Saturday, May 23, 2009

The SPL relegation issue was settled today and a 1-0 win for Falkirk against ten man Inverness, saw the Highlanders suffer their first relegation, and really their first major setback, in their 15 year history.

The SPL couldn't have hoped for a more dramatic final day, with the bottom two squaring up against each other at Caledonian Stadium and even third bottom in danger, albeit slight, of dropping out of the League if they suffered a big defeat at home to Hamilton.

TV backer Setanta must also have been glad of the dramatic end in store.

As it turned out, neither game was a classic, as was to be expected, and with so much at stake it was too nervy an occasion for too many risks to be taken.

Falkirk's win was aided by the first half dismissal of Inverness stalwart Ross Tokely, who saw red for a last man professional foul that did probably stop a goalscoring opportunity.

Inverness' relegation is a huge blow for the Highland side. They had looked all but safe right up until about a fortnight ago and many expected them to stay up with relative ease.

The drop will hit the side hard and financial difficulties could be ahead if they can't go straight back up again. With this season's First Division sides Livingston and Clyde being in serious trouble, the lack of the big gate receipts can take a horrible toll on previously ambitious and/or previous high flying sides.

How Inverness cope with this setback could have a serious affect on their entire future.

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