Storey scores winner on Caledonian Stadium return for ICT
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2 (Doran, Storey)
Arbroath 1 (Linn)
Almost 25 years on from Inverness Caledonian Thistle's debut league win over Arbroath, John Robertson's men put their first three points of the season on the board with a 2-1 win over The Smokies.
It was tough going for the most part against the plucky visitors, but goals from Aaron Doran and Miles Storey saw Inverness over the line.
The opening exchanges proved to be end to end action, with both teams breaking forward and having efforts at goal.
First Doran capitalised on a defensive mistake to race towards goal, but on his weaker side he could only shoot straight at Arbroath goalkeeper Derek Jamieson.
Then Bobby Linn had a couple of shots that went close, one free kick that hit the side-netting and another from open play that Mark Ridgers was forced to dive low to his right to hold on to.
Caley Thistle looked most likely to get joy down the right flank, with Shaun Rooney often bombing forward with the ball and Tom Walsh looking lively.
But it was the visitors who took the lead.
Jason Thomson's cross from the right wing was punched away by Ridgers, but only to Linn at the edge of the box.
He was in acres of space, and had plenty of time to pick his spot in the far corner and find the net.
Inverness threatened to run out of ideas before the break, resorting to booting the ball straight up to – and often past – Jordan White, much to the dismay of both the target man and ICT boss John Robertson.
But just when it looked like Arbroath would be taking a lead into the interval, Inverness hit back.
James Keatings picked the ball up in the middle of the park, and slipped Doran through the heart of the Arbroath defence.
One on one with Jamieson, Doran coolly slotted past him to level things up ahead of half time.
It was a quiet second half for the most part, although Caley Thistle did see more of the ball.
They had a similarly frustrating time of it in front of goal, but were at least more secure at the back to keep Arbroath out.
But there would still be one more twist in the tale before all was said and done, when Storey cut inside from the left and took a shot at goal.
It was on target but looked harmless, only for the effort to go right through Jamieson and into the net with just under 10 minutes remaining.
The visiting side did have one chance in stoppage time, as Luke Donnelly hit a volley that needed Ridgers to make a good save.
But with no further goals, it was a cruel way to decide a match where newly-promoted Arbroath acquitted themselves well.
For Caley Thistle though, all that mattered was getting their first three points on the board.