Inverness CT 0 - 1 Falkirk

League Cup - Rd 3
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 1,198
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Inverness CT  Falkirk

Goalscorers
None. Stokes (60)

Team Managers
Charlie Christie John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo
Higgins
Barr
Dodd
Milne
Ross
Thomson
Cregg
O' Donnell
Twaddle
Stokes
Gow

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Richie Hart
Alan Morgan
Rory McAllister
Craig
Lambers
Latapy
Moutinho
Scobbie

Substitutions
Alan Morgan for Russell Duncan (62)
Rory McAllister for Richard Hastings (73)
Richie Hart for Craig Dargo (80)
Craig -> O' Donnell (19)
Moutinho -> Stokes (74)

Bookings
Grant Munro (24)
Darren Dods (34)
Richard Hastings (44)
Cregg (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 186 apps -
Richard Hastings 267 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 81 apps3 goals
Ross Tokely 370 apps27 goals
Grant Munro 176 apps5 goals
Roy McBain 234 apps13 goals
Russell Duncan 193 apps5 goals
Liam Keogh 105 apps3 goals
Barry Wilson 279 apps75 goals
Craig Dargo 45 apps22 goals
Graham Bayne 70 apps11 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 141 apps16 goals
Alan Morgan (sub) 29 apps3 goals
Rory McAllister (sub) 28 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Roy McBain (2008 years 50 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 186 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Alan Morgan (2008 years 50 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 186 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Inverness CT 0 - 1 Falkirk
The Curse of the Caledonian Stadium strikes again as Caley Thistle just cant get a decent result at home and are sent crashing out of the CIS cup. Falkirk progress to the next round courtesy of a second half strike from Anthony Stokes in the 60th minute.

An eagerly anticipated cup tie against a fellow SPL side but in the end disappointment. In truth it was rather a bland game with neither side making much impact on the other’s goal.

Caley Thistle’s best spell came in the last 15 minutes but they could not make the late pressure count. Falkirk held on to their one goal lead and moved into the fourth round.

The first shot on goal was Liam Keogh’s 30 yard low effort in the fifth minute but it was well wide. The prize for highest of the day went to Stephen O’Donnell in the eighth minute when he shot from 20 yards over the bar and the north stand.

Falkirk were forced into an early substitution when O’Donnell went off injured in the 20th minute and was replaced by the lively Liam Craig. Seconds later a Barry Wilson corner from the left reached Darren Dods just in front of the ‘keeper but his header went over the bar. A Craig corner in 27 minutes caused danger in the ICT box and Russell Duncan was forced to head off the line.

The best home effort in the first half came in 33 minutes when Craig Dargo took a touch on the right of the box then turned and shot on the volley – it went high but it was a good move.

Half Time: 0-0

Into the second half and the expected Caley Thistle improvement was a long time in coming. It was Falkirk that took charge and they were rewarded with the only goal of the match on the hour mark. It was created and scored by ‘Man of the Match’ Anthony Stokes. He raced down the left, cut inside, the ball took a couple of deflections into his path then he hammered it past Mark Brown.

Hard-working Graham Bayne was foiled by Falkirk ‘keeper Scott Higgins in 65 minutes when his header was held. Rory McAllister replaced Richard Hastings in 73 minutes to give Caley Thistle an extra attacker and it did lead to a more exciting last 15 minutes for the sparse home support.

McAllister was only on the pitch for two minutes before he had a chance. A Wilson cross from the right reached the young striker just beyond the back post but he stretched and hit it just wide. An Alan Morgan low shot from 20 yards was blocked in 81 minutes then a McAllister header was cleared by a defender. Higgins then held a Wilson header and, with five minutes left, a trademark long range Richie Hart drive dipped just over the bar.

In added time a long throw from Grant Munro bounced into the Falkirk box and Bayne dived to head over. A good chance but it was to be the last one for the home side.

Full Time: 0-1

Falkirk march on in the CIS Insurance Cup. For ICT – back to the league.

Match report written by CaleyD



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