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10.08.2002 @ 15:00 McDiarmid Park, Perth Attendance: 3772
St. Johnstone 1 - 0 Inverness CT
Referee: E Mack League-match

Goalscorers
McCaffrey (og 81) None.
Starting Lineup
Cuthbert
Robertson
McCulloch
McCluskey
Murray
Maxwell
McCann
Reilly
Hartley
Connolly
Parker
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Barry Robson
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Dennis Wyness
Substitutes
Russell
Stevenson
MacDonald
Dods
Main
Ally Ridgers
Roy McBain
Anthony Low
Richie Hart
Paul Ritchie
Substitutions
Russell -> McCulloch (57)
Stevenson -> McCann (69)
MacDonald -> Connolly (87)
Paul Ritchie -> Liam Keogh (74)
Yellow cards
Hartley Barry Robson (60)
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Caley Thistles first ever competitive match against St Johnstone ended in defeat but only after the cruellest of luck. After matching Saints for most of the game a Stuart McCaffrey own goal decided the destiny of the points. Saints started well and it took a fine blocking challenge by Russell Duncan to halt a good run from Keigan Parker. Two Paul Hartley free kicks caused danger in the Caley Thistle box but the first was cleared and the second headed wide by Ian Maxwell. In 26 minutes a Dennis Wyness shot was saved by Kevin Cuthbert then a Bobby Mann free kick went just over. Saints should have taken the lead in 33 minutes but Stuart McCluskey shot wide from eight yards. Close to the break Mark Brown made two excellent saves from McCluskey. Into the second half the visitors put pressure on Saints and Liam Keogh headed wide in 51 minutes. Cuthbert saved from Wyness then in 70 minutes Keogh failed to reach a cross from Ross Tokely after a good move involving Charlie Christie and Barry Robson. The winning goal came in 81 minutes after Parker set up a Paddy Connolly run and shot McCaffrey instinctively tried to head clear but only managed to divert the ball past Brown