Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,355
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dumbarton, Apr 14th 2018, Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Aaron Doran (17)
Nathan Austin (41)
Nathan Austin (50)
Iain Vigurs (63)
Nathan Austin (66)
Grant Gallagher (13)

Team Managers
John Robertson Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Riccardo Calder
Gary Warren
Brad McKay
Collin Seedorf
Aaron Doran
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Joe Chalmers
George Oakley
Nathan Austin
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Andy Dowie
Chris McLaughlin
David Wilson
Danny Handling
Kyle Hutton
Calum Gallagher
Andy Stirling
Grant Gallagher
Kevin Nisbet

Bench
Ryan Esson
Jake Mulraney
Zak Elbouzedi
Connor Bell
Cameron Mackay
Jack Brown
Cameron Harper
Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Tom Walsh
Liam Burt
Dimitris Froxylias
Mark Stewart

Substitutions
Zak Elbouzedi for Aaron Doran (64)
Connor Bell for Nathan Austin (69)
Jake Mulraney for Iain Vigurs (71)
Liam Burt for David Wilson (58)
Mark Stewart for Calum Gallagher (67)
Dougie Hill for Grant Gallagher (75)

Bookings
Brad McKay (22) Craig Barr (62)
Mark Stewart (76)
Kyle Hutton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 46 apps -
Craig Barr 41 apps4 goals
Andy Dowie 43 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 31 apps1 goal
David Wilson 31 apps1 goal
Danny Handling 18 apps3 goals
Kyle Hutton 40 apps -
Calum Gallagher 45 apps5 goals
Andy Stirling 51 apps3 goals
Grant Gallagher 51 apps6 goals
Kevin Nisbet 9 apps -
Dougie Hill (sub) 24 apps -
Liam Burt (sub) 12 apps -
Mark Stewart (sub) 32 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (20 years 28 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 29 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 137 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 77 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 29 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 230 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THIS week, Dumbarton have been in positions to close the gap on Falkirk to two points.

If only games were 'first goal wins'.

While Tuesday's defeat to Morton was sealed with one piercing late blow, the trip to Inverness was a far longer-term tale of agony.

When Grant Gallagher gave Sons the lead, all was well - but only for four minutes until Aaron Doran levelled for Caley Thistle.

Between the 42nd and 66th minutes another four goals were conceded. Nathan Austin got three of them, with Iain Vigurs making it 4-1 to the home side.

An afternoon which started so promisingly ended with 175 miles of deep contemplation of the play-offs.

Some have been handing Sons a place in the end-of-season fixtures for weeks, even months. Others hoped it could be avoided. The maths says it is still not confirmed, but that is all there is to cling to.

After Vigurs fired an early free kick wide, Sons opened the scoring with a brilliantly worked goal. Andy Stirling got away from the Inverness left back and cut the ball back from the goal line for Gallagher, making his first start since September 2016, to finish.

By this stage Falkirk were losing to Dundee United. There was reason to be optimistic that this could be the day it turned round.

Four minutes later it was 1-1, with Doran firing in a 20-yard shot. The bubble was burst, for however long.

Sons contained the home side for much of the rest of the half, only really threatened by a Liam Polworth volley which flew wide.

But three minutes from half time Doran played the ball across for Austin to round Scott Gallacher and score.

Drawing games had now ceased to be an option for Dumbarton. They came out for the second half knowing that they had to score at least twice.

Within five minutes of the restart they had another mountain to climb as the ball was chipped over Gallacher for Austin to tap in.

After 63 minutes a free kick into the area was not dealt with and Vigurs turned to fire home the fourth.

And three minutes after that the home side continued to fill their boots. They passed their way through to leave Austin with the chance to claim his hat-trick which he duly snapped up.

Substitutes Liam Burt and Mark Stewart combined for the chance of a consolation goal, with the latter firing over.

But late in the day Gallacher was all that stood between Inverness and a sixth goal, stopping Connor Bell and then Jake Mulraney from the rebound.

It has felt for some weeks like it is not meant to be. Now it feels like a matter of when.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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