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Falkirk   1 - 1   St Mirren

Highlights - Falkirk 1-1 St Mirren

Highlights - Falkirk 1-1 St Mirren

St Mirren claimed a point to all but seal their Scottish Premier League safety as opponents Falkirk remained bottom of the table.

The visitors conceded a penalty after an off-the-ball clash between Chris Innes and Falkirk's Brian McLean that saw the St Mirren man sent off.

Scott Arfield converted just before the interval to put the Bairns ahead.

But Stephen O'Donnell headed home with four minutes left to keep Saints four points clear of the drop zone.

Falkirk's point took them level with Kilmarnock, who lost to St Johnstone, but the Ayrshire side have a superior goal difference.

With two rounds of fixtures remaining, both Falkirk and Kilmarnock can at best only draw level on points with St Mirren, who have a much better goal difference than either side.

Dorman rose to meet Graham Carey's cross, but the midfielder could only direct his header wide as the Bairns escaped an early St Mirren advance.

And the same combination minutes later resulted in the similar outcome as Dorman again nodded beyond the post.

St Mirren defender Chris Innes is sent off by referee Willie Collum
Innes is shown a straight red card by referee Collum

Pedro Moutinho posed problems for the St Mirren defence and, after volleying over earlier in the match, the forward was off-target with a long-range free-kick.

Carey, having built a reputation this season as a set-piece specialist, managed to hit the target with a 35-yard free-kick, but the ball bounced into the arms of Falkirk goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.

The first half was drawing to a close when referee Willie Collum spotted an altercation between Innes and McLean, which occurred in the aftermath of Saints goalkeeper Paul Gallacher saving a header from Ryan Flynn.

Innes was dismissed for violent conduct before Arfield was given the chance to score from the spot and the midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards as he sent the keeper the wrong way.

St Mirren pushed at the start of the second, but Falkirk were a threat on the counter-attack and, in one breakaway, Mark Stewart went through on goal only to see his effort well saved by Gallacher.

Former Bairns player Michael Higdon came off the bench to replace Steven Robb and fired over from Carey's corner midway through the second half.

Billy Mehmet then dragged a shot wide from inside the penalty area.

At the other end, Moutinho's corner worked its way to Darren Barr and the Falkirk captain's shot was cleared off the line by opposing skipper John Potter.

Craig Dargo came off the bench to boost St Mirren's attack and the striker had a shot saved by Olejnik in the lead-up to the equaliser.

The ball was delivered back into the area by Dorman and flicked on at the near post by Dargo for O'Donnell to rise and nod the ball over the line.

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 1-1 St Mirren FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Arfield (pen) 45
  • O'Donnell 86

Falkirk

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Barr
  • 03 Scobbie
  • 06 McLean (Duffy 57 yellow card)
  • 04 Twaddle
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 10 Arfield yellow card
  • 11 Flynn
  • 24 Healy (Showunmi 63)
  • 07 Moutinho (Lima 82)
  • 12 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 29 Wagenaar,
  • 30 Duffy,
  • 19 Lynch,
  • 23 Lima,
  • 28 Compton,
  • 15 Showunmi,
  • 22 Danijel Marceta

St Mirren

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 06 Potter yellow card
  • 19 Barron
  • 21 Innes red card
  • 03 Carey
  • 07 Murray (Dargo 78)
  • 08 Dorman
  • 10 Thomson
  • 12 O'Donnell yellow card
  • 15 Robb (Higdon 66)
  • 09 Mehmet (Brady 90)

Substitutes

  • 20 Howard,
  • 14 Brady,
  • 26 McLennan,
  • 41 Johnston,
  • 11 Higdon,
  • 17 Loy,
  • 18 Dargo
Ref: CollumAtt: 5,919
FALKIRK
ST MIRREN

Possession

  • Falkirk 51%
  • St Mirren 49%

Attempts on target

  • Falkirk 2
  • St Mirren 2

Attempts off target

  • Falkirk 3
  • St Mirren 4

Corners

  • Falkirk 5
  • St Mirren 5

Fouls

  • Falkirk 11
  • St Mirren 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:10 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+4:22 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.
  • 90:00+0:48 Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Falkirk) on Craig Dargo (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by David Barron (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 89:31 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Billy Mehmet replaced by Garry Brady (tactical).
  • 85:40 Booking Stephen O'Donnell (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:21 Assist (header) by Andy Dorman (St Mirren) from left side of six-yard box.
  • 85:21 GOAL - Stephen O'DonnellFalkirk 1 - 1 St Mirren headed goal by Stephen O'Donnell (St Mirren) (bottom-left of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Falkirk 1-1 St Mirren.
  • 84:47 Cross by Graham Carey (St Mirren),
  • 84:15 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 82:48 Booking John Potter (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:37 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Enoch Showunmi (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Scobbie (Falkirk) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 81:17 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Pedro Moutinho replaced by Vitor Lima (tactical).
  • 81:10 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Scobbie (Falkirk).
  • 80:10 Foul by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 79:34 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 77:24 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Hugh Murray replaced by Craig Dargo (tactical).
  • 76:09 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to near post, clearance by Stephen O'Donnell (St Mirren).
  • 73:37 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 72:38 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to centre, header by Darren Barr (Falkirk) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), clearance by John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 72:17 Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (St Mirren) on Marc Twaddle (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk) from own half, passed.
  • 69:19 Foul by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) on Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 69:19 Booking Scott Arfield (Falkirk) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:27 Shot by Billy Mehmet (St Mirren) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 67:39 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 65:58 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to centre, shot by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 65:47 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 65:07 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Steven Robb replaced by Michael Higdon (tactical).
  • 63:44 Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 62:47 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Colin Healy replaced by Enoch Showunmi (tactical).
  • 61:07 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 60:00 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 59:18 Booking Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:08 Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Robb (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • Correction - 56:40 Substitution Kieran Duffie comes on in place of Brian McLean.
  • 56:40 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Brian McLean replaced by Kieran Duffie (injury).
  • 54:09 Shot by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 52:01 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 50:53 Foul by Brian McLean (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 46:13 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 45:46 Foul by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 45:39 Attacking throw-in by Steven Robb (St Mirren).
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:48 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 44:26 GOAL - Scott ArfieldFalkirk 1 - 0 St Mirren Placed penalty taken right-footed by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Falkirk 1-0 St Mirren.
  • 44:06 Sent off Chris Innes (St Mirren) dismissed for violent conduct.
  • 43:02 Foul by Chris Innes (St Mirren) on Scott Arfield (Falkirk).
  • 41:39 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to centre, clearance by John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 38:48 Foul by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from left channel (35 yards), save (caught) by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 37:53 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 36:06 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Scobbie (Falkirk) from right wing, passed.
  • 35:37 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 34:52 Foul by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk) on Billy Mehmet (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Robb (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 31:52 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 31:02 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 30:42 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 30:12 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 28:06 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick curled right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 27:56 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 26:58 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 26:35 Attacking throw-in by Ryan Flynn (Falkirk).
  • 23:04 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 22:43 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 20:20 Shot by Andy Dorman (St Mirren) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 19:42 Foul by Thomas Scobbie (Falkirk) on Billy Mehmet (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 19:09 Weak shot by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 18:19 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick crossed right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from left wing, clearance by Steven Thomson (St Mirren).
  • 16:09 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 15:30 Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 14:55 Attacking throw-in by Brian McLean (Falkirk).
  • 14:37 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Burton O'Brien (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 13:57 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to far post, clearance by Thomas Scobbie (Falkirk).
  • 12:26 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 11:48 Foul by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) on John Potter (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 11:05 Foul by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) on David Barron (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 10:14 Attacking throw-in by Steven Robb (St Mirren).
  • 9:23 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 8:56 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 7:56 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 5:47 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 4:40 Shot by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 3:08 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to centre, clearance by Steven Thomson (St Mirren).
  • 2:46 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 1:58 Attacking throw-in by Brian McLean (Falkirk).
  • 0:22 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 1 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 36 55 86
2 Celtic 36 34 75
3 Dundee Utd 36 10 62
4 Motherwell 36 -2 51
5 Hibernian 36 1 50
6 Hearts 36 -10 47
7 St Johnstone 36 -3 46
8 Hamilton 36 -8 45
9 Aberdeen 36 -16 38
10 St Mirren 36 -12 33
11 Kilmarnock 36 -23 29
12 Falkirk 36 -26 29

see also
Mixed feelings for Falkirk boss
01 May 10 |  Falkirk
'Safe' Saints delight MacPherson
01 May 10 |  St Mirren


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