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    Inverness CT -V- Falkirk - IrnBru - Report

    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".

     

    Falkirk Manager Paul Hartley felt his side were a bit unfortunate.

     

    Highlights from Falkirk TV

     

    The BBC Alba broadcast of the game can be seen on iplayer for the next six days ICT -V- Falkirk

     


    Date: 11/11/2017  Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 1078 Referee: Euan Anderson
     
    Inverness CT: 1

    • Lineup:  : Ridgers, Raven, Tremarco, Chalmers, Polworth, Baird (Oakley 79), Vigurs, Bell (Calder 86), Cooper (Doran 71), Mckay, Donaldson.
    • Subs (not used): Cameron Mackay (GK), Warren, Trafford, Daniel Mackay.
    • Scorers: Connor Bell (57)
    • Booked: Bell, Tremarco
    • Sent Off: none

    Falkirk: 0

    • Lineup:  Thomson, McGhee, Muirhead, McKee (Loy 63), Austin (Dunne 71), Hippolyte, Longridge, Harris, Balatoni, Craigen (Blues 84), Watson. 
    • Subs (not used): Mutch (GK), Grant, Gasparotto, Gallacher.
    • Scorers: none
    • Booked: Craigen
    • Sent Off: none

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