Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 2-0 Alloa Athletic

Falkirk's poise and command delivered a straightforward victory that lifted them above Hibernian into second place in the Championship.

They controlled the game from the outset against Alloa Athletic, and opened the scoring when Paul Watson headed Blair Alston's corner home.

A flowing four-man move started by goalkeeper Danny Rogers and finished by Mark Kerr brought the second goal.

Alloa had keeper Scott Gallacher to thank for keeping the scoreline down.

Falkirk performed like a team full of belief and the kind of easy aplomb that came from being within reach of their goal. They are all but assured of their place in the promotion play-offs and so are not inhibited by tension.

The home side's play occasionally lacked the kind of tempo that would have left Alloa's defenders reeling, but they were always capable of turning up the pace if required. Instead, they took control of the scoreline and then maintained their hold on the game.

Gallacher twice had to race from his line to prevent Falkirk from scoring, but he alone could not deny the inevitable.

There was misfortune for him, though, since he was still winded from a previous block when Alston delivered a corner and stayed on his line as Watson rose to convert.

The visitors had won only one of their previous nine games and remain stuck at the bottom of the Championship.

They did not set out to stifle the home side but the occasional attack only created further opportunities for Falkirk. When Rogers gathered the ball inside his own area, he was urged to kick upfield to start another attack.

Bob McHugh followed the ball and won it through sheer strength and willpower before slipping it crossfield for Alston. He immediately turned it back inside to Kerr, whose first-time shot flew past Gallacher.

The goal was sweetly executed and reward for the best of Falkirk's qualities.

Alloa grimly held on to their commitment, but it seemed telling of their fate that when a Falkirk defender's tackle inadvertently sent the ball through to Mitch Megginson, the striker hesitated before rounding Rogers and left himself too tight an angle to score, skewing the ball instead into the side-netting.

The second half was more pedestrian, since the outcome was not in any doubt. McHugh, though, will feel he should have scored with a diving header from close range that went over.

Watson then came closer still, hitting the post with a header from another corner kick.

Further goals seemed inevitable but Gallacher remained in defiant form. He stopped a Craig Sibbald shot with his body, then blocked a Lee Miller header from close range. When the ball then spun goalwards, defender Jason Marr cleared off the line with an overhead kick.

In the end, Falkirk were kept to two goals but it was enough in an assured and impressive display.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 44Watson
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 11Kerr
  • 6Vaulks
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9BairdSubstituted forHippolyteat 82'minutes
  • 19McHughSubstituted forMillerat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 22Hippolyte
  • 26McCann
  • 28Mehmet
  • 30O'Hara
  • 33Gallacher

Alloa

  • 41Gallacher
  • 2McAuslandSubstituted forFernsat 63'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 6MarrBooked at 80mins
  • 3Hill
  • 5Hamilton
  • 7Duffy
  • 16Flannigan
  • 14McManusSubstituted forCrawfordat 83'minutes
  • 18Hetherington
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forLayneat 70'minutes
  • 23Megginson

Substitutes

  • 8O'Brien
  • 11Ferns
  • 12Caddis
  • 17Layne
  • 19Finnie
  • 21Crawford
  • 27Crawford
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,774

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 2, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Alloa Athletic 0.

Mitchel Megginson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Attempt saved. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Michael Duffy (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

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

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Isaac Layne (Alloa Athletic).

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

Booking

Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Robbie Crawford replaces Connor McManus.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Colin Hamilton (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt saved. Michael Duffy (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Myles Hippolyte replaces John Baird.

Attempt missed. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Booking

Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jason Marr.

Attempt blocked. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jason Marr.

Attempt blocked. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Isaac Layne replaces Graeme Holmes.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic).

Paul Watson (Falkirk) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Dougie Hill.

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Kyle McAusland.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers27223270175369
2Falkirk28169346212557
3Hibernian27174643241955
4Raith Rovers26115103335-238
5Queen of Sth25104112432-834
6Morton2788112830-232
7St Mirren2777132738-1128
8Dumbarton2674152246-2425
9Livingston2866162939-1024
10Alloa2734201454-4013
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