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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 Kilmarnock: Home side secure play-off place as visitors suffer title blow

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Logan Chalmers scores
Logan Chalmers laid on the equaliser and scored the winner

Third-top Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured a promotion play-off place as they came from behind to beat Scottish Championship leaders Kilmarnock.

Derek McInnes' side remain four points clear of Arbroath, but Dick Campbell's team have played one game fewer.

A clever dink over goalkeeper Mark Ridgers by centre-half Ash Taylor had the visitors ahead on the hour.

But Billy Mckay bundled in a reply with 15 minutes remaining before Logan Chalmers' late low finish.

Chalmers' fourth goal in four games - he also laid on the equaliser for his fellow forward - stretches Caley Thistle's unbeaten run to five games as they move four points clear of Partick Thistle after sending Kilmarnock to a first defeat in seven.

They move to within six points of Arbroath, who host bottom side Queen of the South on Saturday before visiting Kilmarnock in a potential title decider next weekend.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Billy Dodds: "We've shown all season we're competitive. We had to show bottle tonight after going a goal down and target achieved, we're in the play-offs.

"Even on a bad run, we didn't let out heads go down. No-one's beaten us by more than one goal this season. It's good to beat the league leaders, but it's more important we're in the play-offs."

Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes: "I thought there wasn't a lot happening for either team in the first half, but I thought we started the second half well.

"In that period afterwards I thought Billy Dodds' changes helped and we allowed ourselves to lose a bit of concentration. We lost poor goals, it's a sore one tonight, but we remain positive."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Duffy
  • 15Broadfoot
  • 6Devine
  • 5DeasBooked at 73mins
  • 11Sutherland
  • 23McAlearSubstituted forDoranat 70'minutes
  • 4Welsh
  • 17ChalmersSubstituted forHarperat 85'minutes
  • 9MckaySubstituted forHardyat 88'minutes
  • 24SamuelsSubstituted forCarsonat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harper
  • 8Carson
  • 10Doran
  • 12MacGregor
  • 14Walsh
  • 20Hardy
  • 21MacKay
  • 28Hyde

Kilmarnock

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Hemming
  • 2Hodson
  • 55Taylor
  • 6Stokes
  • 4McGinnSubstituted forGlassat 83'minutes
  • 15MurraySubstituted forMacKayat 90+1'minutes
  • 17Lyons
  • 8Alston
  • 20Campbell
  • 28Lafferty
  • 9Shaw

Substitutes

  • 5Murray
  • 11Armstrong
  • 12Walker
  • 14Sanders
  • 16Glass
  • 22Naismith
  • 24McGowan
  • 29Burke
  • 30MacKay
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,829

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Dean Campbell.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Daniel MacKay replaces Fraser Murray.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Stokes (Kilmarnock).

  8. Post update

    Joseph Hardy (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Joseph Hardy replaces Billy Mckay.

  10. Post update

    Oli Shaw (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Carson (Inverness CT).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Cameron Harper replaces Logan Chalmers.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Inverness CT. Robbie Deas tries a through ball, but Billy Mckay is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Declan Glass replaces Stephen McGinn.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 1. Logan Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Logan Chalmers (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Carson.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 1. Billy Mckay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Logan Chalmers.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Logan Chalmers (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Carson.

  20. Booking

    Robbie Deas (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kilmarnock34196947252263
2Arbroath331514445252059
3Inverness CT331411847321553
4Partick Thistle331310104436849
5Raith Rovers331013104043-343
6Morton33913113642-640
7Hamilton33912123747-1039
8Ayr33811143448-1435
9Dunfermline33614133349-1632
10Queen of Sth3268183046-1626
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