The news that O'Brien, Craigan and Quinn failed to make the initial line-up gave rise to thoughts that we might have seen some youngsters blooded from the start but the manager merely shuffled the pack and McLean, Lasley (captain) and Fitzpatrick were preferred.
The first goal came after 8 minutes in the first goalmouth action of the untidy opening spell. McLean's ill-judged header put Hammell under pressure and
The away fans got their first thrill in 20 minutes when a harmless attempt from Clarkson was headed goalwards by Barr but Mallo was alert to the danger. After the half hour we managed to counter the home side's domination and with the help of 8 corner kicks in the first half we looked to put some pressure on the
Smith had to produce a fine one handed save from Stewart minutes before the break and then a Scobbie header flashed by the post to let us get to the dressing room for what had surely to be a dressing down from the manager.
Graeme Smith had all 291 away fans behind him for the second period and they hoped for a better display to cheer. Inside ten minutes it was clear that we were making no progress and McGhee made a double substitution. Murphy and Sheridan were fielded at the expense of Sutton and McGarry. The change did produce a goal but it was Falkirk's Scobbie who celebrated. Again, McCann was the provider this time from a corner and the scorer was unchallenged as he headed high beyond Smith.
We got an undeserved lifeline with twenty minutes remaining. Clarkson was tripped as he was about to shoot from six yards and he duly netted after Aafjes was sent off.
One of 8 first half corners
Hughes had a blast at the keeper before the game swept back to Smith's goal for another let off. The referee added three minutes but he could have added thirty without changing the outcome.
If McGhee uses this game as an indicator of net season's squad then he'll have us playing in a five-a-side league.