Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT2St Johnstone0

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.

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.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 18Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 8Draper
  • 14Devine
  • 10Doran
  • 4VincentSubstituted forWatkinsat 68'minutes
  • 7MckaySubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
  • 36ChristieSubstituted forRossat 82'minutes
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 15Watkins
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19Miller
  • 24B Easton
  • 7Millar
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forCroftat 60'minutes
  • 12DunneBooked at 43mins
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forMayat 74'minutes
  • 11HasselbainkSubstituted forIwelumoat 65'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran

Substitutes

  • 8McDonald
  • 15Banks
  • 17May
  • 20Brown
  • 22Croft
  • 23Clancy
  • 25Iwelumo
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,121

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home6
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, St Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, St Johnstone 0.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, St Johnstone 0. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.
Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris Iwelumo (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.
Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Alan Mannus.
Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).
Brian Easton (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Steve May replaces Steven MacLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Billy McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces James Vincent.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
James Dunne (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Chris Iwelumo replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

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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