Carl Finnigan (29pen)
Russell Duncan (57)
Steven Pressley (37)
Darren Barr (57)
Castro Dani Mallo (57)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Youngest Player:||Dougie Imrie (25 years 223 days)
|Oldest Player:||Grant Munro (2010 years 220 days)|
|Average Player Age:||28 years 75 days|
|Domestic Players:||11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Dougie Imrie (25 years 223 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Lionel Djebi-Zadi (2010 years 220 days)|
|Average Player Age:||29 years 40 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
Red Card Ends Cup Hopes:
Caley Thistle came into this game on the back of a wonderful victory at Ibrox in midweek that had sent todays opponents to the bottom of the league.
With the SPL relegation battle put on hold for a week, today's match not only gave one side the chance to progress to a Hampden semi-final but also the chance to take a psychological advantage going into the 6 pointer in two weeks time .
the early exchanges were fairly even, but things took a dramatic turn on the half hour mark when Lionel Djebi Zadi was ordered off for fouling Carl Finnigan inside the box. Finnigan took the resultant penalty and this proved to be the winner.
Initial disappointment at going out of a cup i thought we had a fairly good chance of doing something in this year, further disappointment that we were beaten by a bunch of cheating, low-skilled and very poor falkirk team who, on the basis of today, we will beat easily in the league.
Overall a fantastic performance in the second half. If we had maybe taken either kerrs or duncans chance then we would have gone onto win, especially with forans chance at the end. In a way it is good that the team who put us out was falkirk as this game masks the problems they have at the club, and gets the fans off their backs for a few weeks. Its clear to see that they rely far too much on very poor players, like elvis (i would 100% have mihadjuks instead of him, diving cheating w*ker that he is) for example. We controlled the game with ten men, and the only shot they had on target was a penalty.
The ref gets a special mention as the worst in the history of mankind. Simply strange decisions, bad decisions and downright awful decisions prevented the game from being a classic. Every 50-50 went to Falkirk. We could and maybe should have had a couple of penalties as well as booking two Falkirk players who should have been sent off. Had we had a proper referee then things could have been different. Still, one more game for those bunch of no-hopers is exactly what they don't need, i look forward to seeing them floundering in the first division, with Elvis down there with them.
Down to ten men I was still confident we could pull this off or a replay at the least. However, it was not to be despite some frantic scrambles in the Falkirk box the ball just never fell kindly enough for us, combined with Mallo's reflex saves we missed out on a great opportunity to progress. Imrie undid a lot of his good work by choosing the wrong option at the end, shooting wildly over when a pass may have been more productive, he saw the headlines before he shot methinks. One great run evading five scything tackles before being crowded out, but not enough composure with the final ball too often meant it was to no avail.
Great save in the first half by Mallo when Tokely lofted a header towards a seemingly empty net only for the keeper to make up a lot of ground and claw the ball to safety. Tokely McMagics and Foran get pass marks. Grantie gets a minus for constant hoofing, Duncan for cheating, Imrie for not passing, Black for stopping the ball with his face, Lionel for the rugby tackle, he should have left it to Esson, Kerr for not being fit, Esson for having nothing to do, Rooney for not being good enough, and the ref just for sheer inconsistency.
Ah well, out of the cup, but not out of the league yet.
Match report written by tm4tj/site