Another historic occasion in the club’s short history and a second visit to Hampden in successive seasons. This was not a classic but the team gave everything and came away with a deserved draw. Emotions ran high amongst the Inverness fans - elation at the opening goal, disappointment at the equaliser and finally relief that their team held out for a replay as fatigue set in. They started well and in the third minute a Barry Wilson cross reached David Bingham in the centre but his backheeler was cleared. Stevie Crawford closed in on Mark Brown in 13 minutes but Stuart McCaffrey took the ball off his feet. Craig Brewster shot high and wide from 25 yards three minutes later then Derek Young’s low 18 yard shot was tipped for a corner by Brown. Crawford should have scored from eight yards in 21 minutes but he hesitated and Stuart Golabek stepped in. Liam Keogh and Roy McBain had shots blocked then there were claims for a penalty when Richie Byrne appeared to handle – the TV replay showed that the referee was right to give nothing. A Derek Young scissors kick in 40 minutes went wide then at the Dunfermline end a Golabek shot was cleared. There was one minute of added time in the first half and it proved crucial. McBain ran through the middle and found Bingham clear on the left. Bingham sent over a measured cross and Paul Ritchie headed his 20th goal of the season off the post. Confidence in the Inverness ranks rose and two minutes into the second half Ritchie once more headed goalwards but this time it flashed past. Derek Young hesitated in the box in 52 minutes and the danger was cleared. Brown made the save of the match in 57 minutes from a Crawford header which looked a certainty. Dunfermline continued to press and Bobby Mann cleared a dangerous cross in 63 minutes. The pressure paid off four minutes later when Brewster headed home the equaliser from a Darren Young cross. From the kick-off a Wilson long range effort spun wide then five minutes later Derek Stillie dropped a Wilson free kick but it was cleared. For the last 15 minutes the Pars were the driving force and, with Caley Thistle running on empty, they looked more likely to snatch a winner. A breakaway two minutes from the end led to a free kick on the right and ended with a Russell Duncan angled shot over the bar from 20 yards. Darren Young and Brewster tried to recreate their earlier goal in the final minute but the veteran striker headed wide. During the two minutes of added time there was a glimmer of hope that Caley Thistle could take the tie. A long Mann free kick from his own half set up good play by McBain and Darran Thomson on the left but McBain’s final shot was blocked. Hugh Dallas called time and a replay will be needed to see who faces Celtic in the final on May 22nd.