Inverness CT 2 - 0 Cove Rangers

League Cup Match
Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 932
Referee: Grant Irvine
Inverness CT  Cove Rangers

Nathan Austin (30)
Nathan Austin (41)

Team Managers
John Robertson John Sheran

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Shaun Rooney
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Nathan Austin
George Oakley
Stuart McKenzie
Cameron Milne
Harry Milne
Blair Yule
Darryn Kelly
Ryan Strachan
Daniel Park
Jordon Brown
Connor Scully
Jonathan Smith
Paul McManus

Daniel Hoban
Jack Brown
Jamie McCart
Riccardo Calder
Tom Walsh
Zak Elbouzedi
Jordan White
John McCafferty
Jamie Masson
Nick Gray
Luke Emmett

Jordan White for George Oakley (59)
Tom Walsh for Charlie Trafford (66)
Zak Elbouzedi for Nathan Austin (72)
Jamie Masson -> Jordon Brown (62)
Luke Emmett -> Paul McManus (80)
Nick Gray -> Daniel Park (81)

George Oakley (53)
Harry Milne (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 45 apps -
Joe Chalmers 46 apps5 goals
Coll Donaldson 34 apps1 goal
Shaun Rooney 1 app (debut) -
Brad Mckay 74 apps3 goals
Carl Tremarco 140 apps12 goals
Liam Polworth 161 apps15 goals
Aaron Doran 196 apps27 goals
Charlie Trafford 29 apps -
George Oakley 45 apps12 goals
Nathan Austin 14 apps8 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Zak Elbouzedi (sub) 6 apps -
Jordan White (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (21 years 358 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (32 years 284 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 168 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Brown (16 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (32 years 284 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 317 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Shaun Rooney(Signed June 1st, 2018)
Jordan White(Signed June 6th, 2018)
Tom Walsh(Signed June 1st, 2018)


The Day Football Came Home: Inverness eased themselves to a 2-0 win over Cove Rangers in the opening game of the season without over exerting themselves on the very day when football came home. Holidays, cobwebs and rustiness were common words thrown around the stands.

It was a sometimes laboured performance from the Championship side and the holiday blues were still evident, with a bit to go before match sharpness kicks in. Nonetheless, two tap-ins from Nathan Austin were enough to see off Cove who for the greater part looked every bit as threatening as did their hosts.

A defensive error allowed Austin to benefit from an Oakley cross and some tidy work outside the box saw Shaun Rooney feed a great ball to Polworth who teed up Austin to tap into the empty net.

Some great saves by visiting keeper McKenzie kept the score down along with slackness up front by the hosts, but at the same time Mark Ridgers had to earn his crust to keep a sometimes lively Cove side at bay.

A win for Inverness and all credit to Cove for plugging away and with a bit of fortune could have bagged a goal. Inverness could have been made to suffer for squandering a hatful of opportunities but we'll put that down to the pre-season feel about this game.

Match report written by tm4tj


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