Arbroath 0 - 0 Inverness CT

(Won 5 - 3 on pens.)
League (Playoff) - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Friday, May 13th, 2022, 7:45 PM at Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Attendance: 5,154
Referee: Willie Collum
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
Scott Stewart
Michael McKenna
Nicky Low
James Craigen
Jack Hamilton
Mark Ridgers
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Daniel Devine
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Logan Chalmers
Austin Samuels
Shane Sutherland

Bench
David Gold
Gavin Swankie
Bobby Linn
Luke Donnelly
Sam Ford
Michael Bakare
Craig Wighton
Calum Antell
Liam Henderson
Cameron Mackay
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Scott Allardice
Lewis Hyde
Joe Hardy
Billy Mckay

Substitutions
Bobby Linn -> James Craigen (76)
Luke Donnelly -> Jason Thomson (90)
Liam Henderson -> Thomas O'Brien (105)
David Gold -> Chris Hamilton (105)
Craig Wighton -> Jack Hamilton (111)
Billy Mckay for Austin Samuels (45)
Joe Hardy for Aaron Doran (60)
Cameron Harper for Logan Chalmers (68)
Wallace Duffy for Reece McAlear (74)
Lewis Hyde for Shane Sutherland (90)

Bookings
Colin Hamilton (55)
Chris Hamilton (73)
Craig Wighton (120)
David Carson (27)
Wallace Duffy (95)
Wallace Duffy (113)
Billy Mckay (115)
Lewis Hyde (118)
Robbie Deas (120)

Red Cards
None. Daniel Devine (66)
Wallace Duffy (113)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 194 apps -
Kirk Broadfoot 44 apps2 goals
Robbie Deas 81 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 150 apps5 goals
Sean Welsh 106 apps13 goals
Aaron Doran 328 apps50 goals
Reece McAlear 41 apps4 goals
David Carson 93 apps1 goal
Logan Chalmers 16 apps5 goals
Austin Samuels 17 apps3 goals
Shane Sutherland 162 apps21 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 73 apps2 goals
Wallace Duffy (sub) 39 apps1 goal
Lewis Hyde (sub) 13 apps -
Billy Mckay (sub) 198 apps80 goals
Joe Hardy (sub) 16 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 95 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 326 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 307 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 123 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Caley Jags through

We did it! If you thought the first half at Inverness was poor, then step forward the first half from Gayfield. Shockingly poor forty five from both sides as Inverness struggled to get out of their own half into the face of a stiff breeze. On the other hand Arbroath did absolutely nothing either. The second half saw Danny Devine sent off, Shane Sutherland stretchered off and later on Wallace Duffy sent off as we ended the game with nine men. Farcical stuff.

However, we got through to the play off final after a 5-3 penalty shoot out win. Bobby Linn of all players having his spot kick saved by Mark Ridgers and Kirk Broadfoot with the final winning penalty after that save.

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After a goalless draw in the first leg, the Caley Jags went to Gayfield to conclude the Premiership play off semi-final. The prize in a winner takes all game was a crack at St Johnstone in a two leg finale to the season and promotion to the Premiership for the victor. Logan Chalmers and Austin Samuels came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first leg in a game of limited opportunities. Who will prevail? All would be revealed around 10:00pm on Friday the 13th.

Billy Mckay was benched for this one after cutting a lone figure in the first leg. Aaron Doran replaced the striker in the starting XI. Arbroath were unchanged from Tuesday night.

A big crowd greeted the teams onto the pitch with similar conditions to the first leg prevalent. Inverness kicked off into the wind and that was the highlight of the first forty-five, apart from Aaron Doran breaking into the box but unable to dig the ball out from under his feet and Scott Stewart firing over the bar from the edge of the box. The only other thing of note was a booking for David Carson :yellowcard:. Some things never change.

HALF TIME: 0-0

Billy Mckay replaced Austin Samuels at the interval.

Shane Sutherland got the break of the ball and burst into the edge of the box on the left side but his shot rippled the side netting. Carson shot over the stand minutes later as the visitors pushed forward. Better spell for Inverness and a wee melee in the box saw Arbroath clear the danger.

Out of nothing, Danny Devine was red carded for next to nothing as he challenged for a high ball with Jack Hamilton. What a joke decision that was. Worse was to follow when Shane Sutherland left the field on a stretcher after looking like he has damaged his knee when pulling up.

Hardy dribbled forward into the hosts box after the ninety but as the tackle came in his shot was lifted over the bar.

A flurry of activity round our box in time added on as the nine men tried to hold out for extra time. We did that so on to another thirty minutes.

0-0 after ninety minutes.

Inverness were back up to ten men with Lewis Hyde coming on in extra time.

Mark Ridgers kept Inverness in the game when he blocked an effort from Jack Hamilton as he went one on one with the keeper.

Colin Hamilton went close with a header after Low recycled a corner back into the box, the ball going just the wrong side of the post.

Inverness wasted a free kick and corner just on the break and it was still 0-0 with the final fifteen minutes coming up.

Wallace Duffy was given a dubious second yellow and we were back down to nine men for the final five minutes of extra time and Michael McKenna drifted a shot wide after a corner.

A Nicky Low cross saw Colin Hamilton head across goal and the ball came back off the crossbar as Arbroath went for the jugular, and after yet another corner was cleared, blundering referee Willie Collum ended the tie and it's on to penalties.

FULL TIME (after extra time): 0-0

Penalty Shoot Out

B Mckay ✔️, Hardy ✔️ Welsh ✔️ Harper✔️ Broadfoot ✔️

McKenna ✔️ Low ✔️ Colin Hamilton ✔️ Linn ❌

Inverness through to Play Off Final after 5-3 shoot out win.

Match report written by tm4tj