Forfar Athletic 3
Arbroath 1
Scottish League Cup (Group Stage)


3 - 1


Scottish League Cup (Group Stage)
Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
Station Park
Attendance: 1,129
7:45 PM Kick-off

Stuart Morrison (10)
Roberto Nditi (61)
Josh Skelly (86)
Jay Bird (41)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Marc McCallum
Roberto Nditi
Matthew Allan
Stuart Morrison
Callum Moore
Josh Skelly
Mark Whatley
Kieran Inglis
Seb Ross
Adam Hutchinson
Finn Robson
Derek Gaston
Ricky Little
David Gold
Ryan Dow
Scott Stewart
João Baldé
Michael McKenna
Keaghan Jacobs
Craig Slater
Mark Stowe
Jay Bird

Zach Paris
Craig Thomson
Ryan Paterson
Darren Watson
Andrew Munro
Cameron Blacklock
Tomas Brindley
Ali Adams
Scott Allan
Jess Norey
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
Leighton McIntosh

Craig Thomson for Finn Robson (54)
Ryan Paterson for Kieran Inglis (84)
Tomas Brindley for Seb Ross (84)
Darren Watson for Josh Skelly (89)
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan for Keaghan Jacobs (69)
Jess Norey for Mark Stowe (69)
Leighton McIntosh for Jay Bird (69)
Scott Allan for Ryan Dow (84)

Josh Skelly (75) Michael McKenna (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Duncan Williams (Referee)
Colin Drummond & Ian Hart (Assistants)

Photography by Graham Black

Match Report

Arbroath were up against it tonight before a ball was even kicked as both Aaron Steele and Captain Thomas O’Brien missed out due to injuries picked up against St Mirren on Saturday.

Arbroath lined up with Derek Gaston in goal and Keaghan Jacobs at right back, Scott Stewart at left back with David Gold partnering Ricky Little in the centre of midfield.

A midfield of Mark Stowe, Joao Balde, Craig Slater and Ryan Dow with Michael McKenna just behind Jay Bird.

Jay Bird tried his luck from 20 yards out in the 7th minute with his rocket of a shot catching out Marc McCallum who did well to use his chest to put the ball out for a corner kick.

But it was Forfar who opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Stuart Morrison headed in a Callum Moore corner from a few yards out.

Derek Gaston saved well from Callum Moore who cut in from the left wing and fired a shot at goal in the 24th minute.

Craig Slater was just over the bar with a free kick in the 38th minute from a free kick just outside the 18-yard-box.

Jay Bird showed great strength to hold off Stuart Morrison before showing composure to curl the ball into the net and level the scoring in the 41st minute.

HT – Forfar Athletic 1 – 1 Arbroath

Possession – Forfar Athletic 52% – 48% Arbroath
Shots – Forfar Athletic 4 – 4 Arbroath
Shots on Target – Forfar Athletic 3 – 2 Arbroath
Shots Off Target – Forfar Athletic 1 – 1 Arbroath
Blocked – Forfar Athletic 0 – 1 Arbroath
Corners – Forfar Athletic 3 – 5 Arbroath
Fouls – Forfar Athletic 6 – 7 Arbroath

Mark Stowe latched on to a pass two minutes after the restart and shot from distance which was just wide of McCallum’s post.

Stowe then again was involved as he raced with the ball at his feet in the 52nd minute but his shot was saved by McCallum.

Forfar retook the lead in the 61st minute when a cross from the right fell to Skelly whose shot was saved by Roberto Nditi was there to bundle the ball into the net to give the Loons the lead.

Forfar were full of confidence and Skelly hit a shot over the bar in the 64th minute before Gaston had to make a good save from substitute Thomson in the 68th minute.

In the 69th minute Leighton McIntosh, Jess Norey and Kenan Dünnwald-Turan all came on for Mark Stowe, Jay Bird and Keaghan Jacobs, which seen Balde move to right back.

As Arbroath tried to attack, Forfar were happy to hit on the counter and Nditi had a long range shot come off the post in the 80th minute.

Scott Allan came on for Ryan Dow in the 84th minute, but again on the break Arbroath were stretched and Skelly got the run on the Arbroath defence and made no mistake to make it 3-1.

Michael McKenna picked up a yellow card in the 89th minute which is second booking in Group H and he will now be suspended for Saturday.

FT – Forfar Athletic 3 – 1 Arbroath

Possession – Forfar Athletic 47% – 53% Arbroath
Shots – Forfar Athletic 13 – 6 Arbroath
Shots on Target – Forfar Athletic 7 – 3 Arbroath
Shots Off Target – Forfar Athletic 1 – 1 Arbroath
Blocked – Forfar Athletic 3 – 1 Arbroath
Corners – Forfar Athletic 6 – 5 Arbroath
Fouls – Forfar Athletic 14 – 10 Arbroath

A tough night for Arbroath and our supporters with the squad stretched with injuries.

Arbroath now welcome Montrose to Gayfield on Saturday for the final match in Group H.

Match report written by Arbroath FC Official Website

Squad Statistics (as at July 25th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Derek Gaston (GK)36 3 - 143 -
Ricky Little34 3 - 36713
Michael McKenna32 3121246
João Baldé22 3 - 21 -
Scott Stewart27 3 - 1327
Ryan Dow32 3 - 18 -
David Gold30 3 - 27516
Craig Slater29 3 - 3 -
Keaghan Jacobs33 2 - 22 -
Jay Bird22 3131
Mark Stowe24 3 - 3 -
Scott Allan (sub)31 2 - 21 -
Jess Norey (sub)21 1 - 1 -
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan (sub)27 3 - 3 -
Leighton McIntosh (sub)30 3 - 3612

League Table (as at July 25th, 2023)

No league table has been added for this season.