Cove Rangers 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 15th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Balmoral Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 959
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Cove Rangers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Iain Vigurs (56) Billy Mckay (pen.) (67)
Cameron Harper (71)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Kyle Gourlay
Scott Ross
Morgyn Neill
Mark Reynolds
Jackson Longridge
Luis Longstaff
Iain Vigers
Connor Sculley
Michael O'Halloran
Mitch Megganson
Leighton McIntosh
Mark Ridgers
Zak Delaney
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Scott Allardice
David Carson
Sean Welsh
Austin Samuels
Daniel Mackay
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Bench
Jason Naismith
Tony Weston
Balint Demus
Cieran Dunne
Declan Glass
Cameron Mackay
Robbie Deas
Lewis Nicolson
Ben Woods
Lewis Hyde
Aaron Doran
Steven Boyd

Substitutions
Tony Weston -> Mitch Megginson (76)
Cieran Dunne -> Luis Longstaff (76)
Declan Glass -> Connor Scully (90)
Aaron Doran for Daniel Mackay (59)
Steven Boyd for Austin Samuels (70)

Bookings
Morgyn Neill (16) Daniel Devine (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 232 apps -
Daniel Devine 175 apps6 goals
Zak Delaney 35 apps -
Cameron Harper 113 apps9 goals
Scott Allardice 95 apps7 goals
David Carson 136 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh 130 apps16 goals
Daniel Mackay 92 apps15 goals
Nathan Shaw 39 apps8 goals
Billy Mckay 241 apps97 goals
Austin Samuels 38 apps6 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 366 apps53 goals
Steven Boyd (sub) 38 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Zak Delaney (21 years 100 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 236 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Nicolson (18 years 350 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 160 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Crucial Three Points: Whilst we have not had our own troubles to seek on the injury front, Cove Rangers were facing a similar crisis to what we went through as the relegation battle continues. With Accies losing to Queens Park last night, Cove had the opportunity to get off the bottom of the table should they win today. We were looking for a win to keep in the hunt for a play-off place and keep the pressure on those above us. Inverness were without the suspended Jay Henderson with Danny Devine starting in place of Robbie Deas who was on the bench for a rest. Neither side had a full bench and Iain Vigurs started for Cove. After a goalless first forty-five of anti football Inverness came from behind in the second period through a Billy Mckay penalty and Cammy Harper who drilled home the winner with twenty minutes left.

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The first chance fell to Scott Ross but he headed wide from an Iain Vigurs corner. A minute later Billy Mckay was flagged offside as he netted after meeting Nathan Shaw's pass in the box. Cammy Harper saw Kyle Gourlay tip a free kick onto the top of the bar and behind for a corner. However it was mostly grim stuff with so much at stake for both clubs and it was no surprise it remained goalless at the interval. HT: 0-0 Iain Vigurs opened the scoring in the 56th minute with a trademark free kick but Billy Mckay levelled from the spot after Doran was tripped by Morgyn Neill. Cammy Harper then put the Caley Jags in front with twenty minutes left, shooting home from the edge of the box. Ridgers denied Ross as he headed goalwards from a corner but Inverness held on to record their fifth win in a row. Booooom!

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FULL TIME: 1-2

ImageA tough Saturday afternoon across the Championship, but at the end of the day Inverness were the only winners as others faltered. It's still in our own hands over the final three games. Billy Mckay is now just five goals short of our all time record set by Dennis Wyness (102)

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee 33 16 10 7 60 36 24 58
2. Queens Park 33 17 6 10 59 45 14 57
3. Partick Thistle 33 15 7 11 59 41 18 52
4. Ayr United 33 14 9 10 58 42 16 51
5. Inverness CT 33 14 9 10 48 43 5 51
6. Morton 33 12 12 9 48 41 7 48
7. Raith Rovers 33 11 9 13 44 45 -1 42
8. Arbroath 33 6 15 12 29 44 -15 33
9. Hamilton Academical 33 7 8 18 28 59 -31 29
10. Cove Rangers 33 6 9 18 36 73 -37 27