Motherwell Lose in Inverness

The warning signs were apparent early on when the home team began to look threatening. They had a corner which Clarkson cleared, then from a long throw into the box Smith had to look lively to block a Paatelainan shot. The ball was not cleared and eventually it fell to Dargo who fired at long range into the crowded area. A wicked deflection left the keeper stranded and Inverness were one up in the fifteenth minute.

McBride got a leg knock and had to be replaced by McGarry but the flow of the game remained unchanged. It was one way traffic.


Inverness
could have added a second after forty minutes when a series of one-twos and a neat side flick tore through our defence but fortunately Hart wasted his chance and hit high. However, they did manage to extend the lead in forty five minutes when Dargo managed to get his foot to the ball from Bain's header despite the close attentions of three of our defenders. It was a good striker's goal and his first half performance must encourage Malpas to continue his efforts to sign him.

Corrigan and McGarry fail to agree!


Paul Quinn replaced Murphy at the restart and we regrouped. We had a back three with Quinn and Paterson adding extra width to the midfield but though we were seen a little more in attack there was little prospect of us scoring.

Vadocz had an overhead attempt on target in seventy five minutes and Darren Smith replaced Clarkson in a last throw of the dice. ICT were content to let us have a bash and soak up whatever we could throw at them. As a result they made few attempts to get up the park and Smith had an untroubled second period between the sticks. Indeed, his main contribution was to urge his team mates to get up the park and he was often heard above the crowd of under 4000.

McDonald and Kerr were anonymous for much of the game but they were not alone in this end of season encounter. We simply failed to get going and the three points stayed North thanks to the spirited performance of the home side in the first half.