ELGIN City summer signing Matthew Cooper couldn’t stop former club Caley Thistle from recording a win at Borough Briggs on Saturday.
Cooper (20), who left the Premiership side at the end of last season to join Elgin, found himself marking deadly Inverness striker Billy McKay.
McKay scored in Caley’s 2-1 win, but Cooper felt his new club acquitted themselves well.
“This was the one I was looking forward to,” he said. “There’s no hard feelings about leaving, and it was good to see all the boys again.
“But we did really well against them for them being a full-time side.
“We tired a bit in the second half because of our midweek matches but it will stand us in good stead for the season.”
City got off to a flying start against last season’s Scottish League Cup finalists, taking the lead after just four minutes.
Former ICT striker Shane Sutherland fired in a drive which keeper Dean Brill spilled out into the path of Craig Gunn and he fired home with ease.
The Premiership side soon took control of possession, but found it difficult to find away past another former Caley Jag, new City keeper Michael Fraser.
Eventually McKay fired in a Graeme Shinnie cross on 22 minutes to level the scores, and it stayed at 1-1 until the break.
Inverness boss John Hughes reshuffled his side in the second half, replacing McKay and putting midfielder Marley Watkins in attack.
Watkins grabbed the winner on 72 minutes, meeting a Josh Meekings cross at the far post to nod home.
Elgin brought on young attacker Rory McEwan for his first appearance and pressed for an equaliser, but it was Inverness who looked the likelier to add to the scoresheet.
Assistant boss Graham Bayne said: “It was a great start with Gunny’s goal, but you could see we tired in the last 20-25 minutes.
“I thought overall we were outstanding and our attitude and work rate was great.”
Read more about Cooper's thoughts on his Elgin move in next week's Northern Scot.