Inverness CT 2 - 1 Raith Rovers

League Cup Match
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,295
Referee: Colin Steven
Inverness CT  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Nathan Austin (49)
Daniel Mackay (87)
Grant Gillespie (61)

Team Managers
John Robertson Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Shaun Rooney
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Nathan Austin
George Oakley
Robbie Thomson
David McKay
Iain Davidson
Kyle Benedictus
Euan Murray
Jamie Watson
Ross Matthews
Grant Gillespie
Euan Valentine
Lewis Milne
Kevin Nesbit

Substitutes
Daniel Hoban
Jamie McCart
Riccardo Calder
Charlie Trafford
Zak Elbouzedi
Daniel Mackay
Jordan White
James Berry
Nathaniel Wedderburn
Ryan Stevenson
Sam McGuff

Substitutions
Daniel Mackay for George Oakley (68)
Jordan White for Aaron Doran (76)
Riccardo Calder for Nathan Austin (81)
Nathaniel Wedderburn -> Iain Davidson (45)
Ryan Stevenson -> Lewis Milne (81)

Bookings
Liam Polworth (78)
Shaun Rooney (78)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 47 apps -
Shaun Rooney 3 apps -
Carl Tremarco 142 apps12 goals
Brad Mckay 76 apps3 goals
Joe Chalmers 48 apps5 goals
Coll Donaldson 36 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 198 apps29 goals
Tom Walsh 3 apps2 goals
Liam Polworth 163 apps15 goals
George Oakley 47 apps13 goals
Nathan Austin 16 apps9 goals
Riccardo Calder (sub) 33 apps2 goals
Daniel Mackay (sub) 11 apps3 goals
Jordan White (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shaun Rooney (22 years 3 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (32 years 294 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 41 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Mackay (17 years 100 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (32 years 294 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 333 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Substitute Daniel Mackay scored the winner with three minutes remaining after Grant Gillespie had scored a screamer to draw Raith level. Nathan Austin had opened the scoring after a goalless first half which Inverness had dominated without over exerting the keeper.

Tom Walsh kept his starting place after his two goals at Cowdenbeath with Shaun Rooney at full back. Daniel Mackay was on the bench with Riccardo Calder and Jordan White.

Raith had former Inverness giant Nat Wedderburn on the bench with ex-Dundee player Kyle Benedictus on from the start.

The hosts started briskly and forced a corner within a minute and continued on the front foot for most of the half.

Thompson saved an effort from Walsh but Austin couldn't dig the ball out and get a shot away from the rebound.

Oakley turned on a through ball but Thompson saved smartly to deny the striker.

Lot's of neat interplay from Inverness but little end product as the half wore on with Raith offering nothing up front. Not surprisingly it ended all square at the break.

Half Time 0-0

Second half was only five minutes old when Oakley held up a ball from Polworth to lay it onto Austin who steered a low shot to the keepers right hand side into the net. Smart opening goal and no more than we deserved.

Could we kick on from here? Well, the answer was no and out of nowhere Raith scored a scorcher of a goal when Grant Gillespie latched onto a loose ball from a corner some 12 yards out and lashed his shot like a missile into the top corner at junction of post and bar.

We struggled to make much headway thereafter until substitute Danny Mackay benefited from a blocked shot from Riccardo Calder on the break to send the fans home happy.

Full Time 2-1

Hard work but an overall deserved win over a defensive Raith Rovers.

Match report written by tm4tj

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