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29.04.2003 @ 19:00 Somerset Park Attendance: 1114
Ayr United 1 - 0 Inverness CT
Referee: W Young League-match

Goalscorers
Kean (19) None.
Starting Lineup
Nelson
Lyle
Dunlop
McManus
Smyth
Craig
Mullen
Murray
Kean
Grady
Black
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Robson
Graeme Stewart
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Dennis Wyness
Steven Hislop
Substitutes
Chaplain
Whalen
Conway
Ferry
Dodds
Michael Fraser
David Bagan
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Paul Ritchie
Substitutions
Chaplain -> Mullen (57)
Whalen -> Kean (72)
Conway -> (88)
David Bagan -> Graeme Stewart (57)
Paul Ritchie -> Steven Hislop (66)
Richie Hart -> Barry Robson (77)
Yellow cards
None Barry Robson (60)
Red cards
None None.
Match report
There was to be no repeat of Decembers 3-3 thriller as Caley Thistle missed the chance to go third with this narrow defeat at Ayr. Bobby Mann missed the game through injury and Saturdays hat-trick hero Paul Ritchie dropped to the bench. Steven Hislop had a chance in six minutes when he latched onto a Roy McBain pass and closed in on Craig Nelson the keeper saved with his legs. A Barry Robson corner was punched away by Nelson then Mark Brown held a shot from Aaron Black. Brown saved from James Grady in 18 minutes then a minute later Stewart Kean netted the only goal of the game when he took a Grady flick and scored from close range. Kean headed wide before Dennis Wyness had two chances he headed wide from a Robson corner in 29 minutes then mishit a Robson cross. On the stroke of half-time Hislop shot wide from 12 yards. Ayr looked lively just after the break and Kean shot wide before Brown saved from Boyd Mullen. The visitors pressed for an equaliser and Nelson had a busy last ten minutes. A Hislop header was deflected for a corner, Richie Hart headed narrowly over and with two minutes left a Wyness shot was sent for a corner by Nelson. Ayr held out to take all three points.