Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Inverness CT 4-0 Greenock Morton

Nick Ross scores a penalty for Inverness against Morton

Inverness scored two penalties as they beat Greenock Morton in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Craig Reid was judged to have fouled Ross Draper and Nick Ross converted from 12 yards before half-time.

After a power failure temporarily delayed the second half, Billy McKay headed the hosts' second and struck their third.

And, after Scott Taggart had been sent off for fouling Torbjorn Agdestein, Aaron Doran netted the second penalty.

Caley Thistle eventually progressed to Monday's fifth-round draw but Morton made it hard work for them.

The game was delayed by 35 minutes at half-time due to a failure at an Inverness electricity substation.

In the early stages, Doran set up McKay to shoot narrowly by and then did the same himself before being denied by the first of Nicolas Caraux's great saves.

There was a 35-minute delay at the Caledonian Stadium due to a power failure at a nearby electricity substation
There was a 35-minute delay at the Caledonian Stadium due to power failure at a nearby substation

Morton's first chance came when the ball broke to Nacho Novo and his 25-yard shot was well tipped over by Dean Brill.

Caraux's heroics resumed when he denied McKay twice, although his knowledge of the second save may have been limited.

Novo created more danger when he pounced on a loose pass back from Carl Tremarco and it was only a chance deflection which denied him a shot on goal.

Caraux denied Draper who, in the last minute of the first half, was fouled in the box by Reid. The Morton players hotly disputed the penalty decision but Ross converted the kick.

During the half-time interval the Caledonian Stadium was plunged into darkness. The electricity supply was restored just in time to avoid an abandonment.

And it was Caley Thistle who seemed to power up faster than their opponents with McKay just missing getting his head to a Graeme Shinnie cross before Draper squandered a chance at the right post.

Inverness got their second in the final quarter of the match and it was the kind of goal which the Morton defence had been denying them for much of the game.

Tremarco crossed from the right and the predatory McKay was on hand to head in from close range.

The game threatened to boil over when Dean Brill dived to retrieve a ball he had spilled but the ruck of players dispersed.

Into the latter stages, Doran swung a ball over from the left which found McKay for his second and Inverness's third.

Then into stoppage time, substitute Adgestein's first act on the pitch was to be upended by Taggart who was red carded.

With Ross now off the pitch, the penalty was taken by Doran rather than McKay try for his hat-trick and Caraux was obliged to concede a fourth, which his performance did not deserve.

Greenock Morton interim-manager David Hopkins: "I think 4-0 flattered Caley. The penalty at half-time has just knocked the stuffing out of us. I'll need to see it again but I thought it was very soft, and even when Nacho [Novo] equalised I thought it was onside.

"But, it was two penalties and two goals, and that was us."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle interim-manager Duncan Shearer: "That was a hard one. I watched them a couple of weeks ago and believe me that was a different side that I watched. It's all credit to the new manager in charge.

"Fair play to David [Hopkins], they pushed another man up and they tried to get something out of the game. They had a couple of cross balls that caused us problems, but once we got the third I thought we were home and dry."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 63mins
  • 5Warren
  • 15Watkins
  • 8DraperBooked at 59minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 90'minutes
  • 7Mckay
  • 11RossSubstituted forAgdesteinat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Doran

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 19Williams
  • 21Pepper
  • 23Agdestein

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 2TaggartBooked at 90mins
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 16StirlingSubstituted forMcKeeat 84'minutes
  • 22O'Ware
  • 12ReidBooked at 45mins
  • 17NicholsonSubstituted forO'Brienat 75'minutes
  • 21Bachirou
  • 20Gómez NovoBooked at 45mins
  • 8Imrie
  • 28RussellSubstituted forCampbellat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 5Page
  • 7McKee
  • 10Campbell
  • 11O'Brien
  • 27McNeil
  • 33O'Neil
Referee:
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 4, Morton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 4, Morton 0.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 4, Morton 0. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Scott Taggart (Morton) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Penalty Inverness CT. Torbjorn Agdestein draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Scott Taggart (Morton) after a foul in the penalty area.

Torbjorn Agdestein (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Torbjorn Agdestein replaces Nick Ross.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Ross Draper.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Morton 0. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Craig Reid (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Joe McKee replaces Stephen Stirling.

Attempt saved. Nacho Novo (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

(Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David O'Brien (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Doran.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Stirling (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. David O'Brien replaces Jake Nicholson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Reid.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Morton 0. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross.

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Reid.

Booking

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Archie Campbell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Archie Campbell replaces Mark Russell.

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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