Clachnacuddin 1 - 4 Inverness CT

Inverness Cup - Final
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023, 7:30 PM at Grant Street Park, Inverness
Referee: Gordon Seago
Clachnacuddin Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Calum Ferguson (64) Harry Lodovica (16)
Harry Lodovica (36)
Harry Lodovica (39)
Lewis Mackie (75)

Team Managers
Jordan MacDonald Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Daniel Rae
Donald Morrison
Ben Cormack
Sam Morrison
Shaun Sutherland
Calum Ferguson
James Anderson
Connor Bunce
Alisdair Riddle
Harry Nicolson
Harry Hennem
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Sam Nixon
Robbie Thompson
Lewis Hyde
Jack Walker
Alistair Nixon
Aaron Doran
Harry Lodovica
Adam Brooks
Austin Samuels

Bench
Rory MacLeod
Lewis Mitchell
Fergus Adams
Troy Cooper
Lewis Mackenzie
James Calder
Robert Urquhart
Zach Macphee
Reid Peterkin
Mark Ridgers
Lewis Mackie
Ben Meacher
Sam Thompson
Calum MacLeod
Jonathan Bain

Substitutions
to be confirmed Lewis Mackie for Wallace Duffy (60)
Jonathan Bain for Adam Brooks (60)
Calum MacLeod for Austin Samuels (60)
Ben Meacher for Aaron Doran (85)
Sam Thompson for Alistair Nixon (85)

The Inverness Cup has been revived and there will be a 'one off' game to decide who will look after this substantial trophy for the next year when it will all be done again between the Caley Jags and Inverness Clachnacuddin. It's a whopper of a trophy capable of holding many a dram and it was first played for in 1895 when Caledonian won the inaugural event. Last played for in season 2005-2006, Forres Mechanics are the current holders. The 'Can Cans' are the oldest association football club in the North of Scotland and are one of only two original teams to play in the Highland League since its first season in 1893, the other being Clachnacuddin.

A fairly youthful Inverness XI took to the pitch bolstered by Doran, Duffy Samuels and a couple of newstarts in Brooks and Lodovica.

Inverness Cup Final: Adam Brooks had an early effort tipped onto the post and behing by keeper Daniel Rae. Austin Samuels was put through by Robbie Thompson but he dragged his effort wide but five minutes later big Harry Lodovica headed home an Aaron Doran corner via the underside of the bar to open the scoring. Cammy MacKay had to look lively to keep out Connor Bunce's free-kick after twenty minutes. Big Harry and Lewis Hyde both went wide but keeper Rae then brought down Big Harry and he picked himself up before converting his penalty on the rebound after Rae had saved the initial spot kick. Harry notched his hat-trick moments later when he headed in from Doran's free kick. Straight from the restart Clach won a penalty of their own but Calum Ferguson's low spot kick was saved by Cammy Mackay.

HALF TIME: 0-3

Into the second half and Aaron Doran shot wide before we made three substitutions: Lewis Mackie, Jonathan Bain, Calum MacLeod ON, Wallace Duffy, Adam Brooks and Austin Samuels OFF before Clach pulled one back when Ferguson scored to narrow the gap after 64 minutes.Substitute Mackie thumped in from inside the box fifteen minutes after coming on to restore our three goal lead. With the game running away from Clach we fielded another couple of substitutes into the final five minutes: Sam Thompson and Ben Meacher on, Aaron Doran and Ali Nixon off.

Match report written by tm4tj