Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Elgin City 1-2 Inverness CT

Richie Foran
Inverness boss Richie Foran will be pleased with his side's response to going behind

Inverness Caley Thistle came from behind to avoid a shock at Elgin City and reach the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Mark Nicolson fired the League Two part-timers in front with a fabulous first-half free-kick.

However, Larnell Cole replied soon after with a low strike.

Lonsana Doumbouya went close with two headers, one brilliantly saved, the other hitting the crossbar, before he touched the winner past Marc Waters.

Elgin threatened an upset when Chris McLeish was brought down on the edge of the area, the free kick was very well worked with Nicholson curling low around the wall into the corner.

Goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams got a hand on it, but was perhaps unsighted by the low winter sun, and couldn't keep it out.

Inverness responded immediately with Gary Warren powering a header home from a corner only for that to be ruled out for a foul.

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Scottish Cup highlights: Elgin City 1-2 Inverness CT

The equaliser arrived shortly after though when Cole found space on the left side of the area and calmly slotted home.

Doumbouya crashed a header off the bar before muscling his way into the box to touching home a cross which appeared to come off a defender on route for what proved to be the winner.

Iain Vigurs also hit the woodwork with a lovely curling free-kick as the visitors sought to make things more comfortable.

Richie Foran's men deserve credit for not panicking and getting through the tie, as do Elgin City, who produced a strong performance and gave their opponents a scare early on.

What the managers said

Inverness CT's Richie Foran: "Character, credit to them. It's been a tricky season so far, a weaker team would have folded going one down. They would have panicked. We never did.

"We controlled most of the game, particularly the second half which was excellent. We hit the crossbar twice and scored a good goal which was disallowed, I don't know why.

"Cup football there's always upsets, there wasn't one here today so I'm delighted. It's great for confidence, hopefully we can kick on."

Elgin City's Jim Weir: "I absolutely thrilled with the effort. Getting the first goal was maybe key for us but we lost the goal too early after going in front.

"Second half, Caley controlled the game. If we'd got to half-time with that one goal lead obviously a bit of fear goes into their game as well.

"They were worthy winners and what a fantastic crowd, it just shows the potential of this club."

Line-ups

Elgin

  • 1Waters
  • 2Cooper
  • 4McHardyBooked at 78mins
  • 5NicolsonSubstituted forStewartat 29'minutes
  • 3MacPheeBooked at 53mins
  • 7DoddSubstituted forReidat 64'minutes
  • 6Reilly
  • 8Cameron
  • 11MooreSubstituted forGunnat 73'minutes
  • 10Sutherland
  • 9McLeish

Substitutes

  • 12Gunn
  • 14Reid
  • 15Stewart
  • 16Bruce
  • 17Cullen
  • 18Wilson
  • 21Watson

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKay
  • 5Warren
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7Polworth
  • 10Doran CoganBooked at 76mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 29Cole
  • 11Vigurs
  • 26Doumbouya
  • 19BodenSubstituted forAnierat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Ebbe
  • 14Brown
  • 21Sutherland
  • 23Anier
  • 33Gilchrist
  • 38MacLennan
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
3,624

Match Stats

Home TeamElginAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Elgin City 1, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Elgin City 1, Inverness CT 2.

Attempt missed. Darryl McHardy (Elgin City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brian Cameron (Elgin City).

Brian Cameron (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henri Anier (Inverness CT).

Foul by Darryl McHardy (Elgin City).

Henri Anier (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Matthew Cooper.

Corner, Elgin City. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt missed. Shane Sutherland (Elgin City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Reid.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Archie MacPhee.

Foul by Archie MacPhee (Elgin City).

Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris McLeish (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Henri Anier replaces Scott Boden.

Booking

Darryl McHardy (Elgin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darryl McHardy (Elgin City).

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Gunn (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Elgin City. Craig Gunn replaces Daniel Moore.

Goal!

Goal! Elgin City 1, Inverness CT 2. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

Substitution

Substitution, Elgin City. Jamie Reid replaces Chris Dodd.

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Shane Sutherland (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

Attempt missed. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Daniel Moore (Elgin City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Keiran Stewart (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT).

Booking

Archie MacPhee (Elgin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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