Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, 3:00 PM at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Attendance: 1,465
Referee: Scott Lambie
Airdrieonians Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Nikolay Todorov (61)
Callum Fordyce (84)
None.

Team Managers
Rhys McCabe Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Joshua Rae
Kanayochhukwa Megwa
Rhys McCabe
Callum Fordyce
Mason Hancock
Adam Frizzell
Craig Watson
Charles Telfer
Gabriel McGill
Nikolay Todorov
Gavin Gallagher
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Nikola Ujdur
Morgan Boyes
Jake Davidson
Charlie Gilmour
Sean Welsh
Max Anderson
Luis Longstaff
Nathan Shaw

Bench
Josh O'Connor
Lewis McGregor
Callum Gallagher
Liam McStravick
Dean McMaster
Elliot Dunlop
Cameron Rowley
Joe Cassidy
David Hutton
Cameron Mackay
Zak Delaney
Robbie Thompson
Cillian Sheridan
Roddy MacGregor
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Adam Brooks
Billy Mckay

Substitutions
Elliot Dunlop -> Gavin Gallagher (70)
Calum Gallagher -> Nikolay Todorov (79)
Josh O'Connor -> Gabriel McGill(87)
Billy Mckay for Jake Davidson (45)
David Carson for Sean Welsh (45)
Cillian Sheridan for Max Anderson (87)
Adam Brooks for Nikola Ujdur (87)

Bookings
None. Charlie Gilmour (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 258 apps -
Wallace Duffy 88 apps3 goals
Cameron Harper 142 apps9 goals
Nikola Ujdur 15 apps1 goal
Morgan Boyes 16 apps -
Jake Davidson 18 apps1 goal
Sean Welsh 142 apps16 goals
Max Anderson 16 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 24 apps1 goal
Nathan Shaw 69 apps13 goals
Luis Longstaff 21 apps1 goal
David Carson (sub) 159 apps2 goals
Cillian Sheridan (sub) 9 apps -
Adam Brooks (sub) 16 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay (sub) 270 apps108 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (22 years 58 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (33 years 301 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 120 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Thompson (19 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 80 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 318 days
Domestic Players:11 (55.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Not a Happy New Year



Inverness were allegedly lining up like this with no main strikers in the starting XI. Would we miss them? They have not exactly been bursting the net of late or showing much willingness to have a go. Billy Mckay was left on the bench with some names from the past reappearing for 2024 in the shape of Doran, MacGregor and Carson with Duffy starting in a team set up to hold what they have. David Wotherspoon was missing ahead of Dundee United bid incoming for our creative player. Airdrie had a strong line-up with Nicolay Todorov starting up front with Gavin Gallagher and Gabriel McGill. As it turned out, same sh!t different day as Airdrie scored twice to ruin our New Year.

Ridgers
Duffy Ujdur Boyes
Davidson Gilmour Anderson Harper
Welsh
Shaw Longstaff

A cagey opening quarter from both sides brought about no goalscoring opportunities. A congested midfield made for stalemate across the park. Highlight of the first half hour was a lovely bit of skill from Max Anderson who chested down an awkward clearance , brought it down on the end of his toe before spinning clear of his tight markers. Lovely jubbly Max! Ten minutes before the interval Ridgers redeemed himself after flapping and missing a corner into the box but he was brave enough to get down and dirty to help block the follow up efforts from McGill, first with his legs then his hands before he grabbed the ball. Ridgers was quick off the blocks six minutes before the break to stop a through ball before the incoming striker could get on the end of it. The hosts were pushing for an opening over the final ten minutes before the interval but it was all square at the break.

Half Time: 0-0

David Carson and Billy Mckay replaced Sean Welsh and Jake Davidson at the interval as our lack of firepower was evident in the first forty-five. Airdrie started the second half like they ended the first, on the front foot, buzzing around outside our box but failing to penetrate. Airdrie went close following a corner when McCabe drilled a low shot goalwards but Ujdur steered it wide for another corner. Ridgers pulled off a tremendous save from Megwa at the expense of a corner and from that corner came the opening goal. Who else but Nikolay Todorov who rose highest to meet the ball and nod down into the net. Plenty of endeavour thereafter but little clue how to break Airdrie down. Writing was on the wall when we conceded a second eight minutes from the end, another unchallenged header in the box. All too easy for Airdrie and simply not good enough from Inverness.

Full Time: 2-0

Bring on the January sales. We are devoid of everything and relegation is a distinct possibility given our lack of quality at the moment. There must be lot's of dead wood to get rid of at the Caledonian Stadium. Why pay for players that add nothing to our squad. I can think of more than a dozen who we need to get shot of. Why on earth did we take Sheridan on? He struggled against a pub team in the last round of the Scottish Cup. FFS, shape up or ship out!

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 19 13 5 1 37 25 12 44
2. Dundee Utd 18 12 5 1 40 7 33 41
3. Partick Thistle 19 9 5 5 37 32 5 32
4. Airdrieonians 19 7 3 9 18 23 -5 24
5. Dunfermline 18 6 5 7 23 22 1 23
6. Morton 18 6 4 8 20 24 -4 22
7. Ayr United 18 5 4 9 24 35 -11 19
8. Inverness CT 19 4 6 9 20 23 -3 18
9. Arbroath 18 5 2 11 23 36 -13 17
10. Queens Park 18 3 5 10 22 37 -15 14