Inverness CT 3 - 0 Peterhead

Challenge Cup - Rd 3
Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 930
Referee: Alan Muir
Inverness CT  Peterhead

Liam Polworth (2)
Riccardo Calder (51)
Daniel Mackay (93)

Team Managers
John Robertson Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Coll Donaldson
David Raven
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Riccardo Calder
Joe Chalmers
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
John Baird
Connor Bell
Greg Fleming
Jason Brown
David McCracken
James Stevenson
Aidan McIlduff
Simon Ferry
Scott Brown
Jack Leitch
William Gibson
Rory McAllister
Russell McLean

Mark Ridgers
Jack Brown
Matthew Elsdon
Alex Cooper
Daniel Mackay
George Oakley
Fraser Hobday
Mason Robertson
Allan Smith
Mikael Dikobo
Samson Gabriel
Scott Adams
Marc Lawrence

George Oakley for Connor Bell (77)
Alex Cooper for Liam Polworth (87)
Daniel Mackay for Riccardo Calder (91)
Allan Smith -> Russell McLean (56)
Scott Adams -> Rory McAllister (77)
Marc Lawrence -> Scott Brown (87)

Joe Chalmers (55)
Brad Mckay (58)
David Raven (86)
Rory McAllister (58)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 85 apps -
David Raven 176 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 13 apps -
Carl Tremarco 115 apps10 goals
Coll Donaldson 5 apps -
Brad Mckay 42 apps2 goals
Riccardo Calder 12 apps2 goals
Iain Vigurs 114 apps19 goals
Liam Polworth 128 apps13 goals
John Baird 14 apps2 goals
Connor Bell 9 apps2 goals
Alex Cooper (sub) 7 apps1 goal
George Oakley (sub) 12 apps2 goals
Daniel Mackay (sub) 1 app (debut)1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Connor Bell (21 years 89 days)
Oldest Player:David Raven (32 years 219 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 251 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Brown (16 years 76 days)
Oldest Player:David Raven (32 years 219 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 292 days
Domestic Players:10 (58.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Daniel Mackay(Signed July 1st, 2019)

Daniel Mackay scored his first goal for the Club.

Congratulations to Daniel Mackay who became the youngest player to play a competitive game for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He came on as a late substitute for Riccardo Calder and made an immediate impact. Not only did he replace Liam Polworth as the youngest ever player, he scored a debut goal to round off the game as Inverness beat Peterhead 3-0 to advance into the hat for the next round draw on Tuesday. Well done Daniel, a fantastic achievement.

Owain Fon Williams was in goal, Raven and Tremarco started in defence with Donaldson and Chalmers as Gary Warren was out with a sore thumb. Charlie Trafford was suspended after his red card in the previous round. Riccardo Calder was given another opportunity to show if he has anything to offer after a lethargic showing last week. Rory McAllister was spearheading the Blue Toon attack.

A crowd below the 1,000 were on hand to witness this encounter and Inverness couldn't have asked for a better start as Liam Polworth fired us ahead after just 90 seconds, drilling a low shot behind the keeper from distance, possibly aided by a deflection.

Peterhead responded well though and Rory McAllister tried a spectacular overhead but it went just over and Jamie Stevenson had an effort that was close, but no cigar.

Baird saw a shot tipped over after Calder slipped him through on goal. A minute later Fon Williams had to punch a 30 yard volley clear from Williamson.

Willie Gibson was getting some joy on the flank and has put in a few decent crosses, but no takers, and McLean deflects a shot from Gibson just over the bar.

Although the hosts held the advantage, it was difficult to tell which team were in the higher division.

Half Time 1-0

The second half was just five minutes old when a tidy one-two with Polworth saw Riccardo Calder clip home to double the lead. Neat play and a confidence boosting goal for Calder and indeed the whole team.

That second goal sapped some of the energy from the visitors who looked resigned to losing the tie although we made heavy weather of ensuring there would be no banana skin ending.

The highlight of the game came a couple of minutes after 16 year old Daniel Mackay came on as a late substitute. He is the youngest player to play for the club and took that accolade away from Liam Polworth. His first few touches saw him break forward but he chose the wrong option and the chance for his debut goal disappeared. A lay off to Baird might have been a better option, but that will come with more game time. However, moments later his debut was complete when he nodded home to end the scoring and rubber stamp his debut with the third goal for the Caley Jags.

Full Time 3-0

There was a bit of cage fighting in the home dugout after Polworth had been substituted. It appears that what can best be described as an angry exchange took place between coach Scott Kellacher and Polly. I'm sure the club will be taking some action against the pair as tempers seemed to run a touch high. Interesting to find out what sparked this confrontation, but it's not in the best interest of either party to be seen having powder puffs at five paces in full view of the manager, the press and 1,000 fans. I don't think Conor McGregor has much to worry about to be honest. Expect another board statement soon.

Coll Donaldson justified his selection and put in a good shift. One particular tackle on McAllister as he bore down on goal crucial to the outcome at the time and is our MotM.

Match report written by tm4tj