McKay keeps Inverness on track

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:34

McKay keeps Inverness on track

Mckay’s goal was supplemented by Marley Watkins’ strike before half-time as Inverness recorded a fourth successive win against a St Johnstone side that carried precious little threat all night.
The home side had implemented a pay-what-you-can scheme for the Scottish Premiership game and were rewarded with a healthy crowd of 3,161 on a bitter winter’s night on the banks of the Moray Firth. 
Inverness, who had beaten their opponents in their last three visits to the Highlands, did have to withstand a brief flurry of early corners but the pattern of the opening half was quickly set as Danny Williams worked Alan Mannus in the Saints’ goal.
Aaron Doran shot narrowly wide after McKay had fired the ball across the face of the goal and the latter then brought the best out of Mannus with a close-range header.
The visitors saw Michael O’Halloran forced off through injury before the half-hour and minutes later Inverness’ positive start earned its reward with the opening goal in the 34th minute.
The St Johnstone defence were unable to clear a deep cross and Graeme Shinnie was able to pick out McKay who could not miss from four yards.
A tremendous first-time cross from Carl Tremarco then eluded the over-worked Mannus and fell perfectly for Watkins to calmly slot into an empty net in the 41st minute.
The one-sided pattern continued in the second half as Mannus blocked Doran’s effort and McKay saw his follow-up deflected over the bar.
The beleaguered Saints lost Frazer Wright as he hobbled off before Gary Miller blasted a left-footed effort over the crossbar in a rare threat to Dean Brill’s goal, but the home side were able to stroll to the final whistle.   

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