Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Falkirk Stadium
Dunfermline Athletic forward Kallum Higginbotham
Kallum Higginbotham scored but was then sent off

Falkirk are still seeking their first win under manager Paul Hartley after drawing with nine-man Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Championship.

The visitors took control early on and, when Nicky Clark was brought down by Cieran Dunne, Kallum Higginbotham scored from the penalty spot.

But Higginbotham picked up a second booking after 56 minutes.

That inspired Falkirk and Jordan McGhee scored from a free-kick before Declan McManus was sent off in stoppage time.

The visitors knew a win could have taken them to the top of the league if results elsewhere had gone their way and they were much the stronger in the opening exchanges.

Joe Cardle sent an overhead kick just over and McManus was close to capitalising on a short pass-back by Aaron Muirhead before Robbie Thomson raced from his goal to clear.

After Dunne bundled into Clark, Kallum Higginbotham sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to give the Pars the lead.

The scorer found his way into referee Craig Thomson's book after a reckless challenge on Muirhead.

And, when he clashed with Louis Longridge early in the second half, Thomson issued the midfielder a second yellow followed by a red.

Up against 10 men, the home side began to take control, but their equaliser came from a set piece.

McGhee curled a free-kick around the visitors' wall and into the bottom corner of goalkeeper Sean Murdoch's goal.

Tackles were flying in and referee Thomson was a busy man as McManus and McGhee found their way into the book.

When McManus reacted to a challenge by Muirhead, the man in the middle had little option but to issue the Pars striker with his second yellow and a red.

Deep into stoppage time, the Bairns' Nathan Austin had a header that came back off the inside of the post.

Dunfermline held on for a point but slip to fourth place in the table, with Falkirk now four points behind Dumbarton in second bottom.

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Thomson
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 90mins
  • 44Watson
  • 21BalatoniSubstituted forCraigenat 75'minutes
  • 14Longridge
  • 3McGheeBooked at 14mins
  • 8Kerr
  • 35Dunne
  • 6McKeeSubstituted forLoyat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Miller
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forAustinat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Austin
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 17Harris
  • 20O'Hara
  • 28Craigen
  • 31Mutch
  • 33Loy

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Williamson
  • 5Morris
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14Talbot
  • 7HigginbothamBooked at 56mins
  • 27ShielsBooked at 64mins
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11CardleBooked at 74minsSubstituted forMvotoat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9McManusBooked at 90mins
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forAirdat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 4Mvoto
  • 13Splaine
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill
  • 23Smith
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
5,465

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  3. Booking

    Rory Loy (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  6. Booking

    Fraser Aird (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) for a bad foul.

  8. Booking

    Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

  10. Post update

    Dean Shiels (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Callum Morris.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Aird replaces Nicky Clark.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cieran Dunne (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  16. Booking

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Cieran Dunne (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Jean-Yves Mvoto replaces Joe Cardle.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Nathan Austin replaces Myles Hippolyte.