Greg Tansey and Aaron Doran powered home impressive strikes as Inverness CT strolled to victory at a wet and windy Fir Park.

The visitors, who are yet to concede a goal this season, dominated a limp Motherwell, who failed to test keeper Dean Brill even once.

Tansey smashed in a lovely, low shot at the end of the first half.

And substitute Doran added an equally stylish effort in the closing moments of a thoroughly one-sided match.

Unbeaten Caley Thistle move to the top of the Premiership at this early stage, while Motherwell, last season's runners-up, were hopelessly out of sorts, lacking any kind of craft or conviction.

Inverness demonstrated far greater poise and pace, zipping the ball around on the wet surface with Danny Williams, Marley Watkins and Ryan Christie full of inventive running behind lone striker Billy McKay.

Ross Draper headed wide from a corner, while Tansey drew a good save from Dan Twardzik with a fierce shot and, soon after, McKay bundled the ball narrowly wide from close range.

Twardzik got two strong hands behind a thumping drive from Watkins and the midfielder cleverly knocked the rebound into the path of Christie, who looked certain to score before David Ferguson arrived with a wonderful sliding block.

Motherwell striker John Sutton was completely isolated during the first 45 minutes, with the only chance for the home side coming early on when Brill took a clumsy touch outside his area, allowing Lionel Ainsworth to float in a first-time effort that was dipping under the crossbar until Gary Warren got back to head clear.

ICT's Greg Tansey fires in the opener to put his side ahead.

Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey fires in the opener at Fir Park

With half time approaching, the visitors got the goal their enterprise deserved as another slick passing sequence culminated in Tansey arrowing a sweet strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Henrik Ojamaa, back for a second spell at Fir Park, was given a warm reception by the frustrated home fans as the on-loan Estonian was introduced at the start of the second half.

But play continued to flow towards Twardzik as Graeme Shinnie ran on to a back-heel from Williams to drill an angled shot just off target.

Sutton was given a glimpse of goal when a shanked pass from Christie fell his way, but the Motherwell striker lacked the pace to get away from Josh Meekings.

Inverness were no longer having it all their own way but continued to be more comfortable in possession and it needed the fingertips of Twardzik to prevent Watkins meeting a McKay cross at the back post.

Doran could not escape Fraser Kerr after a surge from halfway, while Warren and Tansey skewed efforts off target from promising positions.

However, they were not to be denied a second goal, as the home defence simply stood and watched when Doran took aim from the left edge of the penalty area and found the far corner of the net.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Motherwell

  • 12 Twardzik
  • 02 Reid Booked
  • 30 Ferguson
  • 04 Carswell
  • 20 Kerr
  • 06 McManus
  • 07 Ainsworth (Ojamaa - 45' )
  • 14 Lasley (Leitch - 86' )
  • 19 Erwin
  • 09 Sutton (Vigurs - 73' Booked )
  • 18 Law

Substitutes

  • 08 Lawson
  • 11 Vigurs
  • 13 Nielsen
  • 16 McHugh
  • 21 Leitch
  • 24 Ojamaa
  • 29 Cadden

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 16 Tansey
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 15 Watkins
  • 08 Draper
  • 07 McKay (Ross - 81' )
  • 19 Williams (Doran - 74' )
  • 22 Christie (Polworth - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 10 Doran
  • 11 Ross
  • 17 Horner
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 20 Polworth
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 3,732

Match Stats

Shots

5 17

On target

0 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 2.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 2.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

90:00 +1:43

Josh Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:11

Attempt missed. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

88:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 2. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

87:35

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:35

Foul by Fraser Kerr (Motherwell).

86:50 Booking

Booking Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

86:42

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:42

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell).

85:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Jack Leitch replaces Keith Lasley.

84:34

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:34

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

83:06

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:09

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:09

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

81:48

Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

80:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Billy McKay.

80:28

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by David Ferguson.

76:38

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

76:38

Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Danny Williams.

73:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Polworth replaces Ryan Christie.

72:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Iain Vigurs replaces John Sutton.

70:23

Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:38

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

69:38

Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:09

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

68:09

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:28

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

59:38

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

59:38

Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:39

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

57:39

Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:54

Attempt blocked. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:25

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

50:35

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:32

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

49:24

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

49:01

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

49:01

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

47:33

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:33

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

46:40

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

46:40

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

46:17

Attempt blocked. John Sutton (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:33

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

45:33

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Henrik Ojamaa replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 1.

44:42

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:42

Foul by David Ferguson (Motherwell).

44:17

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Danny Williams.

43:54

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

41:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 0, Inverness CT 1. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

39:08

Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:23

Attempt blocked. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:46

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Reid.

37:00 Booking

Booking Craig Reid (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

37:00

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:57

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

35:59

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by David Raven.

34:42

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

34:42

(Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:31

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

32:31

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:03

Attempt blocked. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:31

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

31:31

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

29:04

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

29:04

Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:36

Attempt blocked. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

26:11

Attempt saved. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

22:29

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

21:57

Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:23

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

17:40

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

17:40

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

15:26

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:08

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

14:08

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

12:55

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

12:30

Attempt blocked. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:57

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

11:20

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:45

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

10:00

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

10:00

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

8:12

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

8:12

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

6:15

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

5:51

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lionel Ainsworth.

5:07

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lionel Ainsworth.

3:04

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:04

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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