Match Report

 Queens? recent run of form was undone by a clinical Caley Thistle performance with goals from Kai Kennedy, Roddy MacGregor and Miles Storey handing the highlanders all three points.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly Allan Johnston opted to go for the same line-up from the 2-0 defeat of Alloa 13 days ago. Stephen Dobbie retained his place after limping off with cramp against the Wasps, while Nortei Nortey and Calvin McGrory returned to the bench at the expense of Dom McMahon and Diste Sylla. Caley Thistle?s top-scorer and ex-Doonhamer Nikolay Todorov started from the bench for the visitors.
It took just three minutes for the visitors to get their opening chance of the game when Cameron Harper put it a pinpoint cross from the left-wing, only for James Keatings to nod his effort wide at the back-post.
Queens were offered another wake-up call just minutes later as centre-half Robbie Deas found himself in the unlikeliest of positions, one-on-one with Jack Leighfield, however the ?keeper made himself big enough to save Deas? effort.
Queens took about 15 minutes to find their feet in the game, but when they were able to get Connor Shields on the ball the hosts were able to make things happen. The aforementioned Shields, along with Dobbie and Joe McKee all saw efforts blocked by the Caley defence.
Dobbie shoots
After 21 minutes though the visitors took the lead. Impressive Rangers-loanee Kai Kennedy got the ball down the left, before beating Aidan Fitzpatrick and Wullie Gibson at pace, slotting the ball through Leighfield?s legs.
This was a real sucker punch for the Doonhamers who had just began to stamp their authority on the game. Nonetheless, the home side continued to see most of the ball while the Highlanders looked dangerous on the counter-attack with plenty of pace in their team.
Niyah Joseph saw his faint touch at the front-post from a Shields cross go narrowly wide, before Harper made a sensational block to deny Dan Pybus who was otherwise one-on-one with Mark Ridgers.
Pybus denied
HT: Queens 0-1 ICT
A disappointing opening period for Queens, who had chances to score, although weren?t able to test Ridgers.
After getting lucky just three minutes into the opening period, the hosts were afforded no such luxuries in the second-half as Caley Thistle doubled their lead. A bombing run down the right from Brad McKay allowed the right-back to find Roddy MacGregor with a cut-back on the edge of the area, who fired home in the top corner past the helpless Leighfield.
Leighfield beaten
Euan East, who had earlier replaced Niyah Joseph, almost turned a Joe McKee corner into the net with a free header from 10-yards out, but his effort went the wrong side of the post.
The visitors continued to look dangerous going forward, a neat move between various forward players ending in Shane Sutherland missing an effort from 14-yards, his effort not with enough bend on it to get inside the post.
The Caley Jags weren?t left to rue that miss however, as after 80 minutes the dangerous Miles Storey scored a third. Storey got on the end of a MacGregor pass before taking a touch and slotting home past Leighfield.
It really was a second half to forget for the hosts as they really struggled to get going against a young and energetic Inverness side.
FT: Queens 0-3 ICT
A disappointing night in Dumfries for the Doonhamers.
Next week the Doonhamers travel to Tynecastle a week before the hosts contest their Scottish Cup Final.
Finlay Jack

  • Leighfield

  • Gibson


  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • McKee

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Pybus

  • Joseph

  • Shields

  • Dobbie


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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to Palmerston as Inverness make the 466 mile round trip for tonight’s Championship encounter. Team news is in, it’ll be with you in a moment...
Pre-match 1️⃣ Leighfield 3️⃣ Maxwell 4️⃣ Obileye 5️⃣ Buchanan 6️⃣ McKee 7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 8️⃣ Pybus 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣1️⃣ Dobbie © 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match ICT: 1.Ridgers (C) 6.Devine 7.Keatings 11.Sutherland 12.MacGregor 16.Harper 17.Storey 18.Allardice 19.Kennedy 22.McKay 24.Deas
Pre-match QoS subs: 2️⃣0️⃣ Ferguson 2️⃣ Nortey 9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 1️⃣5️⃣ McGrory 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣8️⃣ McKechnie
Pre-match ICT Subs: 21.Mackay 2.Duffy 4.Welsh 10.Doran 14.Vincent 27.Mackay 77.Todorov
Pre-match It’s Stephen Dobbie’s birthday tomorrow...can the skipper grab an early birthday present with goal tonight?
Pre-match With 20 minutes left until kick-off why not listen to Dumfries band, The Lutras, who have released their new song, “Give It Up For Christmas” with all money raised going to charity! A perfect, festive pre-match tune to get you in the mood!
First half begins
4%27 Keatings misses a glorious chance at the back post from a Harper cross
12%27 SAVE! Leighfield makes a tremendous from Storey who was through one vs one
13%27 Shields goes on a magnificent run down the left, but his cross is met by an ICT defender
16%27 Shields beats his man again, this time playing in Dobbie who sees his shot blocked by Deas
20%27 Superb footwork from Stephen Dobbie allows him to play in Joe McKee, his shot is blocked by Deas and goes over the bar though
21%27 Goal ICT. Kennedy the scorer
21%27 Inverness take the lead as Kennedy beats Leighfield from a tight angle.
25%27 Queens continue to see most of the ball but the visitors are dangerous on the counter as Leighfield saves a curling Kennedy effort
28%27 Joseph almost equalises but his effort from a Shields cross is narrowly wide
29%27 Harper makes a magnificent block to prevent Pybus equalising for Queens.
39%27 Dobbie tries his luck from range but his effort is narrowly wide
First half ends
Half Time Queens go in at the break a goal down
Second half begins
49%27 Goal ICT. Macgregor the scorer
50%27 MacGregor gets on the end of a McKay cut-back to double Caley’s lead.
55%27 Obileye does well to turn Kennedy’s dangerous cross over the bar
58%27 Fitzpatrick (QOS) is booked
62%27 CLOSE! East goes close to pulling one back for Queens but his header is wide
65%27 Sutherland should have added a third for Caley but he bends his effort wide
70%27 Gibson bombs forward but skews his left-footed effort well wide
74%27 Another good block from Caley denies Shields a goal
76%27 Storey gets around Leighfield 25-yards from goal but misses the target with an effort from wide
80%27 Goal ICT. Storey the scorer
80%27 Storey bags a third for the visitors.
91%27 3️⃣ minutes of injury time.
93%27 Welsh (ICT) is booked
The game ends
Full Time Queens lose by 3.