Inverness CT 1 - 0 Falkirk

Challenge Cup - Rd 4
Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 5:15 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,078
Referee: Euan Anderson
Inverness CT  Falkirk

Connor Bell (57)

Team Managers
John Robertson Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
David Raven
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Alex Cooper
John Baird
Connor Bell
Robbie Thomson
Jordan McGhee
Aaron Muirhead
Conrad Balatoni
Paul Watson
Joe McKee
Myles Hippolyte
Louis Longridge
Alex Harris
Nathan Austin
James Craigen

Cameron Mackay
Gary Warren
Riccardo Calder
Charlie Trafford
Aaron Doran
Daniel Mackay
George Oakley
Peter Grant
Luca Gasparotto
Tony Gallacher
Cameron Blues
Robbie Mutch
Rory Loy
Cieran Dunne

Aaron Doran for Alex Cooper (72)
George Oakley for John Baird (79)
Riccardo Calder for Connor Bell (86)
Rory Loy -> Joe McKee (63)
Cieran Dunne -> Nathan Austin (72)
Cameron Blues -> James Craigen (85)

Connor Bell (70)
Carl Tremarco (91)
James Craigen (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 16 apps -
Coll Donaldson 10 apps -
Brad Mckay 47 apps2 goals
David Raven 181 apps5 goals
Joe Chalmers 18 apps -
Carl Tremarco 120 apps10 goals
Iain Vigurs 119 apps20 goals
Liam Polworth 133 apps13 goals
Alex Cooper 9 apps1 goal
John Baird 19 apps2 goals
Connor Bell 14 apps5 goals
Riccardo Calder (sub) 15 apps2 goals
Aaron Doran (sub) 174 apps21 goals
George Oakley (sub) 16 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Connor Bell (21 years 124 days)
Oldest Player:David Raven (32 years 254 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 314 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Mackay (16 years 210 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 95 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 183 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Bell ends the contest: Inverness eased their way into the semi-final of the IrnBru Challenge Cup thanks to a second half goal from striker Connor Bell, his fifth goal of the season. In doing this, we also established a new record for consecutive clean sheets. That's seven in a row now. By my calculations, that's 693 minutes of play without conceding, give or take a minute or two. Fantastic effort guys.

Alex Cooper replaced Jake Mulraney who was on u21 international duty. For Falkirk, Kevin O'Hara began his eight match suspension and Nathan Austin, Alex Harris and James Craigen all started.

Chances were at a premium in this tight contest but after a dogged first half, Inverness gradually got on top and their presence in the Falkirk half eventually paid off when the ball broke to Bell after a headed clearance cannoned off the back of John Baird into the path of Bell. He steadied himself before firing through Robbie Thomson to score the only goal of the game.

Inverness were able to see out the game without too much fuss. Falkirks best moments came in the first half when Coll Donaldson cleared one off the line and Myles Hippolyte fluffed a couple of good opportunities.

Carl Tremarco was voted MotM on Alba TV, Connor Bell got the vote from the match sponsors, but there were a few worthy winners.

Aaron Doran was a surprise inclusion on the bench and he got on the park for the final twenty minutes. Great to see the wee winger back on the field after his horrendous injury problems over the last two seasons.

The draw for the semi-finals will take place on Tuesday. Included in this are Crusaders from Northern Ireland, Dumbarton and the winners of Sunday's tie between Welsh league side New Saints and Queen of the South.

Robboquote:- "The players are now playing for the name on the front of the jersey rather than the name on the back".

Match report written by tm4tj