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07.08.2004 @ 15:00 Almondvale Stadium, Livingston Attendance: 3310
3 - 0
Inverness CT
Referee: Charlie Richmond League-match

O’Brien (44)
Easton (57)
Lovell (66)
Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Steven Hislop
Graham Bayne
Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Darren Dods
Richie Hart
Ian Black
Juanjo Carricondo
Bryan Prunty
Hamilton -> Libbra (65) Richie Hart -> Russell Duncan (58)
Juanjo Carricondo -> Steven Hislop (58)
Ian Black -> Roy McBain (65)
Yellow cards
Graham Bayne (60)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
16 Shots 9
8 Shots on goal 1
0 Offsides 0
6 Corner kicks 5
11 Free kicks 21
0 Penalties 0
Match report
An historic day in the short life of Inverness Caledonian Thistle but, in the end, bitter disappointment.

The meeting of the two clubs in the SPL completed a piece of Scottish football history – Livingston and ICT became the first clubs to meet in all four divisions.

A new SPL rule meant that seven substitutes were named but only three could play. Caley Thistle started brightly and in the second minute a Russell Duncan header was only partly cleared and the ball fell to Liam Keogh – from 15 yards he shot high.

In nine minutes Livi’s Scott McLaughlin raced down the left, found Steve Boyack and his ball across goal came off the woodwork. Wilson hit low and just wide of the Livi goal and a David McNamee shot was blocked.

Burton O’Brien hit wide in 33 minutes after Mark Brown pushed down a cross then Brown held a shot from Derek Lilley. With the half-time whistle only seconds away Livi made the breakthrough when McCaffrey tried to head back to Brown. Communications broke down as the ‘keeper came out and O’Brien only had to tap in to the empty goal for 1-0.

The second half was mostly Livingston but in 54 minutes Steve Hislop set Wilson up one-on-one with Roddy McKenzie but it fell to his left foot and he hit wide. It was no surprise when Livi extended their lead in 57 minutes. Boyack sprinted down the right, neatly rounded Golabek then his low ball was turned in at the near post by Easton.

Substitute Richie Hart tried from 25 yards in 63 minutes but it went wide then McKenzie held a deflected Hart effort from long range.

The third goal in 66 minutes was a simple one as Lovell and Jim Hamilton combined to walk through the defence – Lovell touched it in from close-range. ICT created a couple of good late chances when a curling Hart free kick was headed over by Tokely then a McCaffrey lob gave Bayne an opening – Rubio stepped in quickly to clear.

With two minutes added time on the clock Lilley headed wide and it stayed 3-0. A bad start to the season and a taste of the level of football to expect in the coming months.

Welcome to the SPL.