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Falkirk v Greenock Morton Tuesday 20th March 2012 The Falkirk Stadium Kick-off 7.45pm


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS Steven Pressley: “No-one really expected a title challenge from us but we have put one in and have plenty to be excited about. “We have eight games left and we want play to do well in them all.” Morton Manager Allan Moore: “Scoring first is key in this division and we need to start doing that. “We are creating a lot of chances but not taking them. We need to pick ourselves up after losing to Dundee at the weekend and look to get the three points.”

P.6 Tam Scobbie Interview

TONIGHT’S MATCH We apologise for tonight’s smaller than normal edition. Work and study commitments mean it is not possible compile a complete issue in time for tonight.

P.4 Last Meeting

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The Enclosure: Issue 21 Edited and Produced by Russell Croal & Craig Turnbull All images © Ian Sneddon 2

FALKIRK v GREENOCK MORTON 20th March 2012

P.5 League Statistics


THE MATCH

TEAM NEWS Farid El Alagui is suspended after being sent off on Saturday. Kieran Duffie is serving the second game of his two-game ban. Darren Dods returns from suspension and Michael McGovern is available after the club appealed his red card.

Michael McGOVERN Graham BOWMAN

Colin STEWART Matthew McGINLEY Dominic CERVI

Kieran DUFFIE Tam SCOBBIE Stephen KINGSLEY Darren DODS Murray WALLACE Rhys BENNETT

Kevin McCANN Andy GRAHAM Grant EVANS Ross FORSYTH Stuart McCAFFREY Marc SMYTH

Stewart MURDOCH Blair ALSTON Mark MILLAR Jay FULTON Ryan MILLAR Willie GIBSON

Derek YOUNG David O’BRIEN Michael TIDSER Darren McGEOUCH Fouad BACHIROU Paul Di GIACOMO

Farid El ALAGUI David WEATHERSTON Craig SIBBALD Jordan WHITE

TEAM NEWS Peter Weatherson is suspended after he was dismissed against Dundee at the weekend. Derek Young, Paul di Giacomo and Stuart McCaffrey are all expected to miss out through injury.

Peter MacDONALD Archie CAMPBELL Andy JACKSON Sean FITZHARRIS Peter WEATHERSON

REFEREE Steve Conroy ASSISTANTS Michael Banks & Lorraine Clark

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THE MATCH

Morton Falkirk

0 0

Saturday 11th February 2012 Cappielow Park Morton: Stewart, Weatherson, Forsyth, Smyth (s.83 Graham), Evans, Tidser, Young, Bachirou, MacDonald, Campbell (s.74 Jackson), O’Brien (s.85 Di Giacomo) Subs: McGeouch, McGinley Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Scobbie, Dods, Wallace, Murdoch, Weatherston, Millar, White, J.Fulton (s.53 Gibson), Alston (s.74 Sibbald) Subs: Kingsley, Faulds, Bowman

Michael McGovern (out of shot) saves the spot-kick

Attendance: 1,756

Another outstanding save to keep the Bairns in the match

Penalty! The referee deems Scobbie's block as deliberate handball

RESULTS

TOTAL

%

Falkirk

70

48.28

Morton

45

31.03

Draws

30

20.69

TOTAL

Average per game

Falkirk

258

1.78

Morton

188

1.30

GOALS

4

RECORD WIN

Falkirk

7-0

Morton

1921/22

RECORD DEFEAT

Morton

6-0

Falkirk

1915/16

HIGHEST AGGREGATE

Falkirk

3-5

Morton

1976/77

FALKIRK v GREENOCK MORTON 20th March 2012


THE LEAGUE All statistics on this page include Irn Bru First Division matches only and are correct as at 19th March 2012 SATURDAY’S RESULTS

P

W

D

L

GF GA GD

PTS

Ross County

28

16

11

1

50

24

26

59

Dundee

27

12

8

7

40

27

13

44

Falkirk

28

11

11

6

41

32

9

44

Partick Thistle

28

10

8

10

38

29

9

38

Hamilton

28

10

6

12

38

38

0

36

Livingston

27

9

8

10

39

43

-4

35

Morton

28

8

8

12

30

45

-15

32

Ayr United

27

7

10

10

32

47

-15

31

Raith Rovers

28

7

8

13

32

38

-6

29

QOS

28

6

8

14

29

45

-16

26

Morton 0 Dundee 2 Queen of the South 0 Partick Thistle 5 Raith Rovers 2 Ayr United 2 Ross County 2 Falkirk 1 TONIGHT’S FIXTURES Falkirk v Morton Hamilton v Dundee NEXT FIXTURES (24th March) Ayr United v Morton Dundee v Raith Rovers Falkirk v Livingston Hamilton v Queen of the South Partick Thistle v Ross County

1st DIVISION TOP SCORERS PLAYER

TEAM

GOALS

Farid El Alagui

Falkirk

14

Kris Doohlan

Partick Thistle

12

Colin McMenamin

Ross County

11

Mark McNulty

Livingston

10

John Baird

Raith Rovers

9

1st DIVISION MOST BOOKINGS PLAYER

TEAM

Farid El Alagui

Falkirk

9

Richard Brittain

Ross County

8

Simon Mensing

Hamilton

8

Iain Vigurs

Ross County

8

Andy Geggan

Ayr United

7

1st DIVISION RED CARDS PLAYER

TEAM

Mark McLaughlin

Hamilton

2

Stephen O’Donnell

Dundee

2

Craig Reid

Queen of the South

2

Alan Archibald

Partick Thistle

1

Rory Boulding

Livingston

1

1st Division Statistics provided by Soccerbase.com

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THE INTERVIEW

Russell Croal

@RCroal92

am Scobbie caught up with Falkirk TV after Saturday’s defeat in Dingwall. We started by discussing the number of young players who featured against Ross County. “It is not only the guys in the first team, we had some good young lads on the bench and others behind the scenes knocking on the door. “Kris Faulds came in a few weeks ago and did really well. Craig Sibbald was on the bench today, as was Liam Dick who is another exciting prospect.

any plans at the moment. I’ll just bide my time and see what happens. Obviously with the financial restraints at the club it is going to be difficult for certain players to stay here. “At this moment and time I am focusing on playing for this club and giving everything for the club. “I have been here for a number of years and the club have been fantastic for me. If at the end of the season I have to go a different route then I will be sad to leave. “But that is football. I am grateful for all everything the fans have done for me.”

“We have an abundance of young men who are waiting to get their opportunity and I’m sure over the coming weeks we’ll get to see some more from them.

Tam admitted if he is to move on in the summer, then there is no better way to sign off than with a Ramsdens Cup win. “I am looking forward to it.

“It is great for the club and we are in a really good place at the moment.”

“Despite what other people say, it is a big cup and we want to go, play well and put on a show for the fans. Hopefully we get the right result and pick up the trophy.”

Tam is one of a number of players who are out of contract at the end of season. “I don’t have

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Watch the interview in full on The Falkirk Football Programme - Post Ross County.


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