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15.03.2008 @ 15:00 Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness Attendance: 4012
Inverness CT
0 - 1
Referee: Calum Murray League-match

None. Clarke (86)
Starting Lineup
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Don Cowie
Dennis Wyness
Marius Niculae
Zbigniew Małkowski
David Proctor
Guy Kerr
Iain Vigurs
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister
Dougie Imrie
Graham Bayne -> Dennis Wyness (53)
Dougie Imrie -> Roy McBain (80)
Rory McAllister -> Don Cowie (80)
Latapy -> Finnigan (57)
Riera -> Cregg (57)
Clarke -> Moutinho (70)
Yellow cards
Ian Black (90)
Clarke (87)
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
10 Shots 9
4 Shots on goal 3
2 Offsides 4
3 Corner kicks 4
6 Free kicks 12
0 Penalties 0
Match report
ICTs wretched run of form continued unabated as Billy Clarkes 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 spreadeagled Michael Fraser when a corner caused chaos in Caleys 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.

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 McBains 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 overcelebrating, 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. 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.