Inverness CT 2 - 1 Kilmarnock

Scottish Cup - 6th Round
Friday, March 10th, 2023, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,902
Referee: David Dickenson
Inverness CT  Kilmarnock

Billy Mckay (pen.) (24)
Sean Welsh (50)
Kyle Vassell (3)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Robbie Deas
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Ben Woods
Sean Welsh
David Carson
Scott Allardice
Nathan Shaw
Jay Henderson
Billy Mckay
Sam Walker
Joe Wright
Ash Taylor
Lewis Mayo
Kyle Vassell
Liam Polworth
Rory McKenzie
Luke Chalmers
Liam Donnelly
Christian Doidge
Danny Armstrong

Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Roddy MacGregor
Lewis Hyde
Ben Woods
Aaron Doran
Austin Samuels
Steven Boyd
Daniel Mackay
Zach Hemming
Jeriel Dorset
Alan Power
Blair Alston
Jordan Jones
Fraser Murray
Scott Robinson
Kerr MCInroy
Ryan Alebiosu

Austin Samuels for Billy Mckay (83)
Roddy MacGregor for Jay Henderson (85)
Aaron Doran for Nathan Shaw (91)
Alan Power -> Liam Polworth (45+2)
Jordan Jones -> Christian Doidge (45)
Fraser Murray -> Rory McKenzie (76)
Jeriel Dorsett -> Joe Wright (76)
Scott Robinson -> Luke Chambers (76)

David Carson (34)
Wallace Duffy (70)
Kyle Vassell (36)
Liam Donnelly (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 226 apps -
Wallace Duffy 68 apps3 goals
Robbie Deas 103 apps2 goals
Cameron Harper 107 apps8 goals
Daniel Devine 173 apps6 goals
Ben Woods 2 apps -
Sean Welsh 125 apps16 goals
David Carson 130 apps1 goal
Scott Allardice 89 apps5 goals
Nathan Shaw 33 apps5 goals
Billy Mckay 235 apps96 goals
Jay Henderson 12 apps3 goals
Roddy MacGregor (sub) 100 apps6 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 362 apps53 goals
Austin Samuels (sub) 33 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ben Woods (20 years 169 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 147 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 95 days
Domestic Players:7 (58.33 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Woods (20 years 169 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 147 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 63 days
Domestic Players:12 (60.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Roddy MacGregor played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Welsh likes a belter: Inverness had their strongest squad of the season for tonight's quarter final against Kilmarnock. Samuels, MacGregor, Woods and Dan Mackay were all on the bench as Dodds went with an unchanged starting XI. Killie had a strong XI with Liam Polworth starting with Armstrong, Donnelly, McKenzie, Vassell and Doidge as attacking threats.

As it happened, it was Inverness that eventually dominated proceedings and are in the Semi-Final after goals from Billy Mckay and Sean Welsh


Inverness got the game underway but two minutes in and from an Armstrong corner the ball ended up in the net behind Ridgers, Vassell credited with the goal after a near post flick on. Disastrous start for the hosts. Billy Mckay forced Walker into a great save from a close range header as Inverness responded in the tenth minute. Sean Welsh skimmed the top of the bar with a header from a superb ball into the box from Jay Henderson. Inverness got the break they deserved though when a Wallace Duffy cross from the right was handled by Joe Wright as he attempted to intercept the ball. Billy Mckay hit the spot kick down the middle as Walker dived to his left, the ball going in off his feet and it was game on. Henderson was played through on goal but his shot was blocked by the now overworked Sam Walker. Carson was harshly booked for bringing Armstrong down as Killie sprung out of defence. Doidge made a hash of a half chance when he found the ball at his feet in the six yard box, but he ran it out of play. Robbie Deas headed over from a corner as Inverness continued to press. Liam Polworth came off second best in a challenge from Deas just before the interval and his day was over.


Three minutes into the second half Henderson did well to control the ball and get his shot away but it cannoned back off the post. Moments later, with heavy snow falling; he did it again. Sean Welsh picked the ball up thirty yards from goal. He stepped forward and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner from over twenty-five yards. What a strike. We could have gone further ahead, twice. Once when Shaw made space for himself to get a great delivery in but Welsh was just short of connecting with it in the six yard box. Secondly, Mckay did well to wriggle his way into the box but he was halted a couple of times before the defence cleared. Ridgers then flapped at a ball into the box and had to snatch at he ball as it bounced towards the line. A timely snatch if ever I saw one. Austin Samuels almost grabbed a third with two minutes left when running through on goal but his low shot was saved by Walker. Aaron Doran came on as four minutes of added time was shown by the officials. Inverness saw out the game on top and a thoroughly deserved trip to Hampden is now a reality.


What a performance from the Caley Jags. Heroes to a man and well deserving of their trip to Hampden again. For me, Scott Allardice was tremendous with Jay Henderson having a field day in the first half and unlucky not to score at the start of the second. Sean Welsh does likes a strike against Killie from around twenty-seven yards. On another day we might have scored four or five, but for now, two will do. Big shout out for the young team, great noise all night. Come again please.

Match report written by tm4tj