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ICT edge out Pars in SPFL Development league

Inverness CT 1

MacLennan 70

Dunfermline 0

  • Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  • Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 0-0
  • Dunfermline

Inverness attempted to get the first half off to a good start as they pressed forward to find the opener.
 
Scott Boden found the on running Blair Maclennan but his shot strayed well wide of the target. Next up to have a go at goal was Billy King. However his shot was deflected wide by the ever present Stuart Morrison.
 
Chris Brown then played in another dangerous cross but this Sam Robertson’s header flew wide of the goal.
 
Larnell Cole was next up to have a go at attempting to get the scoring underway. His dazzling footwork at the edge of the area found himself in a bit of space but his ferocious strike was beaten away by Gill to keep the teams tied.
 
A moment of controversy saw the deadlock broken. Mulraney drove at the Pars defence which saw Reece Duncan bring down the winger. The foul looked to have been just outside the box but the referee gave the penalty. Captain Maclennan stepped up and fired it straight down the middle to give Inverness probably a deserved lead.
 
Inverness then had the opportunity to double their advantage. Substitute Andy Macrae found King on the edge of the box who laid it off to Stephen Rennie but his shot just sailed over the bar.
 
Pars pressed hard for an equaliser in the 5 minutes of stoppage time. Corner after corner from Lochhead to try and get that all important equaliser but important headers way from Jason Brown and Cameron Gilchrist meant Inverness would just hold on for the three points.
 
On a chilly night in the north, Dunfermline will feel hard done by and felt a point would have been a fair reflection against a very strong ICT side. Inverness have now picked up two wins in the league on the trot as they attempted to get off the basement of the table.
  • Full Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 1-0
  • Dunfermline

Lineups

Inverness CT
Dunfermline
1. Daniel Hoban
2. Chris Brown
3. Stephen Rennie
4. Jason Brown
5. Cameron Gilchrist
6. Blair MacLennan
7. Larnell Cole
8. Billy King
9. Scott Boden
10. Jake Mulraney
11. Sam Roberston
12. Andy MacRae
14. Ryan McRitchie
15. Struan Macarthur
16. Kier Smith
19. Stephen Foster
1. Cammy Gill
2. Reece Duncan
3. Conner Duthie
4. Stuart Morrison
5. Paul Allen
6. Johnny Galloway
7. Robbie Crawford
8. Evan Horne
9. Callum Smith
10. Scott Lochhead
11. Brandon Luke
12. Jack McClair
14. Matthew Todd
15. Owen Andrew
16 Gregor Jordan
20. Josh Dunn
Star Player
Inverness CT
Dunfermline
Chris Brown. Was solid at the back as the pars rarely broke down the left. Also played in some excellent crosses which created several chances for the home side.
Scott Lochhead. Despite not finding the net, the forward created a lot of chances and his ball retention was superb.
Magic Moment
Inverness CT
Dunfermline
Larnell Cole and his fantastic footwork to work an opening early in the second period.
Early in the first Johnny Galloway despite his height showed excellent footwork to get through two defending ICT players
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