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Inverness defeat Forfar in extra time to progress in Youth Cup

Forfar Athletic 1

Starkey 62'

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3

McRitchie 46' Macrae 96' Chalmers 109'
  • Forfar Athletic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (AET)
  • Sunday, 01 October 2017
  • Station Park, Forfar
  • Under 20´s
  • SFA Youth Cup - R2

Inverness Caledonian Thistle were taken to extra time by Forfar in the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup, however eventually came out victorious.

After heavy rain pre match the game began with Forfar making the better start.

The first chance however fell to Inverness with centre back Ryan McRitchie on the fifth minute going one on one with the goalkeeper. Forfar keeper Jason King was however able to smother the ball.

King continued to look impressive in the Forfar goal as he played sweeper keeper multiple times throughout the game.

Both teams struggled to maintain control as both sides winger pushed so far forward they were virtually playing 4-2-4 formations.

These formations isolated the central midfielders for both sides but central midfielders Kieran Chalmers and Jack Brown for Thistle both did well regardless.

It was Chalmers who almost opened the scoring in the 24th minute as his cross hit the top of the bar and bounced out of danger.

King was again called into action as he saved low to his right after Aidan Wilson had avoided multiple challenges to get a shot off on the half hour mark.

The best chance of the half fell to Forfar’s striker Joseph Johnson on the 35th minute, when he capitalised on McRitchie’s scuffed clearance but Inverness keeper Daniel Hoban saved at close range.

  • Half Time:
  • Forfar Athletic
  • 0-0
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle

The second half was off to a hectic start as just a minute after the restart McRitchie headed into the Forfar net from a McKay free kick; after the initial cross was knocked on to open the scoring.

Forfar had a chance to reply just minutes later but Paul Moran’s free kick just outside the area went high and wide.

A brilliant run by Johnson resulted in his cross eventually finding substitute Max Avolio who’s standing over head kick hit the bar.

On 62 minutes Inverness had a goal disallowed as Mitchell Foy was ruled offside after running through and finishing off low.

Just two minutes later it was a penalty for Forfar as McRitchie’s lunging tackle gave the home side an opportunity to equalise.

It was Forfar’s number ten Ben Starkey who converted the penalty low to Hoban’s right, with the Inverness keeper getting finger tips to the ball, but unable to prevent the equaliser.

With about 15 minutes remaining there were claims for a Thistle penalty after a scrabble in the box resulted in a blocked shot with some caley players convinced a hand was used.

Keir Smith was able to round thistle keeper Hoban with just five minutes remaining after good link up play, but was crowded out before getting a shot off.

  • Full Time:
  • Forfar Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle
As extra time began it was clear many players on both sides were fatigued from the earlier 90 minutes and this was pivotal.

Just five minutes into extra time caley once again took the lead, substitute Andrew Macrae lashing into the Forfar net when one on one with King.

A poor back pass almost immediately let Forfar back into the game but Hoban was quick to close down Forfar’s Jamie Penker.

The Inverness keeper appeared to pick up a knock in the challenge and was replaced minutes later by Stephen Foster.

Inverness wrapped the game up minutes into the second half as an excellent run from Chalmers allowed him to cut in on his left and curl the ball into the net.

From this point the result seemed clear and the game began to slow.

Throughout extra time most good things for Thistle came through substitute Roddy McGregor, whose energy in the middle of the park was difficult to deal with.

Final Result: Forfar Athletic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (AET)

Lineups

Forfar Athletic
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1. Jason King
2. Greg Warwick
3. Paul Moran
4. Connor Samson
5. Sam Clark
6. Jack Allan
7. Kyle Clark
8. Morgan Miller
9. Joseph Johnson
10. Ben Starkey
11. Fraser Morrison
12. Max Avolio
14. Jamie Penker
15. Ben English
16. Derek Johnston
17. Cameron Robertson
18. Ben Fraser
1. Daniel Hoban
2. Liam MacDonald
3. Alasdair Stark
4. Jack Brown
5. Ryan McRitchie
6. Ryan Fyfe
7. Daniel McKay
8. Kieran Chalmers
9. Mitchell Foy
10. Keir Smith
11. Aidan Wilson
12. Andrew Macrae
13. Stephen Foster
14. Gabriel Hastings
15. Roddy McGregor
Star Player
Forfar Athletic
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
It was a tough game for Forfar but there were plenty of performances to be proud of. Goalkeeper Jason King can be pleased with his performance despite having to pick the ball out of his net three times. King pulled off a few good saves but also showed his ability to play sweeper keeper as he rushed off his line multiple times to clear lofted through balls. King also showed an ability which can often be underrated in football which was to use his voice well and continuing to talk to and encourage his teammates.
Kieran Chalmers was often at the heart of things for caley's attack. Not only did Chalmers score what would have had to been the best goal of the day, but the midfielder also showed an ability to set the tempo of the game. Chalmers linked up well with Brown in the heart of midfield and also pressed his opponents well and won plenty of tackles.
Magic Moment
Forfar Athletic
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
The magic moment for Forfar would have to be the combination of winning their penalty and then Starkey slotting it away calmly.
Caley's star player Chalmers was the man to produce the magic moment. The midfielder took the ball past two opponents to then turn onto his left foot and curl the ball into the net, with a small touch off the post on the way in.
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