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Inverness Caledonian Thistle aim for Scottish Cup upset


By Will Clark


HUTCHISON Vale have conceded 124 goals in 12 league games this season.

But Inverness Caledonian Thistle Women head coach Karen Mason insists defeating them in the Scottish Cup third round would be a major upset.

Caley Thistle's Jodie Malcolm in action against Cove Rangers.Picture: Gary Anthony.
Caley Thistle's Jodie Malcolm in action against Cove Rangers.Picture: Gary Anthony.

The Edinburgh side are in a division above Inverness but are rock bottom of SWPL 2 and have only found the net once this year in the league.

Their misery continued last weekend when they lost 12-0 at home to Glasgow Girls.

As they prepare to meet for a place in the fourth round on Sunday, Mason is conscious about a gulf in class between SWPL 2 and SWF Division One where Caley Thistle lie in fifth place.

"Their confidence will not be high," she said.

"But the thing with a cup game is it is a chance to relax and not worry about the league.

"They will take confidence in that they will be playing a lower division team.

"They will be the favourites by far simply due to being in a higher division and will see this as a chance to get a win on the board."

Caley Thistle captain Lisa Mackenzie against Cove Rangers. Picture: Gary Anthony
Caley Thistle captain Lisa Mackenzie against Cove Rangers. Picture: Gary Anthony

However she has confidence Caley Thistle can get a victory at Peffermill Playing Fields.

"We are going down there with the intention of coming back being in the next round.

"We won't be taking anything for granted as they are in the division above.

"But despite that, the fact they are being beaten heavily is something that we will take heart from.

"Any game we go into we go in with the mentality that we think we can win.

"It will be our intention on Sunday to do exactly that."

Caley Thistle will go into Sunday's match without defender Rachael Gillies who broke her foot during the 4-2 league win against Cove Rangers last Sunday at Millburn Academy.

Rachael Gillies is out of the Scottish Cup tie with a broken foot.
Rachael Gillies is out of the Scottish Cup tie with a broken foot.

Inverness progressed to the third round of the Scottish Cup in June when they thrashed Panmure 20-1 in Carnoustie with Hannah Gordon scoring nine times



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