Inverness CT 3 - 0 Brechin City

League Cup - Grp A
Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,419
Referee: Barry Cook
Inverness CT  Brechin City

Gary Warren (21)
Gary Warren (34)
George Oakley (57)

Team Managers
John Robertson Darren Dods

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Gary Warren
Brad Mckay
Collin Seedorf
Riccardo Calder
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Ross Draper
Jake Mulraney
John Baird
George Oakley
Graeme Smith
Paul McLean
Gary Fusco
Sean Crighton
Willie Dyer
Ally Love
Aron Lynas
Euan Spark
Kalvin Orsi
Andy Jackson
Isaac Layne

Ryan Esson
David Raven
Alasdair Stark
Matthew Elsdon
Joe Chalmers
Liam Macdonald
Aidan Wilson
Patrick O-Neil
Elliot Ford
Jordan Sinclair
Darren Dods

Joe Chalmers for Jake Mulraney (72)
Matthew Elsdon for Iain Vigurs (83)
Jordan Sinclair -> Ally Love (78)
Elliot Ford -> Euan Spark (84)

Joe Chalmers (74)
Ally Love (40)
Paul McLean (53)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Gary Warren 192 apps17 goals
Riccardo Calder 1 app (debut) -
Brad Mckay 29 apps1 goal
Collin Seedorf 1 app (debut) -
Liam Polworth 115 apps10 goals
Iain Vigurs 101 apps16 goals
Ross Draper 203 apps16 goals
Jake Mulraney 33 apps -
George Oakley 1 app (debut)1 goal
John Baird 1 app (debut) -
Matthew Elsdon (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Joe Chalmers (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jake Mulraney (21 years 106 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (32 years 341 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 283 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aidan Wilson (16 years 332 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Esson (37 years 127 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 22 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Collin Seedorf(Signed July 5th, 2017)
George Oakley(Signed July 3rd, 2017)
John Baird(Signed June 22nd, 2017)
Mark Ridgers(Signed July 3rd, 2017)
Riccardo Calder(Signed July 6th, 2017)
Joe Chalmers(Signed July 14th, 2017)
Matthew Elsdon(Signed July 7th, 2017)

George Oakley scored his first goal for the Club.

We do have a team after all: Inverness eased their way into this League Cup game and ended up with a comfortable 3-0 win over Championship newbies Brechin City, thanks to a brace from Gary Warren and a first for new signing George Oakley.

After an indifferent low key pre-season, some heads were already dropping slightly but this was just the tonic they needed to get back behind the team as we kicked off Betfred League Cup Group A with a decisive win over fellow Championship side Brechin City.

Robbo gave five newstarts their debut with another two on the bench but it was stalwart captain and center back Gary Warren that stole the show with a couple of goals from set-pieces. Jake Mulraney was showing a clean pair of heels to the Brechin defenders and was the target of some rash challenges before being replaced in the second half.

Apart from a Layne free kick early on and a Spark header that went over, City offered little in the way of forward momentum and after Oakley had headed home the third, they were looking rather bedraggled with Inverness stroking the ball around comfortably. Hardly surprising given the number of players the visitors had missing, only four on the bench including the Machine.

So, we do have a team after all. However, it's difficult to judge considering the opposition were struggling to get players on the park and the fact that they have just come up from the first division. Collin Seedorf looks to be a class act and Oakley took his goal well. Oooooh Gary Warren led by example and Jake Mulraney looked to have the freedom of the wing, this could be a good season for him. Not much for debut keeper Mark Ridgers to deal with in a comfortable afternoon all round.

If there could be any criticism levelled at the team, they could and should have scored more goals against a weakened Brechin, but it's good to get the opening game out of the way without any mishaps. Onwards and upwards.

Match report written by tm4tj