Scottish Cup - Fourth Round - Replay
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-0 St Mirren

Inverness Caledonian Thistle set up a Scottish Cup fifth round date with Partick Thistle after brushing St Mirren aside in this replay.

The sides drew 1-1 in Paisley but Caley dominated in the Highlands with Gary Warren nodding home the opener.

Greg Tansey made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jim Goodwin downed the excellent Marley Watkins.

Danny Williams added a third after the break and Graeme Shinnie made it 4-0 late on.

Inverness went into the game defending an unbeaten home record this season and before long they were bossing possession against a Saints outfit who looked every bit a team sitting second bottom of the Premiership.

John Hughes's charges hit the front through Warren's excellent near-post header from Tansey's delivery, but the visitors afforded the Caley man far too much space in the area.

Gary Warren scores
Gary Warren nods Inverness Caledonian Thistle into the lead against St Mirren in the Highlands

Goodwin was back in the Buddies line-up following a three-match ban and, having given away the corner that led to the opener, his night got even worse as Caley doubled their lead minutes later.

The Irishman slipped after dithering on the ball in his own box and then downed Watkins to concede a penalty that Tansey fired home, sending Ridgers the wrong way.

With the visitors unable to contain their hosts now, Williams should have made it 3-0 after Watkins sent him clear, but his shot was easily saved by Ridgers.

St Mirren's goalkeeper then made another save from a James Vincent header but the Caley midfielder should have given the glove man no chance with what was a simple chance, following more fine play from Watkins.

The Paisley side made a better start to the second half and threatened to get back into the game, but their final ball was found wanting all too often.

Greg Tansey scores from the spot
Greg Tansey makes no mistake from the penalty spot to send Inverness into a 2-0 lead

And Inverness put the game to bed with a great break upfield.

Watkins ran from his own half and played a perfect pass infield for Billy McKay who blasted a shot off the bar, and when Sean Kelly fluffed his chance to clear it Williams was there to finish.

Warren then rattled the bar with an effort as the hosts looked like piling the pain on Tommy Craig's side.

Substitute Aaron Doran almost made it four with a dig from distance that dipped just over the bar.

Shinnie, however, did add even more gloss to the scoreline when the Buddies back line parted, allowing the full-back to help himself to a goal.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 3mins
  • 4Vincent
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forDoranat 76'minutes
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forChristieat 74'minutes
  • 7MckaySubstituted forRossat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie

St Mirren

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAuslandSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 22mins
  • 14ReillySubstituted forDruryat 53'minutes
  • 13OsbourneSubstituted forBallat 73'minutes
  • 8McLean
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Thompson

Substitutes

  • 10Marwood
  • 16Ball
  • 17Drury
  • 19Brown
  • 21Teale
  • 28Kello
  • 29Caldwell
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
1,326

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 4, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 4, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 4, St. Mirren 0. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Vincent.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Billy McKay.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Danny Williams.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Marley Watkins.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Callum Ball replaces Isaac Osbourne.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Gary Warren (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.