Livingston 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Cup - Group Stage Group G
Tuesday, July 12th, 2022, 7:45 PM at Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston
Attendance: 944
Referee: Alan Muir
Livingston Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Jason Holt (84) Austin Samuels (37)
Daniel Mackay (67)

Team Managers
David Martindale Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Max Stryjek
Nicky Devlin
Phillip Cancar
Jack Fitzwater
James Penrice
Jason Holt
Sean Kelly
Scott Pittman
Joel Nouble
Esmael Goncalves
Dylan Bahamboula
Mark Ridgers
Robbie Deas
Zak Delaney
Cameron Harper
Lewis Hyde
Scott Allardice
Roddy MacGregor
David Carson
Nathan Shaw
Daniel Mackay
Austin Samuels

Bench
Jackson Longridge
Bruce Anderson
Cristian Montano
Jamie Brandon
Josh Mullin
Scott Bitsindou
Andrew Shinnie
Ivan Konovalov
Stephane Omeonga
Cameron Mackay
Aaron Doran
Steven Boyd
Ethan Cairns
Billy Mckay
George Oakley

Substitutions
Bruce Anderson -> Esmael Goncalves (46)
Ivan Konovalov -> Dylan Bahamboula (61)
Andrew Shinnie -> Joel Nouble (74)
Scott Bitsindou -> Sean Kelly (74)
Billy Mckay for Nathan Shaw (63)
Steven Boyd for Lewis Hyde (63)
Aaron Doran for Daniel Mackay (72)
George Oakley for Scott Allardice (77)

Bookings
Jack Fitzwater (45)
Sean Kelly (56)
Roddy MacGregor (21)
Zak Delaney (69)
George Oakley (88)

Red Cards
Max Stryjek (59) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 198 apps -
Cameron Harper 77 apps2 goals
Robbie Deas 85 apps1 goal
Zak Delaney 2 apps -
Lewis Hyde 15 apps -
Scott Allardice 66 apps3 goals
Roddy MacGregor 88 apps5 goals
David Carson 97 apps1 goal
Nathan Shaw 2 apps -
Daniel Mackay 59 apps13 goals
Austin Samuels 21 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 332 apps50 goals
Steven Boyd (sub) 2 apps -
George Oakley (sub) 65 apps18 goals
Billy Mckay (sub) 202 apps80 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (20 years 2 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (31 years 345 days)
Average Player Age:22 years 324 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ethan Cairns (17 years 211 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (33 years 271 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 18 days
Domestic Players:10 (58.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Lions Tamed

Livingston had the better of the opening exchanges and Nouble had the ball in the net but was flagged offside. Ridgers was the busier keeper early on but a swift counter attack saw Austin Samuels open the scoring after 37 minutes. Inverness held that advantage until the break. Daniel Mackay bundled in a second shortly after Max Stryjek was sent off for felling Austin Samuels in the box. Jason Holt pulled a goal back late on then proceeded to miss a penalty three minutes later as Inverness saw out the game to win 1-2 and go top of Group G.

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Inverness were without half a dozen regulars and no defenders on the bench: Sounds familiar. Devine, Duffy, Welsh, Walsh and Sutherland were the main casualties with Saturday's scorer George Oakley benched. :shrug:

Jason Holt was tasked with getting the game underway as Livi kicked off this Premier Sport cup tie.

Joel Nouble puts the ball into the net for the hosts but was adjudged offside. The bustling forward who was a nuisance at Arbroath last season will be a nuisance again tonight.

Former Hearts player Esmael Goncalves did well to fire a ball across goal for Scott Pittman, but he was unable to get on the end of it. Three minutes later the powerful Nouble and Goncalves combined well but Mark Ridgers saves well on his line.

All the early pressure came from the home side but in the nineteenth minute a Cammy Harper free kick was met by Robbie Deas and his header looped beyond Stryjek and the ball came back off the bar before Phill Cancar cleared at the expense of a corner.

Stryjek was called into action minutes later when Daniel Mackay bent a shot goalwards and the keeper pulled off a diving save to deny the Caley Jags forward.

Ten minutes before the break Ridgers did brilliantly to tip a Nicky Devlin shot from his own half onto the crossbar at full stretch.

Two minutes later and Austin Samuels gave Inverness the lead. From twitter @ASutherland1983: Woooof! Scintillating counter attack from Caley Thistle. Starts on our own goal line featuring a stunning pass from Allardice to get MacKay away and he crosses to the back post for Samuels to tuck it away from close range.

Just before the interval Jack Fitzwalker was booked for a late challenge on Scott Allardice.

HALF TIME: 0-1

Again, Livi came out of the blocks fast without over troubling Ridgers. The main topic of conversation happened on the hour when keeper Max Stryjek did some sort of Kung Fu on Austin Samuels.

RIG on Twitter: :redcard: Livingston are down to ten men as goalkeeper Max Stryjek is sent off for a late challenge on Austin Samuels inside the box! Samuels is released by a quick ball from Ridgers and the Livingston keeper is sent off for a late challenge on the ICT striker.:doh:RIG saw it like this: The drama kicked off when a long clearance downfield by Ridgers got Samuels in behind the Livi defence and Stryjek came rushing out and leathered him in the face Street Fighter style. Out came the red card and Livi were down to 10.

Cammy Harper was denied from the free kick as sub keeper Konovalov saved brilliantly in the top left of his goal.

RIG: A piece of MacKay magic saw us extend the lead. A raking pass sent Mackay away and he ghosted past Devlin using some kind of elastico type skill that had us on our feet. He drove into the box and stabbed an effort towards goal which looked like it may have gone in possibly with a touch off a Livi defender. It was a stunning piece of skill that I hope we get to see back again.

Inverness looked comfortable until the final few minutes when Livi got a lifeline. Substitutions maybe played a part in this as we looked disjointed with the incoming players getting up to speed.

The final few minutes suddenly became uncomfortable after Jason Holt reduced the deficit with six minutes left after he turned on the edge of the box and drilled a shot into the bottom corner of Ridgers' net. He missed a great opportunity to level the game three minutes later as he ballooned a penalty high over the bar after Oakley was deemed to have pulled Scott Bitsindou to the ground.

Game over as we saw out the remainder of the time.

Inverness were best served by the three D's. Delaney, Deas and Dan. Sounds like an Irish Showband

Match report written by tm4tj