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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.


Inverness CT

Formation 4-1-4-1

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


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


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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


  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Moore
  • 23Murray
  • 25Ainsworth
  • 30Thomas
  • 34Cadden
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamMotherwell
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Greg Tansey.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Christopher Cadden replaces Jack Leitch.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

  8. Post update

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

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

4Dundee Utd32159857381954
5Inverness CT32147113834449
6St Johnstone32136133933645
9Ross County3287173754-1731
10Partick Thistle32612143453-1930
11St Mirren3277183153-2228
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