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Austin strike seals third for Caley Thistle


By Andrew Henderson


Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1 (Austin)

Dunfermline 0

Inverness Caledonian Thistle sealed third place in the Scottish Championship thanks to a 1-0 win over Dunfermline.

Nathan Austin was the man who scored the winning goal, taking full advantage of a mistake in the Pars' defence.

Austin had a chance to put Inverness in front after 15 minutes when he robbed Danny Devine of possession, but he dragged his left-footed shot harmlessly wide.

Nathan Austin took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the winning goal against Dunfermline. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Nathan Austin took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the winning goal against Dunfermline. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Darren McCauley then did well to get down the left wing and put a cross in for Austin, but again his effort was off-target.

Dunfermline showed some threat too, largely through the work rate of Bruce Anderson.

In the 25th minute he spun away from his marker and shot low at goal, forcing Mark Ridgers to dive low to his left to make the save.

Inverness went ahead in the 35th minute thanks to a defensive error from Dunferline.

Stuart Morrison on his league debut played a terrible ball back to his keeper that Cammy Gill could only head into the air for Nathan Austin to capitalise and finish to put ICT 1-0 up.

It would be the visitors that would have the first sight at goal in the second half though.

Kallum Higginbotham struck a volley sweetly that an unsighted Ridgers impressively tipped round the post.

Andy Ryan would then have a pop from the edge of the Inverness box with around 15 minutes to go, but the shot went high and wide.

Caley Thistle's Tom Walsh would have the best chance of the second half in the closing moments though.

Darren McCauley flicked it through to an on-rushing Tom Walsh, who took the ball in his stride and shot.

Gill manages to get a hand to it to tip the ball on to the post, and it was eventually cleared.

The result, along with Ayr United's draw with Alloa, means that ICT overtook the Honest Men in the league table and will play the first leg of the play-off in Ayr on Tuesday evening.



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