Scottish Championship
Inverness CT5Dumbarton1

Inverness CT 5-1 Dumbarton

Nathan Austin scores
Nathan Austin's three goals took him to nine for the season, five of which were for former club Falkirk

Nathan Austin scored a hat-trick as Inverness Caledonian Thistle came from a goal down to crush Dumbarton.

Grant Gallacher put the visitors ahead, converting from an Andrew Stirling cut-back, but Inverness were quickly level.

Aaron Doran's long-range drive made it 1-1 and Austin took the game away from the Sons with smart finishes either side of half-time.

Iain Vigurs fired home the fourth and Austin completed his treble with a low finish from a Riccardo Calder pass.

It was a fourth win in a row for Caley Thistle, although that run of form looks likely to come too late to earn them a promotion play-off place.

With four games to play, Inverness are eight points off fourth place while Dumbarton look consigned to the relegation play-off place with them trailing Falkirk by eight points.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 28Ridgers
  • 16Calder
  • 5Warren
  • 22McKayBooked at 22mins
  • 17Seedorf
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forElbouzediat 64'minutes
  • 11VigursSubstituted forMulraneyat 71'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 4Chalmers
  • 14Oakley
  • 8AustinSubstituted forBellat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 15Mulraney
  • 18Elbouzedi
  • 20Bell
  • 27Mackay
  • 32Brown
  • 33Harper

Dumbarton

  • 1Gallacher
  • 5GallagherSubstituted forHillat 75'minutes
  • 55BarrBooked at 62mins
  • 4Dowie
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 24Nisbet
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forBurtat 58'minutes
  • 14HuttonBooked at 90mins
  • 25Stirling
  • 21Handling
  • 7GallagherSubstituted forStewartat 67'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 9Stewart
  • 10Walsh
  • 15Hill
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Froxylias
  • 31Burt
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
2,355

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 5, Dumbarton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 5, Dumbarton 1.

Booking

Kyle Hutton (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zak Elbouzedi (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Hutton (Dumbarton).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Gallacher.

Attempt saved. Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Liam Burt (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Zak Elbouzedi (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Stirling (Dumbarton).

Foul by Connor Bell (Inverness CT).

Craig Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Connor Bell (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Mark Stewart (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Stewart (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Dougie Hill replaces Grant Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jake Mulraney replaces Iain Vigurs.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Liam Burt (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Connor Bell replaces Nathan Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Stewart replaces Calum Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 5, Dumbarton 1. Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riccardo Calder.

Attempt missed. Christopher McLaughlin (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Zak Elbouzedi replaces Aaron Doran.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 4, Dumbarton 1. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Polworth following a set piece situation.

Booking

Craig Barr (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Oakley (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Barr (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Dumbarton) right footed shot from very close range is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Kevin Nisbet (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Andy Stirling.

Collin Seedorf (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Liam Burt replaces David Wilson.

Attempt missed. Kyle Hutton (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by George Oakley (Inverness CT).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren33225660322871
2Livingston331611653341959
3Dunfermline341510954332155
4Dundee Utd33167104539655
5Morton3413111046351150
6Inverness CT321381146351147
7Queen of Sth341210125152-146
8Falkirk33911133746-938
9Dumbarton3379172553-2830
10Brechin3304291977-584
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