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Falkirk 0-0 Alloa Athletic

Darren Young and Stephen Kingsley

Goalkeepers were on top as Falkirk and Alloa played out a very watchable goalless draw at the Falkirk Stadium.

Kevin Cawley had a good early chance to put the visitors in front but Bairns 'keeper Michael McGovern dealt with it.

Alloa goalkeeper Scott Bain tipped Mark Millar's 30-yard strike over the bar before half-time as the hosts began to dominate.

McGovern saved well again from Declan McManus and Bain excelled to deny Falkirk's Philip Roberts late on.

It extends the Bairns' unbeaten league run to six games and Gary Holt's men are the only Championship team to have gone through November and December without a defeat in the league.

Paul Hartley's Alloa side will be pleased with the point and they sit fifth, just one point behind Falkirk and Raith Rovers in third and fourth respectively.

It was Kieran Duffie's misplaced pass that presented Cawley with the early opportunity but his shot was straight at McGovern.

From there, Falkirk had the best of the first half, as Conor McGrandles threatened before Craig Sibbald and David McCracken went close with headers.

Millar, on-loan from Premiership side Dundee United, tested Bain from distance and the Alloa 'keeper went on to prevent Rory Loy's shot from beating him, too.

After the break, Cawley cut inside McCracken to let fly but McGovern watched it go wide.

Wasps defender Michael Doyle blocked well from Jay Fulton before Bain saved another effort, this time by Roberts.

McManus had a great chance to win the game for the visitors when Cawley played him in, but McGovern narrowed the angle and it came to nothing.

And with the game nearly finished, Roberts cut in from the left-hand side to send in an 18-yard drive that Bain turned away for a corner.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Duffie
  • 3Kingsley
  • 35Millar
  • 34McCracken
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11McGrandles
  • 10Sibbald
  • 33Loy
  • 7FultonBooked at 75minsSubstituted forAlstonat 75'minutes
  • 31ShepherdSubstituted forRobertsat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Durojaiye
  • 5Flynn
  • 8Alston
  • 9Roberts
  • 12Bowman
  • 13Bingham
  • 19Leahy

Alloa

  • 1Bain
  • 4Doyle
  • 2TiffoneyBooked at 90mins
  • 6Young
  • 3Meggat
  • 5Marr
  • 10RobertsonSubstituted forMcManusat 56'minutes
  • 8McCord
  • 9Cawley
  • 7Caddis
  • 11Holmes

Substitutes

  • 12McManus
  • 15Creaney
  • 17Kirk
  • 21McDowall
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,417

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

Booking

Jonathan Tiffoney (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Bain.
Attempt saved. Philip Roberts (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Darren Young.
Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Daryll Meggat.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Blair Alston replaces Jay Fulton.

Booking

Jay Fulton (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jay Fulton (Falkirk).
Liam Caddis (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Philip Roberts (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Jay Fulton (Falkirk).
Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Dundee1811341736
2Hamilton1810441034
3Falkirk178541429
4Raith Rovers18855129
5Alloa18846328
6Livingston18747025
7Queen of Sth17647322
8Dumbarton18639-921
9Cowdenbeath184311-1615
10Morton182313-239
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