Scottish Championship
Falkirk1Dumbarton0

Falkirk 1-0 Dumbarton

Falkirk players celebrating
Blair Alston netted Falkirk's winner before the break

Falkirk beat Dumbarton to move to within three points of Scottish Championship pacesetters Rangers and Hibernian.

Blair Alston's long-range effort gave the Bairns a first-half lead.

John Baird came close to doubling Falkirk's advantage, his two efforts in quick succession blocked by goalkeeper Mark Brown.

But one goal proved to be enough for Peter Houston's side in the push for promotion.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Kerr
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 30O'HaraSubstituted forMillerat 65'minutes
  • 9BairdSubstituted forBlairat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 24Sinnamon
  • 44Watson

Dumbarton

  • 1Brown
  • 4SaundersBooked at 39minsSubstituted forBrownat 53'minutes
  • 14BarrBooked at 52mins
  • 22Wright
  • 3Docherty
  • 18Lindsay
  • 8GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 17Routledge
  • 7CawleySubstituted forMcCallumat 77'minutes
  • 10KirkpatrickSubstituted forWatersat 87'minutes
  • 9Fleming

Substitutes

  • 5Buchanan
  • 12Craig
  • 13Gibson
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Waters
  • 19Ewings
  • 21Brown
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
4,013

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dumbarton 0.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ryan Blair replaces John Baird.

Booking

Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Calum Waters replaces Jordan Kirkpatrick.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Craig Sibbald.

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

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Scott Brown (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Donald McCallum replaces Kevin Cawley.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Attempt missed. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Kevin O'Hara.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Grant Gallagher.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt blocked. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jamie Lindsay (Dumbarton) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Brown replaces Steven Saunders.

Booking

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. David McCracken (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers17132247133441
2Hibernian17132230111941
3Falkirk18115233151838
4Raith Rovers178362223-127
5Morton186661920-124
6Queen of Sth186481827-922
7Dumbarton1953111833-1518
8Livingston1843112226-415
9St Mirren183691728-1115
10Alloa182214838-308
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