Scottish Cup
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Cove Rangers 1-3 Falkirk

Two quick-fire second-half goals helped Falkirk survive a tough tie against Cove Rangers and earn a place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

In a lightning start it was 1-1 after three minutes; Alex Jakubiak's lead for Falkirk cancelled out instantly by Mitch Megginson.

Falkirk started the second half even quicker, Craig Sibbald and Jakubiak both hitting the net.

Cove Rangers dominated spells of the game, but were simply not as clinical.

The Bairns almost fell behind midway through the first half when Hazard and Paul Watson were involved in a mix-up but the goalkeeper managed to hold the ball on the line.

After racing out of the blocks in the first half, Sibbald restored the Championship side's lead with a volley before Jakubiak raced clear of the Cove defence and netted his second.

Post-match reaction

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran: "I think we definitely showed we can match up against these teams.

"Whether we could do it week in week out is another story, but I thought we did ourselves proud today.

"Our players were excellent, we more than matched the Championship team."

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley: "We got off to a perfect start then Cove came back into the game.

"But I have got to give Cove credit.They are a good team, are at the top of their league for a reason and handled the conditions better.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game and we had a great start to the second as well.

"I don't think we played as well as we could, but we took our chances."


Cove Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McKenzie
  • 2Ross
  • 5Watson
  • 6Kelly
  • 3RedfordSubstituted forScullyat 75'minutes
  • 4Strachan
  • 10MilneBooked at 90mins
  • 7Masson
  • 8CampbellBooked at 82mins
  • 11StottSubstituted forParkat 81'minutes
  • 9Megginson


  • 12Scully
  • 14McManus
  • 15Park
  • 16Smith
  • 17Gray
  • 18Robertson
  • 21McCafferty


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 18Hazard
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44WatsonBooked at 61mins
  • 3McGhee
  • 16TumiltyBooked at 81mins
  • 2Kidd
  • 42RobsonSubstituted forTaiwoat 63'minutes
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forMcKeeat 76'minutes
  • 14LongridgeSubstituted forNelsonat 81'minutes
  • 22Jakubiak
  • 33LoyBooked at 90mins


  • 1Thomson
  • 5Grant
  • 6McKee
  • 7Taiwo
  • 20O'Hara
  • 21Blair
  • 43Nelson
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cove Rangers 1, Falkirk 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cove Rangers 1, Falkirk 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe McKee (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    Harry Milne (Cove Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harry Milne (Cove Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  8. Booking

    Rory Loy (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Cove Rangers. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mitchel Megginson (Cove Rangers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reghan Tumilty (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Ryan Strachan (Cove Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk).

  14. Booking

    Grant Campbell (Cove Rangers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Grant Campbell (Cove Rangers).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Andrew Nelson replaces Louis Longridge.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cove Rangers. Daniel Park replaces Ryan Stott.

  18. Booking

    Reghan Tumilty (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Connor Scully (Cove Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Reghan Tumilty (Falkirk).