21.04.2007 @ 15:00 - Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Inverness CT v Motherwell
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Saturday 21st April at 3pm
SPL (bottom six)
Referee: Craig MacKay
Others: Stuart Macaulay, Mark Doyle (Assistants), John McKendrick (4th official)
Saturday 21st April
Aberdeen v Hibernian (Setanta, 12:30pm)
Dunfermline v Dundee Utd
Inverness CT v Motherwell
Rangers v Hearts
Sunday 22nd April:
Kilmarnock v Celtic (Setanta, 2pm)
Monday 23rd April:
Falkirk v St Mirren (Setanta, 7:45pm)
Saturday 7th April:
(Lovell, Mackie) Aberdeen 2-4 Dundee Utd (Cameron 2, Daly, Hunt)
(Riordan) Celtic 1-0 Motherwell
(McGuire) Dunfermline 1-0 Hibernian
(Pospisil) Hearts 1-0 Kilmarnock
(Rankin) Inverness CT 1-1 Falkirk (Finnigan)
Sunday 8th April:
St Mirren 0-1 Rangers (Novo)
STORY SO FAR THIS SEASON
09/09/2006 Motherwell (McDonald) 1-4 Inverness CT (Tokely, Dargo, Munro, McAllister)
02/12/2006 Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell (Foran pen)
17/04/2007 Motherwell (McDonald) 1-0 Inverness CT
The teams have played a total of 14 times (10 League, 4 Cup) with 30 goals (16 Inverness CT, 14 Motherwell) between them.
Inverness CT: 6 wins (5 League, 1 Cup)
Draws: 2 (1 League, 1 Cup(won by well on penalties))
Motherwell: 6 wins (4 League, 2 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 6th March 2004 in the Scottish Cup Quarter finals, Inverness CT were drawn away to Motherwell. Inverness were going strong in the league and we full of confidence heading to Fir Park. What we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know was that Barry Wilson was to score a wonder goal. Both teams started the game well but after 10 mins, Inverness took the lead thanks to goal of the season by Wilson. Barry received the ball 35 yards+ from goal and he chested it and striked a half volley that dipped over Marshall. By far goal of the round. Motherwell never really got going throughout the match and Inverness CT had a few chances to finish the tie in the second half but they eventually held out to reach the semi-finals for the first ever time in their history. The look on BarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face at the end of the game showed how much it meant to him as he was delighted. The attendance was 7930.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Brown, Tokely, Mann, McCaffrey, Golabek, McBain, Duncan, Thomson, Wilson, Ritchie, Keogh.
Subs- Munro (for Thomson), Proctor (for Ritchie), Fraser, Hart, McMillan.
MOTHERWELL: Marshall, Quinn, Corrigan, Craigan, Hammell, Lasley, Adams, Fagan, Burns, McDonald, Clarkson.
Subs- OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell (for Fagan), Wright (for Clarkson), Corr, K.McDonald, Kinniburgh.
The referee was Kenny Clark and there were NO bookings on the day. Six (including Golabek) of the Inverness players who started the match still play for the club.
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the SPL.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Only twice has a team scored 3 or more goals in this fixture and both teams have had the joy. Inverness CT were the latest in one of the fixtures this season winning 4-1 away at Fir Park.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There has only been TWO home victories in this fixture. Both teams have had the honour, with the most recent being Motherwell in the most recent fixture.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ This fixture has an average of 2.1 goals per meeting.
AND SO THE FINAL STRAIGHT
It is almost the end of April and here we go again, the SPL has split into 2 separate leagues for the remaining 5 games. There are still a few places to sort out but the majority has already been decided. I take a look at how the top six and bottom six will finish.
The top six
It is looking very likely that Celtic will wrap up the title this weekend. If both Celtic and Rangers achieve the same result or Celtic go one better, the SPL title will be already secured with 4 games to go. Celtic will be champions and Rangers look likely to secure the 2nd champions league spot and finish runners-up in the league.
There are 2 teams battling for 3rd place and with it the UEFA Cup place. Aberdeen currently occupies it but Hearts are only 3pts behind. Then with only a slight chance of moving up the table Kilmarnock are 5th, 8pts behind Hearts and Hibernian in 6th, a further 2pts behind.
The bottom six
The relegation fight looks likely to go to the end and will end up being the only excitement. Meanwhile the 4 teams in 7th to 10th place- Falkirk, Dundee Utd, Inverness CT and Motherwell respectively- are all aiming to finish best of the bottom six, which Inverness CT did last season with 5 very impressive clean sheets and with it 5 wins. Each place is worth a reported Ã‚Â£70,000 so hopefully these 4 teams will aim to play good football in order to finish as high as they can.
One thing the 4th teams in 7th to 10th place could play a part in is who will be relegated from the SPL this season. Dunfermline are only 4pts behind St Mirren and have won 2 out of their 3 recent SPL fixtures. It will hopefully go down to the last day of the season when Dunfermline play Falkirk and St Mirren take on Inverness CT.
So then, will this season end with major talking points? Will Rangers actually do the unthinkable and finish 1st, or even 4th!!! Will Hibernian be able to finish on a high with the turmoil between the players and the management team at the moment? Will Inverness CT do what they did last season and win 5 games with 5 clean sheets? Who will beat the drop between St Mirren and Dunfermline?
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just hope the fans are treated so some good football as all the clubs aims to achieve the highest position possible.