This attractive-looking match between two promotion-chasing sides turned out to be a drab affair.

But Falkirk extend their unbeaten league run to eight games and they both move a point closer to leaders Dundee.

The visitors came closest to scoring, with Ali Crawford having a goal-bound shot cleared off the line by the highly impressive Will Vaulks.

And Hamilton's Mickael Antoine-Curier passed up a glorious chance, heading wide from point-blank range.

On the evidence of this game neither team looked like title contenders.

These clubs have a reputation for encouraging young talent and allowing them to flourish in teams that try to play passing football.

Those elements were all present here, but the efforts of both teams to play in this manner only occasionally led to goalscoring opportunities.

Anthony Andreu stung the palms of Michael McGovern in the Falkirk goal early on, while Mark Millar had Kevin Cuthbert scrambling for a free kick that curled just wide of the Accies keeper's right-hand post.

Falkirk were almost rewarded for splendid work firstly by Phil Roberts and then Craig Sibbald, but the latter's cross took a slight deflection denying Conor McGrandles a header into an empty net.

But the home side had a narrow escape shortly before the break as Crawford's shot beat McGovern only for Vaulks to get back brilliantly to clear off the line.

If Falkirk were grateful for that let-off, they breathed another sigh of relief just after the break when Stephen Hendrie's cross presented Antoine-Curier with a gilt-edged opportunity, but with a free header inside the six-yard box, he somehow sent the ball wide.

If anything there was an even greater dearth of end product in the second half, but Jay Fulton tried to put that right, only for his glancing header to land on the roof of the Accies net.

Substitute Blair Alston did likewise in the closing minutes as the game petered out.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Duffie
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 07 Fulton (Shepherd - 74' )
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 34 McCracken (Flynn - 53' )
  • 11 McGrandles
  • 35 Millar
  • 09 Roberts Booked (Alston - 85' )
  • 33 Loy
  • 10 Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 04 Durojaiye
  • 05 Flynn
  • 08 Alston
  • 12 Bowman
  • 18 Small
  • 19 Leahy
  • 31 Shepherd

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 Cuthbert
  • 02 Gordon
  • 03 Hendrie Booked
  • 06 Gillespie
  • 05 Canning
  • 04 Devlin
  • 11 Crawford Booked
  • 22 Andreu
  • 07 Keatings (Ryan - 79' )
  • 99 Antoine-Curier (Brophy - 85' )
  • 17 Longridge

Substitutes

  • 16 Watson
  • 19 Currie
  • 20 Brophy
  • 21 Docherty
  • 24 Tena
  • 32 Ryan
  • 33 Kilday
Ref: Crawford Allan
Att: 3,099

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

0 1

Corners

9 0

Fouls

6 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

90:00 +2:24

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +1:42

Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:42

Foul by Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

86:14

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:14

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

84:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Blair Alston replaces Philip Roberts.

84:02 Booking

Booking Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

84:00

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:57

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

82:15

Attempt missed. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is too high.

81:51 Booking

Booking Philip Roberts (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

81:30

Foul by Philip Roberts (Falkirk).

81:30

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces James Keatings.

77:16

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:16

Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

74:54

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:54

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

74:00

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:48

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

73:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Jay Fulton.

69:05

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

62:50 Booking

Booking Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

62:41

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:41

Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

61:10

Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:10

Foul by Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

60:41

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

60:21

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Martin Canning.

60:11

Attempt blocked. Philip Roberts (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

59:37

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

58:28

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:19

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:19

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

52:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Jonathan Flynn replaces David McCracken because of an injury.

51:28

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

50:55

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

48:49

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

48:49

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:40

Attempt missed. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

46:17

Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

46:17

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

43:39

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:33

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:01

Philip Roberts (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:01

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

41:20

Attempt blocked. Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

38:43

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

37:39

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

37:39

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:05

Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:05

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

34:58

Attempt missed. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

31:06

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

28:32

Philip Roberts (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:32

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

27:38

Foul by Philip Roberts (Falkirk).

27:38

Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:46

Attempt missed. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:48

Attempt missed. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

23:09

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:09

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

21:53

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:17

Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

20:19

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

20:19

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:41

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:51

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Martin Canning.

16:32

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

16:09

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

11:34

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

10:13

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:13

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

8:42

Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:42

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

4:32

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

4:10

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:10

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

2:25

Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:43

Mark Millar (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:43

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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