Ross County 0 - 0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle  (League)

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, 7:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 5,959
Referee: Steven McLean
Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Mar 2nd 2013, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Goalscorers
None. None.

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Mihael Kovacevic
Scott Boyd
Grant Munro
Evangelos Oikonomou
Rocco Quinn
Paul Lawson
Richard Brittain
Iain Vigurs
Sam Morrow
Ivan Sproule
Ryan Esson
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Gary Warren
Josh Meekings
Owain Tudur-Jones
Ross Draper
Andrew Shinnie
Billy McKay
Ritchie Foran
Aaron Doran

Bench
Sean McCarthy
Archie MacPhee
André Hainault
Alex Cooper
Steven Ross
Steffen Wohlfarth
Gary Glen
Antonio Reguero
Danny Devine
Charlie Taylor
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Shane Sutherland

Substitutions
Gary Glen for Sam Morrow (66)
Steffen Wohlfarth for Ivan Sproule (88)
Nick Ross for Aaron Doran (58)
Charlie Taylor for Ritchie Foran (65)

Bookings
Iain Vigurs (30)
David Raven (31)
Graeme Shinnie (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 59 apps -
Mihael Kovacevic 24 apps -
Scott Boyd 218 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 72 apps3 goals
Evangelos Oikonomou 9 apps -
Paul Lawson 181 apps16 goals
Iain Vigurs 153 apps22 goals
Richard Brittain 203 apps40 goals
Rocco Quinn 60 apps9 goals
Sam Morrow 35 apps6 goals
Ivan Sproule 7 apps5 goals
Steffen Wohlfarth (sub) -
Gary Glen (sub) 23 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (24 years 305 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (32 years 176 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 33 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (19 years 190 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (32 years 176 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 13 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Ross County missed the opportunity to overtake Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a highly charged Highland derby. County's Evangelos Ikonomou had a first-half shot deflected wide after Ivan Sproule's impressive wing play. Tempers flared as Iain Vigurs put in a heavy challenge on Caley's David Raven, which led to an angry exchange between managers Derek Adams and Terry Butcher. Later, Mihael Kovacevic went close and Inverness claimed for a penalty when Ikonomou felled Graeme Shinnie.

The clash they call "El Kessocko", after the bridge which separates the two communities, was part of the clubs' push for a European place and was played in front of 5,959 fans. This was the first time the teams had met in the SPL with them both as top-six clubs. The opening 45 minutes produced little in terms of clear-cut chances although early on Owain Tudur Jones fed Inverness captain Richie Foran who was back in the starting 11 after injury and his ball from the right just eluded Billy McKay as he slid in.

At the other end Sproule could not control a promising ball over the top while Vigurs rounded David Raven but fatally delayed his cross. County's best first-half chance came when Sproule out on the right found Oikonomou but his thunderbolt was deflected clear by Raven. Then it was Inverness's turn to come close when Ross Draper's effort was cleared off the line.

On the half-hour Vigurs put in a robust tackle on Raven, who retaliated and both players received yellow cards. Meanwhile, the managers began to square up to each other over the incident and had to be separated by officials.
In the second half Andrew Shinnie looked through on goal only to be denied by a crucial tackle from Grant Munro before Kovacevic beat Graeme Shinnie but his searing shot just skirted the left post. Soon after the same player came just as close to the other side of the woodwork. The Global Energy Stadium erupted when Oikonomou appeared to upend Graeme Shinnie in the box but referee Steven MacLean instead booked the Inverness player, apparently for diving.