Forfar Athletic 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, October 4th, 1997, 3:00 PM at Station Park, Forfar
Attendance: 531
Referee: J Rowbotham
Forfar Athletic Inverness CT

Goalscorers
McLauchlan (83)
Craig (88)
Iain Stewart (22)

Team Managers
Unknown. Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Robertson
McCheyne
Craig
Hamilton
Ferguson
Allison
McLauchlan
Cargill
Honeyman
Loney
Lee
Les Fridge
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Ross Tokely
Vetle Andersen
Mark McCulloch
Charlie Christie
Barry Robson
Iain Stewart
Duncan Shearer

Bench
Nairn
Hannigan
Christie
Davie Ross
Barry Wilson
Brian Thomson

Substitutions
None. Barry Wilson for Barry Robson (70)
Davie Ross for Ross Tokely (77)

Bookings
None. Charlie Christie (65)
Ross Tokely (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Les Fridge (GK) 11 apps -
Ross Tokely 30 apps2 goals
Vetle Andersen 11 apps -
Mark McCulloch 6 apps1 goal
Paul Cherry 48 apps2 goals
Richard Hastings 97 apps2 goals
Iain MacArthur 80 apps -
Barry Robson 1 app (debut) -
Charlie Christie 113 apps22 goals
Iain Stewart 95 apps56 goals
Duncan Shearer 4 apps1 goal
Barry Wilson (sub) 46 apps7 goals
Davie Ross (sub) 85 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (18 years 215 days)
Oldest Player:Barry Robson (1999 years 63 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 332 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (18 years 215 days)
Oldest Player:Les Fridge (1999 years 63 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 110 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Barry Robson(Signed )

Milestones

This defeat was a bitter blow after the best first half display seen all season. In 5 minutes a good Barry Robson run led to a Stewart cross which Dean Robertson took off the head of McCulloch. Three minutes later Robertson again saved well from a McCulloch 12 yard shot. In 22 minutes the visitors took a well deserved lead when the defence failed to clear a Robson cross and Stewart netted with a hook shot from 6 yards. 2 minutes later Stewart nearly made it two but Robertson tipped away his low shot. In 35 minutes another Stewart shot from the left went just past. Forfar created little in the first half and their best chance was in 40 minutes when Jamie Loney had a free header in the box but it went past. Forfar came back into it in the second half but it should have been 2-0 in 53 minutes when Shearer was well placed 15 yards out and hit it past the post. In 65 minutes a great Robson/Shearer move led to a Stewart lob off the bar. In 72 minutes Stewart flicked the ball to McCulloch in the box but his 15 yard shot was well saved by Robertson. The visitors rued these missed chances when Forfar took control in the last 10 minutes. In the 80th minute Fridge made a point blank save from Martin McLauchlan but 3 minutes later the same player made it 1-1. A cross from the back post by Andy Cargill found McLauchlan unmarked and he knocked it in. With 2 minutes left a throw in from the right was deflected over Fridge and he only managed to get a hand to it before the unmarked Doug Craig touched it home. The visitors were stunned that their superiority for most of the game had earned them nothing.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 8 4 3 1 11 6 5 15
2. East Fife 8 5 0 3 15 13 2 15
3. Forfar Athletic 8 5 0 3 15 13 2 15
4. Clydebank 8 3 4 1 11 6 5 13
5. Stenhousemuir 8 4 1 3 13 13 0 13
6. Stranraer 8 3 3 2 12 9 3 12
7. Clyde 8 3 3 2 9 9 0 12
8. Queen of the South 8 2 1 5 12 14 -2 7
9. Brechin City 8 1 2 5 10 20 -10 5
10. Inverness CT 8 0 3 5 10 15 -5 3