Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 2-2 Dumbarton

Falkirk failed to make up ground in the Championship promotion race as they came from behind to draw at home with Dumbarton.

A looping shot from Luke Leahy gave the hosts the lead on 37 minutes but Lewis Vaughan levelled a minute later after a great solo run.

The Sons led early in the second half when Andy Stirling lashed in a powerful strike from 20 yards.

The Bairns were level on the hour when Nathan Austin scored from close range.

The hosts nearly won it seven minutes from time when James Craigen struck a post and there was more drama to come as Bob McHugh had an effort ruled out for offside.

With play-off rivals Dundee United and Morton drawing at Tannadice, Falkirk in third place, remain two points behind the Tayside team and level with the Greenock outfit.

Dumbarton, unbeaten in four games, nudge up to sixth place, five points clear of the play-off place.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Taiwo
  • 28Craigen
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forAirdat 65'minutes
  • 16AustinSubstituted forMcHughat 82'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forBairdat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 8Kerr
  • 9Baird
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 19McHugh
  • 24Thomson
  • 33Aird

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 17Smith
  • 5BuchananBooked at 53mins
  • 14BarrBooked at 45mins
  • 12Harvie
  • 3Docherty
  • 22StirlingSubstituted forMcCrorieat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Carswell
  • 23VaughanSubstituted forStantonat 78'minutes
  • 10Thomson
  • 72NadeSubstituted forFlemingat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCrorie
  • 4Lang
  • 7Gallagher
  • 9Fleming
  • 11Stanton
  • 18Prior
  • 19Ewings
Referee:
Mat Northcroft
Attendance:
4,160

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 2.

Attempt missed. David Smith (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Ross McCrorie replaces Andy Stirling.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Attempt saved. Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

Paul Watson (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

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

James Craigen (Falkirk) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces Nathan Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Christian Nade.

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Samuel Stanton replaces Lewis Vaughan because of an injury.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

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

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. John Baird replaces Lee Miller.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton).

Fraser Aird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Austin (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fraser Aird (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Fraser Aird replaces Myles Hippolyte.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian25149241152651
2Dundee Utd25128535251044
3Falkirk26119642301242
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth259793535034
6Dunfermline246993035-527
7Dumbarton2669113240-827
8Raith Rovers2568112434-1026
9Ayr25410112340-1722
10St Mirren2438132442-1817
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