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08.02.2006 @ 19:45 East End Park, Dunfermline Attendance: 3355
Dunfermline
2 - 2
Inverness CT
Referee: Brian Winter League-match

Goalscorers
Hunt (9)
Burchill (11)
Craig Dargo (pen) (81)
Dennis Wyness (88)
Starting Lineup
Halliwell
McCunnie
Shields
Wilson
Zambernardi
Donnelly
Mason
Young
Muirhead
Hunt
Burchill
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo
Substitutes
Paterson
Phinn
Thomson
Simmons
Campbell
Wilson
Campbell
Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Richie Hart
Liam Fox
Alan Morgan
Dennis Wyness
Rory McAllister
Substitutions
Campbell -> Muirhead (35)
Simmons -> Donnelly (59)
Thomson -> Burchill (84)
Liam Fox -> Roy McBain (27)
Richie Hart -> Richard Hastings (64)
Dennis Wyness -> Graham Bayne (64)
Yellow cards
Simmons (72) Stuart McCaffrey (58)
Liam Fox (76)
Stuart Golabek (80)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
8 Shots 9
3 Shots on goal 5
4 Offsides 1
5 Corner kicks 10
12 Free kicks 13
0 Penalties 1
Match report
In a game described as "The Great Escape", Craig Dargo and Dennis Wyness both get on the scoresheet in the closing period to rescue a point for Caley Thistle in a 2-2 draw. Ian Broadfoot reports.

Radio Scotland reporter Charles Bannerman described this as ‘The Great Escape’ and he was spot on.

With eleven minutes gone Caley Thistle were 2-0 down and when Darren Young hit the post it was nearly 3-0. Amazingly the last ten minutes produced a penalty goal from Craig Dargo and a strike from Dennis Wyness to gain a point.

Charlie Christie made three changes from Saturday’s draw with Partick. Injuries to Ian Black and Grant Munro led to starts for Stuart McCaffrey and Stuart Golabek. Graham Bayne also came in for Dennis Wyness. Dunfermline made one enforced change with Bryn Halliwell taking over in goal from the injured Allan McGregor.

Caley Thistle started brightly and had an early chance, but Dunfermline quickly took control. In eight minutes Noel Hunt made it 1-0 with a low header past Mark Brown following a Scott Muirhead corner from the right. Three minutes later Mark Burchill took a headed pass from Noel Hunt and sent a left foot shot into the top corner to make it 2-0. The Pars surged forward to sew the game up and there was let-off when Darren Young hit the post and Hunt netted from the rebound – thankfully for ICT he was judged to be offside. In 25 minutes Barry Wilson came close to pulling one back when his 20 yard free kick hit the bar and went over for a goal kick. Both sides were forced into first half substitutions through injury with Liam Fox replacing Roy McBain and Andy Campbell on for Scott Muirhead who departed the field on a stretcher.

Six minutes after the break Dunfermline thought it was 3-0 when a Donnelly corner was headed goalwards by Burchill but Fox hooked it off the line. Christie sent on Richie Hart and Dennis Wyness in 64 minutes and the latter started the fightback when he earned a penalty with nine minutes left. He went down with Scott Wilson and Yannick Zambernardi in attendance and a spot kick was awarded – despite the vocal Dunfermline protests that the decision was harsh. Craig Dargo sent Halliwell the wrong way and it was game on. Caley Thistle drove forward confidently and with two minutes on the clock Wyness acrobatically volleyed over Halliwell to make it 2-2. The Pars tried hard to regain the advantage but were denied in the dying seconds by a brilliant save from Brown as he pushed a Hunt ball onto the post then caught the rebound.

Last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Partick felt like a loss – in the light of the bad start this 2-2 draw felt like a win!