League Cup

Falkirk got the better of local rivals Stenhousemuir to reach the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Eric Paton's 25th-minute free kick from the edge of the penalty box gave Stenny the lead.

But the match turned on its head when Bairns levelled through Brown Ferguson's own goal and then took the lead thanks to Craig Sibbald's strike.

And Farid El Allagui made sure of the hosts' victory with a lobbed shot in stoppage time.

Paton threatened with an early free-kick that was tipped onto the crossbar by Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

But the midfielder was more successful with his next set piece to give the visitors the lead.

Falkirk came out for the second half determined to turn the match around and were level by the 47th minute as Kallum Higginbotham's dangerous cross was diverted past Alistair Brown by the unfortunate Ferguson.

And it was from another Higginbotham delivery two minutes later that Sibbald finished coolly to claim his first Falkirk goal.

Stenny chased an equaliser but were undone in injury time as El Allagui grabbed his sixth goal of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Duffy
  • 03 Scobbie Booked
  • 04 Dods
  • 05 Bennett Booked
  • 06 Murdoch Booked
  • 07 Jay Fulton
  • 08 Millar
  • 09 El Alagui
  • 10 Higginbotham
  • 11 Sibbald (Fulton - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Bowman
  • 12 Wallace
  • 14 Fulton
  • 16 Liam Dick
  • 15 Graham

Stenhousemuir

  • 01 McCluskey
  • 02 Lyle
  • 04 Corrigan
  • 10 Paton
  • 03 Dickson (Quinn - 83' )
  • 05 McKinlay
  • 06 McHale
  • 07 Ferguson (McMillan - 59' )
  • 11 Murray
  • 08 Rodgers Booked
  • 09 Kean

Substitutes

  • 17 Brown
  • 12 McMillan
  • 14 Thomson
  • 15 Quinn
  • 16 Fraser
Ref: Muir
Att: 2,134

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

5 4

Corners

8 10

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:06

Corner from right by-line taken by Stephen Murray. Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Murray.

90:00 +0:25

The assist for the goal came from Mark Millar.

90:00 +0:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Farid El Alagui - Falkirk 3 - 1 Stenh'muir Farid El Alagui grabs a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Falkirk 3-1 Stenhousemuir.

90:00 +0:08

Thomas Scobbie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

89:18

Jay Fulton decides to take a short corner.

88:26

Corner taken by Eric Paton, save made by Michael McGovern.

88:02

Stephen Murray restarts play with the free kick.

88:02 Booking

Booking Thomas Scobbie booked for unsporting behaviour.

87:29

Unfair challenge on Eric Paton by Thomas Scobbie results in a free kick.

86:20

Jay Fulton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

83:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Dods by Andy Rodgers. Direct free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

81:23

Direct free kick taken by Chris McCluskey.

81:23 Substitution

Substitution Sean Dickson leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Quinn.

81:23 Substitution

Substitution Craig Sibbald goes off and Dale Fulton comes on.

81:23 Booking

Booking Stewart Murdoch receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

81:15

Stewart Murdoch challenges Sean Dickson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:17

Mark Millar has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Chris McCluskey makes a save.

77:33

Farid El Alagui concedes a free kick for a foul on Martyn Corrigan. Direct free kick taken by Eric Paton.

77:11

The ball is swung over by Stephen Murray, Stewart Kean takes a shot. Save by Michael McGovern.

76:05

Paul McHale fouled by Mark Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Chris McCluskey takes the free kick.

72:08

Shot from deep inside the area by Farid El Alagui clears the crossbar.

70:28

Unfair challenge on Andy Rodgers by Stewart Murdoch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eric Paton.

69:21

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Eric Paton, Ross McMillan challenges Michael McGovern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael McGovern restarts play with the free kick.

69:03

Stephen Murray decides to take the corner short.

67:45

Corner taken short by Stephen Murray.

66:22

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Stephen Murray, blocked by Thomas Scobbie.

66:22 Booking

Booking Booking for Rhys Bennett for unsporting behaviour.

66:14

Rhys Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Rodgers.

65:15

William Lyle takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

64:40

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris McCluskey.

63:10

Unfair challenge on Stewart Kean by Rhys Bennett results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Eric Paton, save made by Michael McGovern.

61:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Millar on Stephen Murray. Chris McCluskey restarts play with the free kick.

60:50

Stewart Murdoch fouled by Andy Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.

60:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Millar, save by Chris McCluskey.

58:37 Substitution

Substitution Ross McMillan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brown Ferguson.

58:26

Effort on goal by Thomas Scobbie from long distance goes over the crossbar.

53:54

The ball is delivered by Jay Fulton.

53:01

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Murray, Mark Millar manages to make a clearance.

48:47

Short corner taken by Mark Millar.

48:03

Assist on the goal came from Kallum Higginbotham.

48:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Sibbald - Falkirk 2 - 1 Stenh'muir Craig Sibbald finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 2-1 Stenhousemuir.

48:01

Centre by Kallum Higginbotham,

46:08

The assist for the goal came from Kallum Higginbotham.

46:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Brown Ferguson - Falkirk 1 - 1 Stenh'muir Own goal by Brown Ferguson. Falkirk 1-1 Stenhousemuir.

46:06

Kallum Higginbotham produces a cross.

45:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Murdoch on Paul McHale. Eric Paton takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:56

Jay Fulton delivers the ball.

42:11

Farid El Alagui is caught offside. Chris McCluskey restarts play with the free kick.

39:50

Corner taken by Mark Millar, Kevin McKinlay manages to make a clearance.

38:34 Booking

Booking Andy Rodgers booked for dissent.

34:48

Unfair challenge on Kevin McKinlay by Darren Dods results in a free kick. Chris McCluskey takes the direct free kick.

34:10

Brown Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stewart Murdoch. Mark Millar crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kevin McKinlay.

33:05

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Millar, clearance by Andy Rodgers.

32:43

William Lyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham. Mark Millar takes the free kick.

31:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Millar, clearance made by Paul McHale.

30:04

Drilled right-footed shot by Mark Millar. Save by Chris McCluskey. The assistant referee signals for offside against Farid El Alagui. Free kick taken by Chris McCluskey.

24:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Eric Paton - Falkirk 0 - 1 Stenh'muir Eric Paton scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Falkirk 0-1 Stenhousemuir.

24:08

Unfair challenge on Eric Paton by Darren Dods results in a free kick.

22:22

The official flags Farid El Alagui offside. Chris McCluskey takes the free kick.

20:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McKinlay on Craig Sibbald. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Millar from right wing, clearance by Paul McHale.

18:08

Inswinging corner taken by Eric Paton from the left by-line, Kieran Duffie manages to make a clearance.

16:05

Jay Fulton has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

13:10

Kieran Duffie challenges Andy Rodgers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Eric Paton, save by Michael McGovern. Floated corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Murray, clearance by Rhys Bennett. Martyn Corrigan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

12:15

Foul by Paul McHale on Stewart Murdoch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Millar.

11:30

Mark Millar takes the outswinging corner, Martyn Corrigan fouled by Rhys Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris McCluskey.

10:52

Corner taken short by Mark Millar.

8:10

The ball is swung over by Thomas Scobbie.

6:09

Effort on goal by Mark Millar from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

3:27

Kallum Higginbotham has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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