Fair Shares at Falkirk

Last updated : 22 April 2006 By Firparkcorner

Clarkson and Hamilton were chosen to lead the line with McDonald spending the first eighty minutes on the bench. McBride returned to the starting eleven together with new signing McLean.

Phil's shot finds the net

We hade the best of the opening exchanges with Clarkson and Hamilton setting up McBride for a cross which lead to a corner after a minute. Thereafter the home side began to take control and much of the play took place in front of the comical temporary stand at the home end.

Smith made a fine save during this spell but we fell behind after sixteen minutes when a free kick from the right was glanced over the keeper when it came off the head of Gow.

We had a bit of a rally and McBride had a half chance from eight yards but his contact was poor. Referee McCurry began to influence the game when he started to flourish yellow cards to the Falkirk players for illegal challenges and to Motherwell players for being in the wrong place!

Clarkson was on the end of one bizarre decision when it was alleged he had a high foot – it looked to the travelling fans that he had been pulled down in the box. Mr McCurry was thirty yards away from the incident and all he could possibly see was the back of the players.

We had a close escape within a minute of the restart when a McLean slice almost found the net but there were signs that we were starting to gain the balance of play. The wind was a major influence throughout and could be used as an excuse for much of the slack play on show from both teams.

Captain O'Donnell then stepped in on the right side of the box to fire low into the far corner. It was one of the very few highlights in this game. Paterson replaced McBride and later McDonald relieved Hamilton but with the exception of one attack which resulted in three attempts on the Falkirk goal without result the game petered out without incident.

Typical end of season fare.