Biabi makes the difference on first day and last day

Botti Biabi
Botti Biabi

It started as it finished. 
Taking less than what they should have from a game, and Botti Biabi making a telling contribution from the bench.

But that’s where the 
similarities end between the start of Falkirk’s season, and the Hampden finale!

From a slow start at 
Central Park, Cowdenbeath, to an exit on the national game’s 
grandest stage, Falkirk 
progressed quite some way in 
season 2014-15.

No-one could have envisaged a shot at glory when Biabi rose from the bench to hammer in an equialiser for 2-2 in deepest, darkest Fife and salvage a point for the Bairns.

But Biabi did, and his progression this term has mirrored the club’s.

Take Hearts for example. For a while the runaway league champs had conceded just half a dozen goals, and Biabi had scored a third of them in his two games against them.

Falkirk too stood up to be counted against the Edinburgh champions and it was one game, in November which turned the season.

“The league games against Hearts were probably my biggest matches to be involved in before then, but then they’re league games against big teams. They went well for me too,” said Biabi.

Biabi it seemed had an Indian sign over Hearts, who were eventually vanquished by the Bairns at Tynecastle in a stirring performance – one of the stand-outs of the season.

Standing up to be counted for the big games, but at times found wanting, the striker and the club can be proud of their efforts even if they didn’t take as much as they’d hoped they would, especially in the aftermath of the Scottish Cup final

He added: “It was a great occasion for me as a young player and hopefully I can keep on going and getting more. Hopefully it’s not the last one.

“The semi-final would have been the biggest occasion I’d been in before, but nothing compares to the Scottish Cup final.

“It was a great occasion for me, a great day to go out and play in front of so many supporters, and it was a great feeling.

“When I went on I was told by the gaffer to try my best and try to make a difference, and I think I did. I just went on, tried my best, but we didn’t get the result, but these things happen.

“I got the free-kick and we got the goal back through me just trying things, and doing my best for the team but unfortunately it didn’t go our way.

“It’s depressing but the lads worked their socks off and we didn’t get the result we wanted but that’s football and we go again next year.”

And Biabi will. Having come through the ranks as a youngster at Falkirk after Steven Pressley spotted him plying his trade for Falkirk’s feeder team in Clydebank amateur ranks – the same avenue the Bairns picked up right-back Kieran Duffie – the powerful forward has become a steady presence in the first team squad.

Having had a taste of the top team regularly this term, next season is a big one for Biabi, where he’ll challenge John Baird for a starting berth.

“We just have to get on with it,” he added.

“We’ve got great young players and the gaffer believes in us. We go out together and work our socks off together, and hopefully we can grow together and become a better team.

“The rest of the lads are desperate for more. No matter what age you are you want to go out and enjoy the day and occasion.

“I’ll keep my Scottish Cup runners up medal, I’d never been to a final before and it will give something to work towards next season. That’s the aim.”

A good start then, is necessary and Biabi and the Bairns will find out who they come up against when the SPFL fixtures are released a week tomorrow.