Inverness CT 2-0 St Johnstone

Inverness Caledonian Thistle finished their Premiership campaign with a deserved win over Scottish Cup finalists St Johnstone.

After a poor first half, Inverness had the impetus in the second period and David Raven was denied at the near post by Alan Mannus.

Mannus also made a block from Aaron Doran's shot but Ryan Christie was on hand to head home the rebound.

Greg Tansey's emphatic finish ensured a more comfortable win for Caley.

Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey celebrates after scoring against St Johnstone
Tansey worked tirelessly before being rewarded with a goal late on

John Hughes' side finish fifth in the table, four points clear of Saints ahead of the latter's meeting with Dundee United in next Saturday's final at Celtic Park.

With the Caledonian Stadium bathed in beautiful sunshine, both sides struggled to find any momentum before the interval.

Michael O'Halloran did draw a save from Dean Brill after driving at the Inverness defence.

At the other end, Tansey's ambitious effort from 40 yards was comfortably saved.

Whatever Hughes said to his players at the break, it seemed to bring a response and, after O'Halloran had tested Brill again, Raven stuck out a foot to divert James Vincent's low cross towards goal only for Mannus to touch wide.

And, moments later, Doran stung the palms of the Saints keeper and Christie arrived to apply the finish.

The Highlanders were not prepared to sit on their lead and top scorer Billy McKay tried desperately to connect with a lovely through ball by Christie before Mannus intervened.

The ball ran loose for Doran and his low shot towards the empty net was hacked clear by the alert Brian Easton.

McKay had picked up an injury in the attack and was soon replaced by Danny Williams.

Another substitute, Marley Watkins, was just a little too high with a powerful effort after darting towards the edge of the box.

St Johnstone struggled to make in-roads, despite top marksman Stevie May's introduction from the bench and Inverness soon rounded off their win.

The impressive Tansey capitalised on a loose ball at the edge of the box by side-stepping Chris Millar and smacking the ball high past the helpless Mannus.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3831617799
2Motherwell3822412470
3Aberdeen38208101568
4Dundee Utd381610121558
5Inverness CT3816913057
6St Johnstone3815815653
7Ross County3811720-1840
8St Mirren3810919-1939
9Kilmarnock3811621-2139
10Partick Thistle3881416-1938
11Hibernian3881119-2035
12Hearts3810820-2023
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