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Falkirk away
#1
Are there any Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire based Staggie planning this game
 
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#2
I was planning on heading down from Inverness, but a friend has decided to get married on the same day.

Some people have no manners getting married on the final day of the season.
Quote:God bless the Stag Men and Children.
 
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#3
Just go to the evening part, if he's a real friend he will understand.
 
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#4
Not sure if it has been mentioned on here but We. (The central staggies) are having our annual last day of the season fancy dress extravaganza.

Giving this year the final fixture falls on May 4th. We are having a May the 4th be with you Star wars theme day.

https://t.co/RJKfH8FXv1

Looking forward to a last day party. Entertainment hopefully provided by sides of a 3 sided stadium greeting while looking out some buckets and spades in preparation for the seaside leagues
No sacrifice no victory 
 
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#5
Everyone remember and put your preferred starting XIs on an envelope and hand them in to the management team
"The heart of the club is the fan. The board and the chairman are custodians. The staff are transient. But the fan is there forever"

Roy Macgregor, April 2013
 
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#6
(05-01-2019, 01:50 PM)VanderDalgarno Wrote: Everyone remember and put your preferred starting XIs on an envelope and hand them in to the management team
I actually applaud Caldwell & Kerr for that, think it's quite an inspired information-gathering exercise..
 
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#7
(05-01-2019, 10:56 PM)Fozzie Wrote: I actually applaud Caldwell & Kerr for that, think it's quite an inspired information-gathering exercise..

One of the answers, according to social media, was "don't pick anyone, we're all [censored]".
 
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#8
(05-02-2019, 01:36 PM)Savage Henry Wrote: One of the answers, according to social media, was "don't pick anyone, we're all [censored]".

That was definitely an oldfirmfacts joke.
 
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#9
Rather experimental looking 3-5-2 kind of line-up.

Fox
Fraser Semple Kelly
McManus Lindsay Vigurs Spence Armstrong
Graham Spence

and apparently no defenders on the bench - Gardyne, Munro, Mullin, Paton, Wallace, Murray, Gallagher
FergnKetts - BestBossYets
 
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#10
Getting beat 1-0 (rudden) , would be nice to win but at the end of the day WE ARE GOING UP either way

ETA 1-1 Stewart
 
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#11
Brian Graham Assist for Ross Stewart equaliser: 1-1.

Vigurs 1-2: County winning now
FergnKetts - BestBossYets
 
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#12
1-2 vigurs
 
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#13
2-2 County only drawing now

3-2 to Falkirk!

and so it finished.
Falkirk Doon, as Alloa got a draw at Ayr
FergnKetts - BestBossYets
 
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#14
Not too disappointed with a defeat given it was a weakened County side, playing an experimental formation and with four teenagers on the bench.

Given also that there was nothing at stake for County and Falkirk simply had to win, a relatively rare County defeat was not really that surprising.

Notwithstanding County's already long term injury list, we were saying after the game that County's strongest line up - of the injury free players that were available for selection- would have beaten Falkirk comfortably today.

A strange game in that County had more possession, the better chances (both strikers squandering two great chances apiece ), but with Falkirk having more efforts on goal. Despite their predicament Falkirk showed next to no urgency in their play until late in the game. Despite their narrow win Falkirk will be beside the seaside next season...........

County made five changes to the starting line-up that had convincingly thrashed Q.O.S. last week to win the league.. Nail on starters Gardyne and Mullin dropped to the bench with Boyle, Grivosti and Cowie dropping out of the squad altogether.

Kettleson opted for a back three of Fraser, Kelly and Semple. The latter playing his first full game for County. I thought he played very well and fitted in seamlessly. Armstrong and McManus were the wide players in a fluid midfield five - which at times reverted to a three of Lindsay, Spence and the classy Vigurs who returned from long term injury. No full backs were used at any point in the formation meaning that the front two of Graham and Stewart was designed, at times, to form part of a front four.

County started the game on the front foot - pressing a high line -with Falkirk playing on the counter. However the home side had three headed chances in the first ten minutes.

Tommy Robson headed the ball wide of the back post in the second minute, connecting with a cross from the right. Seven minutes later -following an identical delivery from the same side from McLean - Jason Jarvis headed the ball against the right-hand post from seven yards out when it looked easier to score. One minute later, a McLean cross from the other side was headed weakly toward goal by Jordan McGhee from 16 yards out and was easily claimed by Fox on his goal line.

County's first effort came on 18 minutes when a McManus shot from just outside the box was screwed wide of the left upright.

In the next minute, County were dealt a major blow when Scott Fox took a bad knock in a challenge when stretching to punch the ball clear in front of goal. Play was stopped for three minutes. As a result he had to be replaced by teenage keeper Ross Munro. Fox was not visibly badly injured as he took his place in the dugout.

Within five minutes of the change Falkirk took the lead. County were once again left exposed on the left side of defence when Zac Rudden ran inside the left side of the box. His low powerful, diagonal shot bounced off the inside of the post and back into play. Jarvis was quickest to react, played a short pass back to Rudden- who had continued his run - for an easy strike into the empty net from close range.

County's problems continued when they had to force their second change in the first half hour, with the injured Spence being replaced by the seldom seen Harry Paton .

County came close to equalising ten minutes before half- time when a low, powerful, Lindsay, diagonal shot from the left rattled off the inside of the post and back across goal. From the play that followed, a County delivery from the same side was a touch too strong for the lunging Stewart at the back post who narrowly failed to connect..

County started to play with urgency, pushing the nervous looking home side back in search of an equaliser, and spurned two great successive chances to do so.

Firstly, Stewart should have scored when his low shot - after being set up in space - was pushed out for a corner by the home keeper. That was followed by a Graham diagonal shot going narrowly wide of the left-hand post in a good position.

Referee Steven McLean blew his whistle to end the half in the fourth minute of added time, with Zac Rudden in a good position on the right edge of the County box with the ball at his feet, much to the fury of the home support............

One minute into the second half Robson's shot from the left side of the penalty box lacked power and was claimed by County keeper Munro.

County immediately broke up the park . Brian Graham did well to play in Ross Stewart with a pass inside the left side of the penalty box. The young striker's shot from 14 yards out was goal bound but blocked by a Falkirk leg.

Five minutes later Declan McManus did well to shield the ball with his back to goal inside the penalty box before laying the ball off to the supporting Graham. The County striker blazed his shot over the bar from 14 yards out with only the keeper to beat. However, he has had a great season so it is difficult to be harsh on the spurned chance.

The early second-half County pressure did pay off just before the hour mark when Ross Stewart headed the ball into the net from close range after being set up by an excellently delayed cross from Graham from the right. Scored right in front of the large travelling County support.

Ross Munro was then called into action twice as Falkirk looked for a second goal.

In the 66th. minute he easily claimed a chipped Rudden shot from the left side of the box that lacked any power or conviction. In the next minute he dived low to his right to hold a Robson shot from the centre of the box, the sting of which had been taken away by a County defending block.

Falkirk made a double substitution two minutes later as part of operation desperate in their quest to score again to have any chance of avoiding relegation. They almost did so shortly afterwards when Jordan McGhee was unlucky to see his powerful, close - range volley go narrowly wide of the back post - connecting directly with a long, diagonal cross from the left.

However it was County who scored again to take the lead for the first time in the game with an excellently worked goal in the 73rd. minute. An Armstrong corner from the left was floated to the back post. Graham was involved. The ball came to Vigurs who expertly played the ball low into the ground with a clever shot into the open goal from ten yards out.

After the goal some of the Falkirk support had enough and left the ground.

However, sensing relegation -and with an irate home support unfurling a large "Laing & Co. Must Go" banner at the front of the South stand - Falkirk equalised almost immediately right in front of the banner. McKenna headed into an empty net from close range connecting with a corner delivery from the right. A very cheap County goal to lose.

Two minutes later Falkirk scored what proved to be the winning goal when Jordan McGhee was given too much space 20 yards out before scoring with a low shot into the left hand corner. A poor goal defensively to lose from a shot that lacked any real power.

County finished the game strongly in an attempt to salvage bruised pride more than anything else.

With eleven minutes left, County had very strong claims for a penalty turned down by Steven McClean when a Stewart shot was deflected away from goal by a Falkirk hand and out for a corner. No award to the fury of the nearby County support.

Iain Vigurs was replaced by 18 year old Mark Gallagher with three minutes left.

Shortly afterwards Ross Stewart should have equalised following a great County move down the right side. A pacy, low drilled Lindsay pass was expertly placed into the path of Paton who stepped over the ball to beat his man inside the box. He squared the ball to Stewart who got his feet wrong from 10 yards out when it looked easier to score. Again difficult to be harsh on Stewart given his vital goals this season as he continues to develop.

It didn''t matter at the full time whistle . The County players were warmly applauded by the 400 or so in the County support, including Jabba The Hutt and Princess Leia.

County up - good times. Falkirk Doon...........
 
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#15
Good work Fyrish!
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#16
Thanks for the report
 
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#17
Excellent report as usual.
Quote:God bless the Stag Men and Children.
 
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#18
(05-05-2019, 12:46 AM)Fyrish-stag Wrote: Not too disappointed with a defeat given it was a weakened County side, playing an experimental formation and with four teenagers on the bench.

Given also that there was nothing at stake for County and Falkirk simply had to win, a relatively rare County defeat was not really that surprising.

Notwithstanding County's already long term injury list, we were saying after the game that County's strongest line up - of the injury free players that were available for selection- would have beaten Falkirk comfortably today.

A strange game in that County had more possession, the better chances (both strikers squandering two great chances apiece ), but with Falkirk having more efforts on goal. Despite their predicament Falkirk showed next to no urgency in their play until late in the game. Despite their narrow win Falkirk will be beside the seaside next season...........

County made five changes to the starting line-up that had convincingly thrashed Q.O.S. last week to win the league.. Nail on starters Gardyne and Mullin dropped to the bench with Boyle, Grivosti and Cowie dropping out of the squad altogether.

Kettleson opted for a back three of Fraser, Kelly and Semple. The latter playing his first full game for County. I thought he played very well and fitted in seamlessly. Armstrong and McManus were the wide players in a fluid midfield five - which at times reverted to a three of Lindsay, Spence and the classy Vigurs who returned from long term injury. No full backs were used at any point in the formation meaning that the front two of Graham and Stewart was designed, at times, to form part of a front four.

County started the game on the front foot - pressing a high line -with Falkirk playing on the counter. However the home side had three headed chances in the first ten minutes.

Tommy Robson headed the ball wide of the back post in the second minute, connecting with a cross from the right. Seven minutes later -following an identical delivery from the same side from McLean - Jason Jarvis headed the ball against the right-hand post from seven yards out when it looked easier to score. One minute later, a McLean cross from the other side was headed weakly toward goal by Jordan McGhee from 16 yards out and was easily claimed by Fox on his goal line.

County's first effort came on 18 minutes when a McManus shot from just outside the box was screwed wide of the left upright.

In the next minute, County were dealt a major blow when Scott Fox took a bad knock in a challenge when stretching to punch the ball clear in front of goal. Play was stopped for three minutes. As a result he had to be replaced by teenage keeper Ross Munro. Fox was not visibly badly injured as he took his place in the dugout.

Within five minutes of the change Falkirk took the lead. County were once again left exposed on the left side of defence when Zac Rudden ran inside the left side of the box. His low powerful, diagonal shot bounced off the inside of the post and back into play. Jarvis was quickest to react, played a short pass back to Rudden- who had continued his run - for an easy strike into the empty net from close range.

County's problems continued when they had to force their second change in the first half hour, with the injured Spence being replaced by the seldom seen Harry Paton .

County came close to equalising ten minutes before half- time when a low, powerful, Lindsay, diagonal shot from the left rattled off the inside of the post and back across goal. From the play that followed, a County delivery from the same side was a touch too strong for the lunging Stewart at the back post who narrowly failed to connect..

County started to play with urgency, pushing the nervous looking home side back in search of an equaliser, and spurned two great successive chances to do so.

Firstly, Stewart should have scored when his low shot - after being set up in space - was pushed out for a corner by the home keeper. That was followed by a Graham diagonal shot going narrowly wide of the left-hand post in a good position.

Referee Steven McLean blew his whistle to end the half in the fourth minute of added time, with Zac Rudden in a good position on the right edge of the County box with the ball at his feet, much to the fury of the home support............

One minute into the second half Robson's shot from the left side of the penalty box lacked power and was claimed by County keeper Munro.

County immediately broke up the park . Brian Graham did well to play in Ross Stewart with a pass inside the left side of the penalty box. The young striker's shot from 14 yards out was goal bound but blocked by a Falkirk leg.

Five minutes later Declan McManus did well to shield the ball with his back to goal inside the penalty box before laying the ball off to the supporting Graham. The County striker blazed his shot over the bar from 14 yards out with only the keeper to beat. However, he has had a great season so it is difficult to be harsh on the spurned chance.

The early second-half County pressure did pay off just before the hour mark when Ross Stewart headed the ball into the net from close range after being set up by an excellently delayed cross from Graham from the right. Scored right in front of the large travelling County support.

Ross Munro was then called into action twice as Falkirk looked for a second goal.

In the 66th. minute he easily claimed a chipped Rudden shot from the left side of the box that lacked any power or conviction. In the next minute he dived low to his right to hold a Robson shot from the centre of the box, the sting of which had been taken away by a County defending block.

Falkirk made a double substitution two minutes later as part of operation desperate in their quest to score again to have any chance of avoiding relegation. They almost did so shortly afterwards when Jordan McGhee was unlucky to see his powerful, close - range volley go narrowly wide of the back post - connecting directly with a long, diagonal cross from the left.

However it was County who scored again to take the lead for the first time in the game with an excellently worked goal in the 73rd. minute. An Armstrong corner from the left was floated to the back post. Graham was involved. The ball came to Vigurs who expertly played the ball low into the ground with a clever shot into the open goal from ten yards out.

After the goal some of the Falkirk support had enough and left the ground.

However, sensing relegation -and with an irate home support unfurling a large "Laing & Co. Must Go" banner at the front of the South stand - Falkirk equalised almost immediately right in front of the banner. McKenna headed into an empty net from close range connecting with a corner delivery from the right. A very cheap County goal to lose.

Two minutes later Falkirk scored what proved to be the winning goal when Jordan McGhee was given too much space 20 yards out before scoring with a low shot into the left hand corner. A poor goal defensively to lose from a shot that lacked any real power.

County finished the game strongly in an attempt to salvage bruised pride more than anything else.

With eleven minutes left, County had very strong claims for a penalty turned down by Steven McClean when a Stewart shot was deflected away from goal by a Falkirk hand and out for a corner. No award to the fury of the nearby County support.

Iain Vigurs was replaced by 18 year old Mark Gallagher with three minutes left.

Shortly afterwards Ross Stewart should have equalised following a great County move down the right side. A pacy, low drilled Lindsay pass was expertly placed into the path of Paton who stepped over the ball to beat his man inside the box. He squared the ball to Stewart who got his feet wrong from 10 yards out when it looked easier to score. Again difficult to be harsh on Stewart given his vital goals this season as he continues to develop.

It didn''t matter at the full time whistle . The County players were warmly applauded by the 400 or so in the County support, including Jabba The Hutt and Princess Leia.

County up - good times. Falkirk Doon...........

Great report Thanks for that. Unusual defence with 3 CBs and no wing Backs. Thought Fox going off was a big factor. The new set up needed an experienced keeper to boss it. Vigures showed nice touches and Armstrong grew into the game without much tracking back. I liked Paton when he came on and Semple played well getting his first 90mins. They should all be fine assets next year. Lastly great support and the celebrations with the players at the end rounded off a great season
 
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