Inverness CT 4 - 3 Ayr United

Scottish Cup - Round 3
Saturday, January 27th, 2001, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,258
Referee: E Martindale
Inverness CT  Ayr United

Paul Sheerin (54)
Bobby Mann (60)
Davide Xausa (68)
Dennis Wyness (72)
Eddie Annand (7)
Mark Campbell (17)
Marvin Wilson (33)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Gordon Dalziel

Starting Eleven
Les Fridge
Richard Hastings
Bobby Mann
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Mike Teasdale
Paul Sheerin
David Bagan
Roy McBain
Davide Xausa
Dennis Wyness

Jim Calder
Ross Tokely
Stuart Golabek
David Bagan
David Graham

David Graham for Davide Xausa (82)
Ross Tokely for Mike Teasdale (85)
Craig -> Teale (62)
Grady -> Annand -> (81)
Reynolds -> Renwick (81)

Davide Xausa
N Scally

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Les Fridge (GK) 79 apps -
Stuart McCaffrey 19 apps -
Richard Hastings 207 apps2 goals
Bobby Mann 73 apps4 goals
Roy McBain 25 apps2 goals
David Bagan 25 apps6 goals
Charlie Christie 221 apps28 goals
Paul Sheerin 129 apps43 goals
Mike Teasdale 189 apps18 goals
Davide Xausa 43 apps19 goals
Dennis Wyness 54 apps17 goals
Ross Tokely (sub) 139 apps7 goals
David Graham (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (23 years 260 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (2002 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 231 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (21 years 331 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Sheerin (2002 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 317 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A stunning second half comeback ensured a place for Caley Thistle in the fourth round draw. With a half-time score of 0-3 it looked all over but an 18 minute spell brought four home goals and victory. Despite a bright start by the home side it was Ayr who took the lead in 7 minutes when the Caley Thistle defence failed to clear a Paul Lovering corner from the right. Amidst claims that Les Fridge had been impeded Eddie Annand collected the loose ball and scored from an acute angle. Over the next ten minutes Davide Xausa, Dennis Wyness and David Bagan tried their luck with shots before Ayr broke away and scored a second from a Lovering corner from the left followed by a Mark Campbell back post header. Only a brilliant tackle from Stuart McCaffrey a minute later stopped Annand going clean through on Fridge. Ayr now looked confident but still the home side were creating chances and by no means looked out of it. A third Ayr goal in 33 minutes made the task much harder. Marvin Wilson pounced on a defensive block and hit home a low shot from 18 yards. Ayr could have sealed it just 3 minutes after the interval when Gary Teale mishit over the bar despite being free in the box. The comeback started in 54 minutes when Paul Sheerin played a one-two with Davide Xausa and scored with a low ball from 20 yards. The second Caley Thistle goal came from exactly the same spot with Bobby Mann converting direct from a free kick through the defensive wall. In 68 minutes Xausa made it 3-3 when he hit it low past Rovde from 22 yards. Excitement was at fever-pitch and the home side amazingly scored the winner just 4 minutes later. A Richard Hastings long range effort was dropped by Rovde and Wyness was there to take advantage, almost a carbon copy of the goal he scored at Ayr two weeks earlier. Ayr pushed to retrieve the tie but their best effort was a Glynn Hurst shot over the bar two minutes into injury time. Definitely a match to remember.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot