Inverness CT 0 - 1 Falkirk

League Match
Saturday, March 15th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 4,012
Referee: Calum Murray
Inverness CT  Falkirk

Goalscorers
None. Clarke (86)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Don Cowie
Dennis Wyness
Marius Niculae
Olejnik
Aafjes
Scobbie
Barr
Milne
Cregg
McBride
Arfield
Moutinho
Barrett
Finnigan

Substitutes
Zbigniew Małkowski
David Proctor
Guy Kerr
Iain Vigurs
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister
Dougie Imrie
Bradley
Riera
Stewert
Clarke
Latapy
Ross
Supple

Substitutions
Graham Bayne for Dennis Wyness (53)
Dougie Imrie for Roy McBain (80)
Rory McAllister for Don Cowie (80)
Latapy -> Finnigan (57)
Riera -> Cregg (57)
Clarke -> Moutinho (70)

Bookings
Ian Black (90)
Clarke (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 52 apps -
Ross Tokely 432 apps29 goals
Phil McGuire 22 apps -
Grant Munro 241 apps6 goals
Richard Hastings 329 apps3 goals
Don Cowie 34 apps7 goals
Roy McBain 292 apps16 goals
Ian Black 102 apps3 goals
Russell Duncan 254 apps8 goals
Marius Niculae 31 apps9 goals
Dennis Wyness 239 apps101 goals
Dougie Imrie (sub) 7 apps -
Rory McAllister (sub) 51 apps4 goals
Graham Bayne (sub) 128 apps20 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (29 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Phil McGuire (2009 years 228 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 344 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (19 years 317 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Imrie (2009 years 228 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 347 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Caley Thistle lose to an 86th minute Billy Clarke goal in a game that could certainly not be described as a classic.

That's still only 1 win in 2008 for the Caley Jags and if Gretna go to the wall before the end of the season, that solitary win might even be expunged from the records!!!

ICT’s wretched run of form continued unabated as Billy Clarke‘s late strike gave visitors Falkirk a deserved win. The visitors had to work rather harder for a victory than Hearts did a fortnight ago, but otherwise there were few positives for Craig Brewster to find after yet another lukewarm, passionless performance. Caley had only a single victory, against Gretna, to show for their first ten matches of 2008 and Brewster reverted to a 4-4-2 after the defeat to the Jambos two weeks previously. Dennis Wyness and Roy McBain were recalled, with Dougie Imrie dropped to the bench and Markus Paatelainen left out of the matchday squad altogether. Falkirk, meanwhile, continued with the same eleven that drew with Motherwell in their last match, with John Hughes continuing to go with an attacking triumvirate of Moutinho, Barrett and Finnigan.

Under the backdrop of a clear blue sky and some unseasonable warmth, it was the Bairns who dominated possession throughout the opening period, with Hughes clearly upset that his side, clearly missing the injured Michael Higdon, had few chances to show for it. Carl Finnigan had the best of them, but his stabbed effort from six yards was blocked by a spread-eagled Michael Fraser when a corner caused chaos in Caley’s box. The first forty-five minutes followed a familiar pattern, with Falkirk given licence to knock the ball about and Inverness happy to sit deep and soak up pressure. Robert Olejnik was briefly called into action to turn a Niculae shot round the post, though the shot was drifting wide anyway. That was the exception, though, as the Austrian keeper saw very little action in a first half best described as uninspiring. The only thing the sides had to show for their stalemate was a bit of a suntan.

Half Time: 0-0

Unfortunately for the increasingly frustrated home support, there was little change in proceedings after the break, leading both managers to make early substitutions; Caley hooking Wyness for Graham Bayne and Falkirk replacing Cregg and Finnigan with Latapy and Riera. Caley finally found some impetus, with Bayne inches away from reaching McBain’s ball across goal, then somehow managing to head wide from six yards while unmarked. Ultimately, though, it was the introduction by Falkirk of their veteran Trinidadian schemer that decided the game. Caley threw on McAllister and Imrie as they looked to nick the win, but instead got caught on the break. Receiving the ball in the centre circle, Latapy waltzed through the Caley defence, dummied Phil McGuire with a lovely body swerve, and squared the ball for another substitute, Billy Clarke to tap home for his first goal for Falkirk. Clarke was booked for over celebrating, but his delight was understandable with the three points keeping his side in the driving seat for a top six place. In the remaining four minutes Caley never looked like grabbing an unlikely equaliser, and the home support vented their fury at another dour, pointless performance with a cacophony of boos at the final whistle.

Full Time: 0-1

They now head to Rugby Park next week with any hopes of finishing in the top half well and truly extinguished, and aware that their campaign is now increasingly in freefall.

Match report written by CaleyD



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 27 22 2 3 67 20 47 68
2. Celtic 28 20 5 3 66 19 47 65
3. Hibernian 30 13 8 9 44 35 9 47
4. Dundee Utd 30 13 7 10 43 34 9 46
5. Motherwell 28 14 4 10 39 33 6 46
6. Falkirk 30 11 7 12 39 42 -3 40
7. Hearts 30 10 7 13 41 48 -7 37
8. Aberdeen 30 10 7 13 36 48 -12 37
9. Inverness CT 30 10 3 17 35 49 -14 33
10. Kilmarnock 30 7 7 16 30 45 -15 28
11. St. Mirren 28 7 7 14 19 45 -26 28
12. Gretna 29 4 4 21 28 69 -41 16