Scottish League Cup - Third Round
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Livingston 0-2 Inverness CT

By Charlie MannBBC Scotland
Miles Storey scored the opener for Inverness
Miles Storey scored the opener for Inverness

Scottish Cup holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle produced a thoroughly professional performance to see off Livingston in the League Cup.

Boss John Hughes said before the game that his team would be "right at it from the start" and that was evident in the early stages.

Miles Storey took full advantage of a real mistake by Morgyn Neill to bundle the ball into the net.

Danny Devine beat Darren Jamieson with a header to make it two.

That result puts the Scottish Cup holders into Monday's quarter final draw.

Neill was at fault when the young defender was horribly short with a headed pass back to his keeper, and the Inverness striker Storey will not score an easier goal all season.

Livi recovered from the set back and pushed forward with Jordan White, Jordyn Sheerin and Gary Glen all passing up decent chances to equalise.

Glen especially should have scored five minutes from the break when former Hearts striker brought a superb save from Owain Fon Williams in the Caley goal when he might have done better with a header from six yards.

The miss was compounded when the home defence did not deal with Greg Tansey's free-kick and Devine beat Jamieson with a header at the back post.

The second period didn't have the intensity of the first half but the Inverness fans in the 644 crowd got a shock on 49 minutes when David Raven inadvertently nearly put Livi back in the game with a header back to his own keeper which just scraped past the post with Fon Williams struggling.

The impressive Ryan Christie then played Storey in again and the big striker brought out a fine save from Jamieson from the edge of the box as the visitors took the sting out of the game and eased their way to the next round.

Both managers used their subs late in the game and Caley Thistle's Dani Lopez had a great opportunity for his side's third seconds after coming on, but his left foot shot was saved by Jamieson with a couple of minutes to go.

Then Andrea Mutombo blasted a shot off the post as the Premiership side saw the game out.

What the managers said

Inverness CT's John Hughes: "I felt we did okay tonight. We dominated the game up until we scored the goals then stopped playing.

"We should have scored more goals, Dani Lopez has to be more ruthless. That's not acceptable, that should go in the net.

"We were good as a team tonight but I've seen us pass the ball quicker and sharper than that."

Livingston's Mark Burchill: "I am devastated to be out of the cup. I have told the players that we cannot get into a situation where we are saying 'we are playing really well, but losing matches'. That is unacceptable.

"This is results-driven football and we have two massive games coming up [against Alloa and Dumbarton]."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 2Millen
  • 14Gallagher
  • 15NeillBooked at 90mins
  • 3Longridge
  • 31GlenSubstituted forCurrieat 83'minutes
  • 7Pittman
  • 4Cole
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forGeorgievat 73'minutes
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forBuchananat 74'minutes
  • 18Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 6Gordon
  • 8da Encarnação Pires Faria
  • 12Gould
  • 16Gibbons
  • 17Georgiev
  • 19Buchanan
  • 20Currie

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenBooked at 48mins
  • 14Devine
  • 6Meekings
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forPolworthat 76'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 4VincentSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 87'minutes
  • 22Christie
  • 19Williams
  • 39StoreySubstituted forLopez Roblesat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 9Foran
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 20Polworth
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
644

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 0, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Darren Cole (Livingston).

  4. Post update

    Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Liam Buchanan (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

  7. Booking

    Morgyn Neill (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Morgyn Neill (Livingston).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Currie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dani López (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces James Vincent.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Dani López replaces Miles Storey.

  16. Post update

    Scott Pittman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Ryan Currie replaces Gary Glen.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Buchanan (Livingston).

  20. Post update

    Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.