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.

Interview - Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes

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.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 06 Meekings
  • 08 Draper
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie Booked
  • 16 Tansey Booked
  • 15 Watkins
  • 19 Williams
  • 10 Doran Booked
  • 22 Christie (Ross - 77' )
  • 07 McKay

Substitutes

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

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 06 Connolly
  • 29 Pascali
  • 02 Barbour
  • 23 Chantler
  • 19 Slater
  • 04 Hamill Booked
  • 08 Clingan (Miller - 79' )
  • 07 McKenzie (Johnston - 45' )
  • 28 Magennis
  • 21 Ngoo (Eremenko - 55' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 09 Miller
  • 10 Johnston
  • 11 Cairney
  • 13 Brennan
  • 18 Ashcroft
  • 20 Eremenko
  • 33 Muirhead
Ref: John Beaton
Att: 3,830

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

3 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +2:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +2:02 Booking

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

90:00 +1:56

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

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

88:43

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

85:16 Booking

Booking Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

85:09

Foul by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).

85:09

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

84:27

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

84:17

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

83:57

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

83:36

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

83:04

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

83:04

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

80:41

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

79:32 Goal scored

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.

78:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Sammy Clingan.

77:32

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

77:32

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

77:00

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:57

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

76:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.

74:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 0. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy McKay.

71:17

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Samson.

71:03

Attempt saved. David Raven (Inverness CT) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

68:36

Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:36

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

68:20

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Alexei Eremenko.

67:54

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

66:26 Booking

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

66:19

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:19

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

65:20

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

65:20

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

63:24

Attempt missed. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

61:00

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

58:41

Attempt missed. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

58:27

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Samson.

56:28

Foul by Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock).

56:28

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

54:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alexei Eremenko replaces Michael Ngoo because of an injury.

53:10

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

51:05

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

48:36

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

48:36

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

47:48

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

45:28

Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:28

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

45:00

Second Half begins Inverness CT 0, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Johnston replaces Rory McKenzie because of an injury.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Kilmarnock 0.

44:48

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

44:48

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

40:55

Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high.

40:32

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

38:21

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:21

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

37:36

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:36

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

36:24

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

33:03

Foul by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).

33:03

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:25

Hand ball by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

29:53

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:18

Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:18

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

28:09

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:09

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

26:01

Chris Chantler (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:01

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

22:14

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:14

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

21:17

Attempt missed. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:35

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

19:35

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

15:00

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

14:57

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock).

13:50

Hand ball by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

12:47

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

12:47

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

12:08

Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

12:08

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

11:29

Attempt blocked. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8:35

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

5:52

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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