Blair Alston was the Scottish Cup hero for Falkirk as they booked another Hampden semi-final date.

Alston had fired Steven Pressley's men into a half-time lead, before a stunning second with 20 minutes left looked to have won the game.

Andy Ryan hauled Hamilton back into the game minutes later, but was kicking himself after blowing a golden chance to level with 10 minutes left.

Jonathan Page was sent off as an Accies onslaught failed to earn a replay.

Falkirk were first to threaten in front of a healthy travelling support at New Douglas Park, Stewart Murdoch seeing his shot deflected over, but after that Hamilton took charge of the early exchanges.

Jonathon Routledge swung a shot just wide in the 13th minute after a sweeping move involving Stevie May and Alex Neil, then a blunder by Jonathan Flynn gifted Gary Fisher a golden opportunity but he fired straight at goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

Accies were hunting in packs and Pressley's men were struggling to find space, but as the game approached the half-hour mark the Bairns started to come more into it, as Alston and David Weatherston tested Kevin Cuthbert.

Accies cut Falkirk open in 36 minutes. Crafty one-touch football gave Darian McKinnon the chance, but the shot in the end was too easy for McGovern. Fisher than fired wide a minute later as Billy Reid's men stayed in control of the game.

Falkirk were looking dangerous from set-pieces, and Thomas Grant's free-kick found the head of Darren Dods who headed just wide.

Hamilton thought they should have had a penalty when Routledge went down under a challenge from Dods, but referee Willie Collum awarded the corner.

Accies were trying to take advantage while Falkirk reshuffled, with Liam Dick on for Stephen Kingsley, and Louis Longbridge curled a 22 yard shot just wide but, despite their dominance, it was Falkirk who broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time.

A great counter attacking move saw Lyle Taylor pick out Grant on the right hand side, and he presented Alston with an easy chance which he duly tucked away from two yards.

In front of 3,452 fans the home side kept up a high tempo in the second half, camping around the Falkirk box, but a well disciplined back line kept them at bay.

Kevin Cuthbert had to be alert though to keep them in the game in the 53rd minute. Taylor was given freedom to run forward, and he cracked a laser off the bar. The rebound bounced down to Sean Higgins who volleyed towards goal, but Cuthbert had raced back to deny him.

Falkirk looked to have the game won with 20 minutes left from a goal fit to win any cup tie. A corner from the left was headed away by Martin Canning, but Alston thumped a simply brilliant shot right into the top corner that very few goalkeepers would have got near.

Hamilton were not dead and buried yet, though, and three minutes later substitute Andy Ryan gave them a lifeline. Fisher's shot was parried by McGovern, and Ryan stole in to take the ball away from the goalkeeper, then fired in from a tight angle which Dick tried and failed to keep out.

Ryan had given them a lifeline, but he passed up the chance to be the hero with 10 minutes to go. May controlled well on the right, and his low ball was begging to be finished, but from two yards Ryan somehow put his shot over the bar.

Accies appealed for another penalty in the dying minutes, this time Ryan hitting the deck, but again Collum gave the corner.

Page was sent off in stoppage time as frustration got the better of the home side, a vicious two-footed challenge on Taylor giving the referee no option but to order him off.

So Falkirk, having reached a Scottish Communities League semi-final against Celtic last year, head back to Hampden to continue their journey in the Scottish Cup.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Hamilton

  • 01 Cuthbert
  • 02 Fisher
  • 03 Michael Devlin
  • 04 Canning
  • 05 Page Dismissed
  • 06 Routledge
  • 08 Gillepsie (Ryan - 72' )
  • 10 Neil (Crawford - 62' )
  • 07 Longridge (Hendrie - 86' )
  • 09 May
  • 11 Mackinnon Booked

Substitutes

  • 19 Christie
  • 12 Gordon
  • 14 Hendrie
  • 15 Crawford
  • 16 Ryan

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Duffy
  • 03 Kingsley (Liam Dick - 41' )
  • 04 Dods
  • 05 Flynn
  • 06 Murdoch
  • 07 Grant (Higgins - 45' Booked )
  • 08 Alston Booked
  • 10 McGrandles
  • 09 Taylor Booked (Small - 90' )
  • 11 Weatherston

Substitutes

  • 19 Bowman
  • 12 Liam Dick
  • 14 Fulton
  • 15 Higgins
  • 16 Small
Ref: Collum
Att: 3,452

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

4 8

Corners

12 5

Fouls

17 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:09

Indirect free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

90:00 +3:09 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Small joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lyle Taylor.

90:00 +3:09 Booking

Booking Booking for Lyle Taylor.

90:00 +2:47 Booking

Booking Booking for Sean Higgins for dissent.

90:00 +2:08 Dismissal

Dismissal Jonathan Page sent off.

90:00 +1:52

Unfair challenge on Lyle Taylor by Jonathan Page results in a free kick.

90:00 +1:19

Outswinging corner taken by Alister Crawford.

89:32

Inswinging corner taken by Alister Crawford from the left by-line, Header from close in by Jonathan Page misses to the left of the target.

87:43

Foul by Blair Alston on Jonathon Routledge, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Canning.

86:18

Darian Mackinnon fouled by Stewart Murdoch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alister Crawford.

85:45

Lyle Taylor produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

85:07 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Hendrie is brought on as a substitute for Louis Longridge.

82:47

Corner taken by Alister Crawford, clearance made by Kieran Duffie.

80:39

Close range effort by Andrew Ryan clears the crossbar.

79:40

Michael Devlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Higgins. Free kick taken by Liam Dick.

78:34

Jonathon Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Conor McGrandles. Indirect free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

77:38

Conor McGrandles concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven May. Alister Crawford takes the indirect free kick.

73:33

Gary Fisher takes a shot. Save by Michael McGovern.

73:17

The assist for the goal came from Gary Fisher.

73:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Ryan - Hamilton 1 - 2 Falkirk Andrew Ryan finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hamilton 1-2 Falkirk.

72:14

Louis Longridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Weatherston. Indirect free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

71:46

Gary Fisher takes a shot. Save by Michael McGovern. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alister Crawford.

71:06 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Ryan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Grant Gillespie.

70:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Blair Alston - Hamilton 0 - 2 Falkirk Blair Alston fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-2 Falkirk.

69:46

Lyle Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathon Routledge. Corner taken by Sean Higgins from the left by-line, save made by Kevin Cuthbert.

69:08

Inswinging corner taken by Alister Crawford, save by Michael McGovern.

67:47

Unfair challenge on Alister Crawford by Sean Higgins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Gillespie.

65:59

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Page by Lyle Taylor results in a free kick. Kevin Cuthbert restarts play with the free kick.

65:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Alister Crawford, Michael Devlin has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

64:16

Steven May takes a short corner.

62:26

Unfair challenge on David Weatherston by Louis Longridge results in a free kick. Michael McGovern takes the free kick.

62:15

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alister Crawford from the right by-line, Michael McGovern makes a save.

61:04 Substitution

Substitution Alister Crawford replaces Alexander Neil.

59:27

Grant Gillespie takes the outswinging corner, Michael Devlin has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

58:45

Lyle Taylor takes a shot. Sean Higgins takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert.

58:05

The ball is crossed by Lyle Taylor.

55:22

Grant Gillespie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor McGrandles. Free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

52:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Higgins on Grant Gillespie. Alexander Neil takes the indirect free kick.

49:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Longridge on Kieran Duffie. Michael McGovern restarts play with the free kick.

48:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean Higgins played to the near post, clearance by Martin Canning.

47:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darian Mackinnon on Sean Higgins. Sean Higgins takes the indirect free kick.

45:20

Effort on goal by Gary Fisher from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:25

Grant Gillespie concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weatherston. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Duffie.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Sean Higgins on for Thomas Grant.

43:45

Thomas Grant provided the assist for the goal.

43:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Blair Alston - Hamilton 0 - 1 Falkirk Blair Alston finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-1 Falkirk.

42:37

Grant Gillespie delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Michael McGovern.

42:37 Booking

Booking Blair Alston is shown a yellow card.

42:28

Blair Alston gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven May.

41:40

Louis Longridge produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

40:44

Grant Gillespie takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Kieran Duffie.

40:44 Substitution

Substitution Liam Dick on for Stephen Kingsley.

38:33

Foul by Michael Devlin on Lyle Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Grant. Header by Darren Dods from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

37:47 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Darian Mackinnon for unsporting behaviour.

37:33

Foul by Darian Mackinnon on Stephen Kingsley, free kick awarded.

35:59

Centre by Darian Mackinnon, save by Michael McGovern.

32:29

Darren Dods challenges Steven May unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Gillespie.

31:36

Effort from outside the area by Gary Fisher goes wide right of the goal.

30:51

Blair Alston takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert.

29:54

David Weatherston takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert. Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Grant from the right by-line.

29:24

Jonathon Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Grant. Kieran Duffie takes the indirect free kick.

26:02

Blair Alston takes a shot. Comfortable save by Kevin Cuthbert.

25:25

Thomas Grant fouled by Alexander Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Duffie takes the indirect free kick.

24:17

Jonathon Routledge challenges Conor McGrandles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Duffie takes the indirect free kick.

23:25

Louis Longridge produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.

19:36

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Kieran Duffie.

18:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven May on Darren Dods. Darren Dods takes the free kick.

17:13

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Steven May misses to the left of the target.

15:35

Louis Longridge crosses the ball, comfortable save by Michael McGovern.

13:46

Gary Fisher takes a shot. Michael McGovern makes a comfortable save.

11:30

Jonathon Routledge produces a right-footed shot from inside the area and strikes the post.

7:53

The ball is sent over by Louis Longridge, save by Michael McGovern.

5:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Duffie by Michael Devlin. Free kick taken by Michael McGovern.

5:08

Stewart Murdoch concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Fisher. Grant Gillespie takes the free kick.

4:06

Corner taken right-footed by Grant Gillespie to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Kingsley.

3:12

Stewart Murdoch takes a shot. Louis Longridge gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Thomas Grant.

2:30

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Blair Alston from the right by-line.

0:57

Unfair challenge on Lyle Taylor by Jonathan Page results in a free kick. Stewart Murdoch takes the free kick.

0:09

Grant Gillespie takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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