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Ross County 1-3 Inverness CT: Visitors fight back to win Highland derby

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

Second-half goals from Daniel MacKay and Shane Sutherland sealed a Highland derby triumph for Inverness CT over Ross County in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Ross County had led through Billy Mckay's header in the first meeting between these pair in nearly two years.

But they were pegged back instantly by Nikolay Todorov, before MacKay's solo goal put the visitors in control.

And Sutherland booked Inverness' place in the next round late on.

They will learn their opponents in Sunday's draw.

Two years since their last meeting, it felt like two years worth of derbies were crammed into 90 minutes.

Inverness started brightly and for the first 15 minutes looked like they were going to a handful. But their initial sparkle died down, both defences got on top, and for a while long-range pot shots were the biggest threat from either side.

But, in an enthralling 43 seconds, the derby roared back to life.

A superb corner from Stephen Kelly was difficult to defend and Mckay bulleted home Oli Shaw's flick-on.

But almost instantly it was 1-1. Todorov made it four goals in eight games when he was given space in the box and rifled home through a gap.

After trailing, Inverness got themselves in front through a fine solo goal from MacKay. The 19-year-old midfielder latched onto a long ball down the left, darted inside the defender, and finished confidently past the goalkeeper.

And the visitors, despite being a division below their hosts, continued to dominate. Todorov miscued a shot inside the box after a neat through ball from Scott Allan. But they could not initially find a third which gave hope to the visitors.

Jordan White headed just past the post for County, Brad McKay had to divert away a dangerous ball across goal, and Charlie Lakin fired just over.

But Sutherland finished off their chances when County defended a free-kick poorly, and he took full advantage to spin and hammer home into the far corner.

County could have set up a grandstand finish but no-one could get the ball over the line from a goal mouth scramble as their cup dreams ended.

Inverness CT manager Neil McCann: "That's as good a team performance as you're likely to see. It needed to be against a Premiership side but I thought we were comfortable.

"The character they've shown in the past wee while was evident. I thought the shape was brilliant tonight, was really hard to break down, and we scored two great goals [in the second half].

"We're starting to pick up momentum. You can see the belief starting to grow in the group."

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 23Naismith
  • 25Donaldson
  • 15Watson
  • 4Hjelde
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 64'minutes
  • 18Kelly
  • 11VigursSubstituted forHyltonat 63'minutes
  • 19Lakin
  • 9Mckay
  • 8ShawSubstituted forWhiteat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Draper
  • 10Maouche
  • 14Hylton
  • 17Charles-Cook
  • 21Hilton
  • 22Tillson
  • 24Paton
  • 26White
  • 44Mackinnon

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 8Carson
  • 22McKay
  • 6DevineBooked at 15mins
  • 24Deas
  • 4Welsh
  • 18Allardice
  • 27MacKaySubstituted forHarperat 83'minutes
  • 23AllanSubstituted forSutherlandat 72'minutes
  • 17Storey
  • 77TodorovSubstituted forMacGregorat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Duffy
  • 3McHattie
  • 7Keatings
  • 11Sutherland
  • 12MacGregor
  • 14Vincent
  • 16Harper
  • 19Lyall
  • 21MacKay
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3.

  3. Post update

    Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Deas (Inverness CT).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Leo Fuhr Hjelde (Ross County).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Lakin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Sean Welsh.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3. Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roddy MacGregor following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Scott Allardice (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Mckay (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Cameron Harper replaces Daniel MacKay.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Deas (Inverness CT).

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