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Caley Thistle take all three points from Dumfries

By Andrew Henderson

Brad McKay applauds the ICT fans after a win. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Brad McKay applauds the ICT fans after a win. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Queen of the South 0

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2

Scorers - Doran 8, McKay 21

Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans were rewarded for their longest trip of the season by watching their team take all three points away from Dumfries.

A dominant first half display was enough to see Caley Thistle over the line with a 2-0 victory against Queen of the South.

Queens tried to play out from the back, but their inability to find a teammate early on would prove costly.

Kyle Jacobs tried to give the ball back to his keeper, but Alan Martin did not come to receive it, allowing Aaron Doran to nip in and take possession.

He managed to round the keeper and finish just inside the post from what looked a near-impossible angle.

Queens showed that they would not lie down when Lyndon Dykes was left unmarked in the box, but he put his header wide.

And it wouldn’t be long before ICT doubled their lead.

Some great link up play between Doran and Joe Chalmers won a corner for Inverness, which Liam Polworth swung in for Brad McKay to convert.

Caley Thistle thought they had made it three in the 23 minute when Doran nodded a cross back across goal for Jordan White to tap in from close range, only for the referee to say White fouled his marker to get to the ball.

He would also hit the bar from another corner, with White only able to lob the rebound over from similarly close range.

The home side's dangerman, Stephen Dobbie, would come into the game more int he second half.

He forced a couple of good saves out of Mark Ridgers, and teed up Lyndon Dykes to do the same in a worrying 10 minute spell for John Roberston's men.

But though Inverness would soon regain control of the match, they were mostly restricted to efforts from distance.

White did go close with a shot late in the day, which substitute Queens goalkeeper Jack Leighfield just about managed to clear.

In the end it was a comfortable three points for Inverness, who moved nine clear of Queen of the South in the league table as a result.

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