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Unbeaten Inverness continue surge with win over Dunfermline

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at East End Park
Inverness CT's George Oakley celebrates as he gives his side a 3-0 lead
Inverness CT's George Oakley celebrates after giving his side a 3-0 lead

Unbeaten Inverness moved up to second in the Championship after a comfortable win over Dunfermline.

It took until the second half for Caley Thistle to really come to the fore; Shaun Rooney meeting a Tom Walsh cross to nod in.

Liam Polwarth volleyed in from an Aaron Doran cross from the right, Doran working the ball in to the box from a lovely run down the wing.

Substitute George Oakley added to the Pars' misery with seven minutes left.

Inverness have now gone 16 games unbeaten in the Championship, while Dunfermline suffered their third league loss on the trot.

Inverness manager John Robertson: "It was a perfect away performance.

"We said to the players 'you've got to have belief'. We've played terrific against Ayr and Alloa at home but just didn't take our chances - today we took our chances.

"I'm happy with the start to the season so far."

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston: "In the first half, we had slightly better chances, we probably edged it. In the second half we came out with good chance, but then shot ourselves in the foot by losing goals.

"It was a nervy game, but you've got to take the chances. Right now we're getting punished for every mistake.

"It's not that we're not still gelling - you look at some of the goals, performances - Dundee United good result, Dundee, good result- but the other side there have been some poor performances."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 3-5-2

  • 16Robinson
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 50mins
  • 5Durnan
  • 14Devine
  • 2WilliamsonSubstituted forHigginbothamat 67'minutes
  • 17Thomson
  • 19VincentSubstituted forConnollyat 79'minutes
  • 10Longridge
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 90mins
  • 15HippolyteBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMuirheadat 59'minutes
  • 18El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 7Higginbotham
  • 9Ryan
  • 11Connolly
  • 12Martin
  • 20Gill
  • 28Craigen
  • 36Muirhead

Inverness CT

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Rooney
  • 22McKay
  • 5Donaldson
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 39mins
  • 4Chalmers
  • 15Welsh
  • 7PolworthSubstituted forTraffordat 86'minutes
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forCalderat 84'minutes
  • 11WalshBooked at 54mins
  • 19WhiteSubstituted forOakleyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McCart
  • 14Oakley
  • 16Calder
  • 23Mackay
  • 24Trafford
  • 37Brown
  • 42Hoban
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,138

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Inverness CT 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Inverness CT 3.

  3. Booking

    Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Sean Welsh (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Robbie Muirhead (Dunfermline Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

  8. Post update

    Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Riccardo Calder (Inverness CT).

  10. Post update

    Sean Welsh (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Robbie Muirhead (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Charlie Trafford replaces Liam Polworth.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Riccardo Calder replaces Aaron Doran.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Inverness CT 3. George Oakley (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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