Billy McKay ended Inverness's barren run in front of goal, and put a stop to Partick Thistle's recent good form.

In a nervous early performance from John Hughes' men, Partick dominated the first-half with Lyle Taylor denied numerous times by keeper Dean Brill.

After the break it was a different home side, and Greg Tansey should have scored when he was through on goal.

However, after 524 minutes without a goal for the Highlanders, McKay finally hit the net with a back-post header.

A win was vital for Inverness, with all the sides above them picking up three points this weekend, and their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League remain alive.

For the visitors, a point would have gone a long way to helping secure their Scottish Premiership status, however they could not take advantage of their rivals slipping up.

With the hosts still feeling the effects of a dispiriting week in which they had lost the Scottish League Cup final on penalties followed by defeat at Motherwell, it was Alan Archibald's men that started on the front foot.

Taylor fired straight at the goalkeeper when he was played through, which would not be the last time he was denied by Brill over the 90 minutes.

In the aftermath, Kallum Higginbotham was booked for diving after a challenge by Josh Meekings, despite picking up a bloody nose for his troubles.

Taylor again tested Brill after playing a neat one-two with Chris Erskine, but once more he could not find a way past the Englishman.

Billy McKay heads Inverness in front against Partick Thistle, ending a run of six games without a goal.

Billy McKay heads Inverness in front against Partick Thistle, ending a run of six games without a goal.

As the game wore on, Inverness began to come more into it. Tansey fired a long-range effort just wide of the post, then after the break the midfielder really should have broken the deadlock.

McKay played him through, sending Tansey one-on-one with Paul Gallagher. With just the goalkeeper to beat he lobbed it over both Gallagher and the bar.

McKay put another chance over the bar, before Taylor thought he had scored for Partick but it was flagged for offside.

Finally, after a long wait, Inverness hit the back of the net for the first time since 22 February. Graeme Shinnie's free-kick was met by the head of Ross Draper who found McKay on the left hand side of the six-yard box, and he headed into the bottom right-hand corner.

Tansey had two further efforts for the hosts - his first spinning wide and the second blocked - while Kris Doolan hit a late chance wide for the visitors, but Inverness hung on for all three points.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven Booked
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 09 Foran Booked (Christie - 80' )
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 16 Tansey Booked
  • 08 Draper
  • 07 McKay
  • 04 Vincent (Watkins - 82' )
  • 19 Williams (Ross - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 11 Ross
  • 14 Devine
  • 15 Watkins
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 20 Polworth
  • 36 Christie

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 15 Mair
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 23 Higginbotham Booked
  • 22 Fraser (Buaben - 72' )
  • 21 Taylor (Moncur - 80' )
  • 28 Erskine (Lawless - 76' )
  • 09 Doolan

Substitutes

  • 01 Fox
  • 07 Craigen
  • 10 Buaben
  • 11 Lawless
  • 14 Elliott
  • 16 McMillan
  • 17 Moncur
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 3,093

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

3 4

Corners

1 9

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +2:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +0:09

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

90:00 +0:09

Gabriel Piccolo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:38

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

85:38

Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:30

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

83:05

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

83:05

Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

81:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces James Vincent.

81:09

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

80:31

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:31

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

79:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. George Moncur replaces Lyle Taylor.

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Richie Foran.

77:31

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

77:31

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:55

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:55

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

75:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Chris Erskine.

73:57

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Raven.

72:42

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Prince Buaben replaces Gary Fraser.

70:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Danny Williams.

68:12

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:12

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

67:54 Booking

Booking Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

65:32

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Danny Williams.

64:30

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Richie Foran.

63:39

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

63:39

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 1, Partick Thistle 0. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Draper.

60:39

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:39

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

58:46

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

56:59

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

53:30

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

47:52

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:24 Booking

Booking Richie Foran (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

46:14

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:14

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

45:00

Second Half begins Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 0.

45:00 +0:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 0.

44:15

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:15

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

43:31

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

43:31

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:44

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

40:44

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:44

Attempt blocked. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:27

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

39:16

Attempt blocked. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:24

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:24

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

34:57

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

34:04

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:03

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Raven.

32:52

Attempt blocked. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

32:43

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:03 Booking

Booking David Raven (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

32:00

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:58

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

30:51

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

29:00

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:58

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

28:31

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

27:32

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dean Brill.

27:13

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:00

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:57

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

22:35

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

21:57

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

18:50

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

12:57 Booking

Booking Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

11:40

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:35

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

8:35

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:00

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

2:21

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Gabriel Piccolo.

1:00

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:56

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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