Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-0 Raith Rovers

Will Vaulks' header was enough to keep Falkirk in fourth place in the Championship and may have killed off Raith Rovers' play-off hopes.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men late in the first half, with Liam Fox sent off for a reckless challenge.

Ryan Conroy hit the crossbar for the depleted visitors, who had won their last three matches.

But the hosts took control and Vaulks nodding home Blair Alston's delivery from close range on 62 minutes.

Prior to the breakthrough, Alston was denied by goalkeeper David McGurn and John Baird shot over.

And, with Falkirk well on top, Craig Sibbald's fierce shot rattled a post with seven minutes to go.

The Bairns remain two points ahead of Queen of the South, who won at second-placed Hibernian.

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1MacDonald
  • 3MuirheadBooked at 77mins
  • 14Grant
  • 6Vaulks
  • 19Leahy
  • 10Sibbald
  • 8Alston
  • 11Kerr
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forCooperat 57'minutes
  • 28Bia BiBooked at 71minsSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 35Baird

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Dick
  • 17Maybury
  • 20Cooper
  • 30O'Hara
  • 36Morgan

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20McGurn
  • 23McKeown
  • 4Watson
  • 55BarrBooked at 71mins
  • 2Thomson
  • 14ConroySubstituted forAndersonat 79'minutes
  • 12Callachan
  • 6FoxBooked at 45mins
  • 19McKaySubstituted forScottat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Stewart
  • 16VaughanSubstituted forNadeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5Hill
  • 7Anderson
  • 8Moon
  • 10Elliot
  • 11Scott
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,032

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Raith Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David McGurn.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  5. Booking

    Martin Scott (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    David Smith (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Martin Scott (Raith Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nade (Raith Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Mark Kerr (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Martin Scott (Raith Rovers).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

  17. Post update

    Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Cooper (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Christian Nade replaces Lewis Vaughan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts30263186186881
2Hibernian31167856292755
3Rangers29167655292655
4Falkirk32141084540552
5Queen of Sth31148950371350
6Raith Rovers31126133850-1242
7Dumbarton3196163167-3633
8Cowdenbeath3264222678-5222
9Alloa3148192547-2220
10Livingston3047193047-1714
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