Falkirk preserved their slim Scottish Championship title hopes with victory over 10-man Dumbarton.

David McCracken headed Mark Millar's corner into the net to give the Bairns a first-half lead.

And Roy Loy beat the offside trap to coolly slot home Falkirk's clincher in the second half.

The Sons had Hugh Murray sent off for a second bookable offence, completing a miserable evening for Ian Murray's side.

Falkirk remain nine points behind leaders Dundee.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 36 Chalmers
  • 35 Millar
  • 34 McCracken
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 11 McGrandles
  • 08 Alston (Leahy - 75' )
  • 33 Loy Booked (Small - 87' )
  • 07 Beck
  • 10 Sibbald (Hogg - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Durojaiye
  • 05 Flynn
  • 12 Bowman
  • 18 Small
  • 19 Leahy
  • 29 Hogg
  • 31 Shepherd

Dumbarton

  • 19 Ewings
  • 02 McGinn
  • 16 Linton (Kirkpatrick - 40' )
  • 26 Murray Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Graham Booked
  • 06 Turner (Nish - 60' )
  • 07 Gilhaney
  • 14 Fleming
  • 21 Kane
  • 08 Agnew (Megginson - 74' )
  • 24 Miller

Substitutes

  • 01 Grindlay
  • 03 Smith
  • 09 Megginson
  • 11 McDougall
  • 12 Prunty
  • 15 Kirkpatrick
  • 17 Nish
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 2,489

Match Stats

Shots

15 3

On target

7 3

Corners

6 6

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 0.

90:00 +2:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 0.

88:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Hugh Murray (Dumbarton).

88:21

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:21

Foul by Hugh Murray (Dumbarton).

87:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Conor Hogg replaces Craig Sibbald.

86:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Lewis Small replaces Rory Loy.

85:40

Attempt saved. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

80:40

Attempt saved. Christopher Kane (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

79:30 Booking

Booking Rory Loy (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

78:55 Booking

Booking Andy Graham (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

78:50

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:50

Foul by Andy Graham (Dumbarton).

78:07

Foul by Mark Beck (Falkirk).

78:07

Hugh Murray (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Luke Leahy replaces Blair Alston.

74:18

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:18

Foul by Michael Miller (Dumbarton).

73:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dumbarton. Mitchel Megginson replaces Scott Agnew.

72:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 0. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Beck.

71:10

Attempt missed. David McCracken (Falkirk) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

70:53

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Michael Miller.

70:30

Mark Beck (Falkirk) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

70:14

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

69:52

Attempt saved. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:10

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

64:38

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by David McCracken.

64:18

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

63:58

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:02

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:43

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:43

Foul by Christopher Kane (Dumbarton).

59:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dumbarton. Colin Nish replaces Chris Turner.

57:09

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

57:09

Paul McGinn (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:17

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

54:03 Booking

Booking Hugh Murray (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

49:03

Attempt saved. Scott Agnew (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48:04

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Joe Chalmers.

46:11

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:31

Attempt missed. Mark Beck (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0.

45:00 +0:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0.

45:00 +0:09

Foul by Mark Beck (Falkirk).

45:00 +0:09

Andy Graham (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:05

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Blair Alston.

39:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dumbarton. Jordan Kirkpatrick replaces Scott Linton because of an injury.

39:32

Hand ball by Paul McGinn (Dumbarton).

38:11

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

38:11

Chris Turner (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:24

Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:24

Foul by Hugh Murray (Dumbarton).

35:54

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

35:54

Hugh Murray (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:02

Attempt missed. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

32:46

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:46

Foul by Hugh Murray (Dumbarton).

31:00

Chris Turner (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:59

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

29:28

Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:28

Dangerous play by Christopher Kane (Dumbarton).

24:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0. David McCracken (Falkirk) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Millar with a cross.

23:41

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

22:33

Attempt missed. Mark Beck (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

21:58

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

19:22

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

18:38

Foul by Hugh Murray (Dumbarton).

18:38

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:06

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

13:14

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

7:28

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dumbarton).

7:28

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:15

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

6:44

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Linton.

6:19

Foul by Christopher Kane (Dumbarton).

6:19

Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:25

Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:25

Foul by Mark Beck (Falkirk).

1:47

Attempt blocked. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:16

Paul McGinn (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:16

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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