Alloa 1 - 0 Inverness: Caley Thistle stung by Wasps

Alloa stormed into their first League Cup quarter-final in 51 years as they inflicted a second Highland humiliation of the season.

Alloa's Jason Marr celebrates his winner against Inverness. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS
Alloa's Jason Marr celebrates his winner against Inverness. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

The Wasps had already claimed the scalp of Ross County in the group phase, dumping the holders out with a stunning 3-2 win.

Now they are hoping the dream run won’t end, having made the last eight for the first time in 
1965-66.

Their winner came after 28 minutes with a scrappy goal which Inverness should have prevented.

Greig Spence put both Owain Fon-Williams and Gary Warren under pressure when Calum Waters whipped a cross in from the right, the ball dropped to Jason Marr and, at the second attempt, he stabbed the ball over the line leaving the Caley Thistle defenders screaming at each 
other.

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Alloa had been under pressure in the early stages but the Premiership side never threatened until the 22nd minute when Liam Polworth hit a great right-foot strike that Neil Parry pushed onto the crossbar.

Richie Foran sent on Ross Draper at half-time to try to give Inverness more bite but Alloa should have scored a second in 54 minutes when Iain Flannigan hit a great ball to the back post and Spence volleyed wide from six yards out.

Draper and fellow sub Alex Fisher had been introduced to try to rescue the tie for Inverness but Alloa defended brilliantly.

Caley Thistle’s big moment came in 68 minutes but Vigurs blew it. Draper cleverly cushioned a Greg Tansey ball into Vigurs’ path but he shot wide from the edge of the box.

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Two minutes later Jon Robertson made a fantastic block on Vigurs’ shot which summed up how well Alloa defended all night.