Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 2-1 Dumbarton

Falkirk moved top of the Scottish Championship with a narrow home victory over Dumbarton.

Blair Alston gave the hosts the lead, lashing the ball high into the net from the left side of the box.

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A terrific strike from a similar area by Craig Sibbald doubled the Bairns' lead, the forward twisting and turning before finding the top right corner.

Darren Barr nodded one back for the Sons after Gregor Buchanan had headed a corner back across goal.

However, that first-half effort proved only to be consolation for the visitors.

Peter Houston's Falkirk lead Rangers and Queen of the South by a point, with the latter two sides meeting in Dumfries on Sunday.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 6VaulksBooked at 90mins
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 17SmithSubstituted forMillerat 56'minutes
  • 7Taiwo
  • 8Alston
  • 11KerrSubstituted forMuirheadat 9'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9BairdSubstituted forShepherdat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 12Bowman
  • 18Miller
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd

Dumbarton

  • 1Brown
  • 14Barr
  • 22WrightBooked at 90mins
  • 5Buchanan
  • 3Docherty
  • 7CawleySubstituted forCraigat 62'minutes
  • 8GallagherSubstituted forKirkpatrickat 88'minutes
  • 17Routledge
  • 21BrownBooked at 12minsSubstituted forRossat 78'minutes
  • 13GibsonBooked at 32mins
  • 9Fleming

Substitutes

  • 2Taggart
  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 12Craig
  • 16Waters
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Hopkins
  • 23Ross
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
3,600

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Dumbarton 1.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

William Gibson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Frazer Wright (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Shepherd (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frazer Wright (Dumbarton).

Booking

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Jordan Kirkpatrick replaces Grant Gallagher.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).

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

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Grant Gallagher.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Garry Fleming.

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Craig (Dumbarton).

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

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Steven Ross replaces Scott Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces John Baird.

Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton) header from very close range is too high.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Frazer Wright (Dumbarton).

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Tom Taiwo.

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

Foul by William Gibson (Dumbarton).

Attempt blocked. William Gibson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Steven Craig replaces Kevin Cawley.

Foul by Paul Watson (Falkirk).

William Gibson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk431063310
2Rangers33009279
3Queen of Sth33006159
4Raith Rovers32016156
5Dumbarton420256-16
6Hibernian310223-13
7Morton302112-12
8St Mirren301225-31
9Livingston300316-50
10Alloa3003211-90
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