Scottish League Cup - Quarter-Final
Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle1Ross CountyRoss County2

Scottish League Cup: Inverness CT 1-2 Ross County

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Michael Gardyne
Michael Gardyne put Ross County two ahead in the second half

Ross County took the spoils in the Highland derby and clinched a place in their first ever League Cup semi-final.

County had the better of the first half and after Martin Woods hit the bar, his corner kick met the head of Jackson Irvine for the opening goal.

Craig Curran then picked out Michael Gardyne to curl round the goalkeeper.

Greg Tansey's stunning, long-range effort reduced the deficit after Ryan Christie hit a post, but Caley could not find a second.

This was victory at the seventh time of asking for the Staggies in the Highland derby and they will feel the wait was worthwhile given what was at stake for the club.

They are now just one step away from a second major final of their own after losing the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, and have now scored 11 goals in the competition this season.

By contrast Inverness are struggling to recapture the form that saw them win a trophy, clinch European football for the first time and finish third in the Premiership last season.

Miles Storey should have put them ahead in just seven minutes, but he lacked confidence when sent clear by Liam Polworth and County goalkeeper Gary Woods saved comfortably.

That was about it as far as clear-cut chances were concerned for Caley Thistle, while the visitors always looked capable of tearing a strip off the home side.

They looked much sharper in attack with Liam Boyce twice going close and Woods smashing a shot off the crossbar from fully 35 yards before Irvine finally broke the deadlock.

Greg Tansey (right)
Greg Tansey (right) pulled one back for Inverness with a long range effort

The Australian midfielder was unmarked as Woods delivered a corner from the left and had a free header to notch his first goal of the season and third in total for Ross County, two of them against Inverness.

Any thoughts of a Caley Thistle comeback seemed doomed shortly after the break when Gardyne scored a delightful second for the visitors after being played in by Curran.

There was still a fair bit of work to do, but Gardyne cut inside and bent a delightful left-foot shot into the far corner of the net from the inside right channel.

Only a goal-line intervention by Josh Meekings denied Gardyne a second following a mistake by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams, but Inverness finally rallied late on.

Christie showed great awareness to backheel a cross from substitute Danny Williams, but was frustrated when that improvisational skill only resulted in hitting the frame of the goal.

Then Tansey stepped up to lash a shot past Woods and spark a frantic finale, but apart from the last 15 minutes Ross County were the better side and deserved to progress to the last four.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenBooked at 74minsSubstituted forSutherlandat 83'minutes
  • 14Devine
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 20Polworth
  • 4Vincent
  • 22Christie
  • 27VigursBooked at 32minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 62'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 37Sutherland

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Woods
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Robertson
  • 15DaviesBooked at 81mins
  • 3Reckord
  • 19DingwallSubstituted forMurdochat 80'minutes
  • 26WoodsBooked at 57mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forFosterat 86'minutes
  • 10Boyce
  • 11CurranSubstituted forSchalkat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 9Graham
  • 12Foster
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 23Schalk
  • 31Severn
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,004

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Richard Foster.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Alex Schalk replaces Craig Curran.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Richard Foster replaces Michael Gardyne.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Alisdair Sutherland replaces David Raven.

  14. Post update

    Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

  16. Booking

    Andrew Davies (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

  18. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Stewart Murdoch replaces Tony Dingwall.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 1, Ross County 2. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Polworth.