Title chasers Falkirk held off Raith Rovers to win to keep alive their hopes of promotion to the Premiership.

The Bairns welcomed back Rory Loy from suspension and he made an instant impact when he scored after 19 minutes.

They were 2-0 up when Conor McGrandles found the top corner with what looked to be a cross.

Rovers pulled a goal back when John Baird's shot was deflected into his own net by Will Vaulks, but it was a comfortable victory for Falkirk.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 36 Chalmers
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 35 Millar
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 34 McCracken Booked
  • 08 Alston
  • 07 Beck
  • 33 Loy
  • 11 McGrandles
  • 10 Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 04 Durojaiye
  • 12 Bowman
  • 15 Dick
  • 18 Small
  • 19 Leahy
  • 29 Hogg
  • 31 Shepherd

Raith Rovers

  • 20 Robinson
  • 02 Thomson
  • 03 Booth
  • 15 Smith (Vaughan - 74' )
  • 04 Watson
  • 05 Hill Booked
  • 12 Callachan
  • 06 Fox Booked
  • 10 Elliot
  • 29 Baird (Spence - 90' )
  • 07 Cardle (Anderson - 25' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Spence
  • 11 Anderson
  • 16 Ellis
  • 17 Laidlaw
  • 19 Mullen
  • 21 Vaughan
  • 26 Bates
Ref: Euan Anderson
Att: 3,200

Match Stats

Shots

14 3

On target

7 0

Corners

7 5

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 1.

90:00 +1:47

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

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

90:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Greig Spence replaces John Baird.

87:21

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:21

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

85:25

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by David McCracken.

83:08

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

81:39

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

81:39

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

80:53

Mark Millar (Falkirk) has gone down, but that's a dive.

79:27

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Watson.

79:05

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Watson.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Lewis Vaughan replaces Gordon Smith.

69:10

Attempt missed. Mark Beck (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

68:37

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Callum Booth.

66:24

Attempt missed. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

65:11

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

62:08

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Joe Chalmers.

61:34

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

60:23

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Watson.

59:57

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

59:15

Attempt missed. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

58:30 Booking

Booking Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

58:20

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

58:20

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

56:57

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

55:46

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

55:30

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

55:30

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

53:55

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

53:55

Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:12 Booking

Booking Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

53:06

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

53:06

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

50:42

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

50:27

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

49:45

Joe Chalmers (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:45

Foul by Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers).

48:50

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Falkirk).

48:50

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:45

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

45:00

Second Half begins Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 1.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 1.

39:26

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:26

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

35:02

Attempt missed. Callum Booth (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

34:30

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Millar.

31:05 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Will Vaulks, Falkirk. Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 1.

29:19

Delay in match Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) because of an injury.

29:11

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

29:11

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

28:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:57

Delay in match Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

27:42

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

27:42

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

24:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces Joe Cardle because of an injury.

22:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 2, Raith Rovers 0. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.

21:51

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

21:51

Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

18:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 1, Raith Rovers 0. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Beck.

17:06 Booking

Booking David McCracken (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

17:01

John Baird (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:01

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

15:25

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:57

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

13:54

Attempt blocked. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

13:50

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:44

Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

11:11

Foul by Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers).

11:11

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

7:44

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:44

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

5:29

Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:29

Foul by Mark Beck (Falkirk).

5:00

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:56

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

3:04

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

3:04

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:13

Attempt missed. David McCracken (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

1:37

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

1:37

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

0:21

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

0:21

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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