Sons and Caley set to battle it out for IRN-BRU Cup glory
This Saturday sees Dumbarton in their first national cup final in 121 years, while an Inverness side who have fallen on hard times of late look for a huge pick-me-up. John Menzies previews this Saturday’s IRN-BRU Cup Final.
Dumbarton and Inverness Caledonian Thistle will contest the 2018 IRN-BRU Cup Final tomorrow at McDiarmid Park. Both sides have had very ordinary seasons up to this point, so will be hoping to claim some silverware to give their respective fans something to cheer about.
Dumbarton go into tomorrow’s final having defeated Rangers U20s, Connah’s Quay, Stranraer, Raith Rovers and The New Saints in the previous rounds of the competition. Stephen Aitken and his team will be looking to mastermind a shock, as they go into the match as firm underdogs. However, they have reasons to be hopeful, as they go into the game in good form, having won their previous two matches, both against Brechin City.
However, the Sons have been poor in front of goal this season, having only scored 35 goals in 39 games. Aitken will be hoping to rectify this problem for tomorrow, but his side have scored two goals in each of their games in the IRN-BRU Cup this campaign.
The Sons have reached their first cup final since 1897
Inverness have between Aberdeen U20s, Peterhead, Falkirk and Crusaders to be in tomorrow’s final. The highland side have been poor since their relegation to the Scottish Championship, sitting in 8th place and only four points above tomorrow’s opponents, who sit in the relegation play-off position.
John Robertson will be hopeful that forwards George Oakley and Connor Bell can inspire Caley to victory, the duo are the club’s joint-top scorers this season with 7 goals each.
Inverness haven’t won since their 3-2 victory over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the semi-final of this competition, but manager Robertson is sure to get his side fired up for the final.
Inverness have failed to inspire since relegation to Scotland’s second tier
The sides have faced each other twice so far this season, and it is a win apiece. Dumbarton won the first encounter 2-1 back in September through goals from Dimitrios Froxilias and Sam Wardrop. But Inverness won the latest fixture at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium 1-0 in December, with Carl Tremarco’s first-half strike proving to be the winning goal.
So tomorrow’s encounter promising to be an intriguing affair. It remains to be seen whether Inverness can claim their second Challenge Cup title, or will it be Dumbarton that win the competition for the very first time?