Arbroath: Inglis; McMullen, McLeod, Bishop, Donaldson, Rennie; Cusick, McDonald, Henslee; Swankie, McLean.
Arbroath kicked off towards the Switchie facing into a strong wind blowing diagonally across the pitch from the sea. Most of the early constructive moves came from Alloa and Arbroath were finding it difficult to find their forward players. The best moves for the Lichties came from down the flanks when Cusick had time to feed the ball wide. Donaldson put in some useful crosses from open play and free kicks but nobody was there to put on a finishing touch. However most goalmouth action was at the other end and Inglis made several good stops from goalbound shots and was coping with the numerous corners won by the opposition. Although Alloa had the better share of possession, it looked as if the half would end scoreless until Callaghan let rip a strong shot from 25 yards that looked headed towards Inglis’ top left corner, however the ball smacked off Cusick, flew to the keeper’s right and into the net. Most fans felt that Arbroath could come good in the second half, as the wind would help them to hold the ball up the park. How wrong we were.
There is very little that need be said about play in the second half. Arbroath went further behind early on due to inept defending, and their body language showed they were a beaten side. They nearly conceded several more before Ingles appeared to punch a corner onto the bar and into the net, giving Callaghan a hat-trick (if the first wasn’t an o.g.) The Lichties won a few corners (Alloa seemed to win dozens) which came to nothing, McGlynn not being troubled, and the closest we came to a goal was when Rennie pushed the ball across the goalmouth from the right which the advancing
There can’t have been more than 100 Lichties fans in the ground at the death. A very poor performance from the Lichties, and also from the referee who made several unwarranted bookings and did not keep up with the play.