Arbroath 1
Albion Rovers 4
Scottish League (League One)

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Albion Rovers 

Scottish League (League One)
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Attendance: 669
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kane Hester (66)
Alan Trouten (43)
Gary Fisher (44)
Ross Perry (63)
Connor Shields (75)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
Brian Kerr

Starting Eleven
David Hutton
Tam O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Ricky Little
Omar Kader
Blair Yule
Danny Denholm
Gavin Swankie
David Gold
Mark Whatley
Steven Doris
Graham Bowman
Alan Reid
Scott McLaughlin
Daniel Lightbody
Ross Perry
Graeme Holmes
Ross Davidson
Gary Fisher
Connor Shields
Alan Trouten
Mark McMillan

Ricky Gomes
Jamie Henry
Ryan McCord
Kane Hester
Bobby Linn
Jason Marr
Craig McLeish
Michael Hopkins
Sean Higgins
Daniel Potts
Joao Victoria
Ryan Watters

Bobby Linn for Steven Doris (41)
Kane Hester for Omar Kader (61)
Ryan McCord for Mark Whatley (61)
Sean Higgins for Mark McMillan (76)
Jason Marr for Daniel Lightbody (80)
Joao Victoria for Connor Shields (85)

Gavin Swankie (63)
Colin Hamilton (90)
Mark McMillan (50)
Gary Fisher (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Euan Anderson (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & David Dunne (Assistants)

Photography by Graham Black

Match Report

Arbroath were thumped at Gayfield this afternoon in a game which the Lichties had dominated for the first 40 minutes. Arbroath Manager Dick Campbell kept faith in the same starting 11 that had put in one of the best all round performances in several months to defeat Ayr United a fortnight ago.

The game plan seemed to be working with Arbroath creating several openings with Omar Kader in particular enjoying an attacking game against the Wee Rovers defence. Albion Rovers had been subdued and Blair Yule made a spectacular tackle on Alan Trouten as he run in on the Arbroath goal.

The game swung in the 41st minute. Steven Doris, whose energy and drive is the spearhead of every Arbroath attack seemed to catch his studs in an awkward fall and within seconds it was clear he was in some distress as he held onto his knee. The Arbroath physio and Doctor rushed on and soon Doris was being carried off the pitch on the stretcher.

Bobby Linn came on but as the Arbroath players looked effected by the loss of Doris the Albion Rovers took advantage as Alan Trouten’s shot lofted over Hutton in the 43rd minute.
The misery was to continue as everyone seemed to pause but Gary Fisher continued through on goal and slotted past Hutton to make it 2-0 only 60 seconds later.

On the stroke of half time Danny Denholm almost pulled one back after being played in by Bobby Linn.

Into the second half and David Gold almost pulled the Lichties level but was denied by a great save from Graham Bowman.

Connor Shields should have made it 3-0 when he beat Hutton and then only had an open goal but decided to be clever and skip round the flying Arbroath defenders but somehow missed the goalie-less goal.Omar Kader and Mark Whatley were sacrificed for Kane Hester and Ryan McCord.

However Albion Rovers netted a 3rd from Ross Perry when he volleyed in from a knock down from a corner kick.

Kane Hester then hit the post which flew into Yule who tried to get the ball into the box before it seemed like an Albion defender had a helping hand in denying it.

A minute later and Hester did claw a goal back for the Lichties after he connected to a Linn cutback.

Worrying for the Lichties than again twice Albion Rovers were clean through on the Arbroath goal but missed from close range and from another opening goal

Albion Rovers did score their 4th goal in the 75th minute when Connor Shields was played in and stroked the ball past Hutton.

The game looked in danger of spilling over with some meaty challenges and off the ball incidents.

A bad afternoon for the Lichties which seemed to turn on Doris leaving the field. With Josh Skelly and Bryan Prunty missing today through injury the Lichties will hope that the injury to Doris isn’t long term.

Albion Rovers were worthy of the win for their second half display but hard to believe it was the same side that the defeated Ayr United. Home games again a struggle for the Lichties.

A huge game next week away to Forfar Athletic

C’mon the Lichties

Possession – Arbroath 50% – 50% Albion Rovers
Total Shots – Arbroath 19 – 9 Albion Rovers
On Target – Arbroath 6 – 6 Albion Rovers
Off Target – Arbroath 8 – 1 Albion Rovers
Blocked – Arbroath 5 – 2 Albion Rovers
Corners – Arbroath 5 – 4 Albion Rovers
Fouls Committed – Arbroath 8 – 9 Albion Rovers

Match report written by Arbroath FC Official Website

Squad Statistics (as at September 9th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
David Hutton (GK)32 9 - 9 -
Tam O'Brien26 10 - 10 -
Ricky Little28 10 - 1346
Colin Hamilton25 8 - 1287
Mark Whatley27 911347
David Gold24 81784
Gavin Swankie33 7 - 22150
Danny Denholm27 104104
Blair Yule25 102102
Omar Kader31 102518
Steven Doris29 10321481
Ryan McCord (sub)28 8 - 4713
Bobby Linn (sub)31 8 - 17639
Kane Hester (sub)22 51478

League Table (as at September 9th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.