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Falkirk   0 - 0   Aberdeen

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Highlights: Falkirk v Aberdeen

By Keir Murray

Falkirk are still looking for their first league win under manager Eddie May after neither they nor visitors Aberdeen could produce a goal.

Dons keeper Jamie Langfield made a stunning double close-range save from Kjartan Finnbogason and had earlier parried a Danijel Marceta curler.

The best efforts from Mark McGhee's men came at the end of the match.

Substitute Peter Pawlett rattled the bar with a fizzing shot, then Robert Olejnik saved a Mark Kerr drive.

In perfect conditions, May gave young Slovenian Marceta his first start in the league as the Bairns sought to get some points on the board after a fruitless beginning to their campaign.

The left foot of Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew and the right boot of the host's Scott Arfield dictated much of the first-half action at the Falkirk Stadium.

In 16 minutes, the young Falkirk midfielder swerved a low free-kick round the Aberdeen wall and, despite it heading wide of the target, Langfield threw himself at it, but let the ball escape his grasp.

Carl Finnigan pounced to cut the ball back but the Aberdeen defence cleared.

Almost immediately Marceta weaved his way in to a shooting position from the left, and his fast curling curling shot was tipped wide by the outstretched Dons goalie.

Prior to that, Arfield, a recent signing target for Hibernian, had a shot deflected inches wide, and it was his prompting in midfield, attempting to release Marceta, Finnigan and Finnbogason, that looked like creating the opening goal.

Dons boss McGhee's best hope of breaking the deadlock looked to be Mulgrew, whose crosses into the Falkirk box reminded the home side that they were not going to get everything their own way.

The visitors' greater height was placing Falkirk under pressure but, having moved from right-back to central defence, Darren Barr now looks a more accomplished player and he dominated Aberdeen centre-forward Lee Miller in the air.

Lee Miller, Scott Arfield and Darren Barr
Lee Miller, Scott Arfield and Darren Barr fight for possession

Another player in red, though, would get his chance. Andrew Considine was in the ideal place to prod the ball home when a Mulgrew corner fell to him just four yards out, but his surprise at receiving the ball was betrayed in his weak shot into the chest of Olejnik.

Just before the half-hour, Olejnik punched another Mulgrew in-swinging corner from right underneath the bar and seconds later yet another corner from the Aberdeen left-back was flicked on by Miller but cleared by Finnigan.

Falkirk's best chance in the opening period came about when a sublime Arfield pass released Finnigan down the right wing and he crossed for Finnbogason, who nicked in ahead of Jerel Ifil and volleyed inches wide.

Half-time in the home changing room would have been an interesting place, for moments before Olejnik and team-mate Arfield had a set-to for which both received a yellow card.

The Austrian keeper raced out of his goal, incensed at the lack of cover provided by midfielder Arfield, and the latter pushed his goalie in the face as team-mates rushed to stop the civil war.

In the second period, for once Miller had the beating of Barr and his perfectly weighted flick-on was controlled by Darren Mackie, but his shot on the turn was saved comfortably by Olejnik.

The best chance of the match fell to Finnbogason on the hour mark. Finnigan's cross was met by the Icelandic Under-21 player, but his header from six yards was parried superbly by Langfield and his stabbed rebound was hit straight at the keeper.

Finnbogason hit his head repeatedly off the upright in mock fashion as his failure to find the net sunk in.

Aberdeen pressed in the closing stages, and in their captain Kerr had a player with the appetite to test the Falkirk number one.

Fraser Fyvie was replaced by Pawlett midway through the second half, the former showing his rawness early in the match when he was booked for a blatant trip on Arfield.

And 18-year-old Pawlett was almost the hero for the travelling Red Army when he thumped a right-foot shot off the bar.

The Dons looked the side more likely to score as they laid siege to Falkirk's goal, with Kerr stinging the palms of Olejnik, but Barr made a number of clearances to give the Bairns the point they at least deserved.


Falkirk manager Eddie May: "We had the chances to win it. Their keeper made some decent saves. Near the end they could have won it. We have to be more clinical in our finishing.

"We try to put good quality in the box. Marceta was fantastic tonight.

"We'll keep on working away and if we can win games we will start climbing the league. We won't panic. I'm delighted we got a clean sheet."

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee: "Falkirk could have lost it. In the first half we had several chances from corners and we hit the bar at the end.

"Our system didn't work. We played a 4-3-3 but we didn't pass the ball, we tried to get the ball in behind from the back.

"In the second half we went to a 4-4-2 and we looked much better and with a four across the middle it looked as though we might win the game.

"Sometimes it's about giving the players a platform to deliver and that 4-3-3 stymied them. It didn't allow the midfield to get on the ball.

"When we went to a four, it was much more understandable for them."


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Monday, 14 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 0-0 Aberdeen FT
(HT 0-0)

      Falkirk

      • 01 Olejnik yellow card
      • 02 Barr
      • 03 Scobbie
      • 05 McNamara
      • 06 McLean
      • 08 O'Brien
      • 10 Arfield yellow card
      • 11 Flynn (Stewart 76)
      • 09 Finnigan
      • 22 Danijel Marceta (Lima 76)
      • 24 Finnbogason (Lynch 86)

      Substitutes

      • 31 Michael Andrews,
      • 04 Twaddle,
      • 14 Mitchell,
      • 19 Lynch,
      • 21 MacDonald,
      • 23 Lima,
      • 12 Stewart

      Aberdeen

      • 01 Langfield
      • 02 Mulgrew
      • 03 Foster
      • 06 Considine
      • 22 Ifil
      • 04 McDonald
      • 08 Kerr
      • 34 Fyvie yellow card (Pawlett 63 yellow card)
      • 09 Miller yellow card
      • 10 Mackie (Maguire 63)
      • 24 Paton (Aluko 54)

      Substitutes

      • 21 Nelson,
      • 18 Grassi,
      • 25 Crawford,
      • 11 Aluko,
      • 14 Young,
      • 19 Pawlett,
      • 07 Maguire
      Ref: MuirAtt: 4,724
      FALKIRK
      ABERDEEN

      Possession

      • Falkirk 50%
      • Aberdeen 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Falkirk 10
      • Aberdeen 8

      Attempts off target

      • Falkirk 3
      • Aberdeen 5

      Corners

      • Falkirk 4
      • Aberdeen 5

      Fouls

      • Falkirk 15
      • Aberdeen 21
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+2:09 The referee blows for the end of the match.
      • 90:00+1:25 The ball is sent over by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Jackie McNamara.
      • 90:00+0:08 Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Finnigan. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik. Foul by Christopher Maguire on Thomas Scobbie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Burton O'Brien from left channel, clearance made by Mark Kerr.
      • 89:59 Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, Darren Barr manages to make a clearance.
      • 89:31 The ball is crossed by Sone Aluko, clearance made by Darren Barr. Effort from 25 yards by Mark Kerr. Save by Robert Olejnik. Sone Aluko takes a shot from 12 yards. Darren Barr gets a block in.
      • 88:15 Mark Kerr takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Robert Olejnik makes a save.
      • 86:32 Centre by Sean Lynch, save by Jamie Langfield.
      • 85:22 Substitution Sean Lynch replaces Kjartan Finnbogason.
      • 84:10 The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Pawlett clears the bar.
      • 82:59 Sone Aluko sends in a cross, clearance made by Brian McLean.
      • 82:46 Shot by Peter Pawlett.
      • 82:12 Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
      • 82:12 Booking Lee Miller is cautioned.
      • 82:10 Burton O'Brien fouled by Lee Miller, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 81:26 The ball is delivered by Mark Stewart, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
      • 80:46 Charlie Mulgrew challenges Vitor Lima unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Burton O'Brien, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
      • 79:43 The referee blows for offside against Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 78:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerel Ifil on Kjartan Finnbogason. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Scott Arfield from left channel, clearance by Andrew Considine.
      • 77:39 The ball is crossed by Christopher Maguire, Jackie McNamara manages to make a clearance.
      • 76:49 Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 76:49 Booking Caution for Peter Pawlett.
      • 76:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Scobbie by Peter Pawlett.
      • 75:40 Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
      • 75:40 Substitution (Falkirk) makes a substitution, with Vitor Lima coming on for Danijel Marceta.
      • 75:40 Substitution Mark Stewart comes on in place of Ryan Flynn.
      • 75:40 Carl Finnigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Considine.
      • 74:44 The ball is swung over by Christopher Maguire, Lee Miller has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
      • 73:54 Burton O'Brien delivers the ball, save by Jamie Langfield.
      • 73:01 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Burton O'Brien, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
      • 72:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sone Aluko on Darren Barr. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
      • 71:52 The ball is sent over by Christopher Maguire.
      • 71:43 The ball is swung over by Christopher Maguire, clearance by Darren Barr.
      • 71:29 Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, clearance by Thomas Scobbie.
      • 69:56 Thomas Scobbie produces a cross, blocked by Peter Pawlett. Corner taken left-footed by Burton O'Brien from the left by-line, Darren Barr takes a shot. Unfair challenge on Jamie Langfield by Carl Finnigan results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
      • 69:04 Kjartan Finnbogason fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Burton O'Brien delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
      • 67:48 Sone Aluko concedes a free kick for a foul on Burton O'Brien. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
      • 66:11 Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Brian McLean results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew. The ball is crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, Headed effort from inside the area by Lee Miller misses to the left of the target.
      • 62:25 Substitution Fraser Fyvie leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Pawlett.
      • 62:25 Substitution Christopher Maguire joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Mackie.
      • 61:19 The ball is sent over by Danijel Marceta.
      • 60:45 Unfair challenge on Brian McLean by Lee Miller results in a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the direct free kick.
      • 59:49 The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn, Kjartan Finnbogason takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield. Kjartan Finnbogason takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
      • 56:58 Jerel Ifil challenges Kjartan Finnbogason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian McLean.
      • 56:42 Fraser Fyvie sends in a cross, Darren Barr makes a clearance.
      • 55:53 Jackie McNamara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
      • 53:50 Substitution Michael Paton goes off and Sone Aluko comes on.
      • 53:12 Darren Mackie takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 52:50 The ball is delivered by Richard Foster, Jackie McNamara makes a clearance.
      • 51:58 Kjartan Finnbogason takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
      • 51:00 Danijel Marceta takes a shot. Jerel Ifil gets a block in.
      • 50:21 Shot by Danijel Marceta from outside the box goes over the target.
      • 50:15 Thomas Scobbie sends in a cross, Lee Miller manages to make a clearance.
      • 49:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Paton on Burton O'Brien. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Thomas Scobbie from right channel, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
      • 48:16 Darren Barr produces a cross.
      • 46:58 Darren Mackie takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 46:33 Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Carl Finnigan results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:59 Danijel Marceta takes a shot. Charlie Mulgrew gets a block in.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:21 The referee calls an end to the first half.
      • 44:23 Booking Robert Olejnik goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 44:14 Booking The referee cautions Scott Arfield for unsporting behaviour.
      • 43:12 Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Miller. Fraser Fyvie takes the direct free kick. Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross.
      • 41:56 Kjartan Finnbogason takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
      • 41:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerel Ifil by Kjartan Finnbogason. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
      • 40:37 Ryan Flynn crosses the ball, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
      • 38:34 Richard Foster sends in a cross, Jackie McNamara manages to make a clearance.
      • 37:34 Carl Finnigan produces a cross, Effort on goal by Kjartan Finnbogason from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
      • 36:32 Foul by Carl Finnigan on Jerel Ifil, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
      • 34:16 Danijel Marceta delivers the ball, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
      • 33:23 Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Arfield from left wing, clearance made by Mark Kerr.
      • 33:23 Booking Fraser Fyvie shown a yellow card.
      • 33:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fraser Fyvie on Scott Arfield.
      • 32:09 Unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Scott Arfield results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
      • 31:15 Michael Paton produces a cross, save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 29:54 Carl Finnigan fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Jackie McNamara takes the direct free kick.
      • 28:38 Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Robert Olejnik makes a save. Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Lee Miller takes a shot. Clearance by Carl Finnigan.
      • 27:10 The ball is sent over by Michael Paton, Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Jackie McNamara. Robert Olejnik takes the direct free kick.
      • 26:39 Scott Arfield challenges Gary McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerel Ifil takes the direct free kick.
      • 26:06 Foul by Gary McDonald on Carl Finnigan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.
      • 25:17 Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Scott Arfield results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
      • 21:53 Thomas Scobbie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Brian McLean. Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line played to the near post, Burton O'Brien makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post, Lee Miller takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Andrew Considine takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.
      • 21:29 Thomas Scobbie challenges Darren Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
      • 20:50 Darren Barr fouled by Lee Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 20:04 Lee Miller delivers the ball, Jackie McNamara makes a clearance.
      • 18:10 Richard Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danijel Marceta. Scott Arfield crosses the ball in from the free kick, Richard Foster manages to make a clearance.
      • 17:40 A cross is delivered by Jackie McNamara, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
      • 16:35 Danijel Marceta crosses the ball, clearance by Andrew Considine.
      • 15:23 Danijel Marceta takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Jamie Langfield. Corner taken by Burton O'Brien, save by Jamie Langfield.
      • 14:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Carl Finnigan. Ryan Flynn takes the free kick. Scott Arfield takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Jamie Langfield. Carl Finnigan takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
      • 12:54 Foul by Lee Miller on Darren Barr, free kick awarded. Jackie McNamara takes the direct free kick.
      • 11:45 Unfair challenge on Kjartan Finnbogason by Jerel Ifil results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Scott Arfield.
      • 9:53 Darren Mackie is caught offside. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 7:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Arfield on Michael Paton. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
      • 4:48 The ball is sent over by Charlie Mulgrew.
      • 4:12 Centre by Ryan Flynn, Unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Carl Finnigan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
      • 3:17 Centre by Michael Paton, Scott Arfield makes a clearance. Mark Kerr produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
      • 2:28 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Jerel Ifil gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Burton O'Brien from the right by-line, save made by Jamie Langfield.
      • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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      Scottish Premier results

      14 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

      Home Team Score Away Team Time
      Falkirk 0-0 Aberdeen R

      Scottish Premier table snapshot

      As it stood on 14 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

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

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