Inverness CT 2 - 0 Stranraer

Scottish Cup - 5th Round (replay)
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,458
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Stranraer

Nick Ross (3)
Aaron Doran (90)

Team Managers
John Hughes Stephen Aitken

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
James Vincent
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay
David Mitchell
Scott Robertson
Mark Docherty
Scott Rumsby
Frank McKeown
Steven Bell
Sean Winter
Grant Gallagher
Jamie Longworth
Andrew Stirling
Martin Grehan

Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Marley Watkins
Chris Fahey
David MacGregor
Lloyd Kinnaird
Adam Forde
David McKenna

Aaron Doran for Ross Draper (67)
Marley Watkins for Nick Ross (80)
David McKenna -> Sean Winter (67)
Adam Forde -> Jamie Longworth (75)

Ross Draper (35)
Marley Watkins (90)
Mark Docherty (69)
Steven Bell (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 29 apps -
David Raven 61 apps -
Josh Meekings 91 apps -
Gary Warren 65 apps8 goals
Ross Draper 67 apps6 goals
Greg Tansey 44 apps6 goals
James Vincent 14 apps1 goal
Nick Ross 132 apps11 goals
Graeme Shinnie 129 apps4 goals
Billy Mckay 98 apps49 goals
Richie Foran 189 apps44 goals
Marley Watkins (sub) 18 apps -
Aaron Doran (sub) 102 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:James Vincent (24 years 150 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2015 years 204 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 355 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 134 days)
Oldest Player:Conor Pepper (2015 years 204 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 338 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Inverness edge out Stranraer:

Inverness crept into the quarter finals with a low key performance that saw League One side Stranraer take all the plaudits, but not the scalp they wanted. An early ricochet off Nick Ross gave Inverness the lead but they could not build on it and it took a very late strike from substitute Aaron Doran before The Blues became stuck in the mud of Inverness.

Not the swashbuckling performance the fans were hoping for, but constant rain all day almost scuppered the game completely before a second pitch inspection convinced referee Alan Muir it should go ahead.

The heavy pitch looked like it would cause all sorts of problems on a miserable evening as the rain continued to fall on the already saturated playing surface, which had large areas of quagmire in the central sections near the penalty boxes, especially the North Stand side. Tommy's pride and joy looked more like Fir Park on a bad day than it's normally pristine self.

The game was barely three minutes old when a somewhat fortuitous goal got Inverness off to the perfect start as Stranraer tried to clear their lines. Scott Robertson, in attempting to clear a through ball, smacked it off the shins of the fleet footed Nick Ross and the ball spun behind him and goalkeeper David Mitchell. Harsh on Stranraer and a break for Inverness.

The early form continued for the home side as they ploughed their way forward and Shinnie made Mitchell work to deny the wing back. It was looking like the early goal would ignite some flame in the damp Inverness camp, but as the half wore on, Stranraer began to make some headway in the ankle deep mud and made the home side look cumbersome at best.

Sean Winter forced his way into the box but sent his shot straight at Dean Brill when he could have done better.

Nick Ross made one tremendous run down the left flank and then cut across the face of the box, but his parting shot was weak and simply gathered by Mitchell.

Another Ross burst saw him feed McKay, but once again the Blues keeper was equal to the task and kept Stranraer within earshot at the break as Inverness toiled somewhat in the heavy conditions.

Half Time 1-0

Chances were at a premium in the second half as Inverness continued to huff and puff, but Stranraer would not go away and it was the visitors who were playing the slicker football when they got possession.

McKay had the ball in the net just past the hour mark but he was ruled offside and the home crowd groaned.

It took a good diving save by Brill to prevent Steven Bell from levelling the tie as he tried a speculative thirty yard effort which almost caught Brill out, but he dived full length to tip the ball away as his feet seemed to spin in the soggy goalmouth.

The home fans were dreading extra-time but substitute Aaron Doran put us out of our misery as he hit a late winner after a great run by Shinnie. Doran sent a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to send the fans home with a smile on their faces, but it could all have turned sour had Stranraer caught us out on a miserable night for football.

Full Time 2-0

Inverness were best served by Nick Ross, especially in the first 45, and Graeme Shinnie who created the burst forward late in the game for the clincher. Greg Tansey showed plenty of graft in the middle and is the one player able to take on the long range shooting job, something  often lacking in some of the other players.

Stranraer should be well chuffed by their teams performances over the two games and they should go on to complete a fine season. Keeper Mitchell was solid and big striker Martin Grehan led the line well, backed up by a pair of flying wingers in Stirling and Winter who troubled Raven and Co on more than just a few occasions.

Match report written by tm4tj