Stirling Albion held Caley Thistle to a goalless draw at Forthbank before losing 2-0 on penalties in Group A of the Betfred Cup on Tuesday night.
Sean Dickson, John Baird, Callumn Morrison, Joe Chalmers and Darren Smith all missed before Liam Polworth converted and Iain Vigurs sealed it after Connor McMullan’s miss.
It was the lowest scoring penalty shoot-out in Scottish football and ironically we also hold the record for the highest – beating Hurlford United 13-12 in a Scottish Cup replay in November 2014.
Dave Mackay made three changes after the 4-1 defeat at Falkirk – Lee Hamilton made his second ‘debut’ and Andy Black and Callumn Morrison also came in as Scott Davidson, Ross Kavanagh and Liam Caddis dropped to the bench, where they were joined by Ross County loanee Mark Foden.
ICT were unchanged from the team that beat Brechin City 3-0 and they enjoyed the bulk of the first-half possession without creating too many clear-cut chances.
Albion were determined, hard-working and organised and impressed throughout. Cammy Binnie made a terrific save from a Gary Warren header and John Baird’s follow up and John Robertson’s men also had a goal disallowed as they cranked up the pressure.
However, we finished strongly and Morrison had a chance to win it in stoppage time but he fired wildly off target when Darren Smith was unmarked in the middle.
The penalties went astray but it was performance to give the players confidence going in Saturday’s trip to Forfar and the home game with Brechin on Tuesday.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Noble, Hamilton (Caddis 70), McNeil, Black, Morrison, Robertson (McMullan 84), Dickson, MacDonald (Kavanagh 68), D Smith.
Subs (not used): Foden (GK), Banner, Henderson, Davidson.
Inverness CT: Ridgers, Warren (Elsdon 78), Calder, Seedorf, McKay, Polworth, Draper, Vigurs, Mulraney (Chalmers 27), Baird, Oakley (Zschusschen 53).
Subs (not used): Esson (GK), Raven, Elsdon, MacDonald.
Referee: Mike Roncone