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09.01.2005 @ 15:00 Victoria Park, Dingwall Attendance: 2021
Inverness CT 1 - 0 St. Johnstone
Referee: Dougie McDonald Scottish Cup / Rd 3-match

Goalscorers
Stuart Golabek (74)
None
Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Bryan Prunty
Craig Brewster
Cuthbert
Baxter
Fotheringham
Hannah
Webb
Maxwell
McCann
Rutkiewicz
MacDonald
Moore
Sheerin
Substitutes
Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Richie Hart
Graham Bayne
Juanjo Carricondo
Fotheringham
Forsyth
McAnespie
Hay
Samson
Substitutions
Juanjo Carricondo -> Bryan Prunty (65)
Richie Hart -> Roy McBain (73)
Graham Bayne -> Craig Brewster (78)
Hay -> Rutkiewicz (78)
Forsyth -> Fotheringham (83)
McAnespie -> McCann (85)
Yellow cards
Ross Tokely (60)
Maxwell
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Another unusual home match for Caley Thistle and the first playing appearance of the manager.

With Caledonian Stadium being upgraded to SPL requirements the tie was moved to Dingwall. Gales and heavy rain around the country caused many matches to be postponed but the pitch dried out just enough to allow play to go ahead.

Victory came via the head of captain Stuart Golabek when a draw looked a strong possibility.

The pressure on the Perth Saints started in the fourth minute when a Barry Wilson low 20 yard shot was blocked. Wilsons free kick two minutes later rebounded off the wall and Liam Keogh hit over the bar.

In a good Saints spell after 15 minutes Peter MacDonald shot wide then a good Paul Sheerin run was halted by Russell Duncan. The visitors had their best chance of the match after 25 minutes when a curling Sheerin ball from the right fell for Ian Maxwell his low shot went just wide.

Right on the whistle a Duncan drive was deflected onto the Saints post.

Caley Thistle took control in the second half and a spirited Ross Tokely run in 58 minutes nearly came off he ran from his own half, beat two defenders close to goal then his low shot was held by Cuthbert. A goal looked a racing certainty in 66 minutes when Wilsons pressure forced Cuthbert into an error and the ball broke free Wilson passed to Brewster 15 yards out but his roll towards the empty goal slid past. The crowd were on their feet but it took another eight minutes before they had something to really shout about.

Tokely crossed from the right, the ball flew over Brewster and Golabek was at the back post to head home. A slick move in 83 minutes set up Wilson but he hit high. A minute later Duncan played a 1-2 with substitute Graham Bayne, and Cuthbert did very well to stop Duncans net-bound shot.

A minute into added time a Wilson long-shot was pushed out by Cuthbert to Richie Hart but his angled shot came off the bar. Not the best performance of the season but a welcome win in difficult conditions. Now it is back along the A96 to the familiar surroundings of Pittodrie for the fourth round.