Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 5-0 Alloa Athletic

John Baird scored a hat-trick for Falkirk
Baird scored a hat-trick for Falkirk

John Baird scored a first-half hat-trick as Falkirk swept Alloa aside to move to within one point of second place in the Championship.

Bob McHugh and Luke Leahy added goals after the interval in a one-sided contest.

Peter Houston's side have lost just twice in the league this season, to the teams above them: Hibs and Rangers.

The struggling Wasps remain rooted to the bottom of the table - five points adrift of ninth place.

Falkirk took a 12th-minute lead when the prolific Baird was sent clear by Mark Kerr's long pass and slammed home.

The striker found the net once more when he linked up with Craig Sibbald and after the midfielder's shot was blocked he followed up to score his 12th goal of the season.

And his treble was completed from Sibbald's corner after Blair Alston's long-range blast was blocked by defender Kyle McAusland.

It was Baird's eighth goal in four games.

Home keeper Danny Rogers did well to deny Michael Chopra and Mark Williams before McHugh made it 4-0 from close range after Leahy's ball in.

Rogers made an excellent save from Scott Hynd and Leahy rounded off a convincing win with a good header from Aaron Muirhead's cross.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 14Grant
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forSinnamonat 75'minutes
  • 3Leahy
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forBlairat 79'minutes
  • 11Kerr
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8AlstonSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes
  • 19McHugh
  • 9Baird

Substitutes

  • 5McCracken
  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 20Cooper
  • 21Tokarczyk
  • 22Blair
  • 24Sinnamon

Alloa

  • 1McNeil
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forHetheringtonat 61'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 2McAusland
  • 4Reintam
  • 3HillBooked at 56mins
  • 15DoyleBooked at 8mins
  • 10Holmes
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forHyndat 75'minutes
  • 14McManus
  • 27CrawfordSubstituted forHardieat 75'minutes
  • 9Chopra

Substitutes

  • 13Paun
  • 18Hetherington
  • 21Crawford
  • 22Hoggan
  • 24Hynd
  • 26Wilson
  • 28Hardie
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,550

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 5, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 5, Alloa Athletic 0.

Attempt saved. David Smith (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Dougie Hill.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

Attempt blocked. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Sinnamon (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 5, Alloa Athletic 0. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Muirhead with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ryan Blair replaces Craig Sibbald.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Scott Hynd (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Andy McNeil.

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Michael Hardie replaces Robbie Crawford.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Scott Hynd replaces Burton O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ryan Sinnamon replaces Paul Watson.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Blair Alston.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mikk Reintam.

Attempt blocked. Mark Kerr (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Dougie Hill (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mikk Reintam.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 4, Alloa Athletic 0. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

Attempt missed. Robbie Crawford (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Steven Hetherington replaces Mark Williams.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Mark Williams (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Dougie Hill (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1312013983136
2Hibernian1310122591631
3Falkirk1493227111630
4Morton156451515022
5Raith Rovers137061517-221
6Queen of Sth156271523-820
7Livingston133191520-510
8St Mirren132471221-910
9Dumbarton133191124-1310
10Alloa141211733-265
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