Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT2Hearts0

Inverness CT 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

James Vincent and Miles Storey earned Inverness their first win of the season as Hearts suffered successive defeats.

Ryan Christie was the architect of the opener with a burst of pace down the left flank and composed cut-back which Vincent dispatched form close range.

Debutant Storey finished from an angle late on to seal the points.

It was a poor evening for Hearts, who had Juwon Oshaniwa dismissed just before the second goal after he lashed out at Tobi Sho-Silva.

This may be the spark Inverness require to progress this season.

Both sides handed debuts to recent recruits with Storey starting up front for the home side and Danny Swanson named in the Hearts line-up.

Miles Storey scores for Inverness Caledonian Thistle against Hearts
Storey marked his Inverness debut with a goal

Hearts seemed to be edging the early stages with both sides comfortable in possession but rarely threatening.

Juanma Delgado broke into the box after Josh Meekings lost possession and claimed for a penalty under Ross Draper's challenge but the striker appeared to go down too easily.

Storey showed a flash of what he can offer when Danny Williams flicked a pass in behind, a heavy touch just carrying the ball through to goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

The game became more and more scrappy, exemplified when Juanma powered a fresh air-shot nowhere to the delight of the home crowd.

Oshaniwa then saw a low drive edge past the post after the ball deflected into his path before Robbie Neilson's side had a second penalty claim turned down.

Sam Nicholson struck a fierce effort off a defender's arm and referee Steven McLean seemed to make the correct call that there was no intent.

Inverness and Hearts players
Oshaniwa (far left) was sent off after clashing with Sho-Silva (second from right, bottom)

But Neilson seemed to believe hands were raised and made his thoughts known to an official.

Play improved in the second half and Christie, back on loan at Inverness after signing for Celtic, provided the spark the Highlanders needed.

He showed great pace to escape down the the left and squared accurately for the onrushing Vincent, who fired home from close range. It was Caley Thistle's first home goal in just over four and a half matches.

They took real confidence from that and looked far more purposeful.

Swanson offered most of Hearts' creativity but Owain Fon Williams was rarely troubled throughout as the visitors struggled to cut the home side open.

Oshaniwa was red-carded for hitting out at Sho-Silva after the pair had exchanged while awaiting a corner.

And Storey put the result beyond doubt after Iain Vigurs played a low ball across goal, striking powerfully past Alexander to seal a deserved Inverness win.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 14DevineBooked at 52mins
  • 3Tremarco
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseyBooked at 83mins
  • 4VincentSubstituted forVigursat 77'minutes
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forSho-Silvaat 73'minutes
  • 19Williams
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 9Foran
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 18Sho-Silva
  • 27Vigurs

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonBooked at 44mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 18Rossi
  • 17OshaniwaBooked at 87mins
  • 8Buaben
  • 35McKirdySubstituted forReillyat 78'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10SowSubstituted forKingat 60'minutes
  • 23SwansonSubstituted forWalkerat 67'minutes
  • 19Delgado LloriaBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Augustyn
  • 7Walker
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,160

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Booking

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Heart of Midlothian 0. Miles Storey (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Tobi Sho-Silva (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Neil Alexander.

Attempt saved. Tobi Sho-Silva (Inverness CT) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Sean McKirdy.

Attempt missed. Tobi Sho-Silva (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tobi Sho-Silva (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Iain Vigurs replaces James Vincent.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Tobi Sho-Silva replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces Danny Swanson.

Danny Swanson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic65101661016
2Aberdeen550091815
3Hearts75021510515
4Hamilton531194510
5Ross County6312106410
6Dundee622210828
7Inverness CT713369-36
8Motherwell620448-46
9St Johnstone6123912-35
10Dundee Utd6114612-64
11Partick Thistle603329-73
12Kilmarnock6024415-112
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