Scottish Championship
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Cowdenbeath 2-2 Falkirk

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Central Park
Last season's top scorer Rory Loy netted Falkirk's first goal against Cowdenbeath on Saturday
Last season's top scorer Rory Loy netted Falkirk's first goal against Cowdenbeath on Saturday

Botti Bia-Bi's header ensured Falkirk took a point from Central Park in a game that Cowdenbeath led twice.

Lewis Milne took advantage of a sleepy defence to give the hosts a first-half lead.

But Falkirk pegged them back straight after the break through a wonderfully curled finish by striker Rory Loy.

Ex-Bairn Sean Higgins side-footed past Jamie MacDonald to put Cowdenbeath ahead again before Bia-Bi nodded in Liam Dick's cross.

The emergence of the London-born, Scottish forward Bia-Bi is an exciting one for Falkirk fans still disappointed with the loss of other young talents Stephen Kingsley and Jay Fulton to Swansea City.

And the 18-year-old will hope to provide support for Loy, who netted 21 last season and is already on three goals in this 2014-15 campaign.

Cowdenbeath lost their opening three league games last season so will be glad to get a point on the board after day one, although boss Jimmy Nicholl was understandably frustrated his men failed to take all three.

After a dull start, Milne's second strike in as many games showed the Blue Brazil could contend with a Falkirk starting XI of whom four played Scottish Premiership football last season.

Loy's equaliser was largely thanks to a lovely through ball by Blair Alston, who himself tested Cowdenbeath goalkeeper Thomas Flynn on a few occasions.

Falkirk's defence showed a hesitancy that Houston will want to correct before the visit of Rangers on Friday night, with Higgins only too happy to take advantage of it here.

But perhaps teenager Bia-Bi will seek to show more of what he can do when Ally McCoist's side arrive at the Falkirk Stadium.

Line-ups

Cowdenbeath

  • 1Flynn
  • 14Brett
  • 3Adamson
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 4O'Brien
  • 5Armstrong
  • 20Miller
  • 7Robertson
  • 10Higgins
  • 21JohnstonSubstituted forSutherlandat 84'minutes
  • 8Milne

Substitutes

  • 2Campbell
  • 9Sutherland
  • 12Kane
  • 15Jurisic
  • 17Thomson
  • 18Brownlie
  • 24Callaghan

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 17Maybury
  • 15Dick
  • 4DurojaiyeSubstituted forBia Biat 61'minutes
  • 5McCracken
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8Alston
  • 20CooperSubstituted forSibbaldat 67'minutes
  • 33Loy
  • 7Taiwo
  • 11McGrandles

Substitutes

  • 10Sibbald
  • 12Bowman
  • 14Grant
  • 19Leahy
  • 23Shepherd
  • 24McGeever
  • 28Bia Bi
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
1,074

Match Stats

Home TeamCowdenbeathAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

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    Match ends, Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2.

  3. Post update

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

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    Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David McCracken.

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    Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Craig Sutherland replaces Craig Johnston.

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    Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Liam Dick (Falkirk).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

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    Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk).

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    Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2. Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Dick with a cross.

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    Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John Armstrong.

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

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    Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).