Scottish Cup - Fifth Round - Replay
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle win 5-4 on penalties

Inverness 2-2 Ross County (5-4 pens): Inverness set up Dundee United tie

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Watch: Inverness CT knock rivals Ross County out of Scottish cup

Inverness CT will visit Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals after beating Ross County on penalties.

Caley Thistle twice fought back from a goal down in the replay with Jordan White scoring on both occasions.

Ross Stewart had headed County in front and Michael Gardyne fired their second.

Carl Tremarco hit the County bar in extra-time and Declan McManus's spot-kick miss proved crucial as Inverness prevailed 5-4 in the shootout, Nathan Austin converting the winner.

Stewart and Josh Mullin had troubled Inverness in the first tie, the pair scoring equalisers in the 2-2 draw, and Mullin set up the opening goal for the Championship leaders.

Mullin was also denied by goalkeeper Mark Ridgers at 1-0 and County counterpart Scott Fox produced similar heroics to touch Liam Polworth's effort on to the post shortly before White's first equaliser - a header from Joe Chalmers' cross.

Gardyne controlled a high ball and evaded challenges before driving past Ridgers but again Inverness came back at their visitors with Polworth setting up White to slide the ball beyond Fox.

Austin came close to settling the tie in added time and Tremarco went even closer when he hit the frame of the goal in the 116th minute.

The eight yellow cards brandished by referee John Beaton took the total bookings in Highland derbies this season to 25, Inverness defender Coll Donaldson and County left-back Kenny van der Weg cautioned late in extra-time after clashing off the ball.

Penalties ensued and all but one of the kicks were converted, McManus denied by Ridgers midway through the shootout and Austin held his nerve to maintain Caley Thistle's hopes of winning the trophy they claimed in 2015.

Declan McManus
McManus was the only player to miss in the shootout

Caley Thistle showed 'character and guts' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at the Caledonian Stadium

The first board meeting of the newly formed Inverness Caledonian Thistle was held in the city 25 years ago this weekend.

Invariably there has been a lot of looking back about what the club has achieved in that quarter of a century. Plenty of glorious chapters have been written. Manager John Robertson says the class of 2019 must believe they can write another, and why not?

Tonight they showed the character and guts that have come to characterise Caley Jags sides of old, and it's well documented what some of them went on to achieve.

If they can do that again, at Tannadice in the quarter-finals on 3 March, then another trip to Hampden awaits - and who knows what could happen after that?

'Fifteen-yard penalties' pay dividends - reaction

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "We had the better of the game, we had the better chances. We've hit the post, we've hit the bar. There's two off the line in the last minute. Scott Fox has produced a wonder save.

"We have been horrendous at penalties this season. We practised them yesterday. We actually had the players taking penalties from 15 yards out because if they can score from 15 yards, they can certainly score from 12 and all five of them scored."

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "Proud of our team. It was a great cup tie and when it goes to penalties, it becomes that little bit of a lottery and somebody has to miss and it happens to be us. We accept it and we move on.

"It's always disappointing to lose the lead. When it's a cup tie like that, it's to-ing and fro-ing all the time and we could've scored again and Caley could've scored again. As far as a cup tie goes, I think everything was squeezed into that."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 22McKay
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 120mins
  • 6McCart
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 84mins
  • 11WalshSubstituted forMcDonaldat 15'minutesBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcCauleyat 105'minutes
  • 4ChalmersSubstituted forAustinat 76'minutes
  • 15Welsh
  • 10Doran CoganBooked at 66minsSubstituted forTraffordat 101'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 19WhiteBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 2Rooney
  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 17McDonald
  • 21Mackay
  • 24Trafford
  • 29McHattie

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 12Boyle
  • 28van der WegBooked at 120mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forMcManusat 78'minutes
  • 6DraperBooked at 89mins
  • 16SpenceSubstituted forLindsayat 66'minutes
  • 7GardyneBooked at 90mins
  • 9MckaySubstituted forWallaceat 112'minutes
  • 27StewartSubstituted forGrahamat 100'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lindsay
  • 10McManus
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 43Wallace
  • 44Grivosti
  • 46Murray
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,608

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2(5), Ross County 2(4).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Inverness CT 2(5), Ross County 2(4).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(5), Ross County 2(4). Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(4), Ross County 2(4). Ross Draper (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(4), Ross County 2(3). Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(3), Ross County 2(3). Brian Graham (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(3), Ross County 2(2). Sean Welsh (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Declan McManus (Ross County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(2), Ross County 2(2). Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(1), Ross County 2(2). Marcus Fraser (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2(1), Ross County 2(1). Jordan White (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2(1). Michael Gardyne (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. James Wallace replaces Billy Mckay.

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

Foul by Andrew Boyle (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Nathan Austin.

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

Foul by Billy Mckay (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Anthony McDonald.

Second Half Extra Time begins Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2.

Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Ross Draper (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Charlie Trafford replaces Aaron Doran.

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