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Pre-season: ‘Excellent’ Inverness beat ‘tired’ Coventry City

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A first half penalty from captain Richie Foran was added to by Billy McKay, four minutes into the second half. Coventry replied with a goal from Shaun Jeffers before Inverness ran the game out with a late goal from new boy, Jason Oswell.

Coventry City, recently relegated from the Championship started the game on the attack and won a penalty on four minutes when a through ball from Shaun Jeffers found Gary McSheffrey who was cut down from behind by Graeme Shinnie.

Ex-Rangers player, John Fleck who had scored two penalties against Brora Rangers earlier in the week was entrusted with the penalty, however he blasted the ball of the post.

Coventry City kept up the pressure and won a free kick on the edge of the box on 12 minutes. Kilbane found Jordan Clarke in space, however Clarke could only shoot the ball wide past the post. On 17 minutes the Caley defence was again cut open when Fleck put in a great through ball to Jeffers who was through on goal, but his shot went straight to Esson who saved comfortably.

With Coventry looking like they would control the game, Inverness went and got the first goal through a Richie Foran penalty on 19 minutes. A great run and pass from Andrew Shinnie found Billy McKay in the box whose shot was deemed to have being handled by William Edjenguele. Foran took the penalty and slotted it in the opposite direction of Joe Murphy into the bottom corner of the net.

Inverness nearly doubled their lead before half time when Andrew Shinnie found himself through on goal, however his shot to the bottom corner was cleared off the line by Edjenguele.

Caley Thistle eventually doubled their lead on 49 minutes when a speculative strike from Andrew Shinnie outside the box was pushed down to a predatory Billy Mckay who made no mistake in blasting the ball into the top of an empty net.

The Sky Blues replied through Shaun Jeffers who halfed the deficit when he volleyed the ball into the net from a tight angle after a great chip cross from McSheffrey.

The sour note of the match came on the hour mark when David Raven received a nasty blow to the head after a challenge from Carl Baker. Raven was stretchered off the pitch adding to Butcher’s defensive hangovers who had to place Foran in at centre back with no defenders on the bench.

The game fizzled out with Inverness taking on a number of replacements before they scored their third on 90 minutes through new signing, Jason Oswell. The young striker was through on goal after some great passing between Liam Polworth and Doran and he made no mistake in rifling the ball into the top corner of the net.

Coventry manager, Andy Thorn was happy with his week up in the Highlands: “Its being brilliant, just what we wanted. Three games in five days, so to be fair, Ross County was great fitness wise, a really great workout from us. We were really tired, you can see that. You can tell the fitness, took its toll, obviously we could see that. We started really well, we made lots of chances, got the penalty aswell, but overall its being a very good week for us.”

Inverness manager, Terry Butcher was also very pleased with his sides performance: “The football we played was excellent, it was a good game. First time I have seen a keeper palm it out and a Caley forward attack it and scored for years. Can’t remember the last time that happened. We even got a penalty as well. Coventry could have had a couple of penalties. I thought it was a good game in terms of pre season, the possession and passing made me very pleased.”

Inverness start the SPL season with an away game against St Mirren on the 4th of August.

Inverness CT: Ryan Esson, David Raven (Gavin Morrison), Graeme Shinnie, Billy McKay (Nick Ross), Ross Draper, Richie Foran, Andrew Shinnie (Liam Polworth), Josh Meekings, Aaron Doran (Conor Pepper), Shane Sutherland (Jason Oswell), Matthew Cooper.

Subs not used: Antonio Reguero, Martin Laing

Coventry City: Joe Murphy, Jordan Clarke, Chris Hussey, Conor Thomas, Kevin Malaga, Shaun Jeffers (Roy O’Donovan) Carl Baker, John Fleck, Gary McSheffrey, Kevin Kilbane, WIlliam Edjenguele.

Subs not used: Lee Burge, Richard Wood, Joe Henderson, WIll Roberts

Referee: Iain Brines

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