Ross County 2-1 Falkirk

Ross County skipper Richard Brittain converted a first-half penalty

Ross County took a huge stride towards sealing the First Division title with victory over nine-man Falkirk at Victoria Park.

The league leaders are now 15 points clear of nearest challengers Dundee.

The visitors got off to a nightmare start as goalkeeper Michael McGovern was dismissed after bringing down Colin McMenamin.

Richard Brittain converted the penalty kick that followed to give the Staggies the lead after 19 minutes.

The hosts doubled the advantage six minutes later, Rocco Quinn on hand to fire home Gary Miller's cross.

The Bairns pulled a goal back just after the hour mark through Mark Millar's stunning, long-range free-kick.

But striker Farid El Alagui received a second yellow card eight minutes from time to blight their chances of a dramatic comeback.

Ross County: Fraser, Miller, Morrison, Boyd, Munro, Lawson, Quinn (Flynn 88), Kettlewell (Corcoran 68), Brittain, McMenamin, Gardyne (Craig 82). Subs Not Used: Malin, Byrne.

Booked: Kettlewell, Boyd, McMenamin. Goals: Brittain 19 pen, Quinn 25.

Falkirk: McGovern, Rhys Bennett, Scobbie, Kingsley (White 81), Wallace, Murdoch, Fulton, Mark Millar, Gibson (Bowman 17), El Alagui, Weatherston (Alston 77). Subs Not Used: Dick, Sibbald.

Sent Off: McGovern (16), El Alagui (82). Booked: Fulton, El Alagui, Rhys Bennett. Goal: Mark Millar 62.

Att: 4,302

Ref: Alan Muir