Inverness CT 5 - 1 Dumbarton

League Match
Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,355
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Inverness CT  Dumbarton

Goalscorers
Aaron Doran (17)
Nathan Austin (41)
Nathan Austin (50)
Iain Vigurs (63)
Nathan Austin (66)
Grant Gallagher (13)

Team Managers
John Robertson Stephen Aitken

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Gary Warren
Brad Mckay
Collin Seedorf
Riccardo Calder
Joe Chalmers
Iain Vigurs
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Nathan Austin
George Oakley
Scott Gallacher
Christopher McLaughlin
Andy Dowie
Grant Gallagher
Craig Barr
David Wilson
Kyle Hutton
Kevin Nisbet
Andy Stirling
Calum Gallagher
Daniel Handling

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Jack Brown
Cameron Harper
Jake Mulraney
Zak Elbouzedi
Daniel Mackay
Connor Bell
Mark Stewart
Tom Walsh
Dougie Hill
Jamie Ewings
Dimitris Froxylias
Liam Burt

Substitutions
Zak Elbouzedi for Aaron Doran (64)
Connor Bell for Nathan Austin (69)
Jake Mulraney for Iain Vigurs (71)
Liam Burt -> David Wilson (58)
Mark Stewart -> Calum Gallagher (67)
Dougie Hill -> Grant Gallagher (75)

Bookings
Brad Mckay (22)
Craig Barr (62)
Kyle Hutton (90)
Mark Stewart (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 40 apps -
Joe Chalmers 41 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 218 apps19 goals
Riccardo Calder 30 apps2 goals
Collin Seedorf 15 apps -
Brad Mckay 69 apps3 goals
Iain Vigurs 139 apps23 goals
Aaron Doran 192 apps27 goals
Liam Polworth 156 apps14 goals
Nathan Austin 10 apps4 goals
George Oakley 40 apps10 goals
Jake Mulraney (sub) 63 apps2 goals
Zak Elbouzedi (sub) 3 apps -
Connor Bell (sub) 32 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Riccardo Calder (22 years 84 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 249 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 264 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (16 years 159 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Esson (38 years 35 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 62 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Austin Hat-Trick: Inverness went goal crazy against a Dumbarton side they failed to trouble for ninety three minutes in the IrnBru Cup Final a couple of weeks ago. This time we showed no mercy and but for some wayward finishing could have scored more, but we can't be vexed at five surely.

Dumbarton, to their credit came to play, unlike the final where they did their best to stop us playing. However, after opening the scoring through Grant Gallagher in the 13th minute, Inverness stepped up the pace and blew the Sons away scoring five going on eight. Aaron Doran replied four minutes later with a superb long range effort flying high into the unguarded area of the net. Four minutes before the break Nathan Austin scored his first of three. Five minutes after the break he added his second and Dumbarton heads went down. The influential Iain Vigurs added a fourth before Austin grabbed the match ball finishing off after a Liam Polworth burst into the box.

Look what Fash took home with him after the game.

John Robertson was forced into making three changes from the last game with Charlie Trafford, Coll Donaldson and Carl IrnBru Tremarco all suspended. In came Riccardo Calder, Collin Seedorf and Aaron Doran with Brad Mckay and Gary Warren taking up the slack in central defence.

Dumbarton did their best to field a team of Gallagher's, three of them starting with the talismanic Froxylias on the bench.

We fell behind when Calder dived into a tackle wide right but Andrew Stirling was always first to the ball and he skipped round the mis-timed tackle to cut a dangerous ball into the box where Grant Gallagher smashed it high behind a helpless Mark Ridgers. Excellent goal for the Sons, but all it did was wake up Inverness.

Four minutes later and Doran crashed a swerving shot from all of thirty yards high into the net. What a strike from the wee man, goal as soon as it left his boot.

Polworth almost matched it soon after as the ball sat up but his volley just dipped wide of the mark. His next contribution proved more fruitful as he lifted a ball wide to Doran who saw the run of Austin to the near post. He picked him out effortlessly and Nathan stepped round the keeper to tap in for an excellent finish to a tidy move.

Half Time 2-1

Polly's next moment was less productive. After he broke down a clearance from defence, Polworth danced across the box delaying the finish a couple of times before cutting the ball cutely back across the keeper. Unfortunately he cut it back wide of the post as well when it looked easier to score. Gives the boo boys something to moan about I suppose. Great effort from Liam though.

His assist rate is second to none though and after bursting into the box he chipped the ball goalwards where Austin was on hand to finish the task.

Iain Vigurs showed his midfield companion how to cut the ball behind the keeper in a tight spot from close range as he did just that, Polworth again involved in the goal

Austin grabbed his hat-trick after some neat play down the left, the striker guiding a low cross into the net after Calder drove forward, another good team goal finished by a player on song.

Connor Bell had a couple of efforts late in the game which could have produced more after the tireless George Oakley did the spade work, but his wee leggies would not get him to the ball soon enough and when Mulraney met the loose ball Gallagher parried away his shot.

Full Time 5-1

Biggest win for some time in a league game, probably since scoring six at Kilmarnock in 2011 (double hat-tricks that day from A Shinnie and Tade). First league hat-trick for a long time too, Billy Mckay bagging one against Motherwell in 2013. The statisticians will no doubt have more but it's good to get a couple of monkeys of the back on the same day.

Great performance from Nathan Austin who is my MotM, but some unselfish work by others allowing him to flourish in front of goal. Notable grafters were Liam Polworth, Iain Vigurs, George Oakley and Aaron Doran who scored a beaut.

All to do again on Tuesday night at Dumbarton where I doubt the home defence will be so generous.

Ooooops, nearly forgot, congratulations to St Mirren who are on their way into the Premiership after clinching the title with a draw against Livingston who have secured their play-off place as well. Congrats all round and we hope to join you there.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. St. Mirren 33 22 5 6 60 32 28 71
2. Livingston 33 16 11 6 53 34 19 59
3. Dunfermline 34 15 10 9 54 33 21 55
4. Dundee Utd 33 16 7 10 45 39 6 55
5. Inverness CT 32 13 8 11 46 35 11 47
6. Queen of the South 34 12 10 12 51 52 -1 46
7. Falkirk 33 9 11 13 37 46 -9 38
8. Dumbarton 33 7 9 17 25 53 -28 30
9. Brechin City 33 0 4 29 19 77 -58 4