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19.09.2006 @ 19:45 Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 1198
Inverness CT
0 - 1
Referee: Dougie McDonald League Cup / Rd 3-match

None. Stokes (60)
Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo
O' Donnell
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Richie Hart
Alan Morgan
Rory McAllister
Alan Morgan -> Russell Duncan (62)
Rory McAllister -> Richard Hastings (73)
Richie Hart -> Craig Dargo (80)
Craig -> O' Donnell (19)
Moutinho -> Stokes (74)
Yellow cards
Grant Munro (24)
Darren Dods (34)
Richard Hastings (44)
Cregg (65)
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
11 Shots 6
1 Shots on goal 3
0 Offsides 0
4 Corner kicks 6
10 Free kicks 12
0 Penalties 0
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An eagerly anticipated cup tie against a fellow SPL side but in the end disappointment. In truth it was rather a bland game with neither side making much impact on the other’s goal.

Caley Thistle’s best spell came in the last 15 minutes but they could not make the late pressure count. Falkirk held on to their one goal lead and moved into the fourth round.

The first shot on goal was Liam Keogh’s 30 yard low effort in the fifth minute but it was well wide. The prize for highest of the day went to Stephen O’Donnell in the eighth minute when he shot from 20 yards over the bar and the north stand.

Falkirk were forced into an early substitution when O’Donnell went off injured in the 20th minute and was replaced by the lively Liam Craig. Seconds later a Barry Wilson corner from the left reached Darren Dods just in front of the ‘keeper but his header went over the bar. A Craig corner in 27 minutes caused danger in the ICT box and Russell Duncan was forced to head off the line.

The best home effort in the first half came in 33 minutes when Craig Dargo took a touch on the right of the box then turned and shot on the volley – it went high but it was a good move.

Into the second half and the expected Caley Thistle improvement was a long time in coming. It was Falkirk that took charge and they were rewarded with the only goal of the match on the hour mark. It was created and scored by ‘Man of the Match’ Anthony Stokes. He raced down the left, cut inside, the ball took a couple of deflections into his path then he hammered it past Mark Brown.

Hard-working Graham Bayne was foiled by Falkirk ‘keeper Scott Higgins in 65 minutes when his header was held. Rory McAllister replaced Richard Hastings in 73 minutes to give Caley Thistle an extra attacker and it did lead to a more exciting last 15 minutes for the sparse home support.

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McAllister was only on the pitch for two minutes before he had a chance. A Wilson cross from the right reached the young striker just beyond the back post but he stretched and hit it just wide. An Alan Morgan low shot from 20 yards was blocked in 81 minutes then a McAllister header was cleared by a defender. Higgins then held a Wilson header and, with five minutes left, a trademark long range Richie Hart drive dipped just over the bar.

In added time a long throw from Grant Munro bounced into the Falkirk box and Bayne dived to head over. A good chance but it was to be the last one for the home side. Falkirk march on in the CIS Insurance Cup. For ICT – back to the league.