Ross County 2-2 Inverness CT: Josh Mullin secured Highland derby replay

Ross County 2-2 Inverness CT: Josh Mullin secured Highland derby replay

Goals from Aaron Doran and Brad McKay looked to have sealed the win for Inverness

Josh Mullin netted a dramatic injury-time equaliser to keep Ross County in the Scottish Cup after a pulsating Highland derby in Dingwall.

Inverness took an early lead through Aaron Doran’s rasping long-range drive.

Ross Stewart levelled 10 minutes after the break before Brad McKay restored Caley Thistle’s lead.

But with time ticking away, Mullin beat the offside trap to strike and force a replay, with the winner travelling to Dundee United in the quarter-finals.

This was a typically-feisty derby between these two sides with County pushing deep into injury time for a late winner, but it was not to be.

The sides will meet again in Inverness on Tuesday, 19 February.

‘Football throws up dramatic surprise’ – analysis

BBC Scotland’s Brian McLauchlin in Dingwall

It may not have been a sell-out but the Highland derby more than gave those hardy fans who turned out on a chilly February evening some thrilling entertainment.

From John Beaton’s opening whistle the tackles were flying in all over the park but no more than you would expect from either team.

In his pre-match interview, John Robertson said he had the belief in his side. Not just to win the game, but to go on and actually win the trophy.

And when Doran fired home in the first half that belief could easily be witnessed in his players.

County were better in the second period and when substitute Stewart levelled from a fine Michael Gardyne cross, it looked as if there was to be only one winner.

But football has a habit of throwing up surprises and McKay popped at a corner up to lash home and turn the game on its head.

However substitute Mullin had the last laugh when he raced clear and fired low past Mark Ridgers, sealing a replay that the hosts may have started to think was beyond them.

More to follow.

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via BBC Sport – Football

February 11, 2019 at 01:45PM


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