Inverness CT 1 - 0 Arbroath

League - Championship
Saturday, March 27th, 2021, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Referee: Colin Steven
Inverness CT  Arbroath

Goalscorers
Nikolay Todorov (69)
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Team Managers
Neil McCann Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Cameron Harper
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Sean Welsh
David Carson
Scott Allardice
Roddy MacGregor
Daniel Mackay
Nikolay Todorov
Shane Sutherland
Derek Gaston
David Gold
Thomas O'Brien
Ricky Little
Colin Hamilton
Lewis Moore
James Craigen
Michael McKenna
Ben Williamson
Jack Hamilton
Dale Hilson

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Kevin McHattie
Scott Allan
James Vincent
Arron Lyall
James Keatings
Miles Storey
Mark Whatley
Scott Stewart
Kris Doolan
Scott Gallacher
Carlo Pignatiello
Nicky Low
Calum Smith

Substitutions
Scott Allan for Shane Sutherland (54)
Miles Storey for Roddy MacGregor (55)
Kevin McHattie for Nikolay Todorov (88)
Scott Stewart -> James Craigen (63)
Mark Whatley -> Ben Williamson (81)
Nicky Low -> Michael McKenna (84)

Bookings
Miles Storey (92)
James Craigen (29)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 149 apps -
Cameron Harper 32 apps -
Robbie Deas 26 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 105 apps4 goals
Scott Allardice 26 apps2 goals
Roddy MacGregor 51 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh 62 apps8 goals
David Carson 48 apps1 goal
Shane Sutherland 113 apps8 goals
Daniel Mackay 50 apps8 goals
Nikolay Todorov 56 apps13 goals
Kevin McHattie (sub) 39 apps -
Scott Allan (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Miles Storey (sub) 90 apps21 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (19 years 101 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (31 years 20 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 318 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Arron Lyall (17 years 191 days)
Oldest Player:James Vincent (31 years 189 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 151 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Scott Allan(Signed March 27th, 2021)

Milestones
Daniel Mackay played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Inverness up to fourth...

Nikolay Todorov scored the only goal of the game with twenty minutes left in a disappointing encounter where the three points were more important that the performance. Scott Allan made his debut in the second half where Inverness did just enough to move up to a temporary position of fourth in the league ahead of the Dundee v Dunfermline game tonight.

Scott Allan was on the bench after much hype about the loan signing from Hibs.

It was fully fifteen minutes in before anyone had a sight of goal and it was Dale Hilson who dragged a shot wide of Mark Ridgers' post in a rare venture into the hosts box.

It was turgid stuff in the opening quarter with both sides struggling to make much headway on a cold but reasonable afternoon for a kickabout.

The ball entered the Arbroath net after Danny Devine nodded a free kick towards the goal, but as David Carson appeared on the scene to head into the net the referee signalled for offside.

Roddy MacGregor burst forward and offloaded from just outside the box but his daisy cutter slid just the wrong side of the post after half an hour.

A great turn and pass from Shane Sutherland set Dan Mackay clear down the left but his cross was mopped up by the defence and in the next attack Sutherland got the ball at his feet around the penalty spot but he could not dig it out with his back to goal and once more Arbroath cleared their lines.

Four minutes before the break an Arbroath free kick offered the visitors a glimmer of hope but a foul to Inverness was the end product as the ball was whipped into the box.

From an Arbroath corner right on the whistle, Ridgers and the defenders had to clear the ball away from the top corner after a good header from Ricky Little looked as if it might creep in. Possibly headed clear by Sean Welsh from just under the bar.

Colin Steven brought the half to a close thereafter, presumably to save the ball from further punishment.

Half Time:0-0

No surprise when McCann made early changes to the line-up by introducing Miles Storey and Scott Allan for Shane Sutherland and Roddy MacGregor as up until mow we had looked impotent.

Arbroath looked lively at the start of the second period, in contrast to the Caley Jags who looked rather pedestrian and cumbersome.

Todorov was unable to take advantage of a great ball into the box as we looked to get forward.

Scott Allan was looking sharp but it looked like he was getting no favours from the officials.

68 minutes on the clock and a Cammy Harper free kick was brilliantly headed home by a stooping Nikolay Todorov to open the scoring.

A rugby scrum formed in the Caley Jags box and nobody knew where the hell the ball was but a free kick to Inverness was the result.

Substitute Miles Storey latched onto the ball over twenty yards out but Gaston did well to turn it away. He did the same five minutes later from a Harper drive to keep the score the same.

Hanging on against Arbroath.... How times have changed, but that's what we were doing soaking up waves of attacks until a burst forward by Storey saw Gaston save bravely at his feet, the referee giving a free kick to the keeper.

Full Time 1-0

However, it was the result that was important, not the performance and three points were secured as Inverness held firm.

Up to fourth in the table with Dundee playing Dunfermline tonight.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hearts 22 14 4 4 50 24 26 46
2. Raith Rovers 21 9 6 6 34 26 8 33
3. Dundee 21 9 6 6 40 37 3 33
4. Dunfermline 20 8 6 6 29 23 6 30
5. Inverness CT 22 7 9 6 28 23 5 30
6. Queen of the South 22 9 3 10 36 44 -8 30
7. Ayr United 22 6 8 8 28 27 1 26
8. Morton 22 6 7 9 19 27 -8 25
9. Arbroath 22 5 7 10 17 27 -10 22
10. Alloa Athletic 22 4 6 12 26 49 -23 18