Botti Bia-Bi's header ensured Falkirk took a point from Central Park in a game that Cowdenbeath led twice.

Lewis Milne took advantage of a sleepy defence to give the hosts a first-half lead.

But Falkirk pegged them back straight after the break through a wonderfully curled finish by striker Rory Loy.

Ex-Bairn Sean Higgins side-footed past Jamie MacDonald to put Cowdenbeath ahead again before Bia-Bi nodded in Liam Dick's cross.

The emergence of the London-born, Scottish forward Bia-Bi is an exciting one for Falkirk fans still disappointed with the loss of other young talents Stephen Kingsley and Jay Fulton to Swansea City.

And the 18-year-old will hope to provide support for Loy, who netted 21 last season and is already on three goals in this 2014-15 campaign.

Cowdenbeath lost their opening three league games last season so will be glad to get a point on the board after day one, although boss Jimmy Nicholl was understandably frustrated his men failed to take all three.

After a dull start, Milne's second strike in as many games showed the Blue Brazil could contend with a Falkirk starting XI of whom four played Scottish Premiership football last season.

Loy's equaliser was largely thanks to a lovely through ball by Blair Alston, who himself tested Cowdenbeath goalkeeper Thomas Flynn on a few occasions.

Falkirk's defence showed a hesitancy that Houston will want to correct before the visit of Rangers on Friday night, with Higgins only too happy to take advantage of it here.

But perhaps teenager Bia-Bi will seek to show more of what he can do when Ally McCoist's side arrive at the Falkirk Stadium.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (3)

Cowdenbeath

  • 01 Flynn
  • 14 Brett
  • 03 Adamson
  • 06 Wedderburn
  • 04 O'Brien
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 20 Miller
  • 07 Robertson
  • 10 Higgins
  • 21 Johnston (Sutherland - 84' )
  • 08 Milne

Substitutes

  • 02 Campbell
  • 09 Sutherland
  • 12 Kane
  • 15 Jurisic
  • 17 Thomson
  • 18 Brownlie
  • 24 Callaghan

Falkirk

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 17 Maybury
  • 15 Dick
  • 04 Durojaiye (Bia Bi - 61' )
  • 05 McCracken
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 08 Alston
  • 20 Cooper (Sibbald - 67' )
  • 33 Loy
  • 07 Taiwo
  • 11 McGrandles

Substitutes

  • 10 Sibbald
  • 12 Bowman
  • 14 Grant
  • 19 Leahy
  • 23 Shepherd
  • 24 McGeever
  • 28 Bia Bi
Ref: John McKendrick
Att: 1,074

Match Stats

Shots

6 12

On target

3 8

Corners

2 7

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2.

90:00 +0:19

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:43

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David McCracken.

84:11

Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:11

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

83:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Craig Sutherland replaces Craig Johnston.

83:00

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:59

Foul by Liam Dick (Falkirk).

80:42

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:32

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

79:32

Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

78:28

Foul by Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk).

78:28

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 2. Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Dick with a cross.

76:00

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:56

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

75:29

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John Armstrong.

75:00

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

74:57

Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

74:06

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:56

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

72:00

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:55

Foul by Alan Maybury (Falkirk).

67:54

Attempt missed. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from the left side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

67:28

Foul by Liam Dick (Falkirk).

67:28

Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Craig Sibbald replaces Alex Cooper.

64:24

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas Flynn.

63:48

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:59

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Kenny Adamson.

62:23

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

62:23

David McCracken (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Botti Bia Bi replaces Olumide Durojaiye.

59:46

Foul by Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath).

59:46

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:18

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Liam Dick.

56:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 2, Falkirk 1. Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kyle Miller.

55:32

Attempt missed. Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

52:33

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas Flynn.

52:12

Attempt saved. Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:32

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

50:53

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

49:27

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

49:27

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

46:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 1, Falkirk 1. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Blair Alston.

45:00

Second Half begins Cowdenbeath 1, Falkirk 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cowdenbeath 1, Falkirk 0.

43:39

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:39

Foul by Alan Maybury (Falkirk).

37:25

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:25

Foul by Liam Dick (Falkirk).

33:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 1, Falkirk 0. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

28:27

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

27:53

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

27:53

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

26:34

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:34

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

23:28

Attempt saved. Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

22:44

Attempt missed. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

22:11

Foul by Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath).

22:11

Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:03

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas Flynn.

18:15

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

16:26

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

16:26

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

13:00

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:56

Foul by Alan Maybury (Falkirk).

12:29

Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

12:29

David McCracken (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:08

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

10:08

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

9:26

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by John Armstrong.

6:44

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:44

Foul by Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk).

6:09

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:09

Foul by Alex Cooper (Falkirk).

3:15

Attempt missed. Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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