson accepted a Graham pass and then fired on target requiring the former Dons keeper to parry away the effort.

Six minutes from the break Kirk was on the end of a Graham pass but his shot went wide left.  Dunfermline finished the half promisingly, Gibson`s corner from the left being headed away by Foran, then another from the other side being headed over the crossbar by Andy Dowie.

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Inverness Caley Thistle 0

Steven Bell v Inverness CT

The pitch was nearly clear of snow when the second half kicked off and it seemed to suit Dunfermline the better.  Paterson had to hold a Rooney shot but that apart it was the Pars who did most of the attacking. Kirk forced Esson to tip his shot around the right post in 50 minutes after Austin McCann`s cross was nudged on to him by McDougall.

McDougall forced play down the left and was unlucky to see a good cross headed clear.  Bell then found himself in possession on the edge of the Caley box but he played the ball back for Graham and then out to Gibson.  It was Ross who eventually put the ball over but Esson made easy meat of it.

On the hour David Graham switched to striker as Joe Cardle came on for Steven McDougall. The fans were immediately roused and into song for the first time in the match. Graham was left to feed Cardle for a dangerous ball into the box that was headed clear but right away a cheeky Cardle backheeler let in Graham for a shot that Esson saved low at his right hand post.

In 69 minutes Willie Gibson tried a shot from 30 yards that almost dipped in below the bar for what would have been his fifth goal in his last five games.  Nick Phinn replaced Steven Bell with 15 minutes to go but it was Caley who created the chances and Paterson was bravely out to dive at the feet of Sanchez to deny a shot.  From the corner Paterson fisted a clearance and his defence was kept busy as the match entered its final ten minutes.

Paterson was the busier keeper holding a well struck shot from Foran in 87 minutes and then grabbing a Dowie header back as Rooney raced in between them.  So it finished 0-0 and Dunfermline have yet to win over Inverness at East End Park this century. 

DUNFERMLINE: Greg Paterson; Greg Ross, Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson (Calum Woods 89), Steven Bell (Nick Phinn 75), Alex Burke (c), David Graham; Steven McDougall (Joe Cardle 60), Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Graeme Holmes, Greg Fleming (GK).

INVERNESS CT: Ryan Esson, Grant Munro, Nauris Bulvitis, Lionel Djebi-Zadi, Stuart Duff, David Proctor, Lee Cox, Jonathan Hayes (Dougie Imrie 66), Adam Rooney, Richie Foran, Dani Sanchez,(Eric Odhiambo 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Russell Duncan, Dan Stratford, Kyle Allison (GK)

REFEREE: John McKendrick
WEATHER: 2°C pre match snow
ATTENDANCE 2280

NEXT MATCH: (away) First Division v Airdrie United
Saturday 26th December 2009, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Inverness CT

Wednesday, 16th Dec 2009

In the last dozen meetings between the teams Dunfermline have won only once, with four drawn and seven lost.

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Having kicked off their First Division campaign successfully at East End Park in August, Inverness Caley Thistle return this Saturday. Like other sides relegated from the SPL the Butcher Boys have not found it easy in their new environs. They have won only seven of their first seventeen fixtures, Dunfermline have also won just seven and only one point separates the teams who lie mid table, ten and eleven points respectively behind leaders Dundee.

League Record v Inverness CT (Home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

9

2

4

3

8

6

Dunfermline v ICT 080809

It is nine games back now since Dunfermline last defeated Inverness Caley at East End Park that was ten years ago in December 1999.  Those Caley successes include a CIS Insurance Cup tie played there on 9th October 2001.  That night Jimmy Calderwood`s Pars side went out on penalties despite a 63rd minute Steven Hampshire equaliser getting the Pars back on track at 1-1. 

Milestones Inverness CT (Home)

Last League Victory

18/12/99

1-0

Sc Div 1

Last League Defeat

08/08/09

0-1

Sc Div 1

Best League Victory

07/08/99

4-0

Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeat

13/08/05
06/05/06  
08/08/09

0-1
0-1
0-1

SPL
SPL
Sc Div 1

*Pre league reconstruction


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In the last dozen meetings between the teams Dunfermline have won only once, with four drawn and seven lost.

Last 12 League Matches v Inverness CT

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

17/10/09 A 1-1 [0-1] Proctor, [1-1] Kirk
08/08/09 H 0-1 [0-1] Cox
  12/05/07 A 1-2 [1-0] McIntyre, [1-1] Hastings, [1-2] McAllister
  17/03/07 A 3-1 [0-1] Paatelainen, [1-1] Glass, [2-1] McIntyre, [3-1] Glass
  23/12/06 H 0-0 [0-0]

30/09/06

A 0-1 [0-1] Tokely
06/05/06 H 0-1 [0-1] Morgan
  08/02/06 H 2-2 [1-0] Hunt, [2-0] Burchill, [2-1] Dargo (p), [2-2] Wyness
05/11/06 A 1-2 [0-1] Black, [0-2] Proctor, [1-2] Makel
13/08/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Fox
23/04/05 H 0-0 [0-0]
29/01/05 A 0-2 [0-1] Wilson, [0-2] Brewster

Andy Kirk sends the ball into the net

Both sides will want three points from this game but as we all know points are not easy to come by in this very competitive division.

Dunfermline  Inverness Caley Th
Current League Position
6 5
League Points
25 26
Goal Difference
+2 +8
Last Six League Form
DWWWLD WLWLLD
Home/Away Record
P9, W4, D2, L3 P9, W4, D3, L2

Having started their season unbeaten in their first six away games in the league, Inverness have now failed to win in their last three league games. Dunfermline have taken eight points from their last four home games.

   Form last six home / away
  Dunfermline (home)     Inverness Caley Th (away)
  Ross County D 3-3   Queen of the South D 1-1
  Partick Thistle W 3-1   Partick Thistle L 1-2
  Dundee D 1-1   Ross County L 1-2
  Ayr United W 3-1   Ayr United W 5-1
  Queen of the South L 1-4     Raith Rovers W 1-0
  Raith Rovers L 0-2     Airdrie United D 1-1

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (Last time out v Ross County): Chris Smith; Greg Ross (Calum Woods 74), Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson, Steven Bell, Alex Burke (c) (Nick Phinn 65), David Graham; Steven McDougall (Graeme Holmes 81), Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Cardle, Greg Paterson (GK).

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (Last time out v Raith Rovers): Ryan Esson, Grant Munro, Nauris Bulvitis, Lionel Djebi-Zadi, Jamie Duff, David Proctor, Lee Cox, Jonathan Hayes (Dan Stratford 89), Adam Rooney, Dani Sanchez (Robert Eagle 80), Eric Odhiambo (Dougie Imrie 69).
SUBS NOT USED:  Kyle Allison (GK), Roy McBain.

Referee will be John McKendrick.

Come on ye Pars!

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