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Duncan Ferguson: Slip-ups cost Caley Thistle in defeat to Hibs

Inverness slide out of the Scottish Cup in the fifth-round as the Premiership visitors show bite when it matters.

Hibernian's Myziane Maolida scores to make it 1-0 at Inverness. Image: SNS.
Hibernian's Myziane Maolida scores to make it 1-0 at Inverness. Image: SNS.

Caley Thistle manager Duncan Ferguson admits his side’s slip-ups helped Hibs on their way to a 3-1 Scottish Cup fifth-round win.

Myziane Maolida, Martin Boyle and Elie Youan goals, all in the second half, earned the victory for the Premiership visitors, who moved into Sunday’s last-eight draw.

Aaron Doran put ICT on the scoresheet with the final kick of the ball, but it was a mere footnote in the end.

It was a level too far for the Championship side, but the bigger picture for Ferguson’s team is staying in the second-tier this season.

Hibernian’s Martin Boyle scores to make it 2-0. Image: SNS.

Caley Thistle needed to be defensively ‘perfect’

Ferguson admits the nature of two of the goals made it tough for a comeback against their top-tier opponents.

He said: “We were in the game until half-time and it got away from us in the second half. They made a few substitutions at half-time.

“You can pick holes in every goal. Their first two goals are not great from our point of view. We gave the ball away for the first one, a player slips and a deflection and it goes in the net.

“The second one was a hard one to take and that kills you. We were up against it, but Hibs are a good team. We had chances in the second half and hit the bar, but couldn’t get the goal until late on.

“We had passing patterns and we pushed them hard, but against such a good team you have got to be perfect at the back and we were not.

“In the second half, we gave them a couple of easy goals.

“After that, we struggled a bit but kept on pushing.”

Caley Jags defender Cammy Harper and Hibernian’s Nathan Moriah-Welsh. Image: SNS.

Both sides probably welcomed a break from league duties to resume their chance for silverware, with Hibs seventh in the top-flight and ICT in the same position in the 10-club Championship.

ICT’s 1-0 defeat at home to Queen’s Park last week made it just three wins from 10 in all competitions, with Hibs posting two victories from their last 10 outings.

With centre-half Danny Devine injured, James Carragher returned – watched by his dad and Sky Sports pundit Jamie.

On-loan Everton midfielder Sean McAllister came in, with forward Alex Samuel out with a hand injury. McAllister partnered Billy Mckay up top.

Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool and England star  Jamie Carragher was a popular visitor to Inverness as he watched his son James play against Hibs in the Scottish Cup. Image: SNS.

Caley Thistle’s stunning 2015 Scottish Cup triumph under John Hughes was followed by Hibs taking the trophy – knocking out ICT in a quarter-final replay – so there was recent history between these two.

Hibs on top amid lively opening

It was a lively opening all-round, with a passionate atmosphere to match.

A timely tackle from Leeds United loanee and Scotland under-21 defender Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen stopped Nathan Moriah-Welsh in his tracks and Luke Amos flashed a shot wide.

Hibs’ Boyle had a crack at goal from 25 yards, but a superb block from Remi Savage diverted it wide for a corner, which came to nothing on 37 minutes.

Inverness manager Duncan Ferguson.

Inverness’ Carragher came to the rescue on the cusp on half-time when he diverted a cross from Jordan Obita, who weaved superbly into the box.

And Hibs’ Joe Newell had the last chance before the whistle as he volleyed over the crossbar.

Deflected goal gives Hibs advantage

Hibs were in front nine minutes into the second half as Newell picked up a misplaced McAllister pass, fed it to Maolida and his drive hit off Chilokoa-Mullen and took the ball beyond Mark Ridgers into the net.

On 72 minutes, Caley Thistle’s Cammy Kerr steered a header off the crossbar when he connected with a cross from fellow Dundee loanee Max Anderson.

Hibernian’s Myziane Maolida (rght) celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 with team-mate Dylan Levitt. Image: SNS.

It was game over nine minutes later, though, as a sliced clearance from substitute Morgan Boyes let in Boyle, who rounded Ridgers and tucked the ball into the net.

And there was still time for a Hibs third as sub Youan was left with a simple tap-in after Boyle was sent on the run by Levitt.

Inverness sub Aaron Doran was on hand to grasp a consolation with the last kick, with a superb right-footed volley high into the top corner from a Kerr set-piece.

The ICT cup journey is over for another year and it’s a return to league business next Saturday at home to Partick Thistle.

Player ratings

CALEY THISTLE (3-5-2): Ridgers 7, Chilokoa-Mullen 6 (Ujdur 70), Carragher 6 (McGregor 90), Savage 7 (Boyes 70), Kerr 6, Anderson 6, Shaw 6, Gilbert 6, Harper 6, McAllister 6 (Doran 70), Mckay 6 (Pepple 62).

Subs not used: Cammy MacKay (GK), Samuels, Brooks.

HIBERNIAN (4-1-4-1): Marshall 6, Miller 6 (Cadden 83), Fish 6, Triantis 6, Obita 7, Newell 6, Boyle 7, Moriah-Welsh 6 (Marcondes 74), Amos 6 (Levitt 46), Maolida 7 (Le Fondre 62), Mayenda 6 (Youan 46).

Subs not used: Wollacott (GK), Hanlon, Vente, Stevenson.

Referee: Colin Steven.

Attendance: 3877.

Star Man: Martin Boyle.

ICT’s Aaron Doran (left) celebrates with Nikola Ujdur after scoring late on.