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Scottish Communities League Cup

The Falkirk Stadium (ATT 30,000) 29th January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Euan Norris

Falkirk Falkirk vs Celtic Celtic

Falkirk 1

J Fulton (40)

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Celtic 3

S Brown (pen 27)
A Stokes (56, 86)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:59 pm, January 29th 2012

  1. We hope that you enjoyed the commentary and stayed tuned for all the post-match reaction.

  2. It was an entertaining game here at Hampden Park. Anthony Stokes' double set Celtic up for the win but Falkirk can take pride from their performance. Their young players were a credit to them. But Celtic go through to the final to face Kilmarnock.

  3. Referee blows for full-time

  4. 94

    Sibbald gets his first touch and wins a free-kick

  5. 93

    Higginbotham replaced by Sibbald

  6. 92

    He's receiving treatment but looks like he will be replaced.

  7. 91

    Higginbotham is down after Brown caught him on the ankle with a late tackle

  8. 90

    Three added minutes have been held up

  9. 89

    Commons is straight into the action as he lofts a lob just over

  10. 88

    That third goal looks to have taken the stiffing out of plucky Falkirk

  11. 87

    Commons replaces Stokes

  12. Hooper produces a sharp turn on the edge of the box and gets to the by-line and squares it for Stokes for the easy tap-in

  13. 85

    STOKES SCORES!!!!!

  14. 83

    Weatherston manages to get free from Wanyama and puts a cross that is cleared by Matthews. Really dangerous ball

  15. 81

    This tie is still not completely over as Falkirk still have a fighting chance of getting a goal.

  16. 79

    Wanyama is making a nuisance of himself in the falkirk area as Stokes floats in a corner.

  17. 78

    Double save by Forster as he keeps Falkirk at bay with splendid saves

  18. 77

    Miller put in a teasing free-kick but it was well cleared by the Celtic defence

  19. 76

    Wanyama accidentally kicks Higginbotham in the face. The young midfielder is on the floor injured

  20. 74

    Alston wins the ball and tries to get down the right flank before he is crowded out by three Celtic defenders

  21. 72

    Higginbotham is still looking impressive out there. He has the look of a real quality player

  22. 71

    Duffy again shows he's a willing runner down this right flank, but he hits his cross out when he had two players to pick from in the box

  23. 70

    Falkirk hold off Celtic as Stoke and Hooper try some intricate play on the edge of their boc.

  24. 69

    Celtic manage to clear the ball and get back on the attack

  25. 68

    Higginbotham spots Duffy on the flank, but Ledley gets back to concede a corner

  26. 67

    Matthews replaces Cha

  27. 66

    Higginbotham shows he is the dangerman again as he dances to the byline and gets his cross in which is cleared

  28. 64

    Duffy drives into the box as Wanyama tries to win the ball, which breaks to sub Alston on the edge of the area but he drags his shot wide

  29. 63

    Mulgrew puts in a quality delivery that is cleared

  30. 62

    Celtic are starting to pin Falkirk back a bit now as Ki wins a free-kick

  31. 61

    Alston replaces Fulton

  32. 60

    Forrest is trying to stretch the Falkirk defence as he tries to drive down the flanks.

  33. 58

    Ki unleashes a powerful drive from 25-yards as the Falkirk defenders stood off him.

  34. 56

    Celtic edge deservedly in front it must be side but can Falkirk find a way back into this game?

  35. McGovern is finally beaten by Stokes with a free-kick from 25-yards. Great strike

  36. 55

    STOKES SCORES!!!

  37. 54

    Celtic hit the bar through Rogne as McGovern managed to get a fingertip to the ball.

  38. 53

    Stokes tries to get away down the left flank for Celtic but Dodds manages to get in a timely tackle

  39. 52

    Celtic are not enjoying a comfortable afternoon and Falkirk are starting to sense they can get something from this

  40. 50

    Fulton blazes over at the other end. Higginbotham stands the ball up to the far post but Fulton can only shoot over from four yards

  41. 49

    Brown is trying to force his way through the Falkirk defence but Fulton gets back to do his defensive duties

  42. 48

    Fulton is crowded out by a posse of celtic defenders and overhits his pass out of touch.

  43. 47

    Both sides are trying to ease themselves into the second half.

  44. 46

    Wanyama collides with El Alagui as they battle for a header

  45. 46

    Second half on the way.

  46. 46

    Ki replaces Izaguirre

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  48. Falkirk have been excellent in this first half and they have given themselves a chance of glory after the interval.

  49. Referee blows for half-time.

  50. 45+1

    Just one minute of extra time played.

  51. 45

    Celtic worked the ball out well to Forrest. He goes for goal but is smoothered by McGovern who is off his line quickly.

  52. 44

    El Alagui should have done better. Higginbotham finds him with a pull back from the byline but the in-form striker hits a air shot

  53. 43

    Rogne again showing his threat in the opposition area but he fails to hit the target with his header from four yards out

  54. 42

    the goal seems to have knocked the stuffing out of Celtic who should have been more than one goal to the good.

  55. 40

    Great equaliser for Falkirk. Higginbotham played him in with a clever pass and Fulton produced a calm assured finish

  56. 39

    Fulton scores

  57. 38

    Forrest does well again down the right and gets the ball ball in but Stokes effort is blocked by Dodds.

  58. 36

    Forrest continues to look dangerous down this right flank. He does well to get his cross in but Brown fails to score

  59. 35

    El Alagui concedes the free-kick as he tries to put Brown under pressure and win the ball back

  60. 33

    Falkirk are getting men behind the ball and maintaining their shape. They are making themselves hard to breakdown

  61. 32

    Ledley recieves a pass from Stokes and tries to shoot on the turn but his shot is blocked.

  62. 31

    Celtic, though, remain a constant threat whenever they are on the ball

  63. 30

    Stokes and Hooper try and link up on the edge of the area but the move breaks down

  64. 29

    Falkirk are keeping possesion well as they try and find a gap in this Celtic defence

  65. 27

    But can they a way back into the game?

  66. 26

    That goal came out of no where as Falkirk had looked quite comfortable in the game

  67. 25

    Brown converts it

  68. 25

    Penalty given against Dodds for foul on Rogne

  69. 23

    Celtic are on the attack again

  70. 22

    Falkirk miss an opportunity to find El Alagui at the far post as Forster claims a cross.

  71. 21

    Stokes is ruled offside in the inside left position as he looked to get in the box and get a shot off

  72. 20

    Murdoch booked for tackle on Brown

  73. 19

    Wanyama wins the ball in midfield and plays out to Stokes who makes a mess of his cross

  74. 17

    Wallace clatters into Rogne as he tries to get on the end of the cross

  75. 16

    Miller sprays the ball out to Miller who manages to win a corner

  76. 15

    Rogne headers down from a corner and the ball bounces up and hits the post. Celtic are getting closer

  77. 14

    Falkirk are really making a fist of this and taking the game to celtic whenever they can

  78. 13

    Murdoch tries to switch the play for Falkirk from the middle of the park, but overhit his pass out to the flanks.

  79. 11

    Falkirk should count themselves lucky they are still on level terms and that might just be the luck they need

  80. 10

    Brown thumps a shot from the edge of the box but McGovern tip it against the post, and Hooper blasted in the rebound. Replays showed he was onside

  81. 10

    Hooper scores but he's offside.

  82. 9

    Stokes just fails to control the ball as Celtic tried to respond to their manager's rant

  83. 8

    Neil Lennon gets out of his seat to bellow at his charges

  84. 6

    Higginbotham drives forward and finds El Alagui but he screws his effort wide. Good positive play by Falkirk

  85. 5

    resulting corner is cleared as Wanyama fails to hold of his shot properly

  86. 4

    Izaguirre gets to the byline and tries to get a chipped cross in but its blocked for a corner

  87. 3

    El Alagui has an effort from the edge of the area but he can't keep his shot down

  88. 2

    Falkirk manage to clear a long ball up to Hooper which he fails to control.

  89. 1

    Falkirk started brightly and have started to pass the ball around positively

  90. 1

    Celtic get the semi-final going as they kick-off the game

  91. Both teams are exchanging handshakes as kick-off draws ever closer

  92. The two teams are both in the tunnel and getting ready to come out.

  93. Curtis Stephen has emailed in saying: The Celtic lineup is way to strong for Falkirk, Forrest is on form and they have a really strong bench. I predict an easy 3-0 win with 2 goals from hopper and 1 from stokes. C'mon celtic!!!

  94. A place in the final awaits one of these two teams and they are just 90 minutes away from maybe claiming a piece of silverware.

  95. Kick-off is just nine minutes away and the atmosphere here is building up nicely.

  96. For those of you that enjoy a flutter, why not try Skybet. They are offering odds of 11/1 on a Falkirk win, for those of you that think it will be a draw you can get 5/1, and Celtic are the favourites at 2/9

  97. Neil Lennon has made two changes for the semi-final. Left-back Emilio Izaguirre and striker Anthony Stokes come in for Ki Sung-yueng and Georgios Samaras, who both start on the bench.

  98. Bairns boss Steven Pressley made just one change to his side for this semi-final clash. Jay Fulton, 17, replaces 19-year-old Blair Alston who was named as a substitute.

  99. Referee: Euan Norris (Scotland)

  100. Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Dods, Wallace, Scobbie, Weatherston, Mark Millar, Murdoch, Fulton, El Alagui, Higginbotham. Subs: Bowman, Rhys Bennett, Alston, Sibbald, White.

  101. The teams are in...............

  102. We know there are a lot of you out there following this game, so please feel free to email me on soriebah.kajue@bskyb.com to give your thoughts and opinions on this cup tie.

  103. My name is Soriebah and i will be your eyes and ears at the ground describing you the action as it happens.

  104. Good afternoon and welcome to Hampden Park for today's Scottish League Cup semi-final between Falkirk and Celtic.

  105. Updates will appear here...

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