Arbroath 0-2 Inverness CT

Scottish Communities League Cup

Andrew Shinnie netted a double as Inverness overcame Arbroath in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The forward converted Shane Sutherland's low cross to give the visitors the lead on seven minutes.

Shinnie, Sutherland, Billy McKay and Aaron Doran all had efforts saved by Tony Bullock as Inverness pressed for a second goal.

And their place in round three was sealed when Sutherland set up Shinnie to finish 19 minutes from the end.

Paul Sheerin's hosts had an early chance when they won a free kick at the edge of the box, but Darren Gribben's effort was well off-target.

And they were made to pay moments later when Sutherland broke on the right and crossed for Shinnie, who calmly stroked the ball home from 12 yards.

Gary Warren came close to doubling Inverness' lead when he headed a Graeme Shinnie cross goalwards, but Paul Currie cleared off the line.

Former Ross County keeper Tony Bullock then denied Sutherland and Billy McKay as the SPL side continued to dominate.

The second half contnued in much the same manner as the first with goalscorer Shinnie's drive hitting the crossbar and Doran flashing a shot narrowly wide.

Colin Hamilton set up Gribben for a rare Arbroath chance, but the forward again shot over the bar.

Shinnie scored his second shortly after, when Sutherland slipped the ball to the 23-year-old, and he drove into the box and lashed the ball into the roof of the net to seal the win.

Inverness manager Terry Butcher: "Arbroath are a good side and carry a threat so we knew it wasn't going to be over until we got the second goal.

"It was a difficult tie. I think a lot of people would have expected us to go out.

"I was really pleased with the performance and had we got the second goal earlier we could have maybe got more."

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin: "It was a tough match, especially after we had to play for half an hour with only 10 men on Saturday.

"Our keeper pulled off a few good saves. He has a wealth of experience and he has done that throughout his career. It is no surprise to me that he performed in that manner."

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