Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 1-4 Falkirk

Craig Sibbald scores
Craig Sibbald (far left) netted twice for Falkirk, including this first-half strike

Falkirk secured their first win in five matches after coming from behind to defeat promotion rivals Raith Rovers.

Chris Johnson had the home side in front early on but Miles Hippolyte, Bob McHugh and Craig Sibbald all struck for the Bairns before the break.

Sibbald notched his second shortly after the restart.

Defeat means Raith are without a win in their last eight games and are now five points off fourth-placed Falkirk, who trail Morton by a point.

Ryan Stevenson made his starting debut for Rovers and his presence up front had an immediate impact. The former Hearts striker played in Johnson, and although Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers got a hand to the shot he could not keep it out.

Stevenson's involvement was short-lived as he had to be replaced after a clash with the Bairns keeper. His loss appeared to rattle the hosts and Falkirk capitalised with a stunning equaliser.

Myles Hippolyte scores
Hippolyte started Falkirk's impressive comeback

Hippolyte was almost 30 yards out but his curling free-kick ended up in the top corner of Kevin Cuthbert's goal.

McHugh then turned the home defence and slid the ball home from the edge of the box.

Rogers made a magnificent one-handed stop to deny Kyle Benedictus an equaliser and it proved to be a huge turning point, with the visitors extending their advantage within seconds.

Sibbald turned well around 20 yards from goal and his shot took a slight deflection on its way in.

And Sibbald again with a strike off the legs of a home defender wrong-footed Cuthbert to stretch Falkirk's lead.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 14Davidson
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 42mins
  • 3McHattieSubstituted forStewartat 58'minutes
  • 7Johnston
  • 4Callachan
  • 21Thompson
  • 11Barr
  • 66StevensonSubstituted forMcManusat 21'minutes
  • 52Hardie

Substitutes

  • 9Stewart
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 20McManus

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44WatsonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forGasparottoat 82'minutes
  • 14Grant
  • 23Gallacher
  • 8Kerr
  • 19McHugh
  • 7Taiwo
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11HippolyteBooked at 76mins
  • 9BairdSubstituted forShepherdat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 3Leahy
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 18Miller
  • 21Shepherd
  • 24Thomson
  • 28Craigen
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,202

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 4.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Attempt saved. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Luca Gasparotto replaces Paul Watson.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces John Baird.

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

Booking

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Delay in match Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

Delay in match Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Bobby Barr.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Kevin McHattie.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Robert McHugh (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Johnston.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 4. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert McHugh.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Second Half

Second Half begins Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 3.

Half Time

First Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 3.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

Booking

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

Robert McHugh (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian20126235112442
2Dundee Utd20115427171038
3Morton198742720731
4Falkirk208663024630
5Raith Rovers196762122-125
6Dunfermline206682629-324
7Queen of Sth206682529-424
8Dumbarton205692230-821
9Ayr204791830-1219
10St Mirren2026121837-1912
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