Scottish Championship
Falkirk5Cowdenbeath0

Falkirk 5-0 Cowdenbeath

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.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Vaulks
  • 36Chalmers
  • 35Millar
  • 34McCracken
  • 3Kingsley
  • 11McGrandlesSubstituted forSmallat 72'minutes
  • 8Alston
  • 33Loy
  • 7BeckSubstituted forDurojaiyeat 55'minutes
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forLeahyat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Durojaiye
  • 5Flynn
  • 12Bowman
  • 18Small
  • 19Leahy
  • 29Hogg
  • 31Shepherd

Cowdenbeath

  • 17Usai
  • 14BrettBooked at 37mins
  • 2McKeown
  • 6WedderburnSubstituted forKaneat 29'minutesSubstituted forRobertsonat 54'minutes
  • 5Armstrong
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forMortonat 38'minutes
  • 7Stewart
  • 18Milne
  • 9Stewart
  • 20Miller
  • 21Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 1Flynn
  • 8Stevenson
  • 11Morton
  • 12Gold
  • 22Robertson
  • 24Callaghan
  • 26Kane
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,830

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 0.

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

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

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

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

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

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Blair Alston.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

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

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

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

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

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

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

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

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

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

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk).

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

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

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

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David McCracken.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Luke Leahy replaces Craig Sibbald.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John Armstrong.

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

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Olumide Durojaiye replaces Mark Beck.

Substitution

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

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.

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.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Falkirk).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Falkirk 3, Cowdenbeath 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Falkirk 3, Cowdenbeath 0.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Hamilton3217962160
2Dundee3218682160
3Falkirk3216882256
4Queen of Sth31146111148
5Dumbarton3213613045
6Livingston3212614-142
7Raith Rovers3110912-839
8Alloa3210715-1337
9Cowdenbeath329617-2333
10Morton325720-3022
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