Peterhead strike was one of my best says Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Aaron Doran
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Aaron Doran says his 25-yard wonder strike against Peterhead on Tuesday is up there with the best goals he has scored in his career.
The 30-year-old Irishman looked sharp in Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s first game of the season, being involved in several chances in the first half before picking out the top corner in the second to seal the points in the Premier Sports Cup group stage.
It was a welcome moment for both the team and Doran personally.
He struggled to hit full fitness last season after picking up an injury in pre-season, but there has been no repeat of that this time around and it paid off in the season opener on Tuesday.
“It was nice, because me and Shane (Sutherland) were speaking in the first half, he was asking me to play that one around the corner first time and then come and follow,” Doran said.
“That’s exactly what I did, so it was a nice bit of linking up, and it was a nice strike and a nice finish. It’s probably right up there.
“Last year I was injured for most of the season, but I’m feeling sharp. I’ve done every session and played every pre-season game.
“So I’m feeling good in myself and that’s the kind of thing I want to do. I want to score, and I want to have assists as well, so it’s a good start for me.”
Three points was the perfect start for Caley Thistle as they try to reach the knockout stages of the League Cup for the first time in five years.
It was not always a given though, as missed chances in the first half kept things in the balance, but ICT returned for the second half determined to put that right.
“It was good, the pitch was beautiful and nice and slick,” Doran added.
“It was nice to get out there for our first competitive game and do well.
“We had a lot of chances in the first half, so it was a bit disappointing going in at half time with no goals.
“The gaffer said before the game that it was just about having quality in the final third. He was obviously here at the end of last season, and that’s what he thought we were lacking a little bit.
“We got them in the second half though, we came out and scored two nice goals, and it was a good team performance to get the win that we wanted.”