It was a match that before kick off, looked destined to see all three points head north to the Highlands with Terry Butcher’s Inverness Caley Thistle side, but Danny Lennon’s Paisley side had other ideas as both sides served a six goal thriller at St.Mirren Park.
Adam Rooney opened the scoring after just six minutes after some poor defending, but Michael Higdon equalised for the Buddies from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. Steven Thomson gave the Paisley side the lead just a minute later, but Inverness equalised through Aaron Doran four minutes later. Rooney scored his second of the game on 61 minutes before Darren McGregor scored the Buddies equaliser and the sixth goal of the game.
Despite Inverness Caley’s injury crisis, it was the Highland outfit that started the game brightly. Both Johnny Hayes and Rooney had chances early on, but Saints keeper Paul Gallacher was eventually beaten.
A long ball from Ryan Esson was met by Adam Rooney who used his strength to beat Darren McGregor and scored from 12 yards out.
St. Mirren eventually found their feet and were denied an equaliser when Thomson was denied by the outstretched hand of Ryan Esson, missing the on rushing Higdon before Hugh Murray hit the ball just wide of the post from eight yards out.
Caley’s injury crisis got worse as Hayes had to go off injured, being replaced by Odhiambo.
St. Mirren’s pressure paid off as Craig Dargo beat three markers before being fouled in the box by Proctor. Higdon took the resulting penalty sending Esson the wrong way, and within a minute, the Buddies took the lead. Dargo again was causing all sorts of problems for the Caley defence, he controlled a long ball and laid it off to Thomson who rifled his shot from 20 yards out into the Caley goal.
Despite going a goal behind, Caley equalised with their next foray into the Buddies penalty area. St. Mirren failed to deal with a cross from Proctor, and Doran scored his first goal for the Highland side.
Jure Travner was brought on after half time by Danny Lennon replacing Lee Mair, and Caley were under the cosh soon after the restart. First McGregor hit the crossbar, before Foran headed against his own post from close range.
Against the run of play, Caley Thistle broke away to take the lead once again, after a through ball from Foran found Rooney who fired low past Gallacher into the corner of the Saints goal.
On 74 minutes, McGregor equalised for Lennon’s side and ended the scoring in Paisley, despite both sides pressing for a winner.
Saints boss Danny Lennon said, “I think the disappointing thing is that you score three goals at home, two of them wonderful goals, and you give away very, very sloppy goals. We know exactly where we have gone wrong today – We were slow out of the traps.
“We can take away the good things we’ve done and we’ll study the bad things. It’s not rocket science where we went wrong. Every man and their dog could see where we went wrong.
“It’s about getting back on the bike and three points would have been better, but to go behind twice and to show the character, more so in the way they did, we’ll take the positives out of that all day.”
Inverness manager Terry Butcher was pleased with the point. He said, “Where do you start with that? We could have won it, we could have lost it so a draw is possibly the right result.”
St Mirren: Gallacher, van Zanten, Mair (Travner 46), Potter, Murray (Lynch 83), Thomson, Dargo, Higdon, McGregor, McAusland, McGowan.
Subs Not Used: Mooy, Lamont, McCluskey, McLean, Samson (GK).
Inverness CT: Esson, Proctor, Duff, Cox, Duncan, Foran, Rooney, Hayes (Odhiambo 25), Innes, Doran, Hogg.
Subs Not Used: Sutherland, MacDonald, Polworth, Tuffey (GK).
Referee: Bobby Madden