Inverness CT 0 - 1 Arbroath

League Match
Saturday, December 28th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,287
Referee: Graham Beaton
Inverness CT  Arbroath

None. Luke Donnelly (47)

Team Managers
John Robertson Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kevin McHattie
Coll Donaldson
Shaun Rooney
Jamie McCart
David Carson
Charlie Trafford
Aaron Doran
Jordan White
James Keatings
Miles Storey
Derek Gaston
Mark Whatley
Ricky Little
Thomas O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Scott Stewart
Miko Virtanen
David Gold
Bobby Linn
Michael McKenna
Luke Donnelly

Cameron Mackay
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Roddy MacGregor
James Vincent
Mitchell Curry
Nikolay Todorov
Darren Jamiesom
Jason Thomson
Gavin Swankie
Omar Kader
Greig Spence
James Murphy
Steven Doris

Mitchell Curry for Aaron Doran (64)
Roddy MacGregor for James Keatings (64)
Nikolay Todorov for Jordan White (70)
Omar Kader -> Bobby Linn (73)
Greig Spence -> Luke Donnelly (77)
James Murphy -> David Gold (83)

None. Colin Hamilton (20)
Miko Virtanen (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 113 apps -
Kevin McHattie 22 apps -
Coll Donaldson 102 apps4 goals
Shaun Rooney 65 apps8 goals
Jamie McCart 73 apps2 goals
David Carson 25 apps -
Aaron Doran 267 apps44 goals
Charlie Trafford 84 apps3 goals
Jordan White 77 apps22 goals
Miles Storey 59 apps16 goals
James Keatings 19 apps4 goals
Roddy MacGregor (sub) 23 apps -
Mitchell Curry (sub) 15 apps2 goals
Nikolay Todorov (sub) 22 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (22 years 196 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (29 years 148 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 100 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (18 years 11 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (34 years 86 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 248 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Bleak House

We were hoping for a White Xmas, instead we got a Dickensian novel, Bleak House, as Arbroath deservedly took all three points with a disciplined performance against a complete team of misfits with only Mark Ridgers earning his crust. The goal came just after the break with Luke Donnelly stroking home after we lost the ball near the visitors box. That triggered a terse exchange between Ridgers and his defence with Rooney the brunt of the exchange. All this came after an eye gouging first half which was topped by a more than inept second half with Arbroath more likely to increase their lead without having to try too hard. You can only paper over the cracks for so long and today we were found wanting as part time Arbroath, not for the first time this season, turned us over.

It's such a shame that a decade of so many highs has ended with an all time low.

Ridgers had to make a great block in the first half and two terrific second half saves to spare our blushes further whilst we were incapable of troubling the keeper who worked harder kicking the mud off his boots on the goal post than dealing with anything Inverness had to offer.

On a weekend when every other result was in our favour, we could not help ourselves, and that's a bit of a concern. In fact, we are almost as close to Alloa Athletic as we are to Dundee United, only one point in it. I suggest we will be closer to the team at the bottom come the end of the season.

Mark Ridgers was our MotM and that should tell you all you need to know about our inability to trouble Arbroath.

I can't think of any outfield player who deserved passmarks other than possibly Miles Storey who at least put in some effort although not always channeling his runs in the right direction or getting an end product with wasteful crosses. Charlie Trafford made less mistakes than others, but played it safe instead of hurting the defence.

Otherwise, we were a complete omnishambles.

We remain second in the league for now, but unless we kick on, then we won't be there come the end of the season.

Take nothing away from Arbroath who will be rightly delighted with the result, but this report is all about our inability to play football at a level required for promotion. In truth, the Smokies cigared this, so well done to them for a very successful year

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 19 15 1 3 43 15 28 46
2. Inverness CT 19 10 2 7 27 22 5 32
3. Dundee 19 8 5 6 26 26 0 29
4. Ayr United 19 9 1 9 32 30 2 28
5. Dunfermline 19 7 4 8 29 26 3 25
6. Queen of the South 18 7 4 7 20 20 0 25
7. Arbroath 19 7 4 8 17 20 -3 25
8. Partick Thistle 19 6 3 10 26 35 -9 21
9. Morton 18 6 1 11 23 36 -13 19
10. Alloa Athletic 19 4 5 10 20 33 -13 17