Cove Rangers 3 - 1 Inverness CT

League Cup - Group A
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, 7:45 PM at Balmoral Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 319
Referee: Chris Graham
Cove Rangers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Leighton McIntosh (35)
Mitch Megginson (38)
Blair Yule (85)
Manny Duku (pen.) (92)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Kyle Gourlay
Blair Yule
Ross Draper
Morgyn Neill
Harry Milne
Leighton McIntosh
Iain Vigurs
Connor Scully
Robbie Leitch
Fraser Fyvie
Mitch Megginson
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Cameron Harper
Robbie Deas
Reece McAlear
Scott Allardice
Michael Gardyne
Aaron Doran
Manny Duku
Shane Sutherland

Bench
Stuart McKenzie
Broque Watson
Rory McAllister
Cameron Mackay
Harry Nicolson
Ryan Fyffe
Daniel Devine
Harry Hennem
Roddy MacGregor
Tom Walsh
Ethan Cairns

Substitutions
Broque Watson -> Robbie Leitch (46)
Rory McAllister -> Leighton McIntosh (72)
Tom Walsh for Michael Gardyne (60)
Roddy MacGregor for Scott Allardice (60)

Bookings
Harry Milne (46) Aaron Doran (24)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 158 apps -
Wallace Duffy 17 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 3 apps -
Cameron Harper 41 apps -
Robbie Deas 35 apps1 goal
Reece McAlear 3 apps -
Aaron Doran 294 apps49 goals
Scott Allardice 35 apps3 goals
Michael Gardyne 3 apps -
Shane Sutherland 123 apps10 goals
Manny Duku 3 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 71 apps13 goals
Roddy MacGregor (sub) 60 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (19 years 163 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (36 years 355 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 72 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (19 years 163 days)
Oldest Player:Harry Hennem (2022 years 358 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 215 days
Domestic Players:16 (84.21 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Cove Cruise

Inverness' dismal run of League Cup results continued with defeat at Cove.

This was a must win game for Inverness if they were looking to progress in the competition. Sean Welsh was out after rolling his ankle against Stirling Albion and David Carson missed out after taking a knock against Albion. There were some 'friendly' faces in the Cove ranks with Vigurs, Draper and McAllister in opposition.

Manny Duku had a shot cleared off the line in the tenth minute after intercepting the ball and driving into the box. Ten minutes later Mark Ridgers was called into action to deny Neill after a corner. Play moved to the other end and Gardyne and Doran combined to play Duku through on goal but he shot wide. Half an hour gone and Sutherland and Duku combine to give Allardice an opportunity but he lashed the ball over. Cove opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Leighton McIntosh scored. A couple of minutes later and Cove doubled their lead through Mitch Megginson. Megginson then shot over the bar before Sutherland shot over at the other end and then keeper Gourlay denied Duku after McAlear found him in the box with an excellent ball. Plenty of action but no goals for Inverness at the interval.

Sutherland went close five minutes into the second half after Gourlay fluffed a clearance. Ridgers tipped a Scully shot over the bar as play moved to the other end and Ridgers also saved from Megginson on the hour. Sutherland headed over after Walsh put a tremendous cross into the box with twenty minutes left. With ten minutes left Sutherland headed another Walsh cross onto the post and wide. Walsh himself had an effort scrambled off the line as Inverness pressed for a lifeline. However Yule completed the embarrassment for Dodds duffers with a third goal five minutes from the end after shambolic defending. A penalty to Inverness in the 90th minute offered little consolation for the Caley Jags but Duku duly converted from the spot.

Match report written by tm4tj