Scottish Championship
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By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow

Falkirk beat Morton to land their first win in six games, moving two points behind Hibernian in the Championship.

John Baird's cool finish from a tight angle proved to be the difference.

That lead was nearly added to when Will Vaulks hit the crossbar from 20 yards, then Morton's Declan McManus did the same from 30 yards.

The game ended on a low note with Falkirk's on-loan Norwich midfielder Conor McGrandles suffering a serious leg injury.

Apart from Ton midfielder Joe McKee almost scoring directly from a corner and Vaulks' looping effort at the other end, the opening exchanges at Cappielow matched the dull weather.

But the uncovered, wet Bairns fans had something to cheer about when Baird used all his know-how to net his 17th goal of the season in front of the away end.

The ball had been booted high into the air in Morton's box and Baird outmuscled home defender Conor Pepper as it dropped, before staying calm to place it beyond goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

Vaulks' technique was ideal as he watched a side-footed curler kiss the the top of the woodwork soon after.

Morton's McKee directed a header wide when well placed and on-loan Fleetwood Town striker McManus - a revelation for Ton last season - went closer with a dipping free-kick just prior to half-time.

Bobby Barr rifled in a low left-footed shot just wide of the far post and McManus tested Danny Rogers again as Morton pushed for the equaliser.

But clear contender for man-of-the-match Baird came closest to hitting the back of the net in the second 45 minutes, forcing Gaston to make a brilliant clawed save from his half-volley.

McGrandles - in his second spell at Falkirk - came off the worst in a crunching tackle with McKee near the end, for which the Morton player was booked.

It meant eight minutes of added time but the visitors held on to secure their first victory since 2 January.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 15Pepper
  • 2KildayBooked at 26minsSubstituted forForbesat 67'minutes
  • 3Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 16Barr
  • 7McKeeBooked at 90mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 11McCluskeySubstituted forTidserat 76'minutes
  • 9Johnstone
  • 21McManus

Substitutes

  • 8Forbes
  • 12Scullion
  • 14Tidser
  • 20McNeil
  • 28Quitongo
  • 37Tiffoney

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 5McCrackenSubstituted forTaiwoat 78'minutes
  • 3Leahy
  • 8AlstonSubstituted forMcGrandlesat 78'minutes
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9Baird
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcHughat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Taiwo
  • 17Smith
  • 19McHugh
  • 22Hippolyte
  • 24McGrandles
  • 28Mehmet
  • 30O'Hara
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,991

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 0, Falkirk 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 0, Falkirk 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Denny Johnstone (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) because of an injury.

  10. Booking

    Joe McKee (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joe McKee (Morton).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Morton).

  14. Post update

    John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Conor McGrandles.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Conor Pepper (Morton).

  17. Post update

    Luke Leahy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Russell.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe McKee (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  20. Post update

    Denny Johnstone (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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