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    Inverness CT -V- Forres Mechanics - Report

    Can Cans Can't Stop Mackay


    A damp and blustery night greeted the semi-final of the North of Scotland Cup on a sad day for North football and journalism as it was announced that former Caley manager Alex Main, who amassed 14 trophies including 4 Highland League titles at Telford Street, had passed away at the age of 86.

    A tribute to Alex can be found on the Official Site. RIP Alex.


    John Robertson had indicated he would give a handful of squad players a game and Charlie Trafford, Riccardo Calder, Daniel Mackay and Jamie McCart were joined by striker George Oakley in the starting XI.

    George Oakley got the game underway and it only took five minutes for Inverness to get themselves in front. Daniel Mackay made his way down the right and crossed into the six yard box where Roddy MacGregor headed home.

    Forres steadied the ship and Milne headed a Duncanson cross wide after 18 minutes, at the other end Daniel Mackay shot over from distance.

    Halfway through the first half and Knight had to look sharp to come off his line and block George Oakley as he raced through on goal.

    Former Inverness player Stuart Soane went close with a header from a corner as we neared the interval.

    Half Time 1-0

    The second half brought no changes, but three minutes in and Mackay volleyed home from ten yards after a Gabriel Hastings cross was part cleared by the visiting defence.

    Charlie Trafford was booked for a late challenge and moments later Daniel Hoban was called into action to deny Soane who had headed goalwards.

    Inverness stepping up a gear now and Jack Brown wins a corner that is cleared, but it's that boy again as Daniel Mackay scored his second and Caley Jags third after Oakley sent him through on the keeper. Mackay rounded Knight to score.

    Mackay tried to return the favour to Oakley but he could not take full advantage of the opening.

    Jack Brown got in on the act as he rounded Knight to score the Caley Jags fourth of the night and put the result beyond doubt.

    Right at the death, Riccardo Calder went close with a tremendous effort, but there was no more scoring as the ref brought the game to a halt.

    Full Time 4-0

    Inverness progress to the final and await the winner of the Ross County v Brora Rangers tie which will be played tomorrow night.


    Date: 11/09/2018  Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: ???? Referee: Billy Baxter
    Inverness CT: 4

    • Lineup:  Hoban, Hastings, Harper, Trafford (Gunn 64), Fyffe, McCart, Mackay, Brown (Hyde 85) 
    • Oakley (Kennedy 74), MacGregor, Calder.
    • Subs (not used): Mackinnon, Nicolson, Harkness
    • Scorers: MacGregor (6), Mackay (48, 62), Brown (70)
    • Booked: Trafford (53)
    • Sent Off: none

    Forres Mechanics: 0

    • Lineup:  Knight, MacPherson, Fraser, Groat (Allan 65), Moore, Milne, Pollock (MacPhee 65) ,
    • MacRae, Duncanson (Taylor 70), Howarth, Soane
    • Subs (not used): Brown, MacGillivray, Paterson,
    • Scorers: none 
    • Booked: none
    • Sent Off: none


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