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Inverness youngsters win bragging rights in the Highlands

Ross County 2

De Vita 17' 35'

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4

Sutherland 14' 55' Wedderburn 50' Vigurs 81'
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2015
  • Global Energy Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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An exceptional second-half display from Inverness Caledonian Thistle under-20's saw them capture a 4-2 win over local rivals Ross County in the first Highland Derby of the season. An array of first-team players featured for both clubs with Scott Boyd, Tony Dingwall and Raffaele De Vita making appearances for the young squad. Meanwhile in the away team summer signings Iain Vigurs and Nat Wedderburn were both named in the starting 11.

The first real chance of the game fell to Calum Ferguson just 10 minutes in. Lewis Horner surged down the right flank before finding Ferguson who hit it on the volley first time but his shot flew over the bar. Inverness were carving the hosts open time after time when Polworth just ran from midfield unchallenged before getting a left-footed drive away but Mark Foden got down well to parry away the danger. 

Up the other end of the park though Ross County had very strong claims for a penalty waved away by the referee. Darren Moffat's ball into the box found Greg Morrison whose first touch took him past Cameron Gilchrist but Morrison was fouled. The referee told the young striker to get up which infuriated the home dugout.

Then just a minute later the away side got the opening goal of the game. Ferguson's persistence in closing down the back line of Ross County saw him intercept a loose pass then he took the unselfish decision by feeding the ball into Ali Sutherland who hit a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

This opened the game up a lot more and just three minutes later Ross County equalised. Raffaele De Vita took the ball down expertly around 30 yards from goal before unleashing a ferocious right-footed shot into the corner of the net. A simply stunning strike that would have had the best keepers struggling to save. 

The game was end-to-end with Dingwall first testing Daniel Hoban with a tame right-footed strike before Jaime Wilson had a left-footed shot saved by the feet of Foden. But it was Ross County who would lead at the break. Horner was adjudged to have brought down Dingwall and De Vita brushed himself down to step and slot the penalty into the right side of the net sending Hoban the wrong way.

  • Half Time:
  • Ross County
  • 2-1
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness came out the second half all guns blazing and looked to really dominate the early stages of the second period. Lewis Horner's striving run found led to him being on the edge of the box before unleashing a left-footed strike but Foden just managed the get a hand on it turning the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner Inverness got themselves back in the game. Horner curled one into the area, Ferguson flicked it on and Nat Wedderburn headed past Foden in the home goal. This was the beginning of a strong come back for the away side.

Just five minutes later the Jags were ahead Ali Sutherland took the ball past Scott Boyd and slotted it home into the bottom left  corner of the net. A near carbon copy of his first for the young striker.

Polworth and Vigurs both had long-range strikes fired wide before Ferguson managed to get another save out of Foden. But De Vita then fired another long-range effort which had Hoban panicking but the ball just flew over the bar.

Next up to shoot from distance was Stewart Murdoch who dispossessed Polworth in the middle of the park before taking his audacious effort which smashed the outside of the post before going out for a goal kick.

But with just nine minutes left on the clock Inverness all but sealed the win. Neat footwork from substitute Andrew Macrae found himself with some room on the edge of the box before feeding in the onrushing Vigurs who scored against his former side with a nice left-footed strike. 

The game finished in an away win for ICT after a simply brilliant second-half comeback but Ross County will feel they deserved more from the game. 

  • Full Time:
  • Ross County
  • 2-4
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Lineups

Ross County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1. Mark Foden
2. Stephen Miller
3. Darren Holden
4. James Ross
5. Scott Boyd
6. Stewart Murdoch
7. Darren Moffat
8. Russell Dingwall
9. Greg Morrison
10. Tony Dingwall
11. Raffaele De Vita
12. James Beetson
14. Sam Morrison
15. Christopher McLaughlin
16. Ross MacIver
17. Blair Malcolm
18. Peter Tait
1. Daniel Hoban
2. Lewis Horner
3. Calum Howarth
4. Jason Brown
5. Cameron Gilchrist
6. Liam Polworth
7. Jaime Wilson
8. Nat Wedderburn
9. Calum Ferguson
10. Ali Sutherland
11. Iain Vigurs
12. Andrew Macrae
14. Chris Brown
15. Struan MacArthur
19. Stephen Foster
Star Player
Ross County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raffaele De Vita - Pulled the string for County, and was causing all sorts of problems down the left wing.
Liam Polworth - He made several key passes to the front men but also cut out any dangerous attacks which helped his back line.
Magic Moment
Ross County
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raffaele De Vita's long-range goal which was an absolute screamer.
Iain Vigurs - His several little flicks and tricks in the final moments of the game as he showcased his talent.
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