Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 3-1 St Mirren

Bob McHugh fired Falkirk into a 2-1 lead

Falkirk came from behind to move third in the Championship, adding to the misery of bottom club St Mirren, who remain without a league win this term.

Lewis Morgan fired Saints ahead but the visitors had Jack Baird sent off for throwing a punch before the interval.

Lee Miller levelled early in the second half, turning in a low cross from Myles Hippolyte, via the post.

Bob McHugh and Hippolyte then earned the Bairns maximum points with strikes inside the closing 12 minutes.

St Mirren, without a point since October, started in bright fashion and Kyle McAllister had an early effort that drifted wide of Danny Rogers' goal.

And when the breakthrough came, it was a goal of outstanding quality.

John Sutton knocked the ball down into the path of Morgan, who took one touch and blasted the ball high into the net from 18 yards.

The St Mirren defence were coping admirably with all that was being thrown at them before Baird was shown a straight red card after a clash with Falkirk striker Miller.

Within two minutes of the second half Falkirk were back on terms, with Miller applying the finishing touch.

Despite being a man down, St Mirren looked dangerous on the break but they could not find a way through.

Falkirk eventually made their personnel advantage count with McHugh on target from close range after good work by Miller.

And victory was secured when Hippolyte evaded a couple of challenges to create space to crash in a shot from 12 yards and lift his side up two places in the table.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forShepherdat 75'minutes
  • 6RankinSubstituted forSibbaldat 45'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 11HippolyteBooked at 51mins
  • 18Miller
  • 9BairdSubstituted forMcHughat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 10Sibbald
  • 14Grant
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Shepherd
  • 44Watson
  • 58Mehmet

St Mirren

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 15BairdBooked at 38mins
  • 3Irvine
  • 8QuinnSubstituted forStewartat 61'minutes
  • 42Magennis
  • 29McAllisterSubstituted forGallagherat 87'minutes
  • 10Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forShanklandat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Clarkson
  • 11Gallagher
  • 18Mclear
  • 19Stewart
  • 20Hardie
  • 25Shankland
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,486

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 3, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 3, St. Mirren 1.

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

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Calum Gallagher replaces Kyle McAllister.

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 3, St. Mirren 1. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 2, St. Mirren 1. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Miller.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Gallacher.

Attempt saved. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lawrence Shankland replaces John Sutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces James Craigen.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces John Baird.

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

John Sutton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

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

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Jordan Stewart replaces Rocco Quinn.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

Attempt missed. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Myles Hippolyte.

Booking

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, St. Mirren 1. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Myles Hippolyte.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Falkirk 0, St. Mirren 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Craig Sibbald replaces John Rankin.

Half Time

First Half ends, Falkirk 0, St. Mirren 1.

Attempt blocked. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian159422681831
2Dundee Utd1594224121231
3Falkirk157442116525
4Morton146532115623
5Raith Rovers146531914523
6Queen of Sth145361621-518
7Ayr154471322-916
8Dumbarton153571421-714
9Dunfermline153481725-813
10St Mirren1404101128-174
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