Published: 11/05/2014 14:51 - Updated: 11/05/2014 15:01

Caley Thistle finish season on a high

Written byGraham Linton

 

Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey.
Greg Tansey sealed the win for ICT
SECOND half goals from Ryan Christie and Greg Tansey saw Caley Thistle beat St Johnstone 2-0 to finish the season in fifth.

 

Inverness boss John Hughes opted to keep changes to a minimum as they looked to make it a hat-trick of wins over St Johnstone this season.

James Vincent returned to a starting line-up that also included talented youngster Ryan Christie. They took the places of Gary Warren, who was not involved, while Marley Watkins dropped to the bench.

Both Josh Meekings and Richie Foran missed out again for Inverness due to injury.

With little at stake for Caley Thistle and St Johnstone's focus on their forthcoming Scottish Cup final against Dundee United, the first half produced few chances.

A Billy Mckay effort that was deflected over and a Michael O'Halloran strike from 18 yards that Dean Brill saved just about summed up the moments of excitement in the opening 45 minutes.

Thankfully, it improved from a Caley Thistle perspective after the interval.

After Brill had touched O'Halloran's effort over at his near post, Raven's flick forced Mannus to do likewise at the other end.

Mannus, however, was beaten in the 59th minute, Christie heading home from close range after the visiting goalkeeper had only been able to parry away Doran's shot from the angle of the 18-yard box.

Caley Thistle continued to create chances and only a fine block by Brian Easton foiled Doran from turning home the loose ball, which broke into his path when Mannus had to race quickly from his goal to foil Mckay.

Watkins then went close with a drive from 16 yards that only just cleared the crossbar before Tansey put the seal on the three points, crashing home a drive from 14 yards following a quick counter attack to give the Caley Jags their first victory since the league split.

CALEY THISTLE - Brill; Raven, Tremarco, Draper, Devine, Shinnie, Vincent (Watkins, 66), Tansey, Mckay (Williams, 72), Christie (Ross, 82), Doran. Subs unused: Polworth, Brown, Sutherland, Esson. Booked: Shinnie.

ST JOHNSTONE - Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Millar, MacLean (May, 74), Wotherspoon (Croft, 60), Hasselbaink (Iwelumo, 65), Dunne, Miller, Easton, O'Halloran. Subs unused: McDonald, Brown, Clancy, Banks. Booked: Dunne.

Attendance: 3121.

Referee: A. Muir.

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