Wel­come home de­liv­ery as per­sis­tence pays off

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE - BY DAVID SUTHER­LAND

A rare home win put a smile on Ca­ley This­tle fans’ faces as they headed home from the game on Satur­day evening, and it was a de­served three points.

Both teams are clearly strug­gling with in­juries and sus­pen­sions, with Ayr United only able to find four play­ers to sit on the bench.

Though In­ver­ness did man­age to come up with the full com­ple­ment of seven sub­sti­tutes it was a largely in­ex­pe­ri­enced group.

Ca­ley This­tle had the bulk of the pos­ses­sion through­out the game but strug­gled to cre­ate chances in any great num­ber.

That’s a fa­mil­iar story this sea­son, but they kept plug­ging away and even­tu­ally got their re­ward when Jor­dan White headed home a Sean Welsh cross.

To their credit, on this oc­ca­sion they did go look­ing for a se­cond goal. It didn’t come, but this week you couldn’t fault their at­ti­tude and ef­forts to ex­tend the lead.

Carl Tre­marco did a good job on what, for him, is the wrong side of the pitch at right back.

Kevin McHat­tie could be well pleased with his ef­forts at left-back on his first start for the club.

The match spon­sor’s man of the match was Joe Chalmers. He is a player who can frus­trate home fans at times, but he also played pretty well and de­served the award.

Ayr United had a fan­tas­tic first half of the sea­son but there were signs on Satur­day that the wheels are start­ing to come off the Hon­est Men’s wagon.

The lack of depth to their squad is start­ing to show. The player they may be miss­ing most is Lawrence Shank­land, who has been such an at­tack­ing threat for them.

They looked pretty tooth­less on Satur­day, and I think they might find it hard to re­cap­ture their early sea­son form.

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