Inverness Athletic v Invergordon
Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord
It was late heartbreak once again for Inverness Athletic on Saturday as Invergordon made it two wins on the bounce against their hosts with an 89th winner.
In what a scrappy first half, neither side looked like they wanted to take control of the game with DJ Macphee having Athletics best chance that he put just wide of the post.
Half time - Inverness Athletic 0-0 Invergordon
For the second week running Invergordon started the second half with a bang. Athletic failed to deal with a simple throw in into the box and the ball feel to Darren Gollar who could not miss from 4 yards out to give his side the prefect start to the half.
It would take Athletic 20 minutes to find a way back into the match. Dean Allison found himself in space down the left hand side and delivered a cracking cross into the box for Phil Macdonald to nip in front of the visiting defence and poke the ball into the back of the net for his 25th goal in an Inverness Athletic shirt.
Athletic were in front just two minutes later as Clach loanee Calum Black produced a brilliant pass to find Russell Macintyre in the box who finished expertly from a tight angle for his second goal of the season.
Russell Macintyre netted his second goal of the season on Saturday
Picture Credit - Graeme Wester
It would only take the league leaders five minutes to get themselves back into the game. That man Gollar would once again prove to be the main thorn in Athletics side as he sprung the offside trap to slot the ball pass Ryan Hunter in the Inverness Goal.
The final five minutes of the contest was an end to end affair with plenty of drama for both sides as both pushed for a winner.
Firstly, Kai Cruickshank put the visitors back in front as he drove into the box to finish neatly into the corner of the Athletic net. Gary Campbells men could have put the game to bed 2 minutes later as the referee pointed to the spot after a clumsy challenge by Athletics Ryan Macleod. Gollar was given the opportunity to complete his hat-trick for Invergordon but luckily for Shane Carling’s side he rattled the ball off the home cross bar.
Picture Credit - Chris MacLennan twitter
Invergordon would be punished for that penalty miss as two minutes later Calum Black, Inverness Athletic’s Man of the Match on the day, hit a stunning strike from fully 25 yards to get the sides level with only 3 minutes left on the clock.
Then came the heartbreak moment for the home side. With only a minute left to play Invergordon secured the win and all three points. Ryan Paterson was free at the edge of the home box and had enough time to line up a stinging shot that Athletic keeper Ryan Hunter could only parry into the path of Jordan Knight who tucked it away to win the game for his side for the second week running.
Full Time – Inverness 3-4 Invergordon
Manager Shane Carling, “I feel like I am just repeating myself every week as once again I feel we were very unlucky not to get at least a point out of that game. Again, its silly mistakes that are costing us and when you play sides like Invergordon they will punish these mistakes more often than not. We will pick the lads up and take the positives out of the game as for the second week running, we went toe to toe with the League leaders, so we must be doing something right. Its onto next week where we head to Halkirk for what will be another tough game”