Inverness CT 2 - 3 Airdrieonians

League Cup - Group E
Tuesday, July 25th, 2023, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,115
Referee: Matthew MacDermid
Inverness CT  Airdrieonians

Charlie Gilmour (62)
Billy Mckay (pen.) (78)
Cameron Ballantyne (22)
Charles Telfer (29)
Nikolay Todorov (88)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Rhys McCabe

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Jake Davidson
Zak Delaney
Lewis Nicolson
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Nathan Shaw
Luis Longstaff
Billy Mckay
Josh Rae
Craig Watson
Callum Fordyce
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
Cammy Ballantyne
Adam Frizzell
Charles Telfer
Dean McMaster
Lewis McGregor
Nikolay Todorov
Josh O'Connor

Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Max Ram
Keith Bray
Lewis Hyde
Adam Brooks
Austin Samuels
Calum Gallagher
Justin Devenny
Murray Aiken
Rhys McCabe
Elliot Dunlop
David Hutton
Corrie Fellows
Kyan Gunn
Alasdair Spalding

Cameron Harper for Lewis Nicolson (16)
Keith Bray for Jake Davidson (45)
Wallace Duffy for Daniel Devine (45)
Adam Brooks for Aaron Doran (45)
Austin Samuels for Luis Longstaff (65)
Calum Gallagher -> Josh O'Connor (72)
Justin Devenny -> Adam Frizzell (90)
Murray Aiken -> Charles Telfer (90)

Charlie Gilmour (32)
Adam Frizzell (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 39 apps -
Jake Davidson 3 apps -
Zak Delaney 42 apps -
Daniel Devine 183 apps6 goals
Lewis Nicolson 11 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 3 apps1 goal
David Carson 143 apps2 goals
Aaron Doran 373 apps55 goals
Nathan Shaw 47 apps10 goals
Billy Mckay 249 apps102 goals
Luis Longstaff 1 app (debut) -
Wallace Duffy (sub) 76 apps3 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 121 apps9 goals
Keith Bray (sub) 3 apps -
Adam Brooks (sub) 3 apps -
Austin Samuels (sub) 46 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Nicolson (19 years 86 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 284 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 252 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keith Bray (17 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 284 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 169 days
Domestic Players:10 (52.63 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Luis Longstaff(Signed July 20th, 2023)

Charlie Gilmour scored his first goal for the Club.

Diamond Presents: Sean Welsh and Roddy MacGregor missed out in this one and Wallace Duffy dropped to the bench but new signing Luis Longstaff started and Max Ram made the bench. Nikolay Todorov started for the Diamonds, and he would have the final say...

An early opportunity gifted to the visitors almost brought about the opening goal. A short pass back allowed Todorov to latch onto the ball but fortunately Cammy Mackay was out quickly to block the shot. A couple of forays forward gave us half chances to no avail. Lewis Nicolson left the field on a stretcher as our injury woes started early to be replaced by Cammy Harper. However we never learned from our early slackness and Airdrie were allowed to stroke home the opener from the edge of the box through a grateful Ballantyne after a defensive blunder by Davidson. Before the half hour it was two blunders and two goals for the Diamonds who didn't have to do too much for their lead. This time it was Devine caught dwelling on the ball on the edge of his own box and Telfer clipped the ball home tidily. Shoddy stuff from the hosts who were chasing the game already. Substitute Harper lashed a free kick from a promising position into the wall and that was about as much as we could muster in a shockingly poor first half. The Caley Jags sheepishly left the field at the interval to the sound of boos.


Second half changes saw Duffy, Bray and Brooks on at the restart. Almost a third for Airdrie after a corner seemed to ricochet onto Mackays left hand post. We had upped our game in this half without threatening the goal but it did come when Charlie Gilmour lashed a tremendous volley from near thirty yards behind Rae after an hour. Duffy headed over from a good position off a free kick as we pushed for an equaliser. Inverness won a penalty when Billy Mckay burst into the box and was brought down. He then rewrote the record books as he slotted home comfortably to level the tie. We continued to force the game but the final ball or shot was elusive. We were undone in the final minute when Airdrie broke forward and again the ball was stroked into the net for what would be the winning goal by former Inverness favourite Nikolay Todorov. We incredibly missed a couple of opportunities to level the game but the ball just would not hit the back of the net with Rae making a point blank save at the death.


Match report written by tm4tj