Falkirk 1 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, August 30th, 2008, 3:00 PM at The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Attendance: 4,730
Referee: Mike McCurry
Falkirk Inverness CT

Goalscorers
M. Stewart (61) Don Cowie (68)
Dougie Imrie (85)

Team Managers
John Hughes Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
17 Olejnik
14 Aafjes
05 McNamara
02 Bullen
20 Barr
04 Cregg
06 McBride
16 Arfield
24 M. Stewart
09 Barrett
19 J. Stewart
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Jamie Duff
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Ian Black
Don Cowie
Iain Vigurs
Garry Wood
Adam Rooney

Bench
01 Flinders
22 Mitchell
25 McCaffrey
27 Robertson
33 Scobbie
47 O Brien
15 Lovell
Ryan Esson
Lionel Djebi-Zadi
Barry Wilson
Zander Sutherland
Dale Gillespie
Dougie Imrie
Andrew Barrowman

Substitutions
Lovell -> J. Stewart (76)
O Brien -> Barrett (81)
Andrew Barrowman for Garry Wood (60)
Barry Wilson for Roy McBain (82)
Dougie Imrie for Iain Vigurs (82)

Bookings
None. Roy McBain (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 63 apps -
Richard Hastings 340 apps3 goals
Ross Tokely 445 apps30 goals
Jamie Duff 4 apps -
Phil McGuire 30 apps -
Iain Vigurs 7 apps2 goals
Ian Black 111 apps4 goals
Roy McBain 304 apps19 goals
Don Cowie 46 apps11 goals
Garry Wood 2 apps1 goal
Adam Rooney 4 apps -
Barry Wilson (sub) 343 apps83 goals
Dougie Imrie (sub) 20 apps3 goals
Andrew Barrowman (sub) 5 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 120 days)
Oldest Player:Phil McGuire (2010 years 31 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 17 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 120 days)
Oldest Player:Dale Gillespie (2010 years 31 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 85 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Bairns Beaten:

Inverness Caledonian Thistle travelled to Falkirk today to face a team who yet to record a point in the SPL Season.  Despite ICT controlling the game and having the best of the opportunities it was Falkirk who opened the scoring on the 60 minute mark, but it was to take only 8 minutes for Cowie to secure the equaliser.  Imrie, who didn't look happy at being dropped from the starting 11, came off the bench to sink the winner though and Caley Thistle came away with all three points, pushing them up to 5th in the League...leaving Falkirk with nothing and languishing at the foot of the table.

Caley Thistle started brightly and had an early opening when Garry Wood made a break into the box but failed to convert. Falkirk came at us but we defended very well indeed - the defence handled everything that they were presented with, with Jamie Duff a particular stand out.

Jamie Duff looks very promising and had a great game - alimci

Duff read the game well, won headers, blocked shots and tackled well. That's the first time I've seen him play and he was excellent. Going forward in the first half, we looked lively, playing some good passing football. Rooney had a couple of great chances, one where the Falkirk defender (Barr I think) messed up and let him in, and another when he was played in by Rossco, after a classic ball juggling class from Tokeldinho. The keeper made a couple of cracking saves to keep us out on both occasions.

Falkirk carved out one really clear cut chance when a ball over the top was headed inches wide, if that had been on target there was no way Fraser was getting it.

Second half and we carried on pushing. I thought Vigurs was a bit below-par in the first half but he certainly made up for it in the second period, with most breaks seeming to come down the right hand side of the park.

We forced a series of corners which Vigurs floated in to the back post - Blackie got his head to one and caused a bit of consternation in the Bairn rearguard.

On the hour mark Wood came off for Barrowman and Falkirk scored just after that. A ball in behind Hastings was cut back and Mark Stewart knocked it home, a poor goal to lose, Hastings will be disappointed he let himself be turned like that.

Fortunately we rallied and moved forward. Vigurs and Rooney both carved out chances and we seemed to have taken the setback in our stride when a corner wasn't cleared and after some penalty-box pinball Cowie rifled in a low shot to equalise.

Our midfield was outstanding and totally dominated particularly Cowie and Black who who looked very composed and dictated play. Vigurs too was superb and put in some cracking crosses. - andyp85

After that we pushed forward, McGuire had a header cleared off the line and then another just over the bar. Brewster threw on Imrie and Wilson, very attacking, positive play from the gaffer to do that at 1-1 away from home. It paid off handsomely when Imrie rattled in a shot to the top corner after Falkirk again failed clear their lines.

Overall, I thought we were well worth our win, absolutely superb performance. The only downside was the goal but the way we reacted, the way we passed the ball, created chances, fought for each other and pulled the game back was magnificent.

Ian Black was great in the centre of the park, Jamie Duff was cool at the back and Vigurs (after a shaky first half in my view as I said above) came onto a great game in the second half. What really impressed me about the young lads was the confidence and composure they had - none of them looked nervous, no-one seemed to require any baby-ing through the match.

Falkirk are a decent side, they pass the ball well and have some good looking players but we outplayed, outfought and outpassed them.

As I said on the way back to the town centre, I've seen us play twice this season and we’ve won on both occasions. What are you miserable lot all moaning about? - Champions League here we come!!

Match report written by RIG



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Kilmarnock 4 3 1 0 4 0 4 10
2. Hearts 4 3 0 1 7 6 1 9
3. Celtic 3 2 1 0 5 1 4 7
4. Rangers 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7
5. Inverness CT 4 2 1 1 5 3 2 7
6. Aberdeen 4 2 1 1 3 3 0 7
7. Hamilton Academical 4 2 0 2 5 4 1 6
8. Hibernian 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 4
9. Motherwell 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 4
10. Dundee Utd 4 0 2 2 3 7 -4 2
11. St. Mirren 4 0 1 3 1 4 -3 1
12. Falkirk 4 0 0 4 3 9 -6 0