Scottish Premiership
Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle2KilmarnockKilmarnock0
By Jim SpenceBBC Sport at the Caledonian Stadium

Inverness Caledonian Thistle maintained their lead at the top of the Premiership table with a win at home to Kilmarnock.

In a game of few chances, Aaron Doran rolled the ball over the goal-line with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Greg Tansey struck the post with a 25-yard strike that rebounded back off keeper Craig Sampson and into the net.

Killie rarely threatened and John Hughes' men continued their unbeaten run to the start of the season.

Caley Thistle hold a one-point advantage over Hamilton Academical, while Allan Johnston's Kilmarnock slip to fifth with seven points from five matches.

The first half was eminently forgettable with plenty of effort from both sides, but little in terms of chances created and shots on goal.

Other than a speculative Doran attempt for the home side which flew over the bar and a Michael Ngoo header from the only corner of the half for Killie, which was well wide, the opening half provided few thrills.

Graeme Shinnie tested Samson straight into the restart with a powerful drive which the Killie keeper beat away at his left side.

Billy McKay then curled a shot across goal but it went wide as the home side continued to press.

Caley Thistle's Ryan Christie was next to be foiled when his header was pushed away at the near post by an energetic Samson leap.

Doran though grabbed the opener, racing on to a McKay pass to nick the ball under the out rushing Samson for his second goal of the season.

Five minutes later, Tansey's effort found its way into the net via the post and Samson to wrap up a deserved win for the Highlanders, who have yet to concede a goal in this campaign.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 6Meekings
  • 8Draper
  • 2Raven
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 90mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 67mins
  • 15Watkins
  • 19Williams
  • 10DoranBooked at 75mins
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRossat 77'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 6Connolly
  • 29Pascali
  • 2Barbour
  • 23Chantler
  • 19Slater
  • 4HamillBooked at 90mins
  • 8ClinganSubstituted forMillerat 79'minutes
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forJohnstonat 45'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 21NgooSubstituted forEremenkoat 55'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Eremenko
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,830

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Booking

    Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses the top right corner.

  7. Booking

    Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

    Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Lee Miller (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 0. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Raven.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Sammy Clingan.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

  20. Post update

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

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