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    Inverness CT 0 (4)-0 (5) Raith Rovers - Ch Cup

    Challenging Penalty Woe


    The Caley Jags and Raith had made ten changes between them for this Challenge Cup encounter and that was maybe evident by a lack of quality in the final third with neither side over exerting the opposition keepers in a goalless first half. The second half came and went with Jamieson and Connolly passing up on the best chances and it went to a penalty shoot out. Raith held their bottle better and when Shane Sutherland saw his penalty saved it was Raith that progressed to play Killie who edged out Hamilton 3-2.


    Inverness had won this trophy outright twice before and shared it last time it was held with Raith Rovers, who had also a previous win to their name. Could the Caley Jags look forward to the semi-finals against Killie or Accies or will Rovers progress, all will be revealed...

    A sprinkling of fringe and Academy players were on display as we tried to balance the competitive edge with sustainability as the tough schedule will continue, a Championship encounter against Kilmarnock coming up this Friday night, which surely carries more significance than the SPFL Trust Trophy. With that in mind, Ridgers, Sutherland and Doran did not start with Devine, Broadfoot, Duffy and Duku missing altogether, and he who shall not be named also not named. Under 18 players Kenny MacInnes, Ben Barron, Jamie Carnihan and Duncan Proudfoot made the bench for the first time this evening. Rovers went with a strong starting XI without a spare keeper.

    Raith set the ball rolling with Inverness playing towards the South stand and the first opportunity to put pressure on the away defence came in the ninth minute when a McDonald free kick was knocked high over the bar under challenge in the box.

    Reece McAlear flashed a shot from outside the box narrowly past the keepers left hand post after good pressure from the hosts in the twelfth minute. Minutes later Billy Mckay couldn't get his shot away properly and Tom Walsh ballooned the loose ball high into the stand.

    Centre half for the night Sean Welsh sprayed a couple of wonderful crossfield balls as Inverness probed and Lewis Jamieson smothered a shot from inside the box. Robbie Thomson comfortably flopped on top of the ball to mop up the first real opportunity of the game.

    A McDonald free kick from the left saw Mckay get the ball into the net but it was ruled offside. It looked a really tight decision to deny Mckay his sixth goal in this competition. 

    Just over half an hour gone and chances were at a premium as Raith were forced into a personnel change with Ethan Ross having to be replaced by Riley-Snow.

    Cammy Harper made a vital headed clearance as Raith flighted a ball to the back post, the defender putting the ball behind for a fruitless corner.

    Raith were starting to press more approaching half time. Connolly whipped a free kick into the box but Cammy Mackay was in the right place to block a Benedictus header at the far side of the box.

    ImageIn a half of few chances, it was no surprise it ended goalless at the break, and should it remain that way after ninety minutes it will be penalty kicks that will decide who wins the tie.

    Half Time: 0-0

    Shane Sutherland replaced Billy Mckay during the interval.

    Positive start to the second half from the hosts and one attack halted by an offside decision inside the box as we looked for an opening.

    An hour gone and there's still little goalmouth action as Inverness make a double substitution, Welsh and MacGregor off with Kenny Macinnes and Scott Allardice coming on.

    An untidy phase after the substitutions as both sides reorganised themselves and in the best move of the game a superb ball from McAlear fed Walsh on the left and his ball picked out Jamieson who tried to dink it over Thomson, alas the keeper spread himself well to block the effort.

    The hosts were upping the intensity on the visitors end and Jamieson almost picked out a comrade in the box after a good break down the left side with fifteen minutes to go.

    Cammy Mackay confidently punched clear from a corner as Raith came back into proceedings.

    Harper found Walsh at a tighter angle than he would have liked and he fired wide from eight yards as the game entered the final ten.

    Mackay was called into action as Raith swung a ball in from the left, the keeper pulling a header out of the air relatively comfortably. 

    Aidan Connolly shot just wide with Mackay flying full length across his goalmouth as both sides looked for a winner before penalty kicks became real.

    Into time added on and Raith would launch a long ball from a free kick in their own half but it was mopped up and penalties it was.

    Full Time: 0-0

    Penalty Kicks

    Tait 1 Doran 1

    Berra 2 Harper 2

    Mathews 2 Deas 2

    Varian 3 Jamieson 3

    Connolly 4 Allardice 4

    Dick 5 Sutherland 4

    Raith win shoot-out 5-4 ⚽


    Date: 30/11/2021  Venue: Caledonian Stadium  Attendance: 000  Referee: Barry Cook
    Inverness CT: 0 (4)

    • Manager: Billy Dodds
    • Lineup:  C Mackay; Carson (Carnihan 77), Deas, Harper, McDonald, Welsh (Allardice 61), McAlear (Doran 77)
    • MacGregor (Macinnes 61), Walsh, Jamieson, Mckay (Sutherland 45)
    • Subs (not used):  Ridgers; Barron, Proudfoot,
    • Scorers: none
    • Booked: none
    • Sent Off: none

    Raith Rovers: 0 (5)

    • Manager: John McGlynn
    • Lineup:  Thomson; Tumilty, Berra, Benedictus (Lang 79), Dick, Connolly, Mathews, Tait,
    • Ross (Riley-Snow 35 - Arnott 79), Zanatta (Mitchell 57), Poplatnik (Varian 56)
    • Subs (not used):  Musonda, Young
    • Scorers: none
    • Booked: Riley-Snow (42)
    • Sent Off: none


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