Stirling Albion 1 - 6 Inverness CT

Scottish Cup - Rd 3
Saturday, January 6th, 2007, 3:00 PM at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
Attendance: 1,521
Referee: Mike Ritchie
Stirling Albion Inverness CT

O'Brien (15) Craig Dargo (8)
Dennis Wyness (13)
Roy McBain (22)
Craig Dargo (41)
Barry Wilson (47)
Alan Morgan (69)

Team Managers
Alan Moore Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Ian Black
Alan Morgan
Rory McAllister

Taggart -> Hay (55)
Wilson -> Tomana (55)
Devine -> O'Brien (76)
Stuart McCaffrey for Ross Tokely (53)
Rory McAllister for Graham Bayne (62)
Alan Morgan for Barry Wilson (67)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 202 apps -
Grant Munro 193 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 97 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 387 apps28 goals
Barry Wilson 295 apps77 goals
John Rankin 23 apps4 goals
Roy McBain 251 apps14 goals
Russell Duncan 205 apps5 goals
Craig Dargo 58 apps28 goals
Dennis Wyness 211 apps94 goals
Graham Bayne 87 apps14 goals
Stuart McCaffrey (sub) 179 apps6 goals
Alan Morgan (sub) 33 apps4 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 36 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 311 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 140 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 311 days)
Oldest Player:Rory McAllister (2008 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 140 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Caley Thistle cantered into the 4th round of the Tennents Scottish Cup with what turned out to be an easy win against Stirling Albion. Charlie Christie went with 3 strikers from the start and this paid off as the Caley Jags managed 6 goals from 5 different scorers. Official Club Historian Ian Broadfoot supplies the match report

With Stirling riding high in the Second Division, and having home advantage, Caley Thistle had to be at their professional best going into this match. In the event a fine performance led to a comfortable victory.

This was only the Sixth meeting of the clubs and only the second in any cup - Stirling won a League Challenge Cup match 3-1 in August 1996 but never managed a league victory when both were in the Second Division in 1998/99.

The Binos were without Dene Shields who has gone back to Gretna from loan and also the injured Ian Cashmore. Richard Hastings missed out for ICT due to injury but Ian Black returned from suspension to take a place on the bench. Craig Dargo came back from injury to take his place in an attacking formation with three at the back and all three main strikers in the starting eleven.

With only eight minutes gone it was 1-0 to ICT when John Rankin stepped in as the Stirling defence tried to clear a high header from Graham Bayne - Rankin sent a low ball across goal from the left and Dargo bundled in from a yard out.

Five minutes later a Roy McBain cross from the left was knocked-down by Bayne and Dennis Wyness sent a superb left-foot volley from 20 yards past Myles Hogarth to make it 2-0. Two minutes after that Stirling temporarily came back into it when David O'Brien scored from 12 yards via the post.

Roy McBain made it 3-1 in 22 minutes when his first shot came back off Wyness and he hammered the rebound home from the edge of the box. John Fraser hit the bar for Stirling in 32 minutes but four minutes before the break Craig Dargo scored a tremendous goal to make it 4-1. He played a one-two with Wyness and chipped over Hogarth from 25 yards.

Two minutes into the second half Barry Wilson scored with a low shot from 25 yards which went in off the post to make it 5-1. Stirling were by now well and truly out and in 54 minutes it was nearly 6-1 when Bayne hit the post with a low drive.

The final goal came in 69 minutes from Alan Morgan just two minutes after he came on for Barry Wilson. He took a pass from Rankin, went past three defenders then scored from an acute angle through Hogarth's legs. A good afternoon's work for ICT and a place in Sunday's fourth round draw.

[4th round draw paired ICT at home to either Dundee Utd or St Mirren]

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot