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Hampden Park dream still a possibility for Meekings

A trip to Hampden Park could still be on for Josh Meekings if Inverness Caledonian Thistle can beat Kilmarnock in the Scottish FA Cup on Saturday.

A trip to Hampden Park could still be on for Josh Meekings if Inverness Caledonian Thistle can beat Kilmarnock in the Scottish FA Cup on Saturday.

Meekings and his Caley Thistle team mates suffered the shattering blow of losing their Scottish Communities League Cup Semi-Final last weekend to Hearts on a penalty shoot out.

An Andrew Shinnie goal had put them ahead early in the second half, but after Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo levelled for Hearts it went into extra-time and ultimately the shoot out, which the Jambos won 5-4.

In a physical match, 20-year-old Meekings, who went to school at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, was one of nine players booked, while Hearts Scott Robinson was also sent off.

Victory would have taken Inverness to their first ever cup final, but after Hearts converted their fifth penalty to take it to 5-4, the Highlanders’ Phillip Roberts failed to convert his spot-kick, sending his team out.

Inverness now head to Rugby Park on Saturday knowing victory would send them through to the quarter final of the FA Cup, just two wins from a showpiece Hampden Park final - and another chance to break their cup duck.

Before that, Caley Thistle were due to play at St Mirren last night (Wednesday, January 30) as they looked to remain in second place in the Scottish Premier League.

Meekings has been a regular in the centre of Caley Thistle’s defence this season, doing enough to impress his manager Terry Butcher to keep his place.

 

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