Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 3-1 Dundee United

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk overtake United after their dramatic late victory
Falkirk overtake United after their dramatic late victory

Two goals in the last two minutes gave Falkirk a crucial win to move them to within six points of Queen of the South at the top of the Championship.

Dundee United defender William Edjenguele diverted a Myles Hippolyte effort into his own net before Lee Miller scored with a stunning header.

John Baird's fourth goal in three games gave the Bairns the lead on 18 minutes, with Tope Obedayi levelling.

Falkirk move up to fourth, overtaking United in the process.

A second league defeat means United are eight points adrift in the race for automatic promotion.

The Tannadice team's central defenders did not look too clever when Baird headed home the opener or a few minutes later when Bob McHugh nipped between them to send another Tom Taiwo cross onto the post.

The visitors were more impressive going forward though and a sweeping move ended with former Kilmarnock winger Obedayi bundling the ball in from close range on 33 minutes.

Those goals were the highlights of an entertaining first half where both sides created chances as they chased victory after early pace setters Hibs suffered an unexpected defeat earlier in the day.

Unfortunately, the realisation of the damage a loss of their own would inflict seem to inhibit their attacking verve for large spells of the second half.

Things picked up again in terms of goalmouth incidents as the match entered the final phase with David McCracken and Hippolyte going close to claiming a winner for Falkirk.

United always looked threatening with their pace on the counter attack but Peter Houston's side seemed to want it more towards the end.

A wicked cross from substitute James Craigan led to Edjenguele's own goal and Hippolyte picked out Miller with the perfect delivery as the hosts were rewarded for a storming finish.

To make matters worse for United, they lost Willo Flood through injury in the second half and the experienced midfielder is unlikely to recover in time for Tuesday's Betfred Cup quarter final away to Morton.

Line-ups

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Kidd
  • 5McCracken
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forCraigenat 74'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 68minsSubstituted forRankinat 74'minutes
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 9Baird
  • 19McHughSubstituted forMillerat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rankin
  • 18Miller
  • 21Shepherd
  • 23Gallacher
  • 26McMinn
  • 28Craigen
  • 44Watson

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bell
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 6ToshneySubstituted forDillonat 45'minutes
  • 24Robson
  • 23van der Velden
  • 12TelferBooked at 41mins
  • 16FloodSubstituted forFraserat 53'minutes
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 9Murray
  • 19AndreuSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 4Durnan
  • 5Donaldson
  • 7Spittal
  • 10Fraser
  • 15Smith
  • 21Zwick
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
5,488

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 3, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 3, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 3, Dundee United 1. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Myles Hippolyte.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 2, Dundee United 1. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Craigen.

  6. Post update

    Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Fraser.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Robert McHugh.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David McCracken (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. John Rankin replaces Craig Sibbald.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces Tom Taiwo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.