Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-2 Dunfermline Athletic

Kallum Higginbotham in action for Dunfermline
Kallum Higginbotham's last goal was also against Falkirk, on 4 November

Dunfermline remain on course to book a place in the Championship play-offs after victory at Falkirk.

Striker Kallum Higginbotham scored his first goal since November when his shot deflected off a defender into the bottom left corner.

Fraser Aird made it 2-0 from close range early in the second half after Higginbotham's shot was parried.

Aaron Muirhead gave Falkirk hope with a penalty after Nicky Clark fouled Jordan McGhee, but The Pars held out.

They move three points clear in third place ahead of Dundee United, who were beaten 3-2 at Dumbarton, but have played two games more.

Falkirk remain in eighth place, three points behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and eight points clear of Dumbarton in the relegation play-off spot.

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 18Hazard
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 51mins
  • 5GrantSubstituted forHarrisat 54'minutes
  • 44Watson
  • 3McGhee
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 81mins
  • 42Robson
  • 43NelsonSubstituted forO'Haraat 88'minutes
  • 45WelshSubstituted forKiddat 75'minutes
  • 22Jakubiak
  • 14Longridge

Substitutes

  • 1Thomson
  • 2Kidd
  • 7Taiwo
  • 16Tumilty
  • 17Harris
  • 20O'Hara
  • 21Blair

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25RobinsonBooked at 65mins
  • 2Williamson
  • 5Morris
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 77mins
  • 3Martin
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forMvotoat 84'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 31BeadlingSubstituted forCardleat 90+2'minutes
  • 28Craigen
  • 17AirdSubstituted forWedderburnat 67'minutes
  • 9McManus
  • 10ClarkBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 4Mvoto
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 12Armstrong
  • 14Talbot
  • 16Ryan
  • 20Gill
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,784

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Joe Cardle replaces Tom Beadling.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Kidd (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces Andrew Nelson because of an injury.

  7. Booking

    Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Jean-Yves Mvoto replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk).

  10. Post update

    Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 1, Dunfermline Athletic 2. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  15. Booking

    Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Penalty Falkirk. Jordan McGhee draws a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Watson (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Booking

    Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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