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Stranraer 2-2 Inverness CT

Highlights - Stranraer 2-2 Inverness CT

Billy McKay secured a Scottish Cup replay for Inverness as Stranraer were denied victory at Stair Park.

The Highlanders went in front when Aaron Doran fired home but Martin Grehan converted a penalty to level.

Jamie Longworth's powerful strike put the hosts ahead for the first time with 18 minutes remaining.

But McKay headed in from close-range to level the tie and the two sides will meet again at the Caledonian Stadium later this month.

Having secured a place in the League Cup final with victory on penalties against Hearts last week, Premiership side Inverness made the long journey to Stranraer seeking to preserve their interest in both domestic cup tournaments.

But it was the League One team who looked lively early on with Sean Winter and Longworth creating anxiety in the visitors' back line.

At the other end, Ross Draper headed straight at goalkeeper David Mitchell.

Two efforts from Steven Bell did not trouble Inverness keeper Dean Brill before the Stranraer player made an error that aided Doran's opener.

Bell missed his header from Graeme Shinnie's throw-in and Doran showed composure to curl the ball into the bottom corner.

But the game was level by the break. Grehan was fouled by Shinnie and proceeded to net from 12 yards.

Inverness captain Richie Foran made his return from injury after the break, making his first appearance since December by coming off the bench.

McKay threatened to put the visitors ahead only for Stranraer skipper Frank McKeown to throw himself in front of the shot.

Longworth set about putting the home side in front when he pounced on a loose header near the halfway line and and the forward moved upfield to fire home his 20th goal of the season.

But the match was soon level again as McKay nodded home a Foran cutback.

And, with no winner at Stair Park, the sides will meet again on 18 February.

Line-ups

Stranraer

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mitchell
  • 2Robertson
  • 3Docherty
  • 6Bell
  • 4Rumsby
  • 5McKeown
  • 7Winter
  • 8Gallagher
  • 10LongworthSubstituted forFordeat 87'minutes
  • 9Grehan
  • 11StirlingSubstituted forMcKennaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McKenna
  • 14McGregor
  • 15Kinnaird
  • 16Forde
  • 17Borris
  • 20Rafferty

Inverness CT

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 45mins
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forForanat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 49mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 4Vincent
  • 10DoranSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Foran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
722

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home4
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stranraer 2, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stranraer 2, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Martin Grehan (Stranraer).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Mark Docherty (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott Rumsby (Stranraer).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stranraer. Adam Forde replaces Jamie Longworth.

  10. Booking

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Winter.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stranraer. David McKenna replaces Andrew Stirling.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Grant Gallagher.

  17. Post update

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Martin Grehan (Stranraer).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Grant Gallagher (Stranraer).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Stranraer 2, Inverness CT 2. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Richie Foran.