Falkirk 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, May 5th, 2007, 3:00 PM at The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Attendance: 3,129
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Falkirk Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Finnigan (78) None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Schmeichel
Ross
Scobbie
Barr
Milne
Lima
Latapy
Craig
Stewart
Finnigan
Gow
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Grant Munro
Stuart McCaffrey
Darren Dods
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Bench
Moutinho
O'Donnell
McStay
Twaddle
Holden
Uras
Lambers
Ally Ridgers
Ross Tokely
Barry Wilson
Ian Black
Zander Sutherland
Markus Paatelainen
Garry Wood

Substitutions
Moutinho -> Gow (75)
McStay -> Stewart (77)
Uras -> Latapy (77)
Barry Wilson for John Rankin (67)
Markus Paatelainen for Stuart McCaffrey (83)

Bookings
Lima (73) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 18 apps -
Grant Munro 206 apps5 goals
Stuart McCaffrey 187 apps6 goals
Richard Hastings 298 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 111 apps7 goals
Russell Duncan 220 apps6 goals
John Rankin 37 apps6 goals
Richie Hart 155 apps16 goals
Roy McBain 263 apps15 goals
Craig Dargo 65 apps32 goals
Graham Bayne 102 apps17 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 308 apps79 goals
Markus Paatelainen (sub) 10 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Hastings (29 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2008 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 359 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 65 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 49 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Carl Finnigan scored the only goal of this game in the 78th minute. This was a game where the most sustained piece of action came in a three minute spell that saw Falkirk made three substitutions and then score a goal!! Other than that, you would never guess that each league finishing spot was worth a reputed 80K more than the one below as this was typical end of season fare (from both sides) that is best forgotten. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot reports on the match.

When these two sides meet you can usually expect goals. In four 2006/07 matches to date they had shared twelve goals but this was to be an exception – just one freak goal separated the sides.

Both Barry Wilson and Ross Tokely were free from suspension but could only make the ICT bench as Charlie Christie retained most of the team from Tannadice. Craig Dargo came back from injury to replace Markus Paatelainen in the starting eleven and resume his striking partnership with Graham Bayne.

Falkirk made one change with Patrick Cregg being replaced by Vitor Lima. Rangers-bound Alan Gow played for Falkirk but the home supporters were clearly impatient with his performance and it was no surprise when he was substituted with fifteen minutes left.

It was not a match to remember but the second half was an improvement on the first. Falkirk ’s John Stewart headed wide in six minutes then two minutes later Richie Hart hit just off target following a knock-on by Bayne. In 13 minutes Mike Fraser saved from Gow after a good run past the ICT defence.

Hart was in fine form and in 28 minutes he took a Roy McBain pass but shot wide of the target. Six minutes later Craig Dargo sent a back-post header wide from a Hart cross. In 35 minutes Mike Fraser was called into action when Vitor Lima tried his luck from 35 yards but the ‘keeper touched it over the bar.

Half Time: 0-0

Into the second half and Carl Finnigan missed the chance of the match in 48 minutes when Stewart headed into his path and he somehow hit the underside of the visitors’ bar from a few yards out. At the other end a Hart free kick was met bravely by the diving Bayne but his header went wide. Another Hart strong effort on the hour mark went wide from 18 yards.

The goal that broke the deadlock came in 78 minutes when Falkirk ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel sent a 70 yard free kick into the heart of the ICT box. Finnigan stuck out a foot and it looped over Mike Fraser and into the net. Paatelainen was sent on for Stuart McCaffrey with eight minutes left to push for at least an equaliser but it did not happen.

Full Time: 1-0

A disappointing 1-0 defeat with two games left and a chance to climb the table missed. Falkirk stay seventh and Caley Thistle ninth. The relegation battle goes on with St Mirren taking three precious points at Tannadice and Dunfermline having all to play for against Motherwell on Monday.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 25 6 5 62 31 31 81
2. Rangers 36 21 9 6 61 29 32 72
3. Aberdeen 35 18 7 10 51 35 16 61
4. Hearts 35 16 9 10 44 33 11 57
5. Kilmarnock 36 14 7 15 45 54 -9 49
6. Hibernian 36 12 10 14 54 43 11 46
7. Falkirk 36 13 5 18 44 47 -3 44
8. Dundee Utd 36 10 11 15 40 57 -17 41
9. Inverness CT 36 9 13 14 39 47 -8 40
10. Motherwell 35 10 7 18 38 54 -16 37
11. St. Mirren 36 7 12 17 28 48 -20 33
12. Dunfermline 35 7 8 20 21 49 -28 29