Inverness CT 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 7th March 2015

Caledonian Stadium, Inverness 

William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

Admission Prices: 

Adults – £20

Concessions – £10 (under 25s and Over 65s)

U12’s – FREE

There will be cash turnstiles in operation on the day

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers head to the Highlands this weekend, knowing they’re just 90 minutes away from their second Scottish Cup semi-final in five years.

They face a tough task however, as standing in their way is John Hughes’ Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the team who currently reside third in the Premiership, just four points behind second placed Aberdeen.

Inverness reached the quarter-finals by disposing of two Premiership sides on the way, in St.Mirren and Partick Thistle. They were taken to a replay by the Saints, after Josh Meekings equaliser restored parity in Paisley, after Marc McAusland had opened the scoring in the fourth round tie. The replay was a more one-sided affair though, with goals from Gary Warren, Greg Tansey, Danny Williams and Graeme Shinnie, handing the Caley Jags a 4-0 win.

Their fifth-round tie against Partick Thistle was a tighter fixture, but a blistering performance in the first period was enough to see them through. Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey gave Hughes’ men a 2-0 advantage at the interval, and although Lyle Taylor pulled one back for Partick, Inverness held on for a quarter-final berth.

Raith Rovers passage to this stage has seen them drawn away from home in every tie, and while the results from the early stages make the outcomes sound quite comfortable, they were anything but.

Linlithgow Rose were aggrieved to be on the wrong end of a 2-0 result in the third round back in November. Only a fine performance from David McGurn in the opening 45 minutes at Prestonfield kept the scoreline blank, but second-half goals from Ryan Conroy and Paul Watson, saw a relieved Raith through.

The fourth round tie away at Stirling Albion was a more open affair, with both teams spurning chances in the early stages. However, a strike a minute before half-time from Barrie McKay, and an excellent long distance effort from Grant Anderson, again saw Rovers advance by two goals to nil.

It was the next stage of the competition which saw this Rovers team carve out their own piece of club history, by becoming the first Raith team since 1959, to defeat Rangers at Ibrox. Ryan Conroy put them on the way with a sumptuous free-kick, before Haris Vuckic brought the scores level against the run of play. However, a late Christian Nadé goal from close range, deservedly put Raith into the draw for the last eight. Making it yet further in the competition however, will take an even bigger performance than the one the team produced at Ibrox.

Inverness have only lost twice at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium this season, to Partick Thistle and Aberdeen, with both defeats coming in December, and only two teams have conceded fewer goals at home in the Premiership this term, in the Dons and Celtic.

Rovers will also need to put an end to a bleak run of form against ICT, which has seen them go 16 matches without a win. Raith’s last victory against Inverness was at Saturday’s venue, when goals from Jay Stein and Ivan Mballa, sealed a 2-1 victory back in October 2000.

The referee for Saturday’s match is William Collum.

Head-to-Head Record at Inverness:

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Wins: 8 | Raith Rovers Wins: 2 | Draws: 1

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Goals: 26 | Raith Rovers Goals: 11

Current Form:

Inverness Caledonian Thistle: D-W-W-D-D-L

Raith Rovers: D-D-W-D-L-W

Biggest Home Win: First Division 12/01/2002 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5 Raith Rovers 0

Biggest Away Win: First Division 25/09/1999 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 Raith Rovers 2

Top Goalscorers In All Competitions: 

Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Billy McKay 10 | Marley Watkins 8 | Greg Tansey 6

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 9 | Christian Nadé 7 | Mark Stewart 4

Match Odds:

Inverness Caledonian Thistle: 1/3 | Raith Rovers: 9/1 | Draw: 9/2

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