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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline - IrnBru - Preview

    No Sweetener for IrnBru Champs

     

    It's a tough opening tie for Challenge Cup holders Inverness as we start the defence of our trophy on Tuesday night. However, there's no easy first round tie for the holders with the Pars visiting.

    Adults: £15 Concessions: £10 Under 16s: £5. Tickets available here Tickets 

    Information for season ticket holders adding the game to their account can be found here How to add to your season ticket

    Our last involvement in this competition saw us defeat Dumbarton in the final at Perth, a last minute Carl Tremarco goal enough to lift the trophy.

    It was Championship duty last weekend and we passed up a great opportunity to win all three points against 10 man Ayr United. A penalty amongst other great opportunities went astray and we had to settle for a share of the points with the Honest Men. Inverness looked a bit one paced against Ayr and struggled to make the most of the numerical advantage. At times it was difficult to tell that the visitors were down a man. Nobody took the game by the scruff of the neck and we ultimately paid for our lethargy. Plenty of effort, but not enough guile.

    The last time the Pars came North they ruined our chances of a play-off slot last season by scoring with seconds left to earn a 2-2 draw in a pulsating game. I fully expect this to be another tough game.

    Robbo may make some changes for this cup game having gone with the tried and tested over the last few games. We do look as though a bit of pace in the wide areas would be an asset and maybe Elbouzedi or Calder could be more use on the park than on the bench. Daniel Mackay looks certain to make a start in this one.

    Poly2.jpgBeen a tough week for Liam Polworth with the penalty miss and a minority section of fans getting on his case. Fair play to Liam if he plays through this, but I wouldn't blame him if he were to sit this one out and take stock of everything.

    Local artist and Caley Jags fan Sophie Robb has sketched this brilliant image of Liam. Let's hope he can put all this behind him and move on with the Caley Jags. Sophie's work can be seen at the stadium, a massive mural on display taken from the IrnBru final against Dumbarton.

    There's only one Liam Polworth................

    The Pars fared worse than us on Saturday as they were unexpectedly beaten 1-3 at East End Park by relegated Ross County. Louis Longridge scored the Pars goal, but County were well worth the three points. Dunfermline might be more interested in the League Cup next weekend and that could lead to both sides fielding one or two fringe players.
    This was the side that Dunfermline put out at the weekend
    Robinson; Williamson, Durnan, Ashcroft, Longridge, Craigen, Thomson, Vincent, Longridge, El Bakhtaoui, Hippolyte
    Subs: Higginbotham, Ryan, Connolly, Gill, Smith, Todd, McCann
     

    An excellent digital Preview from the official site can be seen Here



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    A tough start indeed to our defence of the cup. I'm not too confident that we can overcome Pars though. It really depends on the teams both sides put out there. Our lack of pace and goalscoring know how is my main concern. The two clean sheets after the Hearts debacle is promising though. Tough one to call.

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