A NEAR capacity crowd of 13,012 saw Falkirk beat Celtic in a Scottish Cup tie for the first time in their history. A goal in each half of this fourth round match gave Falkirk the result which they richly deserved. It was also a result that practically ends Celtic's season and casts doubt on the future of their manager, Liam Brady.
Despite having the worst defensive record in the Premier Division, Falkirk's David Weir and Forbes Johnston were outstanding against a Celtic striking force of Frank McAvennie and Tommy Coyne.
It was not until midway through the half that Falkirk grew in confidence and stature. Ian McCall swung over a free-kick and Neil Duffy outjumped Pat Bonner to head goalwards but Mike Galloway cleared off the line.
Shortly before half-time Falkirk got the goal they deserved. McCall swung over a corner kick high in to the goalmouth, Bonner committed himself but missed the ball and Duffy had the simplest of tasks to head home.
The second half was a disappointment as Falkirk seemed content to contain an unimaginative Celtic.
With seven minutes remaining Wishert played a free-kick deep into the Celtic half, Galloway cleared to the feet of the unmarked Eddie May who made sure of a historic win for Falkirk.
Falkirk: T Parks; F Wishart, F Johnston, C Duffy, D Weir, J Hughes, K McAllister (S Sloan, 84), K Drinkell, R Cadette, I McCall, E May. Sub not used: A Taylor. Manager: J Jefferies.
Celtic: P Bonner; M McNally, T Boyd, R Vata (P Grant, 67 min), D Wdowczyck, M Galloway, S Slater, P McStay, F McAvennie (A Payton, 71 min), T Coyne, J Collins. Manager: L Brady.
Referee: L Mottram (Forth).
Goals: Duffy (1-0, 45 min); May (2-0, 82 min).Reuse content