19.09.2006 @ 19:45 - Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Here is a quick Cup preview.
Inverness CT v Falkirk
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Tuesday 19th September
CIS Insurance Cup Third Round (match will be played to a conclusion on the evening with extra time and penalties if needed)
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Others: Jim Lyon, Steve Pullar (Assistants), Scott McDonald (4th official).
Tuesday 19th September:
Celtic v St Mirren
Inverness CT v Falkirk
Kilmarnock v Livingston
St Johnstone v Dundee Utd (all 7.45pm kick-off)
Wednesday 20th September:
Alloa v Hearts
Dunfermline v Rangers (BBC TV)
Hibernian v Gretna
Queens Park v Motherwell (all 7.45pm kick off)
CIS CUP 2ND ROUND RESULTS
Alloa 2-1 Ross County
Ayr 0-0 Dunfermline (Dunfermline win on penalties)
Brechin 0-3 Livingston
Cowdenbeath 0-5 Falkirk
Dundee Utd 1-0 Airdrie Utd (AET)
Hibernian 4-0 Peterhead
Motherwell 3-2 Partick (AET)
Queen of the Sth 1-2 Kilmarnock (AET)
Queens Park 0-0 Aberdeen (Queens Park win on penalties)
St Johnstone 4-0 Elgin City
St Mirren 3-1 Stenhousemuir
Inverness CT 3-1 Dumbarton
So we enter the 3rd round of the cup with 16 teams left. There are a few ties with the potential of a cup-upset. St Johnstone will be aiming to knock BrewsterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Utd out the cup after they struggled against Airdrie United. Alloa will be hoping the unthinkable will happen when they host Hearts. Gretna will find it hard away to Hibernian after the Edinburgh side just beat Rangers. Queens Park will be hoping to steal the show again. After dumping the Dons, they have another chance of an SPL scalp. And whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to say they couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t snatch a win at home to Motherwell. Both teams have been on poor form and anything could happen. The old-firm both have potentially tricky ties and Inverness CT and Falkirk will hopefully produce an exciting cup tie.
The teams have played a total of 24 times (24 League, 0 Cup) with 77 goals (37 Inverness CT, 40 Falkirk) between them.
Inverness CT: 7 wins (7 League, 0 Cup)
Draws: 6 (6 League, 0 Cup)
Falkirk: 11 wins (11 League, 0 Cup)
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There have been 20 1st Division games and 4 SPL games between the teams.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ There has never been a cup tie between the teams until now.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Falkirk havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t beaten Inverness CT in the 2 meetings in 2006.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The biggest win in the fixture was when Inverness CT beat the Bairns 4-1 at the Falkirk Stadium on the 21/01/2006. Goals from Wilson, Wyness, Dargo and Tokely gave Caley Thistle a comfortable victory. Ireland scored a consolation for Falkirk.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stuart McCaffrey (Inverness CT): Stuart hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enjoyed the best of the seasons since Inverness entered the SPL. He was a key part of the starting 11 as we started our SPL life until Dargo of Kilmarnock at the time got him sent off for a last man challenge. Then Dods came in and produced some quality displays and Stuart injured his back. Last season he spent most of the season on the bench and made some appearances. This season, Stuart played against St Mirren on the opening day and the Dumbarton game. We have great cover in Stuart and he is eager to get back into the first team after featuring heavily for the reserves and putting in some good performances. A reliable centre-back who can also play right-back. If Dods does leave in January or next summer, I am sure Stuart will be given his chance again. He could play against Falkirk on Tuesday.
John Stewart (Falkirk): The ex-Aberdeen man almost signed for Inverness CT last month before Falkirk quickly made a move for him. Apparently, John signed for Falkirk for Ã‚Â£50,000 and will have to produce the goals to keep the fans happy. The two games he has played in for the Bairns have both produced no goals for Falkirk. Time will tell if Falkirk have saved us wasting money or if Falkirk were right to jump in front of us and claim a bargain.
Then again, we have Gary McSwegan.
INVERNESS CT: Inverness will make a couple of changes with the choice of Stuart Golabek, Stuart McCaffrey, Alan Morgan, Russell Duncan, Liam Keogh and Richie Hart. At least two of these will feature. Dennis Wyness is still sidelined and Gary McSwegan may make his debut.
21st Oct 2006 at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
20th Dec 2006 at Falkirk Stadium
7th April 2007 at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium (all SPL)