Arbroath 0
Edinburgh City 1
Scottish League (League Two)


Arbroath
0 - 1
Edinburgh City 

Scottish League (League Two)
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Gayfield
Attendance: 582
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Ouzy See (82)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
Gary Jardine

Starting Eleven
Ricky Gomes
Jassem Sukar
Michael Dunlop
Colin Hamilton
David Gold
Ryan McCord
Omar Kader
Mark Whatley
Steven Doris
Martin Scott
Bobby Linn
Andrew Stobie
Jordan Caddow
Joseph Mbu
Gordon Donaldson
Mark McConnell
Mark Laird
Christopher McKee
Ian McFarland
Ouzy See
John Dunn
Dean Cummings

Bench
Robbie Mutch
Gary Phillips
Josh Thomson
Gavin Malin
Liam Callaghan
Josh Skelly
Bryan Prunty
Ross Allum
Sean Muhsin
Ross Guthrie
Dougie Gair
Calum Antell

Substitutions
Josh Skelly for Ryan McCord (46)
Gavin Malin for Omar Kader (80)
Bryan Prunty for Steven Doris (80)
Sean Muhsin for Mark McConnell (68)
Ross Allum for Ian McFarland (74)
Dougie Gair for Gordon Donaldson (81)

Cautions
Ryan McCord (40)
Ian McFarland (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Graham (Referee)
Graham McNeillie & Iain Snedden (Assistants)


Photography by Graham Black

Match Report


The Lichties returned to action after a weekend off as a week earlier the cold snap forced the cancelation of their 3rd round Scottish Cup tie at Broadwood.

The opponents were Edinburgh City who went into the match unbeaten in 7 games and had already enjoyed success in Angus after defeating Montrose and Forfar Athletic on their travels.

On a very mild afternoon for December, Arbroath welcomed special guest Hilda Forrester as the official mascot. It is a remarkable story, given that Hilda had just turned an incredible 100 years old on the 30th of November. She did remarkably well and had the loudest cheer of the afternoon as she waved to the crowds from the edge of the pitch.

There was a more somber moment before kick off as both sides paid tribute to Brazilian side Chapecoense with a minute’s silence. The South American side were hit with tragedy as a chartered plane carrying the team, backroom staff, management and journalists crashed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The sporting world is rallying together in a show of solidarity and respect.

Arbroath were forced into one change with the suspension of defender Ricky Little. He was replaced by Michael Dunlop with no other changes to the starting line up that faced Stirling Albion.

Arbroath in a 4-4-2 formation with Gomes (GK),Gold (RB), Dunlop (CB), Hamilton (CB), Sukar (LB), Kader (RM), Whatley (CM), McCord (CM), Linn (LM), Doris (ST) and Scott (ST)

There were returns for Josh Skelly and Josh Thomson to the bench alongside Bryan Prunty, Gary Phillips, Liam Callaghan, Josh Thomson and Robbie Mutch.

The Lichties took to the field in their all maroon kit, with City in their away strip of yellow ad back.

Arbroath had the first real half chance after an early corner kick conceded by Dean Cummings fell to David Gold who was lurking just outside the 18 yard box but he couldn’t keep his fierce volley down as it smashed into the stands behind the goal.

Even in the early stages of the game, the flow was being disrupted with the sound of the referee’s whistle with the smallest of fouls forcing play to be stopped and restarted.

Edinburgh City had a game plan in place and as soon as Arbroath had possession they pulled everyone back making it near impossible for Arbroath to have a clear run at goal.

When the Citizens did gain possession they were quick to hit on the break through the talented and quick Ousman See. He could have opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he intercepted a Jassem Sukar throw in and robbed Colin Hamilton of the ball before galloping towards the Arbroath goal and smashing a right foot shot which Gomes had to palm away.

Michael Dunlop’s clearance was picked up by Mark Laird as City kept up the pressure and as the ball was played into the Arbroath box Gordon Donaldson bundled the ball into the back of the net but his celebrations were cut short as the stand side linesman had his flag up for offside.

The Lichties were really struggling to put any sort of pressure on Andrew Stobie in goal and again it was the visitors who forced another save from Gomes. This time Mark McConnell latched on to a Dunlop clearance before hitting a low shot at goal, but Gomes was ready and pushed the ball out for a corner kick. From the corner kick, Arbroath had Ryan McCord to thank as he cleared a header off the goal line as he did well covering his post.

David Gold was trying his best to break forward from right back to inspire his team but he had a 20 yard shot blocked on the half hour mark. A free kick won by Martin Scott allowed Ryan McCord to deliver a ball into the box but Colin Hamilton’s header was just over the bar.

Omar Kader had a shot just outside of the box deflected for a corner kick and as the kick made it’s way into the box it was cleared to the edge of the box where Kader again struck a first time shot but this time his effort just zipped over the cross bar.

Ryan McCord picked up a yellow card in the 40th minute for a foul on See before the last chance of the half fell to Gold who again ran with the ball at goal but his shot just curled on the wrong way of the post.

Half Time - Arbroath 0 - 0 Edinburgh City

Arbroath manger Dick Campbell reverted back to his yellow card rule with Josh Skelly replacing the cautioned Ryan McCord.

It had been a poor 45 minutes for the Lichties with no effort on goal but all credit to Edinburgh City who had created two walls of yellow shirts every time Arbroath won possession making it impossible to break through.

As Scott dropped back into midfield the pace of Skelly seemed to have an immediate impact on the game as he picked up the ball from Whatley in midfield before running towards goal. As Jordan Caddow pushed his run away from goal, Skelly found Linn but his curling cross was picked up by Stobie.

Arbroath went on the attack again, this time a beautiful piece of skill by Doris was interrupted as McKee stole his knock down, but a quick Skelly throw in found Linn who beautifully beat 3 defenders before sending Caddow to the floor with a dummy as he cut back inside and fired a shot at goal. The imposing Joe Mbu threw himself as Linn’s shot which went out for a corner kick as Scott and Doris were left screaming for the pass in the middle.

Josh Skelly tried his luck again this time as he chased onto a long pass over the top from Colin Hamilton but as Stobie ran out towards Skelly his lob was just too high and landed on the other side of the net.

A free kick in the shadow of the main stand was played in by Josh Skelly but Dunlop was unable to latch onto it at the far post but Arbroath did win another corner kick.

Edinburgh City’s Ian McFarland was shown a yellow card in the 63rd minute after a foul on Bobby Linn. The visitors made their first change in the 68th minute when Sean Muhsin replaced Mark McConnell before their second switch in the 74th minute when Ian McFarland made way for Ross Allum.

Arbroath’s best chance in the match game in the 76th minute when a square ball to Mark Whatley was hit from 25 yards out dipping towards goal where Andrew Stobie did well to push it out for an Arbroath corner. With no McCord to take the corner kick it was left to Linn to deliver a ball into the box and as his ball was cleared off the line, it fell to Doris who had his strike blocked and cleared.

Arbroath made a double substitution in the 80th minute with Bryan Prunty replacing Steven Doris and Gavin Malin coming on for Omar Kader with Dougie Gair coming on for Gordon Donaldson for Edinburgh City.

In the 81st minute Edinburgh City won a corner kick, but it was cleared to the edge of the box where City won back possession with substitute Allum volleying into the box. As the ball fell between Hamilton and Dunlop, Ousman See no made no mistake and tapped home from close range to give the side from the Capital the lead.

As Arbroath tried to push upfield for an equaliser more space opened up for Edinburgh to attack on the break and the Lichties had to rely on David Gold to make a clearance at the back post at the cost of the corner as See was waiting to pounce from another Allum cross.

The corner was cleared but as the ball broke Dougie Gair ran forward and struck the ball at goal with a ferocious shot which curled away from Gomes and smashed off the under side of the Arbroath bar and back out.

Mark Whatley burst forward robbing the defender of the ball before passing to Linn, but again like throughout the match City were defending in numbers and Linn’s shot was blocked for another Arbroath corner.

Linn’s corner was played low to Whatley who curled in a shot towards the rear post but the ball was headed away by See only to deflect off Scott then again off the line as the ball pin balled 2 yards away from the line before finally Bryan Prunty tried a difficult shot on the turn with the ball just on the wrong side of the post.

Deep in injury time and Edinburgh City had a great chance to double their lead when See passed to Allum putting him through one-on-one with Gomes but Allum’s shot wasn’t powerful enough and straight at the Arbroath keeper.

Full Time - Arbroath 0 - 1 Edinburgh City

A very difficult day at the office with Edinburgh City arriving at Gayfield with a game plan which they executed perfectly. They defended in numbers and always with two rows of players forcing Arbroath to shoot from distance with the Lichties missing that creative spark to find a way past. With Edinburgh City matching Arbroath at the top of the form guide in the last 6 games they are certainly moving up the league.

Arbroath continue their week with a trip to Broadwood on Tuesday night, before a first visit to Station Park to play Forfar Athletic on Saturday.

C’mon the Lichties!

Stats

Possession - Arbroath 52% - 48% Edinburgh City
Total Shots - Arbroath 10 - 8 Edinburgh City
On Target - Arbroath 1 - 4 Edinburgh City
Off Target - Arbroath 6 - 3 Edinburgh City
Blocked - Arbroath 3 - 1 Edinburgh City
Corners - Arbroath 10 - 4 Edinburgh City
Fouls Committed - Arbroath 17 - 10 Edinburgh City

Match report written by Arbroath FC Official Website



Squad Statistics (as at December 3rd, 2016)


2016-17 All Time
Age
Ricky Gomes (GK)23 9 - 9 -
Jassem Sukar20 12 - 12 -
Colin Hamilton24 213976
Michael Dunlop23 8 - 8 -
Mark Whatley26 2011025
Omar Kader30 214214
Ryan McCord27 183183
David Gold23 181493
Steven Doris28 22518167
Bobby Linn31 21614539
Martin Scott30 166166
Gavin Malin (sub)28 7 - 7 -
Bryan Prunty (sub)33 18 - 18 -
Josh Skelly (sub)19 134276






League Table (as at December 3rd, 2016)


No league table has been added for this season.