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24.08.2004 @ 15:00 Victoria Park, Dingwall Attendance: 3315
Ross County 0 - 1 Inverness CT
Referee: Calum Murray League Cup / Rd 2-match

Goalscorers
None Ross Tokely (65)
Starting Lineup
Garden
Robertson
McCulloch
MacKay
Canning
Lauchlan
Rankin
Cowie
McSwegan
Kilgannon
Burke
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Barry Wilson
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Steven Hislop
Graham Bayne
Juanjo Carricondo
Substitutes
McCunnie
McGarry
Higgins
Winters
McCafferty
Michael Fraser
Darren Dods
Roy McBain
Richie Hart
Bryan Prunty
Substitutions
Winters -> Burke (59)
McGarry -> McSwegan (59)
Higgins -> Kilgannon (74)
Roy McBain -> Juanjo Carricondo (85)
Yellow cards
McCulloch
Rankin
None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
SPL entry put paid to league derbies so this CIS cup clash was a bonus. The match was played amidst heavy rain and Caley Thistle were on top throughout. In the end the teams were only separated by a superb goal from ‘Man of the Match’ Ross Tokely.

Roy McBain and Richie Hart were rested for ICT and their places were taken by Russell Duncan and Steve Hislop. Juanjo played pending an appeal against Sunday’s red card.

In six minutes a Graham Bayne shot was held by Stuart Garden then a Barry Wilson effort cannoned off Hislop and ran past.

Liam Keogh hit high from 25 yards in 10 minutes then County’s John Rankin did the same from a free kick at the other end. A Juanjo free kick curled wide in 12 minutes then Garden took a Wilson low shot at the post in 18 minutes.

Sean Kilgannon had a chance for County in 22 minutes but he was off-balance and shot wide. Two minutes later a Wilson curling free kick from wide right reached Bayne but he headed wide.

Mark Brown punched out in 27 minutes to set up Mark McCulloch but the ex-Caley Thistle captain drove wide. County’s best chance came in 37 minutes when a defensive slip let in Alex Burke but he hit past.

In the run up to the break ICT had chance after chance – Wilson hit over, Keogh blasted high, Juanjo struck wide from an angle, Bayne headed off-target then Grant Munro shot over from the rebound.

The pattern continued after the restart with Hislop chipping just over, Juanjo doing the same then Wilson and Bayne both hitting high. A poor pass back led to a sliced clearance from Garden and the concession of a corner on the right. Wilson’s kick was headed goalwards by Tokely at the near post and it was 1-0.

There was little else on target at either end with the closest effort coming four minutes from time. Wilson sent over a low cross from the right and Hislop’s low header was cleared at the back post. County had few chances but Sean Higgins did hit wide close to the whistle.

A good night’s work and the hope of a home third round tie at Caledonian Stadium.