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Friday 22nd March 2019

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IRN-BRU Cup final preview

The IRN-BRU Cup final between Connah’s Quay Nomads and Ross County takes place at the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday...

Kick-off in the Highland capital is 4.30pm and the match is live on BT Sport, BBC ALBA and S4C.

Road to the final: Ross County have beaten Hearts Colts (2-1), Raith Rovers (5-0), Montrose (3-1), Motherwell Colts (2-1) and East Fife (2-1). Connah’s Quay have defeated Falkirk (1-0), Coleraine (2-0), Queen’s Park (2-1) and Edinburgh City (on penalties after a 1-1 draw).

History: This is the 28th final of a competition that began life in 1990/91 as the Centenary Cup to celebrate 100 years of the Scottish Football League. Inverness CT are the current holders, having beaten Dumbarton 1-0 in last season’s decider at McDiarmid Park.

Cup pedigree: Ross County are appearing in their fifth final; no-one has played in more. They beat Clyde on penalties in 2006/07 and saw off Queen of the South 2-0 in 2010/11, as well as being runners-up to Falkirk and Airdrie. Connah’s Quay lost to Dumbarton after extra time in the second round of last season’s IRN-BRU Cup.

Season so far: Ross County have an eight-point lead over Dundee United at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. The Nomads have a two-point advantage over The New Saints at the summit of the Welsh Premier League but TNS had the chance to go top on Friday night. Connah’s Quay won the Welsh Cup last season and have a semi-final to look forward to next weekend.

Managers: Andy Morrison is in charge of Connah’s Quay – the former Manchester City skipper was born in Inverness. County co-bosses Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell took over from Owen Coyle towards the end of last season. The Welsh club are captained by veteran defender George Horan while Marcus Fraser is the Staggies’ skipper.

Team news: Ross County top scorer Billy Mckay is out for the rest of the season with a broken arm while Liam Fontaine, Iain Vigurs and Callum Morris are long-term absentees and Callum Semple is cup-tied. 

In the event of a draw: Extra time and, if necessary, kicks from the penalty mark will settle the outcome if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Referee: Alan Muir
Assistant referees: David Doig & Graeme Leslie
Fourth official: Gavin Duncan

Programme: A small-size,76-page edition will be on sale, price £3

Match odds: Connah’s Quay Nomads 17/4, Ross County 8/15, Draw 14/5

Tickets: On sale at the stadium from 12 noon until kick-off. Adults £15, Seniors & Students £10, Juveniles £5, U12s free! More details HERE 

Please note: All supporters should note that enhanced search arrangements will be in place. This additional safety measure has the potential to delay entry into the ground so fans are strongly encouraged to get to the stadium as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open 90 minutes before kick-off, i.e. at 3.00pm

Weather: Bright and breezy is the forecast for Inverness on Saturday