December 8, 2012
McKay inspires Caley win
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||Hibernian|
|12 Antonio Reguero||1 Ben Williams|
|5 Gary Warren||18 Alan Maybury|
|2 David Raven||4 Paul Hanlon|
|3 Graeme Shinnie||3 Ryan McGivern|
|14 Josh Meekings||17 Ivan Sproule|
|4 Owain Tudur-Jones||16 Lewis Stevenson|
|10 Andrew Shinnie||11 Paul Cairney|
|8 Ross Draper||8 Jorge Aaron Claros|
|9 Richie Foran||20 Tom Taiwo|
|17 Aaron Doran||14 David Wotherspoon|
|7 William McKay||9 Leigh Griffiths|
|1 Ryan Esson||Sean Murdoch 31|
|32 Matthew Cooper||Scott Smith 22|
|19 Gavin Morrison||Dean Horribine 34|
|21 Liam Polworth||Shefki Kuqi 32|
|20 Martin Laing||Daniel Handling 24|
|22 Conor Pepper||Ross Caldwell 29|
|18 Shane Sutherland||Eoin Doyle 10|
|Shane Sutherland for Richie Foran (90)||Eoin Doyle for Paul Cairney (68)|
|Shefki Kuqi for David Wotherspoon (83)|
|· Squads: Inverness Caledonian Thistle | Hibernian|
Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month Billy McKay rounded off a comfortable win as Inverness converted three crosses to move above Hibernian into second place in the table with a 3-0 victory.
Ross Draper's free header from a 13th-minute set-piece sent Caley Thistle on their way and, apart from one first-half chance for Leigh Griffiths, Hibs never looked like getting back in the game.
Caley Thistle stepped up a gear after a dull first half and Richie Foran and McKay secured their deserved win in the final 14 minutes as they stayed three points behind leaders Celtic.
Hibs were boosted before the game by the quick recovery of SPL top goalscorer Griffiths, who started despite being taken off on a stretcher with an ankle injury during last Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup win over Hearts.
Pat Fenlon made one tactical change with Ivan Sproule coming in at left wing to replace striker Eoin Doyle. Paul Cairney moved inside to play in between the midfield and Griffiths.
But Fenlon's game plan was soon undone when Draper was afforded too much space to head home after Alan Maybury had fouled Andrew Shinnie 25 yards out.
Graeme Shinnie swung in the free-kick and Draper had several yards on Paul Hanlon to head into the corner of the net from near the penalty spot.
Inverness defended stoutly as Hibs tried to get into the game until a mistake in the 32nd minute allowed Griffiths the sort of chance he has been taking all season.
The on-loan Wolves striker was clean through after Josh Meekings failed to cut out a hopeful ball forward by Jorge Claros, but Antonio Reguero acrobatically tipped over his attempt to lob the ball home.
Hibs continued to have possession in the Caley Thistle half without having a cutting edge and the hosts looked sharper when they attacked.
Ben Williams was fully behind a curling 25-yard effort from Owain Tudur Jones and Draper soon provided a sterner test from similar range after some good passing and movement, but the goalkeeper pushed away the powerful strike.
Inverness created the first chances after the break. Aaron Doran shot wide on the run from 20 yards after getting ahead of the home defence following a header on by Tudur Jones, who saw another powerful long-range strike saved.
Caley Thistle were becoming more dominant and forced a series of corners, and Hibs manager Fenlon made his first change midway through the half with Doyle replacing Cairney.
They very briefly threatened to stage a comeback with a short spell of pressure but Inverness went back up the park to put the game out of sight in the 76th minute.
Right-back David Raven crossed from near the corner flag and Foran threw himself in front of Alan Maybury to force the ball home from close range.
Hibs moved to a 4-3-3 when Shefki Kuqi replaced David Wotherspoon but they fell further behind with three minutes left.
McKay laid the ball off for young player of the month Doran and then ran into the box to meet the Irishman's inviting cross and head into the bottom corner from six yards to take his season's tally to 11 goals.