Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Inverness Caley Thistle

Saturday, 4th May 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 4th May, 3.00pm kick off at Inverness Caledonian Stadium, IV1 1FF

A few weeks ago there was hope that this match might have turned out to be a play off place show down since at that time it looked looked Dunfermline and Inverness would be vying for fourth place in the Championship table. I

Regrettably that is not going to happen but the Pars sorely want to end the season on a high with their first league win in Inverness since March 2007. Dunfermline have won two and drawn one of their matches against ICT this season. The victories coming in the Irn Bru Cup when a young Pars side knocked out the holders and at East End Park in February thanks to a Joe Thomson goal early in the second half.

Milestones Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Away)
Last League Victory: 17/03/07: 3-1 SPL
Last League Defeat: 28/10/17: 0-1 Championship
Best League Victory: 22/04/00 2-1 Sc Div 1
Worst League Defeats: 15/08/04 & 29/01/05 0-2 SPL
Last Goalless Draw: 03/05/12: 0-0 Premier League
First visit: 23/10/99: 1-1 Sc Div 1

The last dozen league matches have seen three Dunfermline wins, six draws and three Caley Thistle wins.

Last 12 League matches v Inverness Caley Thistle
16/02/19: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Thomson
30/10/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Keena, [1-1] Calder, [2-1] Keena, [2-2] White
01/09/18: (H) 0-3 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] Polworth, [0-3] Oakley
21/04/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Ryan, [1-1] Chalmers, [1-2] Austin, [2-2] Clark.
13/03/18: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Craigen
28/10/17: (A) 0-1 [0-1] Bell
12/08/17: (H) 5-1 [1-0] Smith, [2-0] Ashcroft, [2-1] Vigurs, [3-1] Cardle, [4-1] Hopkirk, [5-1] Cardle.
18/02/12: (H) 1-1 [1-0] Cardle, [1-1] Ross.
22/10/11: (A) 1-1 [0-1] Tade, [1-1] Buchanan (pen.)
06/08/11: (H) 3-3 [1-0] Kirk, [1-1] Tansey, [2-1] Kirk. [2-2] Hayes, [2-3] Tansey, [3-3] Hardie.
17/04/10: (A) 0-2 [1-0] Rooney, [2-0] Foran.
19/12/09: (H) 0-0

Last time at the Caledonian Stadium

Ladbrokes Championship, Tuesday 30th October 2018
Inverness 2 Dunfermline 2

In tenth minute Hippolyte accepted a misplaced pass from Welsh on half way and burst down the right. His pass to the left was accepted by Aidan KEENA who showed great composure to net low to the keeper’s left. Great celebration 0-1

The lead lasted only ten minutes until Inverness hit back however until Riccardo CALDER ran on to a long diagonal from Shaun Rooney to net all too easily from the left side of the Pars box. 1-1

Dunfermline regained the lead in 29 minutes when a pass inside from Aidan Connolly led to an opportunists strike out of the blue from KEENA, from some 35 yards out his effort sailed into the top right of the Caley net. 1-2

The teams were back on level terms five minutes later when Tom Walsh was able to get a low cross in from the right and it was met by WHITE who turned the ball in from six yards out. 2-2

INVERNESS CT: Mark Ridgers: Shaun Rooney, Brad McKay, Coll Donaldson, Riccardo Calder: Liam Polworth (Aaron Doran Cogan 74), Charlie Trafford (Nathan Austin 70, Tom Walsh (Joe Chalmers 70), Sean Welsh (c), Jordan White, Daniel Mackay.
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie McCart, Roddy McGregor, George Oakley, Daniel Hoban (GK).
SCORERS: Calder (20), White (34)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Aidan Connolly, Malaury Martin, Joe Thomson, Myles Hippolyte: Andy Ryan (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 70), Aidan Keena (Robbie Muirhead 81).
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Lewis Martin, Kallum Higginbotham, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Keena (10, 29)

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have taken one point from their last six league games, Inverness seven.

Morton (H) L 0-1
Queen of the South (A) L 1-2
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Ross County (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) D 2-2
Ayr United (H) L 0-1

Alloa Athletic (H) W 2-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-2
Morton (A) D 2-2
Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Ross County (H) L 1-2
Falkirk (H) D 0-0

Recent Form

Since Dunfermline’s run of five winning games, they have lost six of their next seven games by 1-0. The draw was at Firhill where they went two up against Partick Thistle, only for the battling Jags to claw it back to a draw.

Inverness have lost more home league games than they have won, only winning against Partick, Ayr, Morton and Alloa. Since that last win against Jim Goodwin’s team on 26 March have drawn one and lost two. They have however won two and drawn one away from home.

League Position: 6th
League Points: 41
Goal Difference: -6
Away League Record: P17 W6 D5 L6 GF20 GA21
Last Six League Match Form: LDLLLL

League Position: 4th
League Points: 53
Goal Difference: +7
Home League Record: P17 W4 D8 L5 GF21 GA23
Last Six League Match Form: DLWDLW

Last Time Out

Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Mark Durnan, Danny Devine (Kallum Higginbotham 85), Lee Ashcroft (c), Jackson Longridge: Myles Hippolyte, James Vincent, Louis Longridge (Lewis Martin 75), Ryan Blair: Bruce Anderson (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Stuart Morrison, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)

Cameron Mackay: Shaun Rooney, Coll Donaldson, Jamie McCart, Carl Tremarco: Joe Chalmers, Liam Polworth (Nathan Austin 46), Aaron Doran Cogan (c) (Tom Walsh 72), Anthony McDonald (Darren McCauley 46), Charlie Trafford, Jordan White.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin McHattie, Roddy Macgregor, Cameron Harper, Owain Fon Williams (GK).

Referee will be

Admission prices

Dunfermline fans will be accommodated in the South Stand at the Caledonian Stadium and prices are as follows:-
Adults (aged 26-64) £20
Adults (aged 16-25 and over 65s) £15
Under 16s: £6

Other Championship Fixtures

Ayr United v Alloa Athletic
Falkirk v Ross County
Morton v Dundee United
Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

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