Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT2St Mirren2

Inverness CT 2-2 St Mirren

St Mirren claimed a point in their battle to avoid a relegation play-off by fighting back to draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Buddies took the lead through Jason Naismith's strike and Ross Draper nodded Caley Thistle level.

Greg Tansey lashed home to put the hosts ahead but parity was restored via Sean Kelly's second-half header.

Inverness finished the match with 10 men after Josh Meekings was dismissed for a foul on Josh Magennis.

With Partick Thistle and Ross County also drawing in their respective matches, St Mirren remain second-bottom in the play-off spot, two below Partick with six games to play.

In the top half of the table, Inverness remain four points clear of sixth-place St Johnstone.

St Mirren, without a win since 1 March, set about arresting their run of defeats by taking the lead early in the match.

Graeme Shinnie and Greg Tansey celebrate the latter's goal for Inverness
Tansey (right) temporarily put Inverness ahead

Kenny McLean's free-kick found Naismith, who showed composure to beat goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Meekings' header was tipped over by Chris Dilo but the Buddies goalkeeper was beaten by Draper's effort after the midfielder rose above Darren McGregor to meet Graeme Shinnie's corner.

Billy McKay then spurned a decent chance to put the hosts in front. Inverness fans sing that McKay "scores when he wants".

However, this was far from evident when, one on one with keeper Christopher Dilo and possibly with the intervention of a bobble on the pitch, his effort sped wide.

Nevertheless, the striker was instrumental in their next goal, heading Liam Polworth's cross into the path of Tansey, who netted from 10 yards.

A goalbound shot by Steve Thompson was blocked by a combination of Inverness defenders before the break.

Although disappointed on that occasion, the Paisley side were not to be denied after the hour mark as McLean's corner found Kelly and the defender headed beyond Brill.

And, after Magennis sped clear of Meekings, the defender committed the foul which resulted in his red card.

Referee Willie Collum believed McGennis had a goalscoring opportunity, although Inverness manager John Hughes insisted that Shinnie was tracking back.

Both sides had chances to win it but neither Nick Ross for Inverness nor McLean could find a winner.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 20Polworth
  • 5Warren
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 68mins
  • 16TanseySubstituted forRossat 51'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 7MckaySubstituted forWatkinsat 72'minutes
  • 36ChristieSubstituted forDevineat 69'minutes
  • 4Vincent

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 40Evans

St Mirren

  • 30Dilo
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 24Newton
  • 6Goodwin
  • 4McGregor
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forMcAuslandat 50'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 11McLean
  • 9Thompson
  • 12CampbellSubstituted forMagennisat 64'minutes
  • 39WyldeSubstituted forTealeat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 14McAusland
  • 16Magennis
  • 17Reilly
  • 21Teale
  • 40Mathers
  • 99Djemba-Djemba
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,032

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

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

Hand ball by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

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

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Billy McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Devine replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces Gregg Wylde.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Josh Magennis replaces Adam Campbell.

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

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Thompson.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by David Raven.

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3227416485
2Aberdeen3118581559
3Motherwell3118310557
4Dundee Utd3215981954
5Inverness CT3114710549
6St Johnstone3213613645
7Hibernian3181013-1134
8Kilmarnock329617-1533
9Ross County328717-1731
10Partick Thistle3261214-1930
11St Mirren327718-2228
12Hearts305619-306
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