Dunfermline 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, 3:00 PM at East End Park, Dunfermline
Attendance: 3,138
Referee: Steven Reid
Dunfermline Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Steven Lawless (80) Shane Sutherland (39)

Team Managers
John Hughes Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Aaron Comrie
Coll Donaldson
Lewis Martin
Josh Edwards
Dan Pybus
Paul Allan
Matty Todd
Steven Lawless
Lewis McCann
Ryan Dow
Mark Ridgers
Cameron Harper
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Tom Walsh
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
David Carson
Manny Duku
Shane Sutherland

Bench
Kyle MacDonald
Kevin O'Hara
Nikolay Todorov
Graham Dorrans
Leon Jones
Reece Cole
Deniz Mehmet
Cameron Mackay
Lewis Nicolson
Wallace Duffy
Lewis Hyde
Lewis Jamieson
Logan Chalmers
Sam Pearson

Substitutions
Kevin O'Hara -> Paul Allan (46)
Graham Dorrans -> Ryan Dow (62)
Reece Cole -> Matty Todd (63)
Wallace Duffy for Daniel Devine (45)
Logan Chalmers for Manny Duku (67)
Sam Pearson for Cameron Harper (72)

Bookings
Paul Allan (34)
Reece Cole (81)
Lewis McCann (82)
Daniel Devine (10)
Reece McAlear (70)
David Carson (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 183 apps -
Daniel Devine 139 apps5 goals
Cameron Harper 56 apps2 goals
Kirk Broadfoot 28 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 63 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 95 apps14 goals
Sean Welsh 89 apps13 goals
Reece McAlear 23 apps2 goals
David Carson 76 apps1 goal
Shane Sutherland 145 apps15 goals
Manny Duku 24 apps2 goals
Wallace Duffy (sub) 27 apps1 goal
Logan Chalmers (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Sam Pearson (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (19 years 349 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 176 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 252 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 196 days)
Oldest Player:Lewis Nicolson (2023 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 129 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Logan Chalmers(Signed January 21st, 2022)
Sam Pearson(Signed January 21st, 2022)

Milestones

More points thrown away

Inverness wasted an opportunity to put pressure on the top of the table after squandering a first half lead through Shane Sutherland. Steven Lawless levelled from the spot in the second half with ten minutes remaining after David Carson was adjudged to have blocked a cross with a flailing arm. Another drab performance after a first half full of promise. No surprise really given recent performances, but frustrating nonetheless.

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Big Changes in the Inverness starting XI today. Injured/ill were Scott Allardice, Aaron Doran, Roddy MacGregor and Billy Mckay. On the bench were new loan faces Sam Pearson and Logan Chalmers with Cammy Harper and Manny Duku returning to the starting line-up. John Hughes had Nikolay Todorov on the bench with Fon Williams in goal and Coll Donaldson in defence. Steven Lawless started up front.

Inverness started the game pressing high and forcing the pace of the game with their hosts struggling to create anything of note.

Despite plenty of possession in the first half, chances were still thin on the ground. With Mckay and Doran missing it was left to goalless striker Manny Duku to try and break his Championship duck.

Easy to see why he hasn't scored this season when after breaking clear on the right, he ran out of puff and tried a shot from a ridiculous angle and distance, the ball trundling goalwards to end the opportunity.

Five minutes before the break we opened the scoring through a well taken strike from Shane Sutherland. He gambled on a deep cross from Reece McAlear clearing everyone in the box and drilled a first time volley just inside the post from twelve yards. Good goal and just what we needed.

We ended the half on top and stupidly the fans were optimistic ahead of the restart.

HALF TIME: 0-1

It didn't take long for the optimism to dissipate after the break as the Pars realised we had run our race.

It might have been different had Tom Walsh been able to control a volley from the edge of the box, alas it went high over the bar.

But for a point blank save from Mark Ridgers, the Pars should have levelled the game when he blocked an effort by Kevin O'Hara from two yards ten minutes after the break, the keeper getting down early to keep the ball out.

Shane Sutherland might have done better with a header, but it was straight at the keeper and at the other end Coll Donaldson headed just wide as the pressure intensified around the Inverness goal.

The leveller came from the spot after David Carson blocked a cross with his arm, Steven Lawless rolling in the ball after Ridgers went early. No more than Pars deserved with Inverness going back into their shell.

A tense ending saw Ridgers deny Donaldson as he saved his header but we held on for a point.

FULL TIME 1-1

Avery disappointing second half from Inverness after a first half that was full of promise. Maybe Danny Devine going off injured just before the interval decided our tactic for the second half, or maybe Dunfermline just realised they could get something from the game.

That point lifts them off the foot of the table for now, our point puts us in second position when we really should have been knocking on Arbroaths door at the top.

Whatever the reason, the fans are getting somewhat disgruntled as we are without a win in five games now. It does seem like a long time ago that we absolutely thrashed Morton 6-1 on 11th December. Only four points from our last five games, or four points from a possible fifteen. That's not the form of a team going for promotion. Sort it!

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Arbroath 22 11 8 3 35 16 19 41
2. Inverness CT 22 10 8 4 30 18 12 38
3. Kilmarnock 21 11 4 6 27 15 12 37
4. Raith Rovers 22 9 8 5 29 22 7 35
5. Partick Thistle 20 9 6 5 33 19 14 33
6. Hamilton Academical 22 6 6 10 24 37 -13 24
7. Ayr United 21 5 6 10 19 34 -15 21
8. Morton 21 4 8 9 24 31 -7 20
9. Dunfermline 22 3 10 9 20 37 -17 19
10. Queen of the South 21 4 6 11 21 33 -12 18