Inverness edged out Dunfermline in a close affair at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Inverness notably fielded a strong side, with five first team players taking the field. Dunfermline opted for a young side, due to the first team playing the night before at Dundee United.
The game got off to a slow start with both sides trying to keep hold of the ball. Johnny Galloway got the Pars first opportunity of the game when his strength saw him shrug off Inverness’ midfield before seeing his strike blocked away to safety by Jason Brown.
Inverness were then handed a golden chance. Chris Brown’s looping cross from the right found the head of Scott Boden who saw his save parried by Cammy Gill, it fell to Jake Mulraney but he couldn’t get over the ball as his header evaded the crossbar.
The game was suddenly end to end; Scott Lochhead broke free for the Pars and unleashed a strike from the edge of the box but his shot drags wide of the Inverness goal.
Minutes later, Brown again with a dangerous cross from the right which finds the head of Boden but his shot doesn’t trouble Gill in the Pars goal.
Inverness began to pick up momentum with their overage players causing a bit of problems in the final third. Billy King worked some room for himself around 30 yards from goal but his strike was straight down the middle and Gill picked it up easily.
Midway through the first half Pars nearly took the lead. More good work from Lochhead saw him open some room on the edge of the box, but his shot inches away from finding the bottom corner.
The game was now on its head as Pars grew into the half. Chances in quick succession for Conner Duthie and Evan Horne but both chances were gathered by Daniel Hoban in the ICT net.
Scott Boden was nearly gifted a goal when Duthie goes to clear his lines but his clearance bounced straight off Boden and into Gills arms who makes a quick reaction save.