Caley claw through to make Highland history

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CALEY CLAIM IT: Vincent's goal breaks Bairns' hearts

INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle saw off Falkirk in a hard-fought Scottish Cup final, the 21-year-old club the first Highland team to lift the trophy.
Cup final day in the UK and Spain kicked off in sunny Glasgow as SPL side Caley were favourites against Championship team Falkirk, and in the end were only just able to see off the Bairns 2-1, the winner coming in the 86th minute.
Caley took the lead in the first half through Marley Watkins, but in the second Falkirk were the team with all the fire for the most part, their graft rewarded as Peter Grant headed an equaliser from a perfect cross.
The Bairns could have taken the lead shortly afterwards, when Caley player Carl Tremarco’s shocking touch left Blair Alston unopposed before goal with the ball at his feet, and Tremarco with little choice but to bring him down. The red card that followed meant Falkirk had it all to play for, already looking the better team and now facing ten men.
But with four minutes to go and Falkirk pushing forward, Inverness broke back. A shot from Watkins was fumbled by Bairns keeper McDonald, and James Vincent slotted the ball home. A dramatic final few minutes didn’t change the score line, and the Scottish Cup will head to Inverness tonight.


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