Arbroath 2 - 3 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, September 30th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Attendance: 1,723
Referee: Don Robertson
Arbroath Inverness CT

Scott Stewart (69)
Michael McKenna (79)
Luis Longstaff (10)
Aaron Doran (31)
Billy Mckay (48)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Aaron Steele
Ricky Little
Thomas O'Brien
Scott Stewart
Craig Slater
David Gold
Jermaine Hylton
Michael McKenna
Ryan Dow
Jay Bird
Mark Ridgers
Morgan Boyes
Cameron Harper
Nikola Ujdur
David Carson
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
Aaron Doran
Nathan Shaw
Luis Longstaff
Billy Mckay

Colin Hamilton
Leighton McIntosh
Keaghan Jacobs
Mark Stowe
Jess Norey
Ally Adams
João Candé Baldé
Darren Lyon
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Keith Bray
Robbie Thompson
Lewis Hyde
Harry Lodovica
Adam Brooks
Austin Samuels

Leighton McIntosh -> Jay Bird (63)
Mark Stowe -> Ryan Dow 63
João Candé Baldé -> Craig Slater 70
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan -> Jermaine Hylton (85)
Austin Samuels for Aaron Doran (55)
Zak Delaney for Billy Mckay (64)
Jake Davidson for Luis Longstaff (75)

Craig Slater (47) Charlie Gilmour (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 246 apps -
Morgan Boyes 5 apps -
Cameron Harper 130 apps9 goals
Nikola Ujdur 2 apps -
David Carson 151 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 11 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 379 apps56 goals
Max Anderson 4 apps -
Nathan Shaw 56 apps12 goals
Billy Mckay 257 apps103 goals
Luis Longstaff 10 apps1 goal
Zak Delaney (sub) 49 apps -
Jake Davidson (sub) 10 apps1 goal
Austin Samuels (sub) 54 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (21 years 329 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 351 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 138 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keith Bray (17 years 186 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 351 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 73 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Luis Longstaff scored his first goal for the Club.

Dunc get's off to a flier

Ferguson was without the services of Roddy MacGregor, Lewis Nicolson, Sean Welsh, Wallace Duffy and Danny Devine. Nikola Ujdur made his debut last week and looks like a solid unit and both he and Aaron Doran started. Ricky Little returned after suspension for Arbroath with Jay Bird relegating Dünnwald-Turan to the bench.

Dunc's reign of apprehension got off to a promising start at Gayfield as Inverness opened the scoring in the tenth minute through Luis Longstaff who scrambled the ball into the net after a Nikola Ujdur header was not dealt with by keeper Gaston. Longstaff then turned provider as Aaron Doran turned his driven cross into the net after half an hour. Other chances came and went: Nathan Shaw not catching his shot plumb from the edge of the box making it comfortable for Gaston to flop on the ball and save and Billy Mckay not making the most of a great break forward, his low shot a bit of a dolly for the keeper to block.


Billy Mckay added a third just after the interval lobbing Gaston perfectly with an assist from his own keeper Mark Ridgers. At 3-0 Shaw again might have done better when one on one with Gaston but he chose the wrong option and took himself too wide and the chance was gone. Arbroath came back into it with strikes from Ross Stewart and Michael McKenna to set up a grandstand finish. Stewart's goal was as massive a fluke as you will see. Ujdur attempted to thunder the ball clear on the edge of his own box. Unfortunately Stewart anticipated this and turned his back on the defender expecting him and ball to go flying forward. Alas it looks like it cannoned off his arse and it floated over the despairing flail of Mark Ridgers and into the net. Unbelievable, you couldn't write it, however, I just did. McKenna's goal favoured the hosts as it bobbled off a couple of bodies before he despatched it behind Ridgers off his near post with a tidy finish. With much biting of fingernails, Dunc got off to a winning start after a lengthy period of time added on and that means that we are no longer bottom of the table (just). Phew!


The fans were looking forward to this one with a mixture of fear, trepidation, apprehension, pessimism, optimism and excitement in equal proportions. :amazed:

Dunc has certainly got the fans talking again and there's a feelgood factor lurking just round the corner. Rome wasn't built in a day, however Ferguson was not the foreman. Time will tell if this will be a successful appointment, but he has the full backing of the fans at the moment.

Arbroath were off the back of a four game winning run. We were on downward spiral since the start of the season, the reason why Dunc is here now. As it happened, we escaped with all three points...

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 7 5 2 0 16 3 13 17
2. Raith Rovers 7 5 1 1 12 8 4 16
3. Partick Thistle 7 4 1 2 17 9 8 13
4. Arbroath 8 4 0 4 15 11 4 12
5. Airdrieonians 7 4 0 3 7 10 -3 12
6. Dunfermline 7 3 2 2 9 8 1 11
7. Queens Park 8 3 0 5 11 19 -8 9
8. Ayr United 7 2 0 5 9 16 -7 6
9. Inverness CT 7 1 1 5 6 10 -4 4
10. Morton 7 1 1 5 8 16 -8 4