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Caley Thistle face trip into the unknown

By Will Clark

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle Women could have up to eight players missing ahead of their Scottish Cup second round clash against Panmure.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Megan McCarthy. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No.043269
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Megan McCarthy. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No.043269

Manager Karen Mason says she might only have 11 players for the trip to Carnoustie on Sunday.

Despite the lack of players available, they would still go into the game as favourites to win as Panmure do not play league football.

But Mason says her team will be expecting the unexpected due to the unknown quantity of their opponents.

“It is an unheard of team for us as they are not in the league,” she said.

“It is a one off competition for them.

“It is hard to gauge if they are an experienced team or if they have not played much before. It is a trip into the unknown for us.

“The fact they don’t play league football perhaps gives us the favourites title.”

But Mason says her team will need to improve following their shock 3-1 defeat against Deveronvale in SWFL Division One North last weekend in Macduff.

Megan McCarthy scored the only goal for Inverness in what was described as a woeful performance and Mason is looking for a reaction from the team.

“The performance wasn’t good from start to finish.

“We were disappointed with everyone’s performances.

“We did not show any quality that we had been showing in previous games.

“Anything that could have gone wrong did go wrong.

“We don’t have much of a squad this weekend as we are down to the bare bones with 11.

“It will be a big ask for the girls to step in and make sure they come away with a win.”

But Mason is determined that Inverness do progress into the next round and have the chance to play against teams from elsewhere in the country.

“Its another competition which gives us more game time.

“You don’t go down looking to get beat. We want to win and find out who else is in store for us.”

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