Falkirk 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, May 5th, 2001, 3:00 PM at Brockville Park
Attendance: 2,230
Referee: J Underhill
Falkirk Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Chic Pearson -> (13)
Ian Morris (31)
Dennis Wyness (71)

Team Managers
Alex Totten Steve Paterson

Starting Eleven
Hogarth
Lawrie
McQuilken
Morris
Rennie
Nicholls
Kerr
Roberts
Pearson
Craig
Hutchison
Jim Calder
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
Paul Sheerin
David Bagan
Roy McBain
Martin Bavidge
Dennis Wyness

Bench
Deuchar
Henry
McAllister
Seaton
Hill
Ally Ridgers
Mike Teasdale
Kevin Byers
Graeme Stewart
Neil MacDonald

Substitutions
Deuchar -> Craig (73)
Henry -> Roberts (75)
McAllister -> Pearson (88)
Neil MacDonald for Martin Bavidge (56)
Mike Teasdale for Bobby Mann (56)
Kevin Byers for Paul Sheerin (79)

Bookings
None. Dennis Wyness
Roy McBain

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jim Calder (GK) 181 apps -
Ross Tokely 153 apps7 goals
Grant Munro 11 apps -
Stuart McCaffrey 34 apps -
Bobby Mann 88 apps4 goals
David Bagan 40 apps8 goals
Roy McBain 40 apps3 goals
Charlie Christie 236 apps29 goals
Paul Sheerin 142 apps45 goals
Dennis Wyness 69 apps31 goals
Martin Bavidge 80 apps13 goals
Kevin Byers (sub) 56 apps2 goals
Mike Teasdale (sub) 199 apps18 goals
Neil MacDonald (sub) 6 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 64 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2002 years 277 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 285 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (22 years 64 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Mann (2002 years 277 days)
Average Player Age:32 years 195 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Third place in the league was at stake in this game and in the event Falkirk edged it. A draw would have been enough for Caley Thistle but a young Falkirk side deserved their victory. It was not a good performance by Caley Thistle and they only came into the game in the second half. Falkirk took the lead in 13 minutes when a long kick-out by Myles Hogarth was headed on by Gareth Hutchison to Chic Pearson. The teenager knocked it past Jim Calder but it came back off the post - Pearson was following up and tapped in easily. The season finished sadly for Pearson when he suffered a suspected leg break three minutes from time. In 20 minutes Jim Calder produced a top-drawer save from Jamie McQuilken but he had no chance in 31 minutes when Ian Morris made it 2-0. His 30 yard free kick into the top corner could have come from the foot of David Beckham. Steve Paterson's half time talk clearly had some effect as Caley Thistle improved greatly in the second half. Dennis Wyness scored his 26th goal of the season in 71 minutes but not before Calder had to produce another good save to deny Pearson a second goal. The consolation came when David Bagan sent a cross from the left to the back post - Mike Teasdale headed back across goal and Wyness headed in from 6 yards. It was too little too late although Myles Hogarth was relieved to clutch a Wyness close-range header in the closing stages. Despite the disappointment of defeats in the last two games this proved to be a fine season for the team. They overcame a bad start to put together a record unbeaten run and finished a very creditable fourth. It took until November before Dennis Wyness scored his first competitive goal but he still ended the season as the First Divisions top scorer.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 36 23 7 6 72 31 41 76
2. Ayr United 36 19 12 5 73 41 32 69
3. Falkirk 36 16 8 12 57 59 -2 56
4. Inverness CT 36 14 12 10 71 54 17 54
5. Clyde 36 11 14 11 44 46 -2 47
6. Ross County 36 11 10 15 48 52 -4 43
7. Raith Rovers 36 10 8 18 41 55 -14 38
8. Airdrieonians 36 8 14 14 49 67 -18 38
9. Morton 36 9 8 19 34 61 -27 35
10. Alloa Athletic 36 7 11 18 38 61 -23 32