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Falkirk   1 - 3   Hibernian

By Martin Conaghan

Derek Riordan
Riordan grabbed a brace to give Hibs a fine win over Falkirk

Hibs boss John Hughes enjoyed his return to former club Falkirk as the visitors came from behind to win.

Ryan Flynn opened the scoring for the hosts in the 25th minute with a low drive from the edge of the Hibs box.

Souleymane Bamba replied with a powerful header from a John Rankin corner four minutes before the break.

Derek Riordan flicked on Rankin's free-kick from close range to take a 57th minute lead, then doubled his tally with a free-kick 10 minutes from time.

New signing Anthony Stokes went straight into Hughes's starting 11 as the former Falkirk manager returned to his old club for the first time since stepping down at the end of last season.

The 21-year-old former Arsenal striker flashed a header across the face of goal in the first five minutes after good work by David van Zanten.

Less than two minutes later, Falkirk's Scott Arfield fired in a powerful 35-yard strike that troubled Yves Ma-Kalambay, but the big Belgian managed to smother the danger.

With almost 15 minutes played, Darren Barr flighted in a searching ball to the Hibs penalty area and Carl Finnegan was unlucky when his driving header rebounded off the crossbar.

Moments later, Stokes turned on the edge of the Falkirk penalty area and struck for goal, but his low drive was gathered by Robert Olejnik.

As the half hour mark approached, Falkirk were first on the scoresheet when Flynn picked up the ball from a casual free-kick out on the left and eased past Van Zanten to fire in a low shot past Ma-Kalamby.

Stokes spoiled an opportunity to level the score when he sent a shot over the Falkirk bar from close range before Bamba restored the balance, rising above the Falkirk defence to deliver a fine header from a Rankin corner.

Following the break, Bamba was lucky to escape a red card following an angry reaction to a Finnegan challenge as tension gripped both sides in a fast-paced second-half.

Stokes broke free on the edge of the Falkirk penalty area and elected to chip past Olejnik only to see his effort drift wide of the mark.

Riordan put Hibs ahead from a Rankin free-kick delivered from the left when he guided the ball into back of the net with a neat flick from three yards out.

Falkirk captain Darren Barr powered down the right and drifted into the Hibernian penalty area before delivering a low cross that Kevin McBride cleared.

The hosts continued to press for an equaliser with efforts from Arfield and Scobbie, but the Hibernian defence continued to frustrate.

Riordan had the final say with a tremendous free-kick thirty yards out that left Olejnik and the Falkirk wall standing with barely 10 minutes left to play.

Danijel Marceta fired in a bold effort in the final minute, but Ma-Kalambay pulled off a spectacular dive to secure a fine win for Hibernian.


Falkirk manager Eddie May:
"I thought in the first half, we were decent - we caused a lot of problems.

"We were unfortunate to go level.

"In the second half, we didn't come out, we didn't start to well and I thought they were very physical.

"We got caught up in silly little battles.

"We're here to play football, not here to wrestle - unfortunately, that's what we did and Hibs were more clinical."

Hibernian manager John Hughes:
"I felt in the first half, Falkirk were dominant, and they got their goal.

"I don't think we were great today, we're better than that - but even when we're not at our best, we're still winning matches.

"We have goals in the team, with Derek Riordan doing what he's doing. He's just great.

"We had to work very hard, so let's give Falkirk credit - they're a hard working side.

"It's just nice to come out on top with three points and it sets us up next week for Celtic."

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 1-3 Hibernian FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Flynn 25
  • Bamba 41
  • Riordan 57
  • Riordan 80

Falkirk

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Barr
  • 03 Scobbie yellow card
  • 05 McNamara (Robertson 87)
  • 06 McLean
  • 04 Twaddle
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 10 Arfield yellow card
  • 11 Flynn
  • 21 MacDonald (Danijel Marceta 67)
  • 09 Finnigan yellow card

Substitutes

  • 31 Michael Andrews,
  • 18 Allison,
  • 14 Mitchell,
  • 19 Lynch,
  • 35 Murdoch,
  • 16 Robertson,
  • 22 Danijel Marceta

Hibernian

  • 50 Ma-Kalambay
  • 03 van Zanten yellow card
  • 04 Hogg yellow card
  • 20 Hanlon
  • 26 Bamba yellow card
  • 08 Cregg yellow card (David Wotherspoon 78)
  • 11 Rankin yellow card
  • 17 McBride yellow card
  • 09 Nish
  • 10 Riordan (Benjelloun 82)
  • 18 Stokes

Substitutes

  • 01 Stack,
  • 15 Thicot,
  • 16 Stevenson,
  • 22 Danny Galbraith,
  • 24 David Wotherspoon,
  • 19 Benjelloun,
  • 29 Byrne
Ref: ConroyAtt: 6,059
FALKIRK
HIBERNIAN

Possession

  • Falkirk 51%
  • Hibernian 49%

Attempts on target

  • Falkirk 3
  • Hibernian 6

Attempts off target

  • Falkirk 6
  • Hibernian 4

Corners

  • Falkirk 9
  • Hibernian 4

Fouls

  • Falkirk 10
  • Hibernian 19
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:09 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:32 Unfair challenge on Scott Arfield by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Thomas Scobbie takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:56 David Wotherspoon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Direct free kick taken by Burton O'Brien.
  • 90:00+0:40 Colin Nish takes a shot. Thomas Scobbie gets a block in.
  • 89:40 David van Zanten concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Arfield. Strike on goal comes in from Scott Arfield from the free kick.
  • 89:18 Danijel Marceta takes a shot. Save by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 88:47 Corner from left by-line taken by John Rankin.
  • 88:26 Abdessalam Benjelloun takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
  • 86:13 Substitution Dayne Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jackie McNamara.
  • 86:07 The ball is sent over by Thomas Scobbie.
  • 85:52 Thomas Scobbie delivers the ball, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.
  • 83:50 The ball is sent over by Danijel Marceta, save made by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 81:20 Substitution Abdessalam Benjelloun joins the action as a substitute, replacing Derek Riordan.
  • 81:07 Darren Barr has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 80:29 A cross is delivered by Ryan Flynn, Yves Ma-Kalambay makes a save.
  • 79:38 GOAL - Derek RiordanFalkirk 1 - 3 Hibernian Derek Riordan hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Falkirk 1-3 Hibernian.
  • 78:45 Thomas Scobbie challenges Colin Nish unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 77:22 Substitution Patrick Cregg leaves the field to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.
  • 77:22 Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
  • 76:49 Shot on goal by Burton O'Brien from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 76:05 Effort from the edge of the box by Scott Arfield goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 75:53 Darren Barr delivers the ball.
  • 75:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Arfield played to the near post, clearance made by David van Zanten.
  • 74:54 Corner taken by Scott Arfield played to the near post, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:46 The ball is delivered by Thomas Scobbie, Chris Hogg makes a clearance.
  • 73:37 Corner taken by Scott Arfield from the left by-line played to the near post, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:34 Darren Barr sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Hogg.
  • 72:03 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Thomas Scobbie from left wing, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 72:03 Booking The referee books Patrick Cregg for unsporting behaviour.
  • 71:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danijel Marceta by Patrick Cregg.
  • 70:24 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
  • Correction - 68:38 Unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Burton O'Brien from right channel.
  • 68:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Carl Finnigan. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Burton O'Brien from right channel,
  • 67:33 Scott Arfield concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin. Kevin McBride takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:55 Substitution Danijel Marceta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex MacDonald.
  • 64:33 Thomas Scobbie takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:33 Booking Kevin McBride is booked.
  • 64:26 Foul by Kevin McBride on Burton O'Brien, free kick awarded.
  • 60:30 Carl Finnigan challenges Souleymane Bamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yves Ma-Kalambay takes the free kick.
  • 58:22 Inswinging corner taken by Scott Arfield from the left by-line, save made by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 58:01 Unfair challenge on Jackie McNamara by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Burton O'Brien.
  • 57:25 Anthony Stokes delivers the ball, save by Robert Olejnik.
  • 56:14 John Rankin provided the assist for the goal.
  • 56:14 GOAL - Derek RiordanFalkirk 1 - 2 Hibernian Goal scored by Derek Riordan from close in high into the middle of the goal. Falkirk 1-2 Hibernian.
  • 55:50 Thomas Scobbie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten. John Rankin crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing,
  • 54:34 Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 52:21 Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Finnigan. Jackie McNamara takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:11 Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
  • 51:11 Booking Carl Finnigan is booked.
  • 50:40 Carl Finnigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba.
  • 49:35 Scott Arfield fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jackie McNamara from right channel, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:11 Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.
  • 48:11 Booking John Rankin receives a caution.
  • 47:55 Foul by John Rankin on Marc Twaddle, free kick awarded.
  • 47:21 A cross is delivered by Thomas Scobbie, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 46:14 Corner from the left by-line taken by Scott Arfield, save by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 45:42 Corner taken by Burton O'Brien from the right by-line, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:11 The match has reached half-time.
  • 44:00 Booking Scott Arfield is booked.
  • 43:52 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Burton O'Brien.
  • 41:52 Header on goal by Derek Riordan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 40:44 Booking Souleymane Bamba goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 40:03 Assist by John Rankin.
  • 40:03 GOAL - Souleymane BambaFalkirk 1 - 1 Hibernian Souleymane Bamba finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Falkirk 1-1 Hibernian.
  • 39:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Rankin from the right by-line,
  • 38:53 Ryan Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Derek Riordan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 36:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by David van Zanten. Scott Arfield crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 35:34 Anthony Stokes takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
  • 35:00 Patrick Cregg sends in a cross, Brian McLean makes a clearance.
  • 34:34 Foul by Scott Arfield on Kevin McBride, free kick awarded. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:56 Booking Thomas Scobbie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:14 Burton O'Brien delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
  • 33:14 Booking The referee shows Chris Hogg a yellow card.
  • 33:08 Unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan by Chris Hogg results in a free kick.
  • 32:40 The referee blows for offside. Yves Ma-Kalambay takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:19 Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Finnigan. Jackie McNamara takes the free kick.
  • 29:29 Free kick crossed by Scott Arfield, Colin Nish makes a clearance.
  • 29:29 Booking David van Zanten receives a yellow card.
  • 29:16 Ryan Flynn fouled by David van Zanten, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 27:19 Scott Arfield fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
  • 26:56 Short corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line.
  • 26:22 Derek Riordan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Burton O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:06 GOAL - Ryan FlynnFalkirk 1 - 0 Hibernian Ryan Flynn finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 1-0 Hibernian.
  • 23:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by David van Zanten on Ryan Flynn. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.
  • 21:31 Kevin McBride is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.
  • 20:21 Carl Finnigan takes a shot. Save by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 16:41 Carl Finnigan produces a cross, save made by Yves Ma-Kalambay.
  • 14:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Burton O'Brien, Yves Ma-Kalambay makes a save.
  • 13:53 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.
  • 12:43 Unfair challenge on John Rankin by Darren Barr results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Derek Riordan from left wing, clearance by Brian McLean.
  • 12:24 Carl Finnigan takes a shot.
  • 12:04 Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex MacDonald. Jackie McNamara takes the free kick.
  • 9:36 Unfair challenge on Burton O'Brien by Kevin McBride results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.
  • 8:43 The official flags Colin Nish offside. Direct free kick taken by Brian McLean.
  • 7:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jackie McNamara on Colin Nish. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
  • 6:44 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Scott Arfield misses to the left of the target.
  • 4:02 The ball is delivered by David van Zanten, Header by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 3:02 Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian McLean. Brian McLean takes the free kick.
  • 2:32 Alex MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Hogg. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
  • 2:10 Centre by Paul Hanlon.
  • 0:57 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Burton O'Brien from the right by-line.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Scottish Premier results

22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 5-2 St Johnstone R
Falkirk 1-3 Hibernian R
Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen R
Motherwell 3-1 Kilmarnock R
St Mirren 0-0 Dundee Utd R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 2 5 6
2 Hibernian 2 3 6
3 Motherwell 2 2 4
4 Dundee Utd 2 2 4
5 Rangers 1 3 3
6 Aberdeen 2 1 3
7 Kilmarnock 2 1 3
8 St Mirren 2 -1 1
9 St Johnstone 2 -3 1
10 Hearts 1 -2 0
11 Falkirk 2 -5 0
12 Hamilton 2 -6 0

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