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    Inverness CT 2-1 Arbroath - Report

     

    Smokies Kippered

     

    On a blustery day more akin to AA Milne and Winnie the Pooh, Arbroath and Inverness battled it out to see who would get the final nails hammered into their coffins. Arbroath were in the last chance snug in the last chance saloon, whilst Inverness have one foot in the grave. I don't believe it! Arbroath tried everything, they even took their own wind with them. However, they had Murray, Bird and Slater on from the start but O'Brien missed out. Zak Delaney also started for the Red Lichties. A bright opening spell saw Alex Samuel denied twice inside five minutes. Once by a combination of Max Boruc and his crossbar, the second by Boruc on his own as Samuel got his shot away from inside the box. Wallace Duffy got the goal we deserved on the interval as he drove across the keeper from the right side of the box to put us in ahead at the break. Leighton McIntosh restored parity on the hour as he drilled home from eighteen yards, but Alex Samuel won the points with a late strike to all but relegate ten man Arbroath who had Ricky Little sent off.

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    Arbroath were on the back foot from the off as Inverness had the wind at their backs and Austin Samuel was unlucky not to open the scoring in the fourth minute as he turned and shot from the edge of the box. However Max Boruc brilliantly tipped his shot onto the bar. A minute later he got on the end of a ball in the box and forced another save from Boruc as we looked like turning the Smokies over. Max Anderson was also thwarted by Boruc when through on goal when Anderson should have been bulging the net. Despite our superiority, we struggled thereafter to create that premium opening until the stroke of half time when Wallace Duffy drilled in from the right side of the box. Unfortunately we lost Remi Savage to injury just before the goal and he was replaced by Danny Devine after an accidental kick in the face from Kerr.

    Half Time: 1-0

    Just after the break Billy Mckay saw an effort saved from fifteen yards. However, we made heavy weather of a Smokies foray forward and Leighton McIntosh levelled the game fifteen minutes into the second half with a great strike from the edge of the box. Devine headed badly wide when his threepenny bit head nodded astray as we looked to get our noses back in front and Samuel was denied by Boruc as he ran through on goal, the keeper doing well to deny the striker for the third time. Boruc punced away a Cammy Harper free kick Arbroath were reduced to ten men when persistent fouler Ricky Little was dismissed. Alex Samuel got the goal his tenacious display deserved as he won a ball into the box he had no right to win. He then turned and lashed it home from fifteen yards on the left side of the box, I think he enjoyed that one. Great finish from the wee battler.

    FULL TIME: 2-1

    image.pngAlex Samuel scored his fifth goal for the Caley Jags and his first since his hat-trick against Raith Rovers at the end of January. He was the difference between the sides today as Arbroath struggled to cope with his aggressive style which eventually led to his winning goal. Good to see the much maligned Wallace Duffy scoring as well, his second in a couple of weeks having also netted at Tannadice.

    Sadly for Arbroath they will now be relegated at the end of the season unless they perform a miracle.

     

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    Date:  06/04/2024  Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 2223 Referee: Colin Steven 
     
    Inverness CT: 2

    • Manager: Duncan Ferguson
    • Lineup:  Ridgers; Carragher, Boyes, Savage (Savage 44), Duffy, Kerr, Anderson,
    • Lawal (Longstaff 73), Harper, Samuel, B Mckay (Doran 88)
    • Subs (not used):  C Mackay; Ujdur, MacGregor, Brooks, Pepple
    • Scorers: Duffy (45+1),  Samuel (80)
    • Booked: none
    • Sent Off: none

    Arbroath: 1

    • Manager: Jim McIntyre
    • Lineup:  Boruc; Walker (Lyon 64), Slater, Little, Murray (Dow 73), Gold (McKenna 34),
    • Mackinnon, Delaney, Bird (Stowe 73), Stewart, McIntosh
    • Subs (not used): Gaston; Steele, Teale, Jacobs, Robinson
    • Scorers: McIntosh (61)
    • Booked: Little (31), Little (76) Stowe (85)
    • Sent Off: Little (76) :redcard:

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