Airdrie United 1-4 Falkirk

Jay Fulton (left) celebrates his opening goal for Falkirk

Lyle Taylor netted a hat-trick as Falkirk claimed a resounding win against Airdrie United.

Jay Fulton converted Kieran Duffie's right-wing cross from close range to give the visitors a second-minute lead.

Ryan Donnelly levelled for Airdrie from Marc Warren's free-kick at the start of second half.

Taylor drilled the Bairns back in front and headed his second just after Airdrie's Nathan Blockley was sent off for two bookable offences.

And a late curling strike by Taylor completed his treble.

Airdrie Utd: Duncan, O'Neil, Lilley, Gregor Buchanan, Warren, Bain, Blockley, Lynch (John Boyle 72),Josh Watt (Ronald 87), Liam Buchanan, Donnelly. Subs Not Used: Arthur, Barclay, Evans.

Sent Off: Blockley (79). Booked: Lilley, Blockley, Gregor Buchanan.

Goals: Donnelly 56.

Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Dods, Flynn, Kingsley, Murdoch, Sibbald (Alston 58),Grant (Higgins 83), McGrandles, Taylor, Jay Fulton. Subs Not Used: Bowman, McGeever, Small.

Booked: Murdoch, McGrandles, Taylor.

Goals: Jay Fulton 43, Taylor 67, 80, 90.

Att: 914 Ref: Kevin Clancy