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Fort William 0-16 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
North of Scotland Cup first round
Fort William were dumped out of the first round of the North of Scotland Cup in emphatic fashion last Tuesday night as a strong Inverness Caley Thistle side showed no mercy in inflicting a painful double-figure defeat on the Highland League side.
With a team featuring several first team players, including five players who featured in their preseason match against Hearts a week previous, ICT were formidable opponents for the Fort, who named just 13 players on their team sheet.
The home side, currently rebuilding the squad under new manager Kris Anderson after some notable departures this summer, came into this game looking to make amends for the 11-1 defeat to Rothes in their first competitive game of the new season.
However, it took ICT just three minutes open the scoring and within twenty minutes the visitors were six goals to the good courtesy of braces from Daniel MacKay, Zach Elbouzedi and George Oakley – all players who are regular first team squad members.
The seventh goal came immediately after the half-time restart through a deflected effort.
The Fort did manage to create some openings in the Caley defence and manage a few shots on target. However, these moments were few and far between as Caley continued to batter the Fort defence.
MacKay and Oakley would both complete their hat-tricks, while substitute Roddy Kennedy notched a double. Donald Morrison, Jack Brown, Ross Gunn, Aidan Wilson and Charlie Trafford all got on the scoresheet to take ICT’s scoring to 16 for the day.
This defeat meant that Fort William conceded 27 goals in their opening two matches of the new season, scoring just one.
The victory sets up a quarter final tie away to Lossiemouth for ICT on August 22.
George Oakley, who has made over 30 appearance for ICT first team, pokes the ball into the net. JP F32 Fort ICT 01. Photo: Abrightside Photography.
ICT’s Zach Elbouzedi fires the ball past Paul MacLennan. JP F32 Fort ICT 02. Photo: Abrightside Photography.