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Inverness CT 3-1 Coventry City

21 July 2012

Sky Blues cap off pre-season tour of Scotland with defeat to Cally

Coventry City capped off their pre-season tour of Scotland with a 3-1 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

Richie Foran converted a spot kick after 19 minutes to put the hosts ahead and Bill McKay made it two four minutes after the break.

Shaun Jeffers grabbed one back for City five minutes later nly for Cally substitute Jason Oswell to notch a third for the hosts late on.

City had their best opportunity of the first half to open the scoring in the first three minutes when a through ball from Shaun Jeffers found Gary McSheffrey who was brought down by Graeme Shinnie for a penalty.

John Fleck, who converted twice from the spot in City's friendly with Brora on Tuesday, stepped up to take the penalty but struck the post.

Jordan Clarke fizzed an effort just wide of the far post after 12 minutes and McSheffrey also had a chance to put City ahead after a superb through ball from Fleck set him free, his first time effort saved by Ryan Esson.

Inverness then got themselves infront with their own spot kick on 19 minutes.

Andrew Shinnie broke free and played through Billy McKay. City defender William Edjenguele slid in top put the stoppers on the striker but handles on the follow through, referee Iain Brines pointing to the spot where Foran converted.

Carl Baker then almost carved out a goal for City on the half hour with a great cross for Jeffers who glanced his header just wide from six yards out.

City's second half started on a sour note when after 49 minutes Cally increased their lead. Andrew Shinnie's long range effort was parried by Joe Murphy but only as far as McKay who fired home the loose ball from six yards.

It was game on again though five minutes later when a superbly crafted move allowed the Sky Blues to pull one back through Jeffers, Baker rushing through the midfield and playing a short ball to McSheffrey whose first time chip over the defence fell into the path of Jeffers who cooly slotted home from a narrow angle.

The second half though descended into a midfield battle after a blistering opening ten minutes as both sides fought to take control of the game.

Aaron Doran forced a fingertip save out of Murphy on 76 minutes, the City keeper tipping the shot around his post.

McSheffrey then looked like he was going to get another back for the Sky Blues with seven minutes left when he dribbled into a scoring position just inside the edge of the area only to take one touch too many and see the opportunity pass by as his eventual shot was blocked by a stray leg.

Substitute Jason Oswell finished off the game though with his late goal, a cutback from Doran finding him unmarked as he ghosted into the area before firing a measured finish past Murphy


Coventry City: Murphy, Hussey (Roberts 45), Edjenguele, Malaga, Clarke, Baker, McSheffrey, Kilbane, Thomas, Fleck, Jeffers (O'Donovan 71)
Subs: Burge (GK), Wood, Henderson

Inverness CT: Esson, Raven (Morrison 60), G Shinnie, McKay (Ross 75), Draper, Foran, A Shinnie (Polworth 84), Meekings, Doran (Pepper 90), Sutherland (Oswell 75), Cooper
Subs: Reguero (GK), Laing

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