Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 1-1 Falkirk

Tom Walsh smashed in a great equaliser for St Mirren
Walsh produced a great equaliser for St Mirren

Tom Walsh curled in a fantastic late strike to rescue a point for struggling St Mirren in a drab match in Paisley.

The managerless Buddies remain bottom of the Championship, without a win in eight league outings.

A huge deflection from a Craig Sibbald a free-kick gave Falkirk an early lead.

The visitors had the best of the few chances created thereafter but could not find a second goal before they were pegged back on 87 minutes.

It looks like Saints will name their new manager by the middle of next week, and more than a few eyes were trained on the directors box to see its there were any obvious candidates watching this one, although rumours of an interest from former French international and Fulham manager Jean Tigana being seen in Paisley earlier in the week were played down.

Falkirk had been looking to go six wins in a row in league and cup matches, and after an early good spell for the Buddies in which Tom Taiwo has cleared a Stevie Mallen corner off the line, Sibbald gave the visitors the lead on nine minutes with a 20 yard free kick which took a wicked deflection and evaded the diving Jamie Langfield.

John Rankin then produced a thundering shot which blasted into Gary Irvine before Ryan Hardie should have levelled for the hosts a minute before the interval but blasted high over the bar from 18 yards.

Falkirk's Bob McHugh had the ball in the net six minutes after the break but was correctly judged offside before John Baird's 82nd-minute cross found substitute James Craigan whose header was well saved by Langfield.

But it was Saints substitute Walsh who brought the biggest cheer from the 2,344 crowd with a thundering 25 yard equaliser for his fourth goal of the season to level matters three minutes from time.

St Mirren play Hibernian and Dundee United in their next two games and many of the home fans will take more than a passing interest when those two meet at Easter Road on Sunday to see if they can spot any managerial candidates doing some "homework" before next week's announcement.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 15Baird
  • 3Irvine
  • 14HuttonBooked at 80minsSubstituted forClarksonat 86'minutes
  • 8QuinnSubstituted forWalshat 62'minutes
  • 20Hardie
  • 10Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 12Gallacher
  • 16Walsh
  • 25Shankland
  • 35Whyte
  • 39McDonald

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Kidd
  • 5McCracken
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 6Rankin
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forHippolyteat 76'minutes
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forMillerat 65'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 9Baird
  • 19McHughSubstituted forCraigenat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hippolyte
  • 16Austin
  • 18Miller
  • 21Shepherd
  • 28Craigen
  • 44Watson
  • 58Mehmet
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,334

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 1.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David McCracken.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Falkirk 1. Tom Walsh (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Clarkson.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. David Clarkson replaces Kyle Hutton.

Hand ball by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Foul by John Rankin (Falkirk).

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jack Baird.

James Craigen (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Booking

Kyle Hutton (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Craigen (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Hutton (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Myles Hippolyte replaces Craig Sibbald.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Mark Kerr (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Tom Walsh (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces Robert McHugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Tom Taiwo.

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

Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Tom Walsh replaces Rocco Quinn.

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

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ryan Hardie.

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

Attempt saved. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth85301441018
2Hibernian7511124816
3Falkirk8422117414
4Raith Rovers84131311213
5Dundee Utd7322129311
6Morton8233812-49
7Ayr8224614-88
8Dunfermline82151116-57
9Dumbarton8134811-36
10St Mirren8044916-74
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