Inverness Caley Thistle warmed up for Sunday's League Cup final with a tame goalless draw at home to Hibernian.

Dean Brill made an excellent early save to keep out a shot from visiting defender Ryan McGivern.

Inverness forward Aaron Doran went close with a strike soon after and the same player was denied by a good Ben Williams save in the second half.

In a game of few thrills the home side will be pleased with a clean sheet following back-to-back 5-0 losses.

The point earned also nudged the Highlanders into fourth spot in the Premiership.

Hibs boss Terry Butcher, making a first return to his former club, can also take heart from not conceding after shipping six goals in his last two outings but the Edinburgh club have now dropped four points behind sixth-placed St Johnstone, who won at Tannadice.

With a Scottish Cup quarter final hammering from Dundee United still fresh and thoughts also turning to the pending cup final against Aberdeen, five changes were made by the home side.

Manager John Hughes brought in Nick Ross, Danny Devine, Carl Tremarco, Danny Williams and Liam Polworth. That helped plug the gaps left by the suspension of Greg Tansey and Marley Watkins, who were both red carded at the weekend, and also gave several other first team regulars a rest.

The game sparked into life in the seventh minute when McGivern picked up the ball in the Caley Thistle box and blasted a powerful shot at goal which was only deflected thanks to a fine fingertip save from Brill.

Then the action immediately switched to the other end where Doran weaved toward the Hibs box before sending a dangerous shot across the goal mouth. Billy Mckay slid in but narrowly failed to make contact and the ball passed just wide of the post.

After that flurry of excitement the game settled into a stalemate. The Caley Thistle defence was coping well with long balls from Hibs, while Inverness were struggling to put fluent passing together in their attacking moves.

There were flashes of skill from Caley Thistle's Doran and Hibernian's on loan winger Duncan Watmore but the end product was not forthcoming in the final third.

Hibs started the second half brightly but it was Inverness who had the first decent chance. Again it was Doran who sent a perfectly weighted cross into McKay but after a great first touch his shot went well wide.

There was a moment of real concern shortly afterwards for Inverness when captain Richie Foran caught Sam Stanton in a heavy late challenge.

Referee Stephen Finnie reached into his pocket and there were sighs of relief from the Caley Thistle supporters when it was a yellow card instead of a red, which would have left the inspirational midfielder suspended for the league cup final on Sunday.

There was another late chance for Doran after he was set up nicely with a pass from Nick Ross but his shot was well saved by Ben Williams.

With the uninspiring game drawing to a close, Hughes brought on youngsters Ryan Christie and Adam Evans who both put in solid performances in the final 12 minutes.

And a point a piece was probably a fair result in a game that will not linger long in the memory.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 06 Meekings
  • 18 Tremarco Booked
  • 09 Foran Booked
  • 14 Devine
  • 05 Warren
  • 11 Ross (Christie - 78' )
  • 20 Polworth
  • 07 McKay
  • 19 Williams
  • 10 Doran (Evans - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 04 Vincent
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 21 Pepper
  • 36 Christie
  • 40 Evans

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster Booked
  • 03 McGivern Booked
  • 20 Taiwo (Heffernan - 92' )
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 11 Cairney
  • 26 Stanton
  • 14 Collins
  • 33 Haynes (Craig - 76' )
  • 22 Watmore (Stevenson - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Craig
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 35 Cummings
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 2,537

Match Stats

Shots

4 7

On target

1 3

Corners

3 8

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +1:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Heffernan replaces Tom Taiwo.

90:00 +0:22

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

90:00 +0:22

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 Booking

Booking Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

89:20

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

89:20

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:58

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

84:29

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:29

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

83:38

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary Warren.

82:51

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

82:51

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:03

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

82:03

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:21

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

81:21

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:34

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Liam Craig.

80:01

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

80:01

Adam Evans (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Nick Ross.

77:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Adam Evans replaces Aaron Doran.

75:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Danny Haynes.

70:29

Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Lewis Stevenson replaces Duncan Watmore.

69:12

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

69:12

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:47

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Devine.

63:40 Booking

Booking Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

63:35

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

63:35

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:43 Booking

Booking Richie Foran (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

60:25

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:25

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

57:42

Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:42

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

56:45

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

55:36

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

53:19

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

53:19

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:12

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:12

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

50:34

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

49:50

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Liam Polworth.

49:34

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

45:00

Second Half begins Inverness CT 0, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hibernian 0.

44:48

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

43:01

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:01

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

41:10

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

41:10

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:14

Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:14

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

39:25

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Devine.

36:45

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

36:45

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:50

Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:50

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

32:35

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

32:35

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:05

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

31:05

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:53

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Williams.

30:03

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Devine.

29:02

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

28:20 Booking

Booking Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

28:17

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:17

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

26:31

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

26:31

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:57

Delay in match Danny Haynes (Hibernian) because of an injury.

24:28

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:07

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

24:07

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:17

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

19:00

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:00

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

17:21

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12:44

Attempt saved. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:17

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

12:17

Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:24

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:24

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

8:16

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

7:47

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Dean Brill.

7:34

Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

7:00

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:57

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

3:05

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:05

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

1:25

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

1:25

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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