Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-0 Cowdenbeath

Falkirk recovered from a shock weekend loss to Dumbarton to move into the play-off places
Falkirk recovered from a shock weekend loss to Dumbarton to move into the play-off places

Captain David McCracken headed in the only goal as Falkirk moved above Queen of the South into fourth spot in the Championship.

The defender met an Alex Cooper free-kick in first-half stoppage time to take his tally for the season to five.

Cowdenbeath keeper Robbie Thomson did well to tip over Mark Kerr's strike on 55 minutes.

And John Baird's effort fizzed past the post late on, with the Bairns seldom threatened by the visitors.

Cowdenbeath, without a win in eight games, remain five points above bottom side Livingston.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 7Taiwo
  • 14Grant
  • 5McCracken
  • 19Leahy
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11Kerr
  • 6VaulksBooked at 80mins
  • 20CooperSubstituted forAlstonat 67'minutes
  • 35Baird
  • 36MorganSubstituted forSmithat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Muirhead
  • 8Alston
  • 9Smith
  • 15Dick
  • 17Maybury
  • 30O'Hara
  • 39Morrison

Cowdenbeath

  • 17Thomson
  • 27Toshney
  • 18Brownlie
  • 5Armstrong
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 21JohnstonSubstituted forNishat 71'minutes
  • 7Robertson
  • 8MilneSubstituted forO'Brienat 78'minutes
  • 28Hughes
  • 15Buchanan
  • 19Oyenuga

Substitutes

  • 4O'Brien
  • 9Nish
  • 12Kane
  • 20Miller
  • 25Sneddon
  • 26Marshall
  • 32Halsman
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,220

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Blair Alston.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Buchanan (Cowdenbeath).

Booking

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

Kudus Oyenuga (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Thomas O'Brien replaces Lewis Milne.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

Robbie Buchanan (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Colin Nish replaces Craig Johnston.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Blair Alston replaces Alex Cooper.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Attempt missed. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Robbie Thomson.

Attempt saved. Mark Kerr (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Taylor Morgan.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Cowdenbeath 0. David McCracken (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Cooper following a set piece situation.

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan Hughes (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

Lewis Toshney (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alex Cooper (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts30263186186881
2Hibernian30167756282855
3Rangers29167655292655
4Falkirk31131084440449
5Queen of Sth30138949371247
6Raith Rovers30126123849-1142
7Dumbarton3096153164-3333
8Alloa3148192547-2220
9Cowdenbeath3154222378-5519
10Livingston3047193047-1714
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