Inverness CT 4 - 0 Buckie Thistle

Challenge Cup - Round 2
Saturday, September 4th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 902
Referee: Calum Scott
Inverness CT  Buckie Thistle

Lewis Jamieson (24)
Cameron Harper (67)
Billy Mckay (81)
Billy Mckay (90)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Graeme Stewart

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Robbie Deas
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Lewis Hyde
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
Aaron Doran
Lewis Jamieson
Anthony McDonald
Billy Mckay
Kevin Main
Shaun Wood
Sam Pugh
Lewis MacKinnon
Jack Murray
Mark McLauchlan
Kevin Fraser
Max Barry
Sam Urquhart
Andy MacAskill
Kyle MacLeod

Mark Ridgers
Scott Allardice
Tom Walsh
Shane Sutherland
Lee Herbert
Craig Cowie
Callum Murray
Hamish Munro
Marcus Goodall

Tom Walsh for Anthony McDonald (65)
Scott Allardice for Lewis Hyde (86)
Craig Cowie -> Lewis MacKinnon (60)
Callum Murray -> Kyle MacLeod (68)
Marcus Goodall -> Shaun Wood (80)

Reece McAlear (59)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 18 apps -
Robbie Deas 41 apps1 goal
Wallace Duffy 19 apps1 goal
Cameron Harper 44 apps1 goal
Lewis Hyde 6 apps -
Sean Welsh 72 apps9 goals
Aaron Doran 298 apps49 goals
Reece McAlear 7 apps -
Billy Mckay 161 apps68 goals
Lewis Jamieson 2 apps1 goal
Anthony McDonald 2 apps -
Tom Walsh (sub) 77 apps13 goals
Scott Allardice (sub) 41 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 56 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (32 years 325 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 197 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 56 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (32 years 325 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 232 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Cameron Harper scored his first goal for the Club.
Lewis Jamieson scored his first goal for the Club.

Holders ease through

Holders Inverness faced free scoring Highland league side Buckie Thistle in the second round of the Challenge Cup at the Caledonian Stadium.

Barry Wilson was tasked with sorting the side for this one with a number of fringe players getting a run out, 10 changes in all, and former Caley Jags midfielder Spider Stewart was the man in charge of Buckie with Max Barry one to watch amongst others.

Buckie had high hopes of causing an upset citing as evidence their 31 goals scored so far in the Highland League plus an excellent 3-1 win over Brechin City in the previous round.

Buckie set the ball rolling and the were unfortunate not to go ahead after they hit the bar through Andrew McAskill, just after Cammie Mackay had denied Kevin Fraser with an excellent save from his shot.

Mackay denied Buckie again with a crucial save with his legs from a close range header from Sam Urquhart before the hosts began to assert themselves.

Inverness eventually got to grips with the game and home pressure finally paid off. It was a simple goal when it came, a deep free kick from Aaron Doran was planted firmly behind Kevin Main in the Buckie goal by Lewis Jamieson. That was his first goal for the club and he almost got his second when he cut into the box and curled an effort towards the top corner, alas the head of Lewis MacKinnon did enough to make the ball come back off the crossbar with Main beaten. Inverness were well on top at this time but Buckie managed to inject some life into their game and foraged forward a couple of times before the break. However it was Sean Welsh that almost added a second as he burst onto a tremendous ball into the box from Reece McAlear but Main did well to block the shot and left Welsh limping into the break

Half Time: 1-0

After the interval it was more of the same, Inverness prepared to be patient and Buckie looking to hit on the break. Cameron Harper scored his first for the Caley Jags after the ball broke to him as Tom Walsh challenged Main, the ball bouncing off the keeper and Harper had the presence of mind to lift the ball over the stranded keeper and after an eternity, the ball bounced into the net.

Jack Murray stung the palms of Cammy Mackay as the ball broke to him on the right side of the box, the keeper earning his clean sheet.

Billy Mckay rounded off the scoring with two late trademark Billy Mckay goals, his first on his return to Inverness and his 67th and 68th overall.

Match report written by tm4tj