Arbroath 4
Cowdenbeath 1
Scottish League (League Two)

4 - 1

Scottish League (League Two)
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Attendance: 519
3:00 PM Kick-off

Martin Scott (7)
Steven Doris (30)
Liam Henderson (o.g.) (54)
Gavin Malin (73)
Scott Rumsby (90)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
Liam Fox

Starting Eleven
Ricky Gomes
Colin Hamilton
Bryan Hodge
Ricky Little
Jassem Sukar
Gavin Malin
Ryan McCord
Mark Whatley
Steven Doris
Bobby Linn
Martin Scott
Jamie Sneddon
Fraser Mullen
Scott Rumsby
Gerry McLauchlan
Matthew Rooney
Lewis Moore
Kyle Miller
Liam Henderson
Kris Renton
Robbie Buchanan
Dale Carrick

Cammy Gill
Matty Smyth
Omar Kader
Eddie Ferns
Donald McCallum
Bryan Prunty
Josh Skelly
Brian Ross
Jamie Piper
Shaun Rutherford
Craig Johnston
Cameron Muirhead
Burton O’Brien
David McGurn

Josh Skelly for Bryan Hodge (67)
Donald McCallum for Martin Scott (71)
Matty Smyth for Ryan McCord (74)
Brian Ross for Matthew Rooney (34)
Burton O’Brien for Lewis Moore (60)
Cameron Muirhead for Kris Renton (72)

None. Fraser Mullen (60)
Cameron Muirhead (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Roncone (Referee)
Gavin Harris & Ben Dempster (Assistants)

Photography by Graham Black

Match Report

Arbroath striker Steven Doris played a key role in blowing away Cowdenbeath as he turned in a storming performance which deservedly earned him the man-of-the match award.

The former St Johnstone and Dundee player scored one of the Lichties’ four goals and put in a highly energetic shift.

“I’m delighted with the result and hopefully we can kick on next week when we have a very tough game against Elgin,” he said.

“I had a slow start this season but I feel I’m coming on to a game now. This is my first time working under Dick (Campbell) and I’m relishing it.

“I’m glad he brought me back. I enjoyed my first spell here and it was great to win the league, so hopefully we can do that again. But we are taking it one game at a time.”

The Lichties cruised to victory after taking an early lead, Martin Scott slotting beyond Jamie Sneddon in the fourth minute.

Home keeper Ricky Gomes almost gifted Cowdenbeath an immediate equaliser when he lost possession while trying to usher the ball out, but the visitors failed to capitalise.

Arbroath went further ahead in the 29th minute, Doris getting on the end of a brilliant cross from Bobby Linn.

The Gayfield men scored again 10 minutes after the restart, Liam Henderson directing a cross from Jassem Sukar into his own net.

Gavin Malin made it 4-0 with a shot from the edge of the box which Sneddon fumbled over the line.

Cowdenbeath grabbed a late consolation, Scott Rumsby firing home with the final kick of the game.

It was a woeful performance from the Blue Brazil, who are now rooted to the foot of the table.

Boss Liam Fox said: “I cannot defend this performance. Everyone needs to ask themselves if they are doing enough. It’s unacceptable. “We need to be stronger mentally. “I demand a desire for players to put themselves on the line for their teammates and for the club. That wasn’t there today and that’s my biggest disappointment.”

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at February 25th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Ricky Gomes (GK)23 22 - 22 -
Colin Hamilton24 3441107
Bryan Hodge29 5 - 5 -
Ricky Little27 3031146
Jassem Sukar20 22 - 22 -
Gavin Malin28 142142
Ryan McCord27 297297
Mark Whatley26 3311155
Steven Doris28 351119473
Bobby Linn31 34615839
Martin Scott31 248248
Matty Smyth (sub)18 3131
Josh Skelly (sub)19 255397
Donald McCallum (sub)20 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at February 25th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.