Scottish Championship
Falkirk1Raith Rovers0

Falkirk 1-0 Raith Rovers

Will Vaulks' header was enough to keep Falkirk in fourth place in the Championship and may have killed off Raith Rovers' play-off hopes.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men late in the first half, with Liam Fox sent off for a reckless challenge.

Ryan Conroy hit the crossbar for the depleted visitors, who had won their last three matches.

But the hosts took control and Vaulks nodding home Blair Alston's delivery from close range on 62 minutes.

Prior to the breakthrough, Alston was denied by goalkeeper David McGurn and John Baird shot over.

And, with Falkirk well on top, Craig Sibbald's fierce shot rattled a post with seven minutes to go.

The Bairns remain two points ahead of Queen of the South, who won at second-placed Hibernian.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 3MuirheadBooked at 77mins
  • 14Grant
  • 6Vaulks
  • 19Leahy
  • 10Sibbald
  • 8Alston
  • 11Kerr
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forCooperat 57'minutes
  • 28Bia BiBooked at 71minsSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 35Baird

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Dick
  • 17Maybury
  • 20Cooper
  • 30O'Hara
  • 36Morgan

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 23McKeown
  • 4Watson
  • 55BarrBooked at 71mins
  • 2Thomson
  • 14ConroySubstituted forAndersonat 79'minutes
  • 12Callachan
  • 6FoxBooked at 45mins
  • 19McKaySubstituted forScottat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Stewart
  • 16VaughanSubstituted forNadeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5Hill
  • 7Anderson
  • 8Moon
  • 10Elliot
  • 11Scott
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,032

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David McGurn.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Martin Scott (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

David Smith (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Scott (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

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

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Christian Nade (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Martin Scott (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Christian Nade replaces Lewis Vaughan.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Martin Scott.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Alex Cooper (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces Ryan Conroy.

Attempt saved. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Martin Scott (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Botti Bia Bi.

Foul by Alex Cooper (Falkirk).

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

Booking

Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ryan Conroy.

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

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Foul by Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts30263186186881
2Hibernian31167856292755
3Rangers29167655292655
4Falkirk32141084540552
5Queen of Sth31148950371350
6Raith Rovers31126133850-1242
7Dumbarton3196163167-3633
8Cowdenbeath3264222678-5222
9Alloa3148192547-2220
10Livingston3047193047-1714
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