Despite the derby only starting in 1994, there have been many classic moments between the Highlands’ finest football teams.
They go head to head again tonight, this time in Scottish Cup action, as Inverness make the short trip to Dingwall to face their local rivals Ross County. County have had the upper hand in recent fixtures, but form goes out the window when it comes to cup action.
Here are three of the best meeting between the sides.
27th August 1994- Ross County 1- 3 Inverness CT
The first ever meeting between the two sides, taking place in the old Third Division during the first year of Inverness’ existence. It would be Caley Thistle though who would come out on top.
It was played at the home of Ross County, Victoria Park, in front of more than 3,000 people. Despite this, it was Inverness who walked away victorious from this clash. Managed by Sergei Baltacha, goals from Sandy McLeod and a Wilson Robertson double handed Thistle the three points.
County’s Andy McLeod grabbed a consolation for the hosts, but it was the visitors that still came out on top in the maiden Highland derby.
25th of February 2003- Inverness CT 1- 5 Ross County
A truly remarkable result at the time, this is perhaps the biggest shock in Highland derby history. It took place in the old First Division, with Inverness near the top, and County fighting to survive in the league.
The visitors took the lead through Kevin McLeish, before Steve Ferguson and Tassos Venetis gave County a three goal advantage at half-time. County started the second half like a house on fire, with Hugh Robertson grabbing a fourth and Conor Gethin’s grabbing a fifth sometime after.
Derek Wyness’ goal was not enough to limit the embarrassment County handed to their Highland neighbours. It had a major effect on both of their seasons, with Inverness falling out the title race, and County using it as a catalyst for survival.
27th of October 2015- Inverness CT 1- 2 Ross County
Whilst perhaps not the biggest result in terms of goals and drama, it is one of the most significant Highland derby scorelines.
This game was a League Cup quarter-final, with a trip to Hampden the prize for the victor of this clash. Jackson Irvine got things underway, netting a header in the first half. Michael Gardyne added a second early in the second half, before Greg Tansey’s wonder strike from range gave Inverness hope.
County held on, and a trip to Glasgow was secured.
This was a vital result in County’s history as they then went on to a famous semi-final victory over Celtic.
They would go one step further in the final, beating Hibs to lift their first and only piece of major silverware.