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26.10.2002 @ 15:00 Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Attendance: 2541
Inverness CT 2 - 1 St. Johnstone
Referee: H Dallas League-match

Goalscorers
Dennis Wyness (45)
Richie Hart (61)
Hay (pen 87)
Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Barry Robson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Main
Robertson
McCulloch
McCluskey
Dods
Maxwell
Murray
Reilly
Hartley
Stevenson
Parker
Substitutes
Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Anthony Low
Liam Keogh
Hay
Ferry
Connolly
McCann
Cuthbert
Substitutions
Charlie Christie -> Richie Hart (80)
Liam Keogh -> Paul Ritchie (88)
Hay -> Reilly (46)
Ferry -> McCulloch (63)
Connolly -> Stevenson (65)
Yellow cards
None. Murray
Red cards
None. None
Match report
Second played third for St Johnstones first competitive visit to Caledonian Stadium and it ended with a slender victory for the home side. There were few shots on goal as both defences mopped up most attacks. Saints started well and Mark Brown was forced to push a Mark Reilly shot past for a corner in two minutes. In nine minutes Alan Main took a Roy McBain 25 yard shot at the second attempt and in 20 minutes a Ross Tokely cross from the right looked inviting but there was no one to take advantage. The opening goal came just before half time from a Barry Robson corner on the right. It fell for Grant Munro a few yards out and his header found Dennis Wyness as Mark Reilly miskicked. Wyness reacted quickly to net from close range.
In 52 minutes a Paul Hartley corner reached Saints Ryan Stevenson but he headed over with an open goal. At the other end Wyness grazed the top of the bar with a cross in 55 minutes then he came close with a lob after an excellent interception. The second goal came in 62 minutes when Robson found Richie Hart on the right and in space. He raced forward and blasted a spectacular goal from 15 yards the highlight of the match. With only three minutes left Mark Ferry fell over Bobby Manns legs in the home box and a penalty was awarded. Chris Hay took it and scored. This set up a late flurry from Saints but the Caley Thistle defence held out to secure the win.