Inverness CT 1 - 0 Airdrieonians

League - Championship
Saturday, October 28th, 2023, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,218
Referee: Calum Scott
Inverness CT  Airdrieonians

Goalscorers
David Wotherspoon (37)
None.

Team Managers
Duncan Ferguson Rhys McCabe

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Nikola Ujdur
Cameron Harper
Daniel Devine
Charlie Gilmour
Max Anderson
David Carson
David Wotherspoon
Luis Longstaff
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
Joshua Rae
Kanayochukwa Megwa
Craig Watson
Callum Fordyce
Mason Hancock
Adam Frizzell
Rhys McCabe
Charles Telfer
Liam McStravick
Nikolay Todorov
Callum Gallagher

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Jake Davidson
Morgan Boyes
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Lewis Hyde
Harry Lodovica
Adam Brooks
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
Josh O'Connor
Lewis McGregor
Dean McMaster
Murray Aiken
Elliot Dunlop
Gabriel McGill
David Hutton

Substitutions
Adam Brooks for Luis Longstaff (62)
Harry Lodovica for Billy Mckay (67)
Cillian Sheridan for David Wotherspoon (68)
Zak Delaney for Daniel Devine (78)
Jake Davidson for David Carson (78)
Murray Aiken -> Rhys McCabe (67)
Lewis McGregor -> Liam McStravick (69)
Gabriel McGill replaces Calum Gallagher (77)

Bookings
Harry Lodovica (91)
Nathan Shaw (93)
Adam Frizzell (53)
Mason Hancock (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 248 apps -
Cameron Harper 132 apps9 goals
Daniel Devine 188 apps6 goals
Nikola Ujdur 4 apps -
Max Anderson 6 apps -
David Carson 153 apps2 goals
David Wotherspoon 1 app (debut)1 goal
Charlie Gilmour 13 apps1 goal
Luis Longstaff 12 apps1 goal
Nathan Shaw 58 apps12 goals
Billy Mckay 259 apps103 goals
Jake Davidson (sub) 11 apps1 goal
Zak Delaney (sub) 50 apps -
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Adam Brooks (sub) 9 apps1 goal
Harry Lodovica (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (21 years 357 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 106 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 189 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 208 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
David Wotherspoon(Signed October 17th, 2023)
Cillian Sheridan(Signed October 26th, 2023)

Milestones
Zak Delaney played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
David Wotherspoon scored his first goal for the Club.

First Home Win



Duncan ferguson was looking for his first home Championship success as the Diamond's visited the Caledonian Stadium. He would be without some key players. Unfortunately Welsh, Duffy, Doran, MacGregor, Nicolson, and Samuels were all out with Devine, Boyes, Ujdur, Harper and Carson all struggling to make this one. New signings David Wotherspoon and Cillian Sheridan were in the squad. As it was, Carson, Ujdur, Devine, Harper and Wotherspoon all started with Boyes and Sheridan on the bench. Airdrie had Gallagher and Todorov up front with Player Manager Rhys McCabe on from the start.

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Decent afternoon for a game of football and Airdrie took advantage of the good conditions to control the early possession although they never troubled Ridgers, one shot clearing the North Stand into the car park. The next one went five yards over the bar. The best Inverness could offer was a blocked shot on the edge of the box after our best move of the game. We came more into the mix and David Wotherspoon spooned a shot over the bar from five yards after Keeper Josh Rae had saved from Billy Mckay. He really should have scored but he made amends five minutes before the break with a tremendously calm finish. He showed real class unlike the open goal he missed earlier. The move began on the left with Longstaff then when it came to Wotherspoon in midfield he flicked it deftly to the right side where Gilmour fed Shaw. He drove down the wing before cutting the ball back to Spoony who turned in the box to roll the ball into the unguarded corner of the net from twelve yards after making the space for himself. Class!

Half Time: 1-0

After the interval Airdrie retained the ball better but we threatened when Gilmour went down after a challenge in the box. Shaw picked up the loose ball but his shot was charged down as he tried to pick out the top corner from the edge of the box. A spate of substitutions disrupted the flow of the game and the visitors made a late push to salvage a point. However, we defended well despite half of our back four being substituted with Ujdur dominant. The big defender made a couple of crucial blocks, one in particular as Frizzell pulled the trigger, the ball deflecting over the bar. Despite the late pressure from Airdrie, Ridgers was not overly exerted although he made a couple of crucial catches and punches clear to hold on to the clean sheet and more importantly all three points.

FULL TIME: 1-0

The fabulous execution of his goal was a great introduction for David Wotherspoon but for me the Man of the Match and new version of Bobby Mann was Nikola Ujdur. The Aussie defender is solid, strolled through the game unflustered and can pick a pass. Good graft in midfield but Sheridan and Big Harry need some work done. Shaw picked up a booking at the end when Big Dunc sent him back onto the pitch to get treatment

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 10 7 3 0 28 4 24 24
2. Raith Rovers 9 6 2 1 14 9 5 20
3. Partick Thistle 10 4 3 3 19 16 3 15
4. Airdrieonians 10 4 1 5 9 14 -5 13
5. Arbroath 9 4 0 5 15 17 -2 12
6. Ayr United 10 4 0 6 12 18 -6 12
7. Queens Park 11 3 3 5 14 22 -8 12
8. Dunfermline 9 3 2 4 9 10 -1 11
9. Inverness CT 9 2 2 5 7 10 -3 8
10. Morton 9 2 2 5 9 16 -7 8