Falkirk 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Falkirk 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
Falkirk Stadium. Att. 4,473
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jack Ross (23) None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Mark Howard
Tiago Jonas Rodrigues
Karl Dodd
Jean-Francois Lescinel
Jack Ross
Patrick Cregg
Steven Thomson
Liam Craig
Kenny Milne
Danny McBreen
Alan Gow
Craig Samson .17
Stuart Duff .12
Alan Archibald .5
David McCracken .3
Garry Kenneth .18
Charlie Mulgrew .6
Barry Robson .11
Grant Brebner .8
Mark Kerr .7
David Fernández .20
Collin Samuel .21

Bench
Allan Ferguson
Russell Latapy
Mark Twaddle
Vitor Lima
Stephen O'Donnell
Pedro Moutinho
Andy Lawrie
Euan McLean .31
Ross Gardiner .28
Stuart Abbot .29
David Robertson .25
Derek McInnes .4
Greg Cameron .26
David Goodwillie .36

Substitutions
Pedro Moutinho for Alan Gow (85)
Andy Lawrie for Jack Ross (88)
David Goodwillie for David Fernández (86)

Cautions
None. Barry Robson
David McCracken
Mark Kerr

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)



Match Report


A Jack Ross strike and an inspired performance by Falkirk goalkeeper Mark Howard were enough to give Falkirk their first home victory of the season over a struggling United side.

Craig Brewster made three changes to the starting line-up, two of which were forced. With Stillie and Miller injured, there were chances for Craig Samson, the returning Grant Brebner and Alan Archibald. The other man missing out was the unfortunate Lee Mair. Falkirk had an unchanged side following their 1-1 draw with Dunfermline.

The home side went in at half time with a narrow lead thanks to a superb Jack Ross strike after 23 minutes which gave Samson no chance. That was certainly not a true reflection of the opening 45 minutes as it was the visitors who created the best of the chances in an entertaining first half. Samuel was twice denied with low shots by keeper Howard on the fourth and 27th minute marks. The best chance though came after 11 minutes when Samuel set up Brebner who forced Howard to make a fine fingertip save. The resulting corner from Robson was met by Garry Kenneth but his header was cleared off the line by goal scorer Ross. Towards the end of the half, the lead could have been doubled but Samson did well to tip a Gow lob over the crossbar.

The second half was a less entertaining affair but the game sprung into life with twenty minutes left when Howard made two brilliant goal line saves, firstly from Fernandez and then from Alan Archibald. United were pressing for an equaliser and Fernandez again was involved five minutes later when a thunderous strike from 25 yards out was superbly tipped over by an in-form Howard. As much as they pushed for the leveller, it was not to be for United and the full time whistle was warmly greeted by the home crowd.



Squad Statistics (as at April 8th, 2006)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Craig Samson (GK)22 3 - 3 -
David McCracken24 3221627
Alan Archibald28 3411227
Stuart Duff24 28 - 1273
Garry Kenneth18 121261
Charlie Mulgrew20 9292
Barry Robson27 33210713
Grant Brebner28 274676
Mark Kerr24 3521075
Collin Samuel24 337869
David Fernández30 307307
David Goodwillie (sub)17 7171






League Table (as at April 8th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.