By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Inverness Caledonian Thistle remain at the summit of the Scottish Premiership as lacklustre Motherwell proved no match for their early season drive.
Richie Foran's diving header put Caley Thistle ahead in four minutes.
And Billy McKay drilled a shot into the corner of the Motherwell net to give the home team a deserved two-goal lead.
The Steelmen improved after the break, aided by Henri Anier's introduction to the game, but their hesitant efforts to recover petered out.
The defeat leaves Motherwell mid-table and for long spells of the match they looked a shadow of the side that earned praise last season.
Terry Butcher's men dominated the first half and could have been three or four goals to the good before Stuart McCall was able to get his message across to his players at the interval.
With the match in its infancy, Caley Thistle's captain Foran was unmarked at the back post when Graeme Shinnie floated in a free-kick and the Irishman was clinical with his finish.
Central defenders Shaun Hutchinson and Stephen McManus made goal-saving challenges to deny James Vincent and McKay respectively but they could not repel their eager hosts for too much longer.
Ten minutes before half-time Aaron Doran slipped the ball inside the full-back for David Raven to run on to on the overlap. He cut the ball back and McKay arrowed his shot clear of goalkeeper Lee Hollis for his third goal of the season.
Vincent went close to making it 3-0 when he took McKay's flick on the volley from the edge of the box.
After the break James McFadden sparked some life into Motherwell as his run and cross to the back post was met by Anier but Raven provided the crucial block.
Home goalkeeper Dean Brill was rarely tested but he lost track of an Iain Vigurs corner and should have been punished by conceding a goal, but Hutchinson's header sailed on to the roof of the net.
Doran and Foran had chances to inflict further damage on Motherwell in the final minutes but could not find the target.
Nonetheless, the victory means the Highlanders have maximum points following wins over St Mirren and Dundee United.
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Saturday, 17 August 2013
03 Shinnie yellow card
06 Meekings yellow card
10 Doran (Williams 90)
04 Vincent (Polworth 82)
07 McKay (Agdestein 84)
07 McFadden (Francis-Angol 66)
08 Lawson (Carswell 46)
11 Vigurs yellow card
16 McHugh (Anier 46)
Ref: BrinesAtt: 3,031
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:00 The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
90:00+2:36 Clearance by Richie Foran.
90:00+2:30 The ball is sent over by Steven Hammell.
90:00+1:41 Lee Hollis takes the free kick.
90:00+1:38 The referee blows for offside.
90:00+0:37 Clearance made by Dean Brill.
90:00+0:29 Corner taken by Keith Lasley from the left by-line.
89:21 Substitution (Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Danny Williams coming on for Aaron Doran.
86:56 Shot by Henri Anier cleared the crossbar.
85:18 Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.
85:05 John Sutton is caught offside.
83:50 Substitution Billy McKay goes off and Torbjorn Agdestein comes on.
82:26 Free kick taken by Dean Brill.
81:52 Substitution Liam Polworth replaces James Vincent.
81:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zaine Francis-Angol on Ross Draper.
80:24 Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.
79:52 Iain Vigurs receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
79:45 Unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie by Iain Vigurs results in a free kick.
79:02 Billy McKay takes a shot and goes over the bar.
78:45 Free kick taken by Dean Brill.
78:35 Unfair challenge on James Vincent by Iain Vigurs results in a free kick.
78:17 Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
78:12 Shaun Hutchinson fouled by Billy McKay, the ref awards a free kick.
76:56 Richie Foran takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
76:44 Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the left by-line.
76:20 Aaron Doran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Hollis parries the ball away.
72:58 The ball is swung over by Zaine Francis-Angol.
72:50 Clearance by Josh Meekings.
72:44 Simon Ramsden crosses the ball.
72:25 Josh Meekings manages to make a clearance.
72:22 Simon Ramsden delivers the ball.
70:34 The ball is crossed by Simon Ramsden.
69:54 Aaron Doran takes a shot and goes over the bar.
69:47 Graeme Shinnie sends in a cross.
69:17 Chance falls to Shaun Hutchinson who heads at goal.
69:10 The ball is sent over by Steven Hammell.
69:00 Richie Foran makes a clearance.
68:52 Corner taken by Keith Lasley.
65:22 Substitution Zaine Francis-Angol joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McFadden.
63:23 Header at goal by Billy McKay goes over the frame of the goal.
63:19 The ball is delivered by David Raven.
62:47 Aaron Doran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Hollis safely holds on.
60:22 Gary Warren makes a clearance.
60:17 Simon Ramsden crosses the ball.
60:05 Iain Vigurs has an effort at goal.
58:44 Shot by John Sutton went wide of the right-hand post.
57:08 Nick Ross sends in a cross.
56:34 Header at goal by Shaun Hutchinson goes over the bar.
56:03 Corner from the right by-line taken by Iain Vigurs.
55:46 A cross is delivered by Steven Hammell.
54:00 Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.
53:51 Josh Meekings is booked.
53:28 Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Josh Meekings results in a free kick.
51:48 Iain Vigurs takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
51:42 Corner taken by Keith Lasley.
51:14 Henri Anier takes a shot.
50:15 Header by Richie Foran goes over the bar.
49:57 Aaron Doran restarts play with the free kick.
49:46 Ross Draper fouled by Steven Hammell, the ref awards a free kick.
47:21 Free kick taken by Dean Brill.
46:55 Henri Anier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Raven.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Stuart Carswell comes on in place of Paul Lawson.
45:01 Substitution Robert McHugh leaves the field to be replaced by Henri Anier.
45:00+0:06 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
44:58 Free kick taken by Iain Vigurs.
44:52 Unfair challenge on Robert McHugh by Richie Foran results in a free kick.
43:24 Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.
43:13 Iain Vigurs restarts play with the free kick.
42:59 The referee shows Graeme Shinnie a yellow card.
42:53 Graeme Shinnie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McFadden.
41:48 Shot by James Vincent went harmlessly over the bar.
41:14 Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.
41:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Gary Warren.
39:50 Headed chance falls to John Sutton. Dean Brill safely holds on.
39:44 A cross is delivered by James McFadden.
37:44 Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
37:21 Free kick taken by Iain Vigurs.
37:00 Unfair challenge on John Sutton by Josh Meekings results in a free kick.
35:10 The assist for the goal came from David Raven.
35:10 GOAL - Billy McKay:Inverness CT 2 - 0 Motherwell Billy McKay slots the ball right footed into the goal. Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell.
Correction - 35:10 Assist on the goal came from David Raven.
Correction - 35:10 GOAL - Billy McKay:Inverness CT 2 - 0 Motherwell Billy McKay slots the ball right footed into the goal. Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell.
33:02 Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
32:55 Gary Warren challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
30:38 Shot by Robert McHugh went over the crossbar.
28:57 Clearance by Richie Foran.
28:52 Free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.
28:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McFadden by Ross Draper.
28:05 Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.
27:55 James McFadden fouled by Graeme Shinnie, the ref awards a free kick.
27:15 Shot by James McFadden went wide of the right-hand upright.
26:59 Lee Hollis takes the free kick.
26:44 The offside flag is raised against Billy McKay.
22:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Draper on Stephen McManus.
15:55 Josh Meekings makes a clearance.
15:47 Corner taken by Iain Vigurs.
14:51 Shot by David Raven went wide of the right-hand post.
14:19 Clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
14:14 Richie Foran sends in a cross.
11:41 David Raven crosses the ball in from the free kick.
11:36 Aaron Doran fouled by Iain Vigurs, the ref awards a free kick.
11:15 Keith Lasley takes a shot and cleared the net.
10:52 Corner from the taken by Iain Vigurs.
10:19 Keith Lasley takes a shot. Dean Brill parries the effort to safety.
9:37 Aaron Doran has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
8:12 Lee Hollis takes the free kick.
8:06 The referee blows for offside against James Vincent.
7:21 Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.
7:13 James McFadden challenges Graeme Shinnie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
4:39 Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line.
4:10 James Vincent has an effort at goal.
Correction - 3:08 Assist on the goal came from Graeme Shinnie.
Correction - 3:08 GOAL - Richie Foran:Inverness CT 1 - 0 Motherwell Richie Foran heads the ball into the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell.
3:08 The assist for the goal came from Graeme Shinnie.
3:08 GOAL - Richie Foran:Inverness CT 1 - 0 Motherwell Richie Foran scores a headed goal. Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell.
2:50 Graeme Shinnie takes the free kick.
2:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Keith Lasley.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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