Falkirk 2 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, January 26th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Attendance: 4,843
Referee: David Munro
Falkirk Inverness CT

Zak Rudden (29)
Ian McShane (56)
Shaun Rooney (12)
Aaron Doran (45)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Harry Burgoyne
Jordan McGhee
Zak Rudden
Ciaran McKenna
Tom Robson
Abdul Osman
Paul Dixon
Ian McShane
Ross MacLean
Deimantas Petravicius
Mark Waddington
Cameron Mackay
Shaun Rooney
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Sean Welsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White
Nathan Austin

Shayne Lavery
Lewis Kidd
Paul Paton
Davis Keillor-Dunn
David Mitchell
Patrick Brough
Joe McKee
Martin MacKinnon
Cameron Harper
Kevin McHattie
Charlie Trafford
Darren McCauley
Anthony McDonald
George Oakley

Davis Keillor-Dunn -> Ross MacLean (63)
Shayne Lavery -> Deimantas Petravicius (75)
Paul Paton -> Mark Waddington (79)
George Oakley for Nathan Austin (63)
Darren McCauley for Aaron Doran (64)

Davis Keillor-Dunn (92) Carl Tremarco (62)
Shaun Rooney (93)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 6 apps -
Brad Mckay 101 apps4 goals
Joe Chalmers 73 apps5 goals
Shaun Rooney 25 apps5 goals
Carl Tremarco 157 apps12 goals
Jamie McCart 28 apps1 goal
Liam Polworth 189 apps17 goals
Aaron Doran 222 apps33 goals
Sean Welsh 23 apps3 goals
Jordan White 29 apps11 goals
Nathan Austin 31 apps10 goals
Darren McCauley (sub) 1 app (debut) -
George Oakley (sub) 62 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Mackay (19 years 53 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 115 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 179 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Harper (17 years 81 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 115 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 114 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Darren McCauley(Signed January 25th, 2019)


All Square at Falkirk: It was a depleted Inverness that kicked off with Coll Donaldson, Tom Walsh and Mark Ridgers out and third choice keeper Cammy Mackay in goal. Undaunted, we took the lead after 12 minutes when Shaun Rooney touched in a Joe Chalmers free kick. On the half hour Zak Rudden equalised from close range. Doran restored our lead just on the interval when he volleyed into the top corner in spectacular fashion. Freak goal from McShane levelled the game again 10 minutes into the second half.

Inverness had both new signings Darren McCauley and Anthony McDonald available and on the bench for this game, however, we were dealt a blow with Mark Ridgers unable to play because of a back spasm and Fon Williams allegedly with a groin injury. That thrust young Cammy Mackay into the spotlight with Martin MacKinnon as back up on the bench. Nathan Austin and Jordan White started up front with George Oakley on the bench.

Falkirk had new keeper from Wolves Harry Burgoyne between the sticks for the first time and prolific scorer Zak Rudden starting.

It was a sodden miserable afternoon as Falkirk kicked off in front of nearly 5000 fans, 240 of them supporting the team from the Highlands, Cammy Mackay tasked with keeping the Bairns out. His last game was a month ago, a 2-0 defeat for Rothes in the Highland League against Brora Rangers whilst out on loan.

A bright start for the visitors saw Nathan Austin, Aaron Doran and Jamie McCart all make Harry Burgoyne work in the Falkirk goal.

Shaun Rooney did even better when he made him pick the ball out of the net in twelve minutes when he diverted a low Joe Chalmers free kick into the net for the opening goal. Great start for the Caley Jags.

Austin had a header saved as we pushed for a second and Doran was close with a shot and Sean Welsh dragged another shot wide halfway though the first period.

Burgoyne made a tremendous save to deny Doran from distance, fisting the ball away as the visitors continued to dominate and keeping young Cammy Mackay quiet in goal so far.

Spoke too soon as out of the blue Zak Rudden tapped in from close range to level the match after good work from Mark Waddington.

We fail to convert after a scramble in the Bairns box and soon after Liam Polworth shot wide after a lay-off from White.

A quick break from defence saw White's first effort saved and his follow up deflected for a corner. From the corner, Falkirk do likewise as Rudden is denied at the other end.

Inverness have had the greater opportunities in the first half and just on the break we regained the lead in spectacular fashion. A Polworth free kick was cleared as far as Doran at the edge of the box, and after taking a touch the wee man smashed the ball into the top corner on the volley, what a strike. Pick that one out Harry!

Half Time 1-2

No changes at the break as Inverness set the ball rolling for the second half and we began on the front foot again, Austin doing his best to undo his old club as he drilled a ball across the box but there were no takers.

Falkirk were relying on Mackay being in the firing line and they equalised when a corner from Ian McShane deceived the keeper and ended up in the net.

Austin tried to reply moments later but his header was too straight and saved by the keeper and Sean Welsh missed from distance.

Doran pulled up on a run forward and he had to make way for Darren McCauley to make his debut and it's almost an instant success as his ball is deflected to White and behind for a corner.

Jamie McCart took a head knock as well, injuries we don't need at the moment.

Substitute George Oakley had a header saved as we looked to get back in front, and Anthony McDonald replaced Jordan White to make his debut.

McCauley had an effort blocked as we looked for the winner and at the other end Paul Paton saw Mackay save his shot.

Big shouts for a penalty after a McCauley shot is blocked but nothing doing and Rudden blazed a shot over from 8 yards after being played in. That should have clinched it for the hosts.

It all ended a bit towsy with a couple of bookings but with no further scoring it finished all square.

Inverness will feel it's two points dropped, after having enough chances to win two games, but the injury to Doran could be more worrying.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 22 12 6 4 37 20 17 42
2. Ayr United 21 11 6 4 35 18 17 39
3. Dundee Utd 22 10 6 6 31 30 1 36
4. Queen of the South 22 7 9 6 34 25 9 30
5. Inverness CT 21 6 12 3 29 24 5 30
6. Morton 22 7 8 7 24 30 -6 29
7. Dunfermline 22 6 7 9 22 28 -6 25
8. Stirling Albion 22 5 8 9 23 32 -9 23
9. Partick Thistle 22 5 4 13 21 35 -14 19
10. Falkirk 22 4 6 12 20 34 -14 18