Alloa Athletic 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Innodril Stadium, Alloa
Attendance: 826
Referee: Mike Roncone
Alloa Athletic Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Alan Trouten (pen.27) Shaun Rooney (68)
Charlie Trafford (73)

Team Managers
James Goodwin John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Neil Parry
Jon Robertson
Andrew Graham
Scott Taggart
Liam Dick
Steven Hetherington
Iain Flannigan
Kevin Cawley
Alan Trouten
Dario Zanatta
Jack Aitchison
Cameron Mackay
Shaun Rooney
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Anthony McDonald
Charlie Trafford
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White

Bench
Christopher Henry
Sam Roscoe
Jack Hamilton
Adam Brown
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Reis Peggie
Connor Shields
Owain Fn Williams
Cameron Harper
Kevin McHattie
Tom Walsh
Darren McCauley
Roddy MacGregor
Nathan Austin

Substitutions
Connor Shields -> Jack Aitchison (63)
Jack Hamilton -> Alan Trouten (75)
Jordan Kirkpatrick -> Kevin Cawley (75)
Darren McCauley for Anthony McDonald (46)
Nathan Austin for Liam Polworth (46)
Tom Walsh for Aaron Doran (72)

Bookings
Dario Zanatta (81)
Jon Robertson (92)
Andy Graham (94)
Charlie Trafford (34)
Jamie McCart (92)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 11 apps -
Jamie McCart 44 apps1 goal
Carl Tremarco 170 apps14 goals
Joe Chalmers 91 apps6 goals
Shaun Rooney 41 apps6 goals
Coll Donaldson 71 apps1 goal
Liam Polworth 206 apps17 goals
Aaron Doran 238 apps38 goals
Anthony McDonald 10 apps1 goal
Charlie Trafford 61 apps1 goal
Jordan White 47 apps14 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 39 apps10 goals
Darren McCauley (sub) 15 apps2 goals
Nathan Austin (sub) 45 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Anthony McDonald (18 years 45 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 260 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 131 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 179 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Charlie Trafford scored his first goal for the Club.

Alan Trouten gave Alloa hope of the great escape after converting a first half penalty. Inverness showed more urgency after the break and two goals in five minutes put the Wasps back into the mire. Shaun Rooney rattled in the first for the visitors from the edge of the box and Charlie Trafford was on hand to score his first goal for the club and snatch all three points. We didn't quite roll over lay down, but maybe it could be down down for Alloa......

With Ayr United winning and Falkirk losing, it's as you were for both clubs and that means that third position is still up for grabs. For Alloa, it means that Falkirk remain three points behind them although Queen of the South and Partick Thistle are still in their sights above them. The only thing that has been decided is that the village club from the quaint market town of Dingwall have now won the Championship.

Robbo hinted that the extra cash would be the driver for Inverness ahead of the play-offs and so it was as he put out as strong a team as possible. That meant a return to defence for Coll Donaldson with Brad Mckay suspended. Cammy Mackay continued in goal with Mark Ridgers recovering from his dislocated finger. Carl Tremarco came back in at left back, but that one backfired as he came off injured leaving us with only ten men as all substitutes had been used.

Alloa were desperate for points and had Alan Trouten and Dario Zanatta spearheading their attack as they looked to keep the pressure on those above them and keep Falkirk below them.

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RIG was with CaleyAway and here's his excellent report:- As others have said, the first half performance was pretty rotten. We tried to force our way through the middle of the pitch a lot of the time which was pointless as Alloa frequently had nine men behind the ball and were very disciplined defensively and broke with real pace whenever our attacks broke down which was quite often. The likes of Polworth and Chalmers tried to force balls through to White or Doran / MacDonald cutting in from the flanks but they never found their man. Our best chance probably came when Doran chipped a ball in from the left flank but it evaded White and MacDonald. Prior to this Alloa had taken the lead from the penalty spot when Donaldson bundled over Zanatta and Trouten easily found the net sending MacKay the wrong way.

We were lucky to just be one down at the break but Robbo shuffled the pack taking Polworth and MacDonald off for Austin and McCauley and going two up front with Austin slightly withdrawn off White. With this change we were a lot better and started to find a bit of space in wide areas to send a few decent crosses in which Alloa struggled to deal with at times. A Rooney header at the back post was a sign of things to come as Alloa started to struggle with our balls in from the flanks. Chalmers found himself with a bit of time on the left side to loft the ball into the area which Alloa only partially cleared and Rooney strode on to the loose ball to blast in the equaliser.

White almost bagged a second goal moments later but Parry was equal to his effort. However we weren't to be denied with Chalmers again the provider. A low corner was hooked into the box by Chalmers and Trafford arrived at the near post to flick the ball into the net.

Alloa nearly drew level late on when MacKay spilled a long range effort but was alert to get up and fist the loose ball away before any of the home teams players could seize on the opportunity. There then came a penalty appeal when Graham fell over under pressure from McCart who was clearly incensed and his anger set off a bit of a stramash between the sides but ended with McCart going into the book.

Fortunately we hung on. Not our finest performance of the season but it could be a vital win for us. The extra money from 3rd place would be very welcome as Robbo has said already this week. McCart was an absolute stand out for us and a clear MotM. We'll need to improve a lot if we want to progress through the play offs.

Match report written by TM4TJ & RiG



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 35 21 8 6 61 31 30 71
2. Dundee Utd 35 19 8 8 49 39 10 65
3. Ayr United 35 15 8 12 49 37 12 53
4. Inverness CT 35 13 14 8 47 40 7 53
5. Greenock Morton 35 10 13 12 35 45 -10 43
6. Dunfermline 35 11 8 16 33 39 -6 41
7. Partick Thistle 35 11 7 17 40 52 -12 40
8. Queen of the South 35 9 11 15 41 45 -4 38
9. Stirling Albion 35 10 8 17 38 52 -14 38
10. Falkirk 35 8 11 16 34 47 -13 35