Scottish Premiership
St Mirren1Inverness CT2

St Mirren 1-2 Inverness CT

Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat struggling St Mirren to move level on points with second-place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Greg Tansey put Inverness ahead early on when he converted Graeme Shinnie's cut-back.

Ryan Christie struck low to double the visitors lead on the hour mark.

Jim Goodwin replied with a header from Stephen Mallan's corner but the home side could not draw level, leaving them three points off bottom.

Inverness trail Aberdeen only on goal difference, although the Dons have a game in hand against fifth-place Hamilton Academical on Sunday.

St Mirren remain tenth with a better goal difference than Motherwell but both sides have had their advantage over basement side Ross County cut due to the Staggies' win over Well.

An inventive move on the left created the opening goal. Shinnie and Christie exchanged passes before the former teed up Tansey, who was waiting near the edge of the box to place firmly past Mark Ridgers.

Inverness players celebrating
Shinnie (centre) and Tansey (far right) combined for the opening goal

Inverness went on to dominate the first half and the pace of Marley Watkins was a persistent threat to the hosts.

The forward got beyond the St Mirren back-line on several occasions, firing wide twice, netting from an offside position and then drawing a save from goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

Ridgers also blocked efforts from Shinnie, Christie and Ross Draper, while Gary Warren often proved a nuisance to the Buddies at corners.

The big defender headed over from one set piece and later nodded against the crossbar after Josh Meekings had headed Tansey's delivery back into the six-yard box.

All the Buddies could muster in the first half was a header from captain Steven Thompson, which was deflected into the arms of keeper Ryan Esson.

The hosts did show more attacking intent at the start of the second half by forcing a couple of corners but Esson remained relatively untroubled.

And before too long John Hughes' side had a firmer grip on the three points through Christie's goal.

Right-back David Raven joined the attack and picked out the midfielder, whose left-foot shot on the run nestled in the bottom right corner.

However, St Mirren rallied and Goodwin stooped to connect with Mallan's corner and beat Esson.

St Mirren players celebrating
Goodwin (far left) netted but it proved to be too little, too late for St Mirren

The game became stretched in the final quarter and, after Draper was booked for conceding a free-kick in a dangerous area, Goodwin's well struck shot sailed just past the right-hand post.

And that was as close as the Buddies came to an equaliser and their long wait for a first home league win this season continues.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 6Goodwin
  • 3Kelly
  • 17DaytonSubstituted forWyldeat 72'minutes
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forSonupeat 61'minutes
  • 13Osbourne
  • 31Mallan
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forMclearat 45'minutes
  • 9Thompson

Substitutes

  • 11Wylde
  • 14Reilly
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 25Sonupe
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 32Mclear

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8DraperBooked at 83mins
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forPolworthat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 22Christie
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 86mins
  • 11Ross

Substitutes

  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 31Mackay
  • 37Sutherland
  • 39Ferguson
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,154

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Inverness CT 2.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

Attempt saved. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Polworth replaces Danny Williams.

Foul by Emmanuel Sonupe (St. Mirren).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Isaac Osbourne (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Lewis Mclear (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Foul by Isaac Osbourne (St. Mirren).

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

Emmanuel Sonupe (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Foul by Lewis Mclear (St. Mirren).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces James Dayton.

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Nick Ross.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Inverness CT 2. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Mallan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Lewis Mclear (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Lewis Mclear (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces John McGinn.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic24183348133557
2Aberdeen24163541212051
3Inverness CT25163637231451
4Dundee Utd24143748331545
5Hamilton2612593932741
6Dundee269983838036
7St Johnstone25104112227-534
8Kilmarnock2595112632-632
9Partick Thistle2567123232025
10St Mirren2653182143-2218
11Motherwell2553171849-3118
12Ross County2536162451-2715
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