Arbroath 0 - 0 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, 3:00 PM at Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Attendance: 494
Referee: Colin Steven
Arbroath Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Jason Thomson
Ricky Little
Thomas O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Chris Hamilton
Michael McKenna
James Craigen
David Gold
Anton Dowds
Jon Nouble
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Tom Walsh
Scott Allardice
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Shane Sutherland
Billy Mckay

Bench
Nicky Low
Dale Hilson
Gavin Swankie
Bobby Linn
Luke Donnelly
Jack Hamilton
Calum Antell
Ryan Esson
Cameron Harper
Lewis Nicolson
Lewis Hyde
Manny Duku

Substitutions
Jack Hamilton -> David Gold (70)
Bobby Linn -> James Craigen (79)
Dale Hilson -> Anton Dowds (82)
Cameron Harper for Aaron Doran (44)
Manny Duku for Billy Mckay (76)
Lewis Hyde for Tom Walsh (86)

Bookings
None. Scott Allardice (12)
Kirk Broadfoot (63)
Daniel Devine (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 180 apps -
Wallace Duffy 25 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 25 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 60 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 136 apps5 goals
Tom Walsh 92 apps13 goals
Aaron Doran 315 apps50 goals
Scott Allardice 60 apps3 goals
David Carson 73 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 179 apps76 goals
Shane Sutherland 142 apps14 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 54 apps2 goals
Lewis Hyde (sub) 7 apps -
Manny Duku (sub) 21 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Deas (21 years 315 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 156 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 181 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 176 days)
Oldest Player:Lewis Nicolson (2023 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 97 days
Domestic Players:11 (68.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Smokies held.

The Caley Jags started 2022 with a game played in poor conditions at Gayfield. In a first half controlled by the weather chances were minimal. Joel Nouble burst into the box along the byeline but Mark Ridgers blocked to snuff out the danger. Aaron Doran drifted a curling shot just wide soon after before firing a second one high over the bar minutes later. Colin Hamilton went close after a lay-off in the box but it rose just over the corner of the bar. Ridgers saved low from Nouble inside the box five minutes before the break as Arbroath looked to have mastered the wind better, but the big fellow scuffed his shot somewhat to make the keepers job easier. Cammy Harper replaced the injured Aaron Doran a minute before the interval, leaving our bench even more fragile as the half time whistle went at 0-0. A big scramble in the visitors box just after the interval from a corner saw us hack the ball clear after some pinball. James Craigen slid a ball across the face of the goal from the left but it was just wide of the post and at the other end David Carson appeared to clip the outside edge of the post as he fired an effort from the edge of the box. The game petered out thereafter with neither side looking likely to score as the ball eluded everyone at the vital moments and a draw it was. Grim stuff in less than favourable circumstances and a point apiece it was.

Full Time: 0-0

The first game of 2022 was another top of the table clash, this time it's Arbroath who head the table with Inverness three points behind looking to close the gap in a six-pointer at Gayfield in front of a covid restricted 500. A live stream was available from ArbroathFC TV for those not able to attend the game. Could the Smokies maintain the gap or could Inverness closed the gap and reduce the the seven goal advantage that Arbroath hold? Remember, every goal is a double pointer today.

Arbroath still have Joel Nouble for another couple of games and have taken Jack Hamilton back on loan (to add to the chaos with Chris & Colin already at Arbroath - Hamiltons R us) but were without the injured Scott Stewart. Inverness were returning off the back of a bout of covid on Boxing Day and a waterlogged postponement on the 29th against the Pars, who had been thumped on Boxing Day by Arbroath. Our last outing was a disappointing home defeat to Hamilton Accies, so no Festive cheer for us. Sean Welsh had been injured and was still missing with MacGregor, McAlear, Jamieson and Cammy Mackay all unavailable. Ryan Esson filled the sub keepers jersey with our bench a bit sparse.

Inverness had the strong wind at their backs in the first half with conditions challenging to say the least. Clear chances were hard to find throughout the ninety minutes with David Carson coming closest for the visitors. Even top scorer Michael McKenna struggled to make any headway. Second half Substitute Jack Hamilton did find the net as he deflected a wayward shot behind Ridgers but he had come back from an offside position before sticking out a boot to turn the ball into the net and offside it was.

The report is basically as in the summary as the wind ruined any chance that a game of football might break out. Well done to both sides for venturing out in that weather and trying their hardest to put on a show. Alas, the weather won convincingly, even beating the Smokies TV stream as it conked out for around twenty minutes in the first half. So, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Arbroath 20 10 8 2 33 14 19 38
2. Inverness CT 19 10 5 4 26 14 12 35
3. Raith Rovers 20 9 7 4 27 19 8 34
4. Kilmarnock 19 10 3 6 24 14 10 33
5. Partick Thistle 18 9 4 5 30 16 14 31
6. Hamilton Academical 20 6 5 9 22 34 -12 23
7. Ayr United 19 4 6 9 18 32 -14 18
8. Queen of the South 19 4 5 10 19 29 -10 17
9. Dunfermline 19 2 9 8 18 31 -13 15
10. Morton 19 2 8 9 17 31 -14 14