Rory Loy hit a hat-trick as Falkirk hammered Cowdenbeath and boosted their Championship title hopes.

Loy volleyed home from Mark Beck's flick and then made it two, before Blair Alston killed off the contest with a great strike.

Craig Sibbald latched on to Mark Millar's through ball to net the fourth early in the second half.

And Loy completed the scoring after more good work by Beck, with the Bairns now just four points off top spot.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 36 Chalmers
  • 35 Millar
  • 34 McCracken
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 11 McGrandles (Small - 72' )
  • 08 Alston
  • 33 Loy
  • 07 Beck (Durojaiye - 55' )
  • 10 Sibbald (Leahy - 66' )

Substitutes

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

Cowdenbeath

  • 17 Usai
  • 14 Brett Booked
  • 02 McKeown
  • 06 Wedderburn (Kane - 29' )
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 04 O'Brien (Robertson - 38' )
  • 07 Stewart
  • 18 Milne
  • 09 Stewart
  • 20 Miller
  • 21 Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 01 Flynn
  • 08 Stevenson
  • 11 Morton
  • 12 Gold
  • 22 Robertson
  • 24 Callaghan
  • 26 Kane (Robertson - 54' )
Ref: Don Robertson
Att: 2,830

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

7 3

Corners

2 6

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 0.

90:00 +0:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 0.

90:00 +0:45

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

87:58

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

87:48

Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:48

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

86:42

Attempt blocked. Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:20

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Blair Alston.

86:00

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

86:00

Jordan Morton (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:47

Attempt missed. Jordan Morton (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:00

Attempt saved. Sammy Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:08

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

77:08

Sammy Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:06

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

76:06

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:35

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

74:00

Lewis Small (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:58

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

72:26

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Lewis Small replaces Conor McGrandles because of an injury.

69:27

Foul by Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk).

69:27

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:06

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

68:06

Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:34

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David McCracken.

65:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Luke Leahy replaces Craig Sibbald.

65:04

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John Armstrong.

64:57

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

61:13

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

57:21

Attempt missed. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

54:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Olumide Durojaiye replaces Mark Beck.

53:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jon Robertson replaces Chris Kane because of an injury.

53:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 0. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Beck.

47:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 4, Cowdenbeath 0. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Millar.

45:26

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Falkirk).

45:26

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Falkirk 3, Cowdenbeath 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Falkirk 3, Cowdenbeath 0.

45:00 +0:02

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

44:48

Attempt saved. Jordan Morton (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

41:10

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

39:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 3, Cowdenbeath 0. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

37:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jordan Morton replaces Thomas O'Brien because of an injury.

36:39 Booking

Booking Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

36:34

Joe Chalmers (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:34

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

36:11

Attempt saved. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

35:30

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Craig Sibbald.

28:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Chris Kane replaces Nathaniel Wedderburn because of an injury.

27:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 2, Cowdenbeath 0. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Sibbald.

26:26

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Joe Chalmers.

23:41

Attempt missed. Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

23:00

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

23:00

Sammy Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:43

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

19:43

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:42

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

14:02

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

14:02

Foul by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

13:22

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:22

Foul by Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath).

10:45

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

10:45

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

8:54

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

8:42

Attempt saved. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:07

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

8:07

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

5:28

David McCracken (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:28

Foul by Sammy Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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