Inverness CT 0 - 1 Arbroath

League - Championship
Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,900
Referee: Craig Napier
Inverness CT  Arbroath

Goalscorers
None. Michael McKenna (54)

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Sean Welsh
Scott Allardice
Roddy MacGregor
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Manny Duku
Billy Mckay
Derek Gaston
Chris Hamilton
Ricky Little
Thomas O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Harrison Clark
Scott Stewart
Michael McKenna
Luke Donnelly
Jon Nouble
Anton Dowds

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Michael Gardyne
Reece McAlear
Lewis Jamieson
Anthony McDonald
Shane Sutherland
David Gold
Dale Hilson
Gavin Swankie
Bobby Linn
Calum Antell
Liam Henderson
James Craigen

Substitutions
Lewis Jamieson for Manny Duku (62)
Michael Gardyne for Aaron Doran (62)
Reece McAlear for Roddy MacGregor (71)
Dale Hilson -> Anton Dowds (71)
James Craigen -> Luke Donnelly (71)
David Gold -> Scott Stewart (82)

Bookings
Robbie Deas (32)
Kirk Broadfoot (86)
James Craigen (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 170 apps -
Kirk Broadfoot 15 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 49 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 126 apps4 goals
Scott Allardice 49 apps3 goals
Roddy MacGregor 73 apps4 goals
Tom Walsh 82 apps13 goals
Aaron Doran 304 apps50 goals
Sean Welsh 80 apps11 goals
Billy Mckay 168 apps71 goals
Manny Duku 16 apps2 goals
Michael Gardyne (sub) 12 apps4 goals
Reece McAlear (sub) 12 apps -
Lewis Jamieson (sub) 7 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (19 years 314 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 135 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Jamieson (19 years 228 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 310 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Punchless and Pointless

Inverness toiled to make any headway in a dour first half, the poor fare on display being matched only by the miserable weather. We improved in the final ten minutes before the interval but clear chances were at a premium. After the break and some initial half chances for the hosts, McKenna scored with a cross/shot free kick that caught out the keeper, possibly wind assisted. Inverness still struggled to create clear openings, an all too familiar habit of late. They could have doubled their lead soon after but Ridgers was in the right place to put Little's header over the bar. Thereafter we ruined what little chances we had by a lack of quality around the box and stout defending by Arbroath. Well done to them, they did what they had to do, we need to take a long hard look at how we are going about our business.

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The Caley Jags were looking to get back to winning ways after dropping points to Hamilton and Raith in recent games and Arbroath were looking for their first win in five games which has seen them slip just off the pace at the top of the table.

The pitch was watered more heavily than Starks Park after a day of dark clouds and rain with a blustery wind getting stronger heading towards kick-off.

Duku and Mckay were the preferred partners up front with Gardyne and Sutherland on the bench. David Carson and Cammy Harper were still missing and Allardice was at right back. Bobby Linn was on the bench for Arbroath with Nouble and Dowds up front and scoring midfielder Michael McKenna in behind them.

After a minutes silence in memory of Walter Smith, play got underway with Arbroath attacking the North Stand.

A scrappy opening to the game saw the ball being moved around like a hot potato with nether side keeping possession for any length of time.

In the 14th minute Manny Duku chased a lost cause and when he whipped the ball into the box it appeared to graze the face of the crossbar before running out.

Arbroath forced a series of corners which we eventually hoofed clear to take the pressure off the defence.

A free kick from Aaron Doran almost bounced into the net as the wind played havoc with the flight of the ball, but it was a difficult watch in the first quarter of the game.

Nouble bounced a couple of players off him as he cut into the box on the left but we eventually blocked his route to goal.

Walsh snatched at a ball on the edge of the box and Gaston made a bit of a meal of it but gathered it at the second time of asking. Moments later Doran almost curled an effort into the net after turning his marker inside the box but his shot drifted just wide.

The hosts had upped the intensity just before the break but had still not made the breakthrough.

Half Time: 0-0

Shooting towards the North Stand after the break we found ourselves a goal down out of nothing. Top scorer Michael McKenna took a free kick out wide from a crossing position. Unfortunately for Ridgers, he curled it into the net with the keeper flapping at the ball as the wind held the ball back. He might not want to see that one again. Like the weather, we spoiled the fans night by being totally useless in front of goal with most efforts going wide or being blocked and the visitors still looked menacing on the break when they stopped their time wasting. Last chance fell to Saturday's saviour Sean Welsh but he hooked his shot high over the bar and that summed up our night. Horrendous!

We looked like a Highland League side at times and our inability to fashion out clear opportunities is worrying. Good week for Killie who started it 5 points behind us and now sit top of the table.

with Killie scoring a late penalty at Ayr, they have taken the lead at the top of the table on goal difference as we appear to be found wanting when the push comes to the shove.

Thoroughly disappointing game, performance, result and weather and it gets even tougher at the weekend as we take on Partick Thistle.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Kilmarnock 11 7 2 2 14 7 7 23
2. Inverness CT 11 7 2 2 13 6 7 23
3. Arbroath 11 5 4 2 19 9 10 19
4. Raith Rovers 11 5 4 2 18 13 5 19
5. Partick Thistle 11 5 2 4 23 14 9 17
6. Ayr United 11 3 3 5 10 15 -5 12
7. Hamilton Academical 11 3 2 6 11 23 -12 11
8. Queen of the South 11 3 1 7 10 15 -5 10
9. Morton 11 1 5 5 7 14 -7 8
10. Dunfermline 11 0 7 4 7 16 -9 7