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Falkirk   0 - 4   Celtic

Falkirk v Celtic

Falkirk v Celtic

Scott McDonald fired a double as holders Celtic booked their place in the fourth-round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup in impressive fashion.

Celtic broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when McDonald forced home Paul Caddis's deflected cross.

Falkirk, who had failed to beat Celtic in their previous six meetings, went close through Kjartan Finnbogason.

But McDonald, a solo run and chip by Paddy McCourt and Chris Killen's hooked shot sealed victory for the visitors.

Eddie May's side were seeking their first competitive win since the Europa League win over Vaduz.

But apart from Arfield's 30-yard drive, they failed to test goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska, who was making his competitive debut for Celtic.

Showing eight changes from the side which beat Hearts, Celtic started strongly.

McCourt and Robson were impressive in midfield for the visitors, with the latter's free-kick clipping the wall before speeding wide.

Robson then fired a shot straight at goalkeeper Robert Olejnik and the visitors went a goal in front just before the half-hour mark.

Killen's clever ball found the rampaging Caddis and his deflected cross broke to McDonald and the Australian striker swept the ball home.

McDonald added his second eight minutes after the break, when Gary Caldwell's header from McCourt's corner fell kindly for the Australian, who turned and sent a shot past Olejnik.

McCourt scored Celtic's third with a superb solo effort, when he picked up the ball on the halfway line and finished his run with a clever chip.

Celtic got their fourth of the night with 17 minutes remaining through Killen after he collected a low cross from Niall McGinn, before Finnbogason's header struck the bar to complete a miserable night for the Bairns.

Aiden McGeady limped off as the visitors played the last 10 minutes with 10 men.


Falkirk manager Eddie May:

Interview: Falkirk manager Eddie May

"We were very poor tonight. Celtic deserved their win and we have to take it on the chin and move on.

"The quality they've got is very good. We created a number of chances, but ultimately we weren't good enough on the night.

"It's up to us get better. We tried to rest a couple of players and Burton O'Brien was a big miss for us in the midfield. But there are no excuses."

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:

Interview: Celtic manager Tony Mowbray

"We scored some good goals but there's frustration over some of the play.

"We made a lot of changes and it's never going to be ideal. There's some team work that needs to be worked on.

"Any time Pat McCourt steps onto the pitch he can do amazing things. He scored a wonder goal over in Cork recently. It's other areas of his game that he needs to work on.

"He's got to wait for his opportunity. It's always a gamble when you change your team so much. If you lose then you're a lamb to the slaughter, but if I don't play them then I'm never going to know if they can be trusted.

"I need to know these players can come in and do a job."


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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

CIS Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 0-4 Celtic FT
(HT 0-1)
    • McDonald 28
    • McDonald 53
    • McCourt 64
    • Killen 73

    Falkirk

    • 01 Olejnik
    • 02 Barr
    • 06 McLean
    • 04 Twaddle (McNamara 60)
    • 10 Arfield
    • 11 Flynn
    • 14 Mitchell (Scobbie 60)
    • 19 Lynch (Stewart 59)
    • 09 Finnigan
    • 22 Danijel Marceta
    • 24 Finnbogason

    Substitutes

    • 29 Wagenaar,
    • 03 Scobbie,
    • 05 McNamara,
    • 18 Allison,
    • 12 Stewart

    Celtic

    • 24 Zaluska
    • 04 McManus
    • 05 Caldwell
    • 12 Wilson yellow card
    • 52 Caddis
    • 16 Flood (McGeady 67)
    • 17 Crosas
    • 19 Robson (Mizuno 75)
    • 07 McDonald (McGinn 67)
    • 20 McCourt
    • 33 Killen

    Substitutes

    • 47 Cervi,
    • 22 Loovens,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 29 Mizuno,
    • 46 McGeady
    Ref: TumiltyAtt: 5,669
    FALKIRK
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Falkirk 46%
    • Celtic 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Falkirk 4
    • Celtic 11

    Attempts off target

    • Falkirk 6
    • Celtic 1

    Corners

    • Falkirk 2
    • Celtic 6

    Fouls

    • Falkirk 11
    • Celtic 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:41 Danijel Marceta takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 90:00+0:48 Kjartan Finnbogason produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90:00+0:11 Carl Finnigan takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 89:33 Foul by Jackie McNamara on Koki Mizuno, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 87:38 Corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the right by-line, clearance made by Darren Barr.
    • 85:27 Foul by Brian McLean on Aiden McGeady, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:15 Darren Barr takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 83:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Carl Finnigan. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:09 Kjartan Finnbogason takes a shot.
    • 80:05 Shot from deep inside the area by Kjartan Finnbogason clears the crossbar.
    • 78:49 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.
    • 78:16 Carl Finnigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:18 Kjartan Finnbogason takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Stephen McManus.
    • 76:28 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.
    • 74:32 Substitution Koki Mizuno replaces Barry Robson.
    • 74:17 Shot from outside the box by Mark Stewart misses to the left of the goal.
    • 73:40 Marc Crosas takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.
    • 72:14 Niall McGinn provided the assist for the goal.
    • 72:14 GOAL - Chris KillenFalkirk 0 - 4 Celtic Goal scored by Christopher Killen from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Falkirk 0-4 Celtic.
    • 71:06 Kjartan Finnbogason is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 67:26 Marc Crosas concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn. Direct free kick taken by Danijel Marceta.
    • 66:01 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Aiden McGeady coming on for Willo Flood.
    • 66:01 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Niall McGinn coming on for Scott McDonald.
    • 63:25 GOAL - Patrick McCourtFalkirk 0 - 3 Celtic Patrick McCourt finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Falkirk 0-3 Celtic.
    • 60:55 Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Danijel Marceta. Danijel Marceta restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 59:28 Free kick taken by Darren Barr.
    • Correction - 59:28 Substitution Thomas Scobbie is brought on as a substitute for Chris Mitchell.
    • Correction - 59:28 Substitution Jackie McNamara is brought on as a substitute for Marc Twaddle.
    • Correction - 59:28 Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Stewart.
    • 59:28 Free kick taken by Darren Barr,
    • 59:28 Substitution Thomas Scobbie is brought on as a substitute for Chris Mitchell.
    • 59:28 Substitution Marc Twaddle leaves the field to be replaced by Jackie McNamara.
    • 59:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Stewart by Barry Robson.
    • 58:01 Lukasz Zaluska takes the free kick.
    • 58:01 Substitution Sean Lynch goes off and Mark Stewart comes on.
    • 58:01 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Kjartan Finnbogason results in a free kick.
    • 56:00 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Kjartan Finnbogason results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • 52:17 Assist on the goal came from Patrick McCourt.
    • 52:17 GOAL - Scott McDonaldFalkirk 0 - 2 Celtic Goal scored by Scott McDonald from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Falkirk 0-2 Celtic.
    • 51:51 Corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line,
    • 48:38 Mark Wilson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
    • 45:12 Marc Twaddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Willo Flood. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:23 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 42:27 Kjartan Finnbogason produces a cross, clearance made by Mark Wilson.
    • Correction - 41:38 Shot on goal by Patrick McCourt from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 41:38 Scott McDonald takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 40:37 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 39:44 Christopher Killen takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 39:26 A cross is delivered by Sean Lynch, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 38:24 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
    • 37:07 Paul Caddis sends in a cross, Brian McLean makes a clearance.
    • 36:33 Kjartan Finnbogason is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 35:41 Effort from deep inside the area by Kjartan Finnbogason clears the bar.
    • 34:40 Barry Robson challenges Danijel Marceta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Mitchell.
    • 33:45 Scott McDonald fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:51 Scott Arfield takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 31:54 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 30:13 Foul by Kjartan Finnbogason on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Lukasz Zaluska takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:47 Chris Mitchell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:47 Booking The referee books Mark Wilson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 29:34 Unfair challenge on Sean Lynch by Mark Wilson results in a free kick.
    • 28:29 Paul Caddis fouled by Danijel Marceta, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 27:30 Paul Caddis provided the assist for the goal.
    • 27:30 GOAL - Scott McDonaldFalkirk 0 - 1 Celtic Scott McDonald finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Falkirk 0-1 Celtic.
    • 26:00 The ball is delivered by Ryan Flynn, save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 22:44 The ball is crossed by Danijel Marceta.
    • 20:50 Corner taken by Chris Mitchell from the left by-line.
    • 18:49 Corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Mitchell manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:36 Willo Flood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danijel Marceta. Direct free kick taken by Chris Mitchell.
    • 16:22 Handball by Christopher Killen. Darren Barr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:13 Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Brian McLean results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 10:43 Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
    • 9:59 Corner taken by Barry Robson played to the near post, clearance by Brian McLean.
    • 8:39 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line to the near post, Brian McLean makes a clearance.
    • 7:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Barr on Scott McDonald. Barry Robson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Brian McLean.
    • 4:18 Marc Twaddle sends in a cross, save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 0:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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