Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell

Iain Vigurs' late strike at Inverness moved Motherwell into second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Henri Anier latched on to Fraser Kerr's long ball to stab in off the post beyond the deputising Ryan Esson and give the visitors a half-time lead.

Ryan Christie drove in his first goal for Inverness after Greg Tansey had rattled the post as the hosts hit back.

But the home side's comeback was short lived as Vigurs struck against his old club in the final ten minutes.

The winning goal came against the run of play with John Hughes's side pinning the visitors back for much of the second-half without creating too much.

It was a 19th league win for Motherwell and improves on their record against top-six clubs just in time as they take over pole position in the battle for Europa League spots, although Aberdeen can leapfrog them with a win at Hearts on Wednesday.

Esson made his first appearance of the season, with Danny Devine and Carl Tremarco also given starts for Inverness.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper was called into action early, punching away Vigurs in-swinging free-kick.

Esson was again busy when Craig Reid struck from 30 yards but both sides looked comfortable as half-time approached until Anier broke the deadlock.

Kerr's long ball through the middle split open the defence, allowing the Estonian striker to run through before finishing low inside the post.

Inverness were booed off by a frustrated home support at the break, but they responded in the second-half.

Tansey was thwarted by Stephen McManus' block, before unleashing a thunderous long shot moments later which cracked off the post.

Substitute Ryan Christie grabbed a deserved equaliser with a sweetly struck strike finding the corner of the net from 25-yards despite being knocked off balance.

The home side looked the most likely to find a winner, but when they were caught out by a quick counter-attach Vigurs and Craig Moore exchanged passes before the former Inverness man finished beyond Esson to seal maximum points for Stuart McCall's side.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 2RavenSubstituted forWatkinsat 67'minutes
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forChristieat 61'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 4Vincent
  • 8Draper
  • 7Mckay
  • 16Tansey
  • 3Shinnie

Substitutes

  • 11Ross
  • 12Brill
  • 15Watkins
  • 19Williams
  • 36Christie
  • 40Evans

Motherwell

  • 12Nielsen
  • 2ReidSubstituted forFrancis-Angolat 45'minutes
  • 3Hammell
  • 14Lasley
  • 5Hutchinson
  • 6McManus
  • 20Kerr
  • 11VigursBooked at 42mins
  • 24AnierSubstituted forMooreat 68'minutes
  • 9SuttonBooked at 57mins
  • 26LeitchSubstituted forCaddenat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Moore
  • 23Murray
  • 25Ainsworth
  • 30Thomas
  • 34Cadden
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,366

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Greg Tansey.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Christopher Cadden replaces Jack Leitch.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Moore.

Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

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

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell).

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

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

Goal!

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Henri Anier.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces David Raven.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Fraser Kerr (Motherwell).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Liam Polworth.

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

Booking

John Sutton (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Henri Anier (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3227416485
2Motherwell3219310660
3Aberdeen3118581559
4Dundee Utd3215981954
5Inverness CT3214711449
6St Johnstone3213613645
7Hibernian3281014-1334
8Kilmarnock329617-1533
9Ross County328717-1731
10Partick Thistle3261214-1930
11St Mirren327718-2228
12Hearts316619-289
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