Ledley brace breaks Caley resistance as Hoops roll on
Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
Joe Ledley's double fired Celtic into the semi-finals to face Aberdeen at Hampden Park.
The Welshman scored both of the Glasgow side's goals in a fightback win against Inverness at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
Caley Thistle's top scorer Adam Rooney broke the deadlock from the penalty spot just before half-time, but Ledley levelled from close range two minutes into first-half stoppage-time.
The midfielder then netted the decider from close range on 68 minutes to secure a place in the last four.
Star striker Gary Hooper returned to the starting line-up as Celtic started brightly with Glenn Loovens heading a corner inches over after three minutes.
Inverness 'keeper Ryan Esson was called into action after 12 minutes when he saved an effort from Emilio Izaguirre.
Caley Thistle captain Richie Foran squandered the hosts' first chance midway through the half, the Irishman blasting across the face of goal from the edge of the six-yard box.
Inverness broke the deadlock a minute before the interval when Rooney netted from the penalty spot.
The Irish striker dispatched the spot-kick after Foran had been felled in the box by Loovens.
But Ledley levelled from six yards in the second minute of stoppage-time when he connected with a Emilio Izaguirre's cross.
Ledley put Celtic in front when he headed home from close range. The Welshman was found by a free-kick from Ki Sung-yueng.
Moments later Nick Ross might have equalised when Foran drilled in a cross but the teenager's effort was deflected wide.