Inverness CT 2 - 1 Rangers

Challenge Cup - Semi Final (Tunnocks)
Sunday, February 16th, 2020, 4:10 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,741
Referee: Greg Aitken
Inverness CT  Rangers

James Keatings (44)
Miles Storey (73)
Mebude (6)

Team Managers
John Robertson Graeme Murty

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Lewis Toshney
Kevin McHattie
Shaun Rooney
Carl Tremarco
David Carson
Charlie Trafford
Tom Walsh
James Vincent
Jordan White
Miles Storey
Andy Firth
Nathan Patterson
Cameron Palmer
Rhys Breen
Mathew Shiels
Jake Hastie
Daniel Finlayson
Joshua McPake
Ciaron Dickson
Dapo Mebude
Kai Kennedy

Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Brad Mckay
Roddy MacGregor
Aaron Doran
Nikolay Todorov
James Keatings
Brian Kinnear
James Maxwell
Zac Butterworth
David McClelland
Murray Miller
Nathan Young-Coombes
Ross McCausland

James Keatings for Charlie Trafford (29)
Nikolay Todorov for Jordan White (74)
Aaron Doran for Tom Walsh (79)
Young-Coombes -> Hastie (75)
McCausland -> Palmer (83)
Maxwell -> Shiels -> (87)

Shaun Rooney (45)
James Keatings (48)
Lewis Toshney (81)

Red Cards
James Keatings (58)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 119 apps -
Lewis Toshney 1 app (debut) -
Kevin McHattie 28 apps -
Carl Tremarco 198 apps15 goals
Shaun Rooney 71 apps8 goals
David Carson 31 apps -
Charlie Trafford 90 apps4 goals
James Vincent 94 apps6 goals
Tom Walsh 62 apps12 goals
Jordan White 83 apps24 goals
Miles Storey 65 apps17 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 272 apps46 goals
James Keatings (sub) 23 apps6 goals
Nikolay Todorov (sub) 26 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (23 years 210 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (34 years 136 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 176 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (18 years 61 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (34 years 136 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 329 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Lewis Toshney(Signed January 10th, 2020)


No Shock, Aitken & Water man..

Inverness progress to the final of the Chocolate Biscuit Cup despite Storm Dennis and referee Greg Aitken doing their best to ensure that the team from the Highlands would not line up in the final against Raith Rovers at the end of March. A torrential downpour and Gael force winds turned the game into a lottery. Mebude opened the scoring early in the first half as he was given time and space to turn and drill a low shot beyond Ridgers. Substitute James Keatings volleyed home from the edge of the box to level matters just before the break. Keatings was wrongly sent off by the inept Greg Aitken as, not for the first time this season, he made our task more difficult. However, the ten men prevailed when Miles Storey crashed a loose ball into the net with twenty minutes left. Despite late pressure from the young Gers, Inverness held firm and move into the final. Mebude should have added a second for Rangers before we scored but he smacked his effort off the bar when a goal looked easier. Both sides had chances to score more but it ended at 2-1 for the hosts.

Aitken got little right as he angered the home support and management. What appeared to be a perfectly legitimate 'goal' by Tom Walsh was ruled offside and the sending off of Keatings was just a joke. It's little surprise to hear that Inverness will be looking to get the red card rescinded.

Match report written by tm4tj