Dumbarton 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, 7:45 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton
Attendance: 392
Referee: Don Robertson
Dumbarton Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Iain Vigurs (56)

Team Managers
Stephen Aitken John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Christopher McLaughlin
Andy Dowie
Grant Gallagher
Dougie Hill
Stuart Carswell
Tom Walsh
Dimitris Froxylias
Craig Barr
Mark Stewart
Liam Burt
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Gary Warren
Brad Mckay
Riccardo Calder
Joe Chalmers
Iain Vigurs
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Nathan Austin
George Oakley

Bench
Calum Gallagher
David Wilson
Kyle Hutton
Jamie Ewings
Daniel Handling
Kevin Nisbet
Andy Stirling
Ryan Esson
Carl Tremarco
Collin Seedorf
Charlie Trafford
Jake Mulraney
Zak Elbouzedi
Connor Bell

Substitutions
Calum Gallagher -> Mark Stewart (62)
Jamie Ewings -> Scott Gallacher (67)
Kyle Hutton -> Christopher McLaughlin (74)
Collin Seedorf for Gary Warren (25)
Carl Tremarco for Aaron Doran (67)
Connor Bell for Nathan Austin (88)

Bookings
Dougie Hill (46)
Kyle Hutton (76)
Brad Mckay (57)
Coll Donaldson (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 41 apps -
Brad Mckay 70 apps3 goals
Coll Donaldson 30 apps1 goal
Gary Warren 219 apps19 goals
Riccardo Calder 31 apps2 goals
Joe Chalmers 42 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran 193 apps27 goals
Iain Vigurs 140 apps24 goals
Liam Polworth 157 apps14 goals
George Oakley 41 apps10 goals
Nathan Austin 11 apps4 goals
Carl Tremarco (sub) 136 apps12 goals
Collin Seedorf (sub) 16 apps -
Connor Bell (sub) 33 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Riccardo Calder (22 years 88 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 253 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 270 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Zak Elbouzedi (20 years 18 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Esson (38 years 39 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 336 days
Domestic Players:7 (38.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Mission Accomplished: A tremendous effort from Inverness as they won their fifth game in a row to put pressure on Dunfermline ahead of the game on Saturday, where a bumper crowd will be expected to see if Inverness can keep the dream alive. Iain Vigurs scored the only goal of the game to take all three points North. He will be a big miss over the next couple of games as bookings catch up with him :sad:

Dumbarton forked off the water and it was game on at the Your Radio 103FM Stadium, or to put it another way, The Rock.

Tuesday nights game was put on hold for another day as surface water led to the game being postponed for 24 hours.

Coll Donaldson returned to the starting XI after suspension with Collin Seedorf dropping to the bench alongside Carl Tremarco, Charlie Trafford and Jake Mulraney.

Stevie Aitken reinstated Dimitris Froxylias from the bench...............

Riccardo Calder had to make a timely tackle to thwart Mark Stewart as he raced through on goal in the early exchanges and at the other end Iain Vigurs played in hat-trick hero Nathan Austin who saw his effort saved by Gallacher. Minutes later Calder found Vigurs in the box but he shot over. Tom Walsh blew a good chance for the Sons with a header but he put it just wide.

Bright start by both sides and Dumbarton looked more intent than they were at the weekend taking the game to the visitors at every opportunity in the first quarter.

Gary Warren had to be replaced midway through the first half after going down off the ball and Collin Seedorf entered the fray.

Just after the half hour Vigurs went close after being set up in the box by George Oakley but the score remained blank.

Polworth took out Dougie Hill as he blocked a shot from the Inverness man. Ouch! Seedorf did likewise at the other end as Stewart threatened to offload.

Despite Inverness ramping up the pressure on the home goal, few clear chances were created and it's all square at the break. As expected, this was a much tougher experience than the rout at Inverness.

Half Time 0-0

Aaron Doran had the first chance of the second half after Polworth fed him but he shot over the bar.

Iain Vigurs broke the deadlock after Gallacher failed to deal effectively with a Calder cross and the midfielder slashed the ball low into the net from the edge of the box ten minutes after the break.

Calder fired over soon after and Doran saw the keeper gather his attempt as the visitors looked to get some breathing space.

Dumbarton had to exchange keeper Gallacher after he appeared to go over his ankle and he was replaced by Jamie Ewings with sixty-seven minutes gone. Inverness took the opportunity to swap Doran for Carl Tremarco at the same time.

Inverness won a spate of corners to no avail.

Connor Bell replaced Nathan Austin and Ewings saved a twenty yard effort from Polworth as the game entered time added on. Donaldson saw an effort blocked out for a corner but at the other end Brad Mckay had to look lively to stop Dumbarton bursting through.

Inverness got what they wanted though and the game ended with the visitors taking all three points North.

Full Time 0-1

It might have been more comfortable for the guys on the park, but it was certainly much tighter than the game in the Highlands.

A single goal lead is never easy to manage and the balance between looking for a cushion or shutting up shop is a fine one. We did just that and could easily have extended our lead but it was imperative that we kept Dumbarton out at the other end.

Mission accomplished and the game on Saturday is now a massive one. Three wins to get into the play-offs, who would have thought.

Comedy genius was provided by the stewards who felt the need to make Gary Warren drink out of a cup instead of a bottle. Gary had come to sit in the stand to watch the second half after going off injured. However, he got a telling off from the steward for having a bottle of water and has been required to put it in a plastic cup. Tut tut Gary, you really should have known better. Always a bother with water at Dumbarton.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. St. Mirren 34 22 5 7 61 34 27 71
2. Livingston 33 16 11 6 53 34 19 59
3. Dundee Utd 34 17 7 10 50 39 11 58
4. Dunfermline 34 15 10 9 54 33 21 55
5. Inverness CT 33 14 8 11 47 35 12 50
6. Queen of the South 34 12 10 12 51 52 -1 46
7. Falkirk 34 10 11 13 39 47 -8 41
8. Dumbarton 34 7 9 18 25 54 -29 30
9. Brechin City 34 0 4 30 19 82 -63 4