25.11.2006 @ 15:00 - Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Inverness CT v Hearts
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Saturday 25th November at 3pm
Saturday 25th November:
Dunfermline v Aberdeen
Inverness CT v Hearts
Motherwell v Falkirk
Sunday 26th November:
Dundee Utd v St Mirren
Hibernian v Celtic (Setanta, 2pm)
Rangers v Kilmarnock
Only 12 goals were scored in the 6 games last weekend. At least there wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t any Monday night football!! Aberdeen kept up the pressure on 2nd place with a well deserved 2-0 over St Mirren. Darren Mackie got a much needed 2 goals for his club keeping up the form of Aberdeen and pushing St Mirren further down near the bottom of the table.
Celtic eventually stopped any chance of Caley going Ballistic at Celtic Park. A Dods own goal, Hesselink and Jarosik gave Celtic a 3-0 victory after a closely fought first half. Had Inverness CT gone in front in the 1st minute when they created a great chance, it would have been a different story. Inverness CT are yet to beat Celtic in the SPL, but I am sure it will happen eventually.
Dunfermline look set for a bright future as their new manager Kenny watched this game from the stands. Craig Levein lost his first game as Dundee Utd manager as they lost 2-1. Robson opened the scoring for Utd but Shields and Mason gave the Pars the much needed 3pts to take them level with Motherwell.
Kilmarnock came from behind as well to beat Falkirk 2-1. Again the away side took the lead through, yes you guessed it, Anthony Stokes. Hay and an OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell own goal gifted Killie the win. Colin Nish was sent off for Kilmarnock after 88 mins.
The result of the day however came from Fir Park where Motherwell were completely brushed aside by a fast flowing Hibernian side. John Collins already seems to be continuing the good work of Tony Mowbray, especially after this 6-1 victory. Goals from Brown, Killen, Sproule 2, Jones and Shiels secured the trouncing even though Maguire scored a consolation for the Well. Malpas must be wondering how long he can survive especially after losing by such a considerable score line. He will have to lift the players before next weeks home match against Falkirk or could end up bottom on their own. On the other hand, this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a better time for Hibs to entertain Celtic next week. Well done John Collins after a terrific start as manager!!
On Sunday, there was a pulsating match at Tynecastle between Hearts and Rangers. There was only one goal however, and it came from Nacho Novo for Rangers with 12 mins to go. A total of 7 players were booked but none were sent off. 5 were for Rangers with only 2 for Hearts.
So after 15 games, Celtic lead by 15pts and Dunfermline and Motherwell are bottom by 2pts.
The teams have played a total of 8 times (7 League, 1 Cup) with 15 goals (7 Inverness CT, 8 Hearts) between them.
Inverness CT: 2 wins (1 League, 1 Cup)
Draws: 3 (3 League, 0 Cup)
Hearts: 3 wins (3 League, 0 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
For this weeks game to remember we take you back another one of InvernessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great cup killing shocks. On the 26th January 2001 in the Scottish Cup 4th round, Inverness CT were drawn away to Hearts. Nobody predicted a shock, but Inverness werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t listening. A tremendous display from the inform 1st Division side gave the Highlanders another giant cup killing act to add to their collection. Ross TokelyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opener was cancelled out just before the break by Gary Wales of Hearts. A few thought that was the chance of a shock gone but Inverness showed the world how to play football in the second half when Dennis Wyness and David Bagan both slotted perfect goals to gift Inverness CT passage to the Quarter-final. Man of the match was Hearts fan Ross Tokely. The attendance was 12016.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Walker, Tokely, Mann, McCaffrey, McBain, Munro, Duncan, Chrisite, Robson, Ritchie, Wyness.
Subs- Bagan (for Christie), Calder, Bavidge, Golabek, Stewart.
HEARTS: Niemi, Webster, Severin, Mahe, Maybury, Flogel, Gronlund, Fulton, McCann, Fuller, Wales.
Subs- Kirk (for Webster), Simmons (for McCann), Adam (for Wales), McKenzie, Kazcan.
The referee was Alan Freeland and there were two bookings on the day: Duncan and Robson both of Inverness CT. Six of the Inverness players who started the match still play for the club and one is now the manager!
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the SPL.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Paul Hartley is the top scorer in the fixture with 2 goals.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Inverness CT have never beaten Hearts at home. They have played 3 times in Inverness resulting in 2 draws and a 1-0 win for Hearts.
2 goals: Hartley (Hearts)
1 goal: Tokely, Wyness, Bagan, Juanjo, Dods, Wilson, Bayne (all ICT), Wales, Skacel, Pinilla, Mole, Driver, Aguiar (all Hearts).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dennis Wyness (Inverness CT): The ex-Hearts man has been on the sidelines for Inverness the past few weeks after an injury that has kept him out since August 26th. He could finally get called on from the start on Saturday after Caley Thistle going goal-shy upfront in the last two games. A great player who set up a great partnership with Craig Dargo last year is eager to get back into the starting 11 and score his first goal of the season on Saturday.
Steven Pressley (Hearts): The (possibly ex) Hearts captain is a rock solid Scotland internationalist who is one of the main reasons behind Hearts success in the last few years. Although after he spoke out about the turmoil, he has been dropped for the last 2 games with apparently his armband stripped from him. If the Jambos were to lose this guy, it would be a big loss and one the management team might just regret.
Manager (Hearts): Whoever it may be. Will there actually be a manager on Saturday? Who knows!!
10th Feb 2007 at Tynecastle