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Wednesday, 28 November, 2001, 22:54 GMT
Ayr Utd crush Caley
Nicky Walker
Nicky Walker had a busy evening for Inverness Caley
Ayr United 5-1 Inverness CT

Ayr United made it two convincing wins in a row over Inverness Caledonian Thistle with victory in the CIS Insurance Cup quarter-final at Somerset Park.

Gordon Dalziel's team reversed a series of poor league results against the Highlanders with a convincing 3-0 win on Saturday and they managed two more strikes on Wednesday night as they swept aside ten-man Caley.

Goals from James Grady, John Robertson, Pat McGinlay and a late double from Eddie Annand came after Ross Tokley had given the visitors an early lead.

The Caley goal-scorer was red-carded soon after his opening goal.

United were forced to omit cup-tied Scott Crabbe, replacing the ex-Hearts and Dundee United striker with Grady. Marvyn Wilson and Lee Sharp dropped to the bench for Paul Lovering and David Moss.

Veterans Charlie Christie and Nicky Walker returned to the Caley starting line up as the Highlanders. Jim Calder and David Bagan were the men to make way.

The game burst into life in the ninth minute, with the visitors taking the lead courtesy of a simple goal.

Ayr's Pat McGinlay celebrates
Pat McGinlay was on target for United
A Barry Robson corner from the right was met by Tokely and the big defender headed past Craig Nelson from close range.

Drama followed two minutes later when the Caley scorer Tokely lifted his hands to Ayr's Pat McGinlay and was immediately red-carded by referee Dougie McDonald.

Mere seconds later, United were on level terms.

In the 12th minute Grady picked up a McGinlay pass and drove a low shot from 30 yards past Walker.

The early excitement continued and three minutes later the home side were in front when Robertson headed home from four yards after David Moss had flicked on a Gary Teale corner.

A 26th minute header from Grady hit Walker's post from close range as Ayr continued to press and the ex-Rangers goalkeeper was glad to see the rebound end up in his hands.

The visitors, despite being down to 10 men, were giving as good as they were getting as United seemed to be happy sitting back on their slender lead.

Christie was posing all sorts of problems for the home side who were forced to defend desperately at times.

Two minutes from the break Ayr's veteran defender John Hughes nearly put through his own goal with a mis-kick but Nelson was alert to the danger.

The home side forced a series of corners early in the second half and only luck, desperate defending and a good reaction save by Walker from Robertson, prevented a goal.

After 56 minutes Ayr got the break they deserved when David Moss sent McGinlay clean through and the ex-Celtic and Hibs midfielder raced purposefully into the box before cleverly chipping over Walker from 16 yards.

10-man Caley battled gamely and in the 62nd minute defender Bobby Mann came close with a 20 yard free-kick which went narrowly past the post.

Moments later Caley striker Denis Wyness had Nelson scrambling to his left to push the midfielder's twenty yard drive past the post.

As the second half wore on the game became more stretched and in the 77th minute the home side scored their fourth through substitute Annand.

Six minutes from the end as Caley collapsed, Annand scored his second and Ayr's fifth after McGinlay had sent him clear through on goal.

Ayr United: Nelson, McEwan, Lovering, Robertson, Hughes, Craig, Sheerin, McGinlay, Moss, Grady, Teale. Subs: Wilson, McLaughlin, Sharp, Annand, Dodds.

Inverness CT: Walker, Tokely, McBain, Mann, McCaffray, Teasdale, Duncan, Wyness, Ritchie, Christie, Robson. Subs: Bagan, Bavidge, Golabek, Stewart, Calder.

Referee: D McDonald

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