Inverness CT 3 - 2 Stirling Albion

Scottish Cup - Third Round
Saturday, November 26th, 2022, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 738
Referee: Dan McFarlane
Inverness CT  Stirling Albion

Wallace Duffy (32)
Max Ram (40)
Aaron Doran (69)
Dale Carrick (27)
Dale Carrick (45+1)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Darren Young

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Max Ram
Wallace Duffy
Daniel Devine
Lewis Hyde
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Nathan Shaw
Steven Boyd
Billy Mckay
Blair Currie
Aaron Dunsmore
Jordan McGregor
Paul McLean
Ross McGeachie
Harrison Clark
Kyle Banner
Danny Denholm
Jack Leitch
Kai Fotheringham
Dale Carrick

Mark Ridgers
Ryan Barrett
Matthew Strachan
Calum MacKay
Daniel Mackay
Aaron Nicolson
George Oakley
Ross Davidson
Danny Burns
Kieran Moore
Callum Law
Josh Cooper
Robert Thomson

George Oakley for Steven Boyd (60)
Daniel Mackay for Billy Mckay (64)
Ryan Barrett for Max Ram (81)
Ross Davidson -> Kyle Banner (22)
Robert Thomson -> Danny Denholm (72)
Kieran Moore -> Jack Leitch (72)
Josh Cooper -> Harrison Clark (82)

Max Ram (71)
David Carson (87)
Cameron Harper (92)
Ross Davidson (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 35 apps -
Cameron Harper 98 apps7 goals
Daniel Devine 160 apps5 goals
Max Ram 10 apps1 goal
Wallace Duffy 55 apps3 goals
Lewis Hyde 31 apps -
David Carson 116 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 350 apps52 goals
Nathan Shaw 22 apps5 goals
Steven Boyd 22 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 223 apps87 goals
Ryan Barrett (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Daniel Mackay (sub) 75 apps13 goals
George Oakley (sub) 83 apps21 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (20 years 139 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 194 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Nicolson (17 years 127 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 76 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ryan Barrett(Signed November 26th, 2022)

Max Ram scored his first goal for the Club.

Banana Skin Avoided: A potential banana skin encounter was made all the more plausible given the 2015 Scottish Cup winners permanent injury crisis. Stirling Albion are on a roll at the top end of League Two whilst we are struggling to get players on the park recently. With that in mind we made a late swoop into the transfer market to snap up right back Ryan Barrett on a short term loan until January. He was thrust into the squad for this Scottish Cup game having been training with the squad this week. Dale Carrick scored a first half brace with Wallace Duffy and Max Ram replying for Inverness who only woke up after the opening goal. After the break Aaron Doran restored the hosts lead and we held on to go into the draw for the fourth round. Not pretty, but we got there.


New loan signing Ryan Barrett was on the bench alongside Dan Mackay who was reappearing after injury. Sean Welsh was given more recovery time. Dale Carrick would spearhead the Binos attack and hot prospect Kai Fotheringham would be one to watch. One change from last week as Harrison Clark comes in to replace Ross Davidson. Robert Thomson returns to the bench after serving his suspension. Cammy Clark remains suspended.

After the heavy rain and wind earlier in the week it was a pleasantly calm and mild afternoon for a kick-about.

Thirteen goal striker Dale Carrick was prominent early on as he shot wide, but it was a low key start to the game. Kai Fotheringham sliced wide after twenty-five minutes with the hosts not really threatening.

A couple of corners for the visitors brought about the opening goal when Carrick bulleted a header high into the net after Fotheringham had chipped a ball into the box. No surprise really given our negative start to the match as we have offered vert little so far. Was there a shock on the cards?

Maybe not, the lead lasted little more than five minutes as Wallace Duffy levelled the tie from a Nathan Shaw cross with an excellent headed goal of his own, his downward header bouncing high into the net.

Fotheringham and Aaron Doran exchanged efforts with Currie called into action to deny Doran before Max Ram put us ahead five minutes before the interval as he shot into the bottom corner assisted by Billy Mckay.

We can't hold on to the lead either and Dale Carrick scored his second of the game in stoppage time before the whistle as he slotted the ball past Cammy Mackay from close range after a defensive blunder by the recovering Danny Devine.


A couple of early second half corners came to nothing for the hosts. Ten minutes after the break the tricky Fotheringham went close again with an effort from outside the box. The Bino's were fancying this one with Inverness not looking particularly threatening.

George Oakley replaced Steven Boyd on the hour and Dan Mackay replaced Billy Mckay soon after. His first contribution was a header that went wide, which was more positive than Oakley who conceded a foul inside a minute of entering the park.

Inverness retook the lead when Aaron Doran scored from close range with twenty minutes left, Shaw again with the assist as he cut along the byeline before picking out Doran.

Mackay saved from Fotheringham, tipping the ball over as Stirling looked to stay in the tie and Harrison Clark had an effort blocked as we struggled to contain the Binos who were forcing their hosts onto the back foot as they gave away more corners. It was going to be a long last ten minutes for the home fans.

Ryan Barrett made his debut with ten minutes to go with Max Ram giving way and still we looked fragile as Stirling tried to force an equaliser with Mackay denying Davidson's deflected shot and Carrick.

Obligatory booking for David Carson as we clung on to what we had.

And we just got over the line... 3-2

Nathan Shaw was MotM again with Cammy Mackay also ensuring we went into the hat for the 4th round draw.

Match report written by tm4tj