Saturday 7th December
Football Times Cup - Sponsored by Inverness Trophy Centre
Invergordon 1-3 Inverness Athletic
Recreation Grounds, Invergordon
Inverness Athletic recorded their first ever win over Invergordon on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to secure a 3-1 win and keep thier hopes of qualification from the South section of the Football Times Cup alive.
Inverness went into the fixture knowing that anything less than a win would put an end to any hopes they had of qualification for the Final of the Football Times Cup. Manager Jason Golabek was able to welcome back a number of players back into the match day squad, along with two new loan signings, Reece Armitt and Fraser MacDonald, from Highland League side Clachnacuddin.
In a fairly even first half, with the home side probably having more of the ball, it would Athletic who would create the first chance. Striker Daryl Henderson latched onto a through ball from Ben Hosie but was unable to get his feet sorted and the chance was snubbed out but a good challenge from the home side defence.
Both sides continued to create opportunities, with the home side having the majority of the play, but a combination of a poor final ball and poor finishing made sure that neither side would break the deadlock, untill a minute before half time.
With Invergordon awarded a free kick at the edge of the Athletic box, Aaron Christie stepped up and curled a trademark free kick into the bottom left corner of the Inverness goal to send his side in at half time 1-0 to the good.
Half Time – Invergordon 1-0 Inverness Ath
The second half started much the same way that the first had ended, with Athletic defending stoutly and the home side having large periods of the play as they looked to extend their lead. Athletic slowly started to grow into the second half and on the 69th minute they were level. Phil MacDonald sprung the offside trap, drove down the right and hit a brilliant strike from just inside the box into the far corner of the net to draw his side level.
That goal seemed to inject fresh life into Inverness as they started to grow in confidence and started to play some neat football looking for a second goal, which would come on the 75th minute. That man Macdonald was once again sent through on goal, skipped past a defender, drilled the ball across the box to find Taylor Sutherland at the back post, sliding in to net his first ever goal for the club.
Athletics’ second goal seem to wake Invergordon up and the next 10 minutes or so was all the home side, as they created several chances to get back into the game but were met each time by a well organed visiting defence keeping them at bay.
The game was over as a contest with 2 minutes left to play as Macdonald netted his second of the afternoon. He chased down a pass back to Cormach in the home goal, who lost his footing, leaving MacDonald with the easiest of finishes to give Athletic their first ever win over Gary Campbell side and set up a winner takes all match this weekend with St Duthus.
Full Time – Invergordon 1-3 Inverness Ath
Golabek said on the game, “The lads were brilliant on Saturday and we got exactly what we deserved from the game. Invergordon is always one of the toughest places to go and get result, as is shown by the fact that we have never won there, but Saturday was our day. Everyone of our players give 100% and worked hard for each other which was brilliant to see. We will get the lads back to training this week as we prepare for Saturday’s visit of St Duthus in what will be a massive game for us, with the winners booking their place in the Cup Final”
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