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Caley Thistle ease to Forres win


By Andrew Henderson


Inverness Caledonian Thistle thrashed Forres Mechanics 6-1 in a pre-season friendly at Mosset Park.

A very young ICT team took full advantage of the senior players to take a first half lead that they never looked in danger of losing.

Caley Thistle seemed to take a little while to find their footing, and it was Forres who had the first clear chance of the match.

Andrew MacRae fed in Allan MacPhee on the left wing, and got the ball back from the wideman only to put his effort wide of the post.

ICT showed signs of what was to come though, as James Keatings hit the side netting with a snapshot after 15 minutes.

Nikolay Todorov then saw a one on one effort stopped by Adam Crighton, but he would soon find the back of the net.

Caley Thistle beat Forres Mechanics in one of their second round of pre-season friendlies. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Caley Thistle beat Forres Mechanics in one of their second round of pre-season friendlies. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Tom Walsh put a cross in from the right wing, and the Bulgarian striker was left with a simple header to put the visitors ahead.

Within a minute Todorov would see another effort blocked on the line by Aaron Hamilton, before Keatings curled one into the top corner from ust inside the box for 2-0.

Keatings forces a good save direct from a free kick not long after, and Walsh hit the post from distance, before Todorov squared it to Keatings for a simple finish to make it 3-0 before half time.

Walsh then made it four after 50 minutes when he got on the end of a Kieran CHalmers cross.

Crighton came out to try and claim it, but lost sight of the ball in the evening sun and it fell to Walsh who coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

Walsh then turned provider for number five, as his cross mirrored Chalmers' for Todorov to nod in at the back post.

From there the substitutions starting rolling in, and he game lost some of it's flow.

But Forres would get one bck through Moray Taylor, who picked out the bottom corner with relative ease.

Inverness were still comfortable though, and got one final addition to the scoresheet when Walsh crossed for Shane Harkness to finish from close range.



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