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Falkirk 1-1 Dundee United: Late leveller dents visitors' title hopes

By Richard Winton BBC Sport at the Falkirk Stadium
Ciaran McKenna scores
Ciaran McKenna's late equaliser was his first goal for the club

Dundee United lost ground in the Scottish Championship title race after conceding a late leveller at Falkirk.

With United leading after Cammy Smith rammed in a Jamie Robson cross just after the break - and leaders Ross County trailing at Partick Thistle - it had looked like the two would be tied at the top.

But Ciaran McKenna's thumping header - combined with County's eventual win - means United slip five points adrift.

They do, however, move level on points with Ayr United in second, while Falkirk stay in ninth.

Ray McKinnon's side welcome Morton in the first game shown on the new BBC Scotland channel on Friday, while United - who lost centre backs Freddie Frans and Rachid Bouhenna to injuries - host Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday.

'It will be very interesting' - reaction

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon said: "I'm disappointed we lost the goal just after half-time, but we showed good resilience to come back and get the equaliser. It was a great goal, on another day we could have won it.

"It was a big point - we have to be competitive, determined and try and win as many points as possible. Although we are unbeaten we are still in ninth and over the next 11 games, it will be very interesting."

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson said: "I'm disappointed not to take three points as we played some good football.

"This is a tough place to come. They are very strong, very direct, we lost two centre halves today because of the physicality."

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Burgoyne
  • 3McGheeBooked at 35mins
  • 23Dixon
  • 28McKenna
  • 14Robson
  • 6PatonBooked at 79mins
  • 16McShane
  • 27WaddingtonSubstituted forJarvisat 54'minutes
  • 10Keillor-DunnSubstituted forMacLeanat 75'minutes
  • 7Petravicius
  • 19RuddenSubstituted forTodorovat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 8Todorov
  • 9Jarvis
  • 11MacLean
  • 12Mitchell
  • 18Brough
  • 24Lavery

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49Seaman
  • 4FransSubstituted forBouhennaat 24'minutesSubstituted forGomisat 71'minutes
  • 55Connolly
  • 17Robson
  • 18ButcherBooked at 42mins
  • 47HarkesBooked at 45mins
  • 50Pawlett
  • 10Clark
  • 25Smith
  • 14SafrankoSubstituted forSowat 64'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 7McMullan
  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Sow
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 34Laidlaw
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
5,840

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

  4. Post update

    Ross MacLean (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Jarvis (Falkirk).

  7. Post update

    Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nikolay Todorov (Falkirk).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Jarvis (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Deimantas Petravicius (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

  12. Post update

    Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ross MacLean (Falkirk).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1. Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ian McShane.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

  20. Post update

    Paul Paton (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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