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Inverness grind out match to earn victory against Killie

Inverness CT 2

Blackett 16, Ferguson 25

Kilmarnock FC 1

Cairney 59
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2015
  • Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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Inverness and Kilmarnock played a tight game on Wednesday afternoon in driving wind and rain but it was Inverness who took their chances to secure the three points at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
 
Kilmarnock started the brighter of the two teams when their left back found room on the left hand side and cut in but his curling effort didn't trouble Mackay in the Inverness goal.
 
Inverness had their first effort minutes later when Calum Ferguson was fouled just outside the box but Ryan Baptie's effort never  troubled the Kilmarnock number one as it his shot sailed wide.
 
But it was the hosts who went ahead just sixteen minutes in. Polworth played a clever ball through ball which found Chris Blackett who for a minute lost his footing but regained his balance to slot it under the Kilmarnock keeper.
 
But Kilmarnock always looked dangerous going forward trying to take advantage of the young full backs. Most attacks started on the wings and Kilmarnock's number Dean Hawkshaw unleashed a drive from 25 yards but his shot just went wide.
 
Moments later Kilmarnock's centre forward turned on  the edge of the box but his low drive could not beat Mackay in the Inverness goal.
 
But it was Inverness who took their chance when it came to them. Liam Polworth's surging run down the right-hand side beat the Killie left back to pass it into Ali Sutherland who laid it off to Calum Ferguson who slotted home his 10th of the campaign.
 
Kilmarnock had another couple of chances before the break with number Hawkshaw and Cairney both having low shots gathered by Mackay.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 2-0
  • Kilmarnock FC
Kilmarnock started really bright in the second half and instantly had Inverness on the back foot. Neat passes in and around the box had the defence sweating but Killie just didn't have the end product. Killie's Paul Cairney was causing Inverness's Ali Stark all sorts of problems on the left hand side but his curling effort flew wide of the target ten minutes into the second period.
 
Inverness really should have made it 3-0 on a couple of occasions. Firstly, Calum Howarth delivered a deep cross into the Killie box and Sutherland's header was brilliantly tipped over for a corner. From the resulting corner the ball fell to Polworth but again his curling effort was tipped over the bar.
 
Minutes later Killie got the goal they deserved. A pinpoint corner from number Hawkshaw found the feet of number Cairney who volleyed high into the net that Mackay could have done nothing about.
 
The away side came so close to snatching a point in the Highland's in the last couple of minutes. Firstly, well worked passing on the edge of the box found number Hawkshaw but his shot from eight yards cannoned off the inside of the post and roll away to safety. And in the last 30 seconds number Hawkshaw again hit a fierce right footed shot but his drive from 25 yards bounced back off the same post.
 
The whistle went to award Inverness all three points and will be delighted to have held off a lute Kilmarnock surge.
  • Full Time:
  • Inverness CT
  • 2-1
  • Kilmarnock FC

Lineups

Inverness CT
Kilmarnock FC
1. Cameron Mackay
3. Calum Howarth
4. Ali Stark
5. Jason Brown
6. Liam Polworth
7. Stephen Rennie
8. Chris Blackett
9. Calum Ferguson
10. Ali Sutherland
11. Ryan Baptie
12. Daniel Hoban
14. Jaime Wilson
16. Andrew Macrae
1. Devlin Mackay
2. Dean Hawkshaw
3. Sam Lidington
4. Euan Smith
5. Clark
6. David Syme
7. Dylan Pooler
8. Paul Cairney
9. Jack Whittaker
10. Greg Taylor
11. Greg Kiltie
12. Wilson
14. Curtis Lyle
15. Mark Dempster
16. Sibbald
Star Player
Inverness CT
Kilmarnock FC
Ryan Baptie. The centre back won several key headers and tackles to keep Killie at bay.
Dean Hawkshaw was up and down and down the line making several key tackles and creating quite a few chances at the other end.
Magic Moment
Inverness CT
Kilmarnock FC
The build for Ferguson's goal was something else.
The volley for the goal was something certainly to be proud of.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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