Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-1 Hibernian

Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian against Falkirk
Jason Cummings levelled for Hibs at the Falkirk Stadium

Falkirk and Hibernian fought out a draw to leave both sides five points behind Championship leaders Rangers.

Blair Alston's superbly calm finish looked like it might be enough to earn Falkirk a crucial win.

But Jason Cummings' close-range equaliser ensured they remain level on points with their opponents with a game in hand.

Cummings should have won it in the closing stages but his powerful shot was brilliantly saved by Danny Rogers.

Hibernian applied huge amounts of pressure to the Falkirk goal in the final half-hour, but could not force a winning goal.

Falkirk have now gone 12 games unbeaten while Hibs have lost just once in their last 21 matches and both teams again underlined their credentials as credible title challengers.

The first half was largely a cagey affair as the teams sparred with each other, but the second period was much more open, largely as a consequence of the early goal, which was beautifully taken.

Blair Alston scores for Falkirk against Hibernain
Falkirk took the lead early in the second half

Alston picked up a pass from John Baird inside Hibs' penalty area, deftly side-stepped a despairing challenge from Liam Fontaine before coolly slotting under Mark Oxley.

A tactical switch by Alan Stubbs was to prove crucial though.

He introduced Liam Henderson from the bench and he was instrumental in turning the tide, as Hibs began to press for an equaliser.

They had an excellent claim for a penalty when Luke Leahy seem to foul John McGinn, but John Beaton failed to award the spot-kick.

Cummings had already had one shot saved before he eventually hauled Hibs level, as he followed up to score from a yard or so out after Rogers had saved well from Darren McGregor.

The visitors looked the likelier winners by this point and McGregor's header was saved on the line as they tried to press home their advantage.

It looked as though they would do that with just four minutes remaining as Henderson released Cummings, but the prolific striker watched in dismay as Rogers pushed away his powerful shot.

Rangers were perhaps the real winners from this match, as both of their title rivals dropped points, but neither of these sides can be written off in the promotion battle.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 83mins
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 8AlstonBooked at 80minsSubstituted forO'Haraat 81'minutes
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcGrandlesat 70'minutes
  • 9Baird

Substitutes

  • 5McCracken
  • 12Bowman
  • 17Smith
  • 22Blair
  • 24McGrandles
  • 30O'Hara
  • 33Gallacher

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 24McGregor
  • 4HanlonBooked at 84mins
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouch
  • 8Fyvie
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forHendersonat 58'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forDagnallat 77'minutes
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 3Henderson
  • 6Bartley
  • 17Boyle
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 29Dagnall
  • 31Reguero
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
7,081

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Hibernian 1.

Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Conor McGrandles.

Attempt blocked. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Booking

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces Blair Alston.

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Blair Alston (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Liam Henderson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

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

Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).

Luke Leahy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Chris Dagnall replaces Dominique Malonga.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 17th January 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers20162261164550
2Falkirk21136237162145
3Hibernian20143334161845
4Raith Rovers198382225-327
5Queen of Sth197482027-725
6Morton196671921-224
7St Mirren194691828-1018
8Dumbarton2053121839-2118
9Livingston2143142334-1115
10Alloa203215939-3011
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