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Inverness CT 2-2 St Mirren

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland

St Mirren claimed a point in their battle to avoid a relegation play-off by fighting back to draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Buddies took the lead through Jason Naismith's strike and Ross Draper nodded Caley Thistle level.

Greg Tansey lashed home to put the hosts ahead but parity was restored via Sean Kelly's second-half header.

Inverness finished the match with 10 men after Josh Meekings was dismissed for a foul on Josh Magennis.

With Partick Thistle and Ross County also drawing in their respective matches, St Mirren remain second-bottom in the play-off spot, two below Partick with six games to play.

In the top half of the table, Inverness remain four points clear of sixth-place St Johnstone.

St Mirren, without a win since 1 March, set about arresting their run of defeats by taking the lead early in the match.

Graeme Shinnie and Greg Tansey celebrate the latter's goal for Inverness
Tansey (right) temporarily put Inverness ahead

Kenny McLean's free-kick found Naismith, who showed composure to beat goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Meekings' header was tipped over by Chris Dilo but the Buddies goalkeeper was beaten by Draper's effort after the midfielder rose above Darren McGregor to meet Graeme Shinnie's corner.

Billy McKay then spurned a decent chance to put the hosts in front. Inverness fans sing that McKay "scores when he wants".

However, this was far from evident when, one on one with keeper Christopher Dilo and possibly with the intervention of a bobble on the pitch, his effort sped wide.

Nevertheless, the striker was instrumental in their next goal, heading Liam Polworth's cross into the path of Tansey, who netted from 10 yards.

A goalbound shot by Steve Thompson was blocked by a combination of Inverness defenders before the break.

Although disappointed on that occasion, the Paisley side were not to be denied after the hour mark as McLean's corner found Kelly and the defender headed beyond Brill.

And, after Magennis sped clear of Meekings, the defender committed the foul which resulted in his red card.

Referee Willie Collum believed McGennis had a goalscoring opportunity, although Inverness manager John Hughes insisted that Shinnie was tracking back.

Both sides had chances to win it but neither Nick Ross for Inverness nor McLean could find a winner.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 20Polworth
  • 5Warren
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 68mins
  • 16TanseySubstituted forRossat 51'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 7MckaySubstituted forWatkinsat 72'minutes
  • 36ChristieSubstituted forDevineat 69'minutes
  • 4Vincent

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 40Evans

St Mirren

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Dilo
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 24Newton
  • 6Goodwin
  • 4McGregor
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forMcAuslandat 50'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 11McLean
  • 9Thompson
  • 12CampbellSubstituted forMagennisat 64'minutes
  • 39WyldeSubstituted forTealeat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 14McAusland
  • 16Magennis
  • 17Reilly
  • 21Teale
  • 40Mathers
  • 99Djemba-Djemba
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,032

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  5. Post update

    James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

  7. Post update

    Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  11. Post update

    Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  18. Post update

    Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Booking

    Marc McAusland (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

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