Inverness CT came away from Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle with a 3-2 Scottish Cup second round win – but not without a fright.

Caley took the lead with the game after only a minute. A Daniel McKay cross from the left broke to James Keatings, who guided the ball into the far corner from a tight angle to give Neil McCann’s side the dream start. 

McCann’s side were ahead (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The hosts levelled on 14 minutes with Lewis McKinnon delivering a great ball from the right which former Ross County defender Jack Murray guided past Cameron MacKay in the Caley goal. 

Caley retook the lead on 26 minutes with Sean Welsh opening up a bit of space before guiding a fine effort from 30 yards into the bottom right corner past a stranded Daniel Bell. The visitors had the ball in the net again on 34 minutes though Miles Storey but he was offside. 

The visitors almost doubled the advantage with 10 minutes to go with Mackay finding Shane Sutherland, the striker firing wide from a few yards out. Buckie levelled on 82 minutes with Callum Murray getting free of the Inverness backline before firing home into the roof of the net. Was a potential shock on the cards? 

Inverness didn’t dwell on that and took the lead again straight away with a series of efforts getting initially blocked before the ball reached the path of MacKay, who slotted home beyond Bell. Here are three things we learned from the game as Ross County now await Inverness in a third round Highland derby.

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The Highland Championship side progressed. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Inverness success 

It’s a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup and that is the most important thing for McCann’s side. Caley were pegged back a few times by Buckie but showed superb mental strength to make sure they weren’t on the end of a giant killing and now have a Highland Derby with Ross County to look forward to.

Buckie Thistle did the Highland League proud

Buckie showed superb determination not to roll over despite Inverness taking an early lead in this Scottish Cup tie. From being denied a stonewall penalty to coming back twice, they certainly made their contribution loud and clear in a brilliant cup tie for the viewers back home. 

Mackay winner

Mackay has been struggling for regular form for Caley Thistle of late, however, a good performance from the young winger would have impressed current interim boss McCann and Mackay will hope for more consistency after a good performance on the Moray coast. Mackay also did well setting up Keatings for the opener. 

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