Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Falkirk

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport at East End Park
Nathan Austin and Aaron Muirhead were on target for Falkirk at East End Park
Nathan Austin and Aaron Muirhead were on target for Falkirk at East End Park

Battling Falkirk kept their grip on second place in the Championship with two second-half goals which sank 10-man Dunfermline.

Nicky Clark had gone close for the Pars with a header before he beat Robbie Thomson with a low shot on 35 minutes.

Aaron Muirhead levelled from the penalty spot and Falkirk were boosted further when Dunfermline substitute Lewis Martin was sent off for a foul.

Nathan Austin came off the bench to head home the winner for the visitors.

Clark had looked sharp in the early stages of the match and had forced Thomson to dive full length to his right to clutch a headed effort in 13 minutes.

But Thomson was beaten at his far post when Clark struck a shot across goal from 16 yards to give the Pars a half-time lead.

However, the match sprang to life after the break.

Myles Hippolyte, who had replaced Mark Kerr two minutes earlier, was downed in the box by Pars keeper Sean Murdoch as he stretched for the loose ball. Murdoch was booked for his protests at referee Gavin Duncan's decision and then subbed because of injury, with David Hutton taking over in goal.

The home side were reduced to 10 men when Martin, who had been on for only three minutes, was red carded for downing John Baird as he headed towards goal.

But it was another substitute who had the final say on the game when, with 20 minutes remaining, Austin found himself free at the far post to head a Craig Sibbald cross over the line.

Dunfermline scrapped mightily to haul themselves back into the match but Falkirk, with numerical advantage, always looked capable on the break and held on to take the points.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1MurdochBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHuttonat 55'minutes
  • 6Geggan
  • 22MorrisSubstituted forMartinat 55'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20HigginbothamBooked at 53mins
  • 16McCabe
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 18McMullan
  • 37Clark
  • 10HopkirkBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 4Martin
  • 7Paton
  • 9Moffat
  • 11Cardle
  • 17Reilly
  • 43Hutton

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Thomson
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 76mins
  • 14Grant
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forMcKeeat 83'minutes
  • 8KerrBooked at 40minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 51'minutes
  • 28Craigen
  • 10Sibbald
  • 18MillerSubstituted forAustinat 67'minutes
  • 9Baird

Substitutes

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Kidd
  • 6McKee
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 16Austin
  • 19McHugh
  • 33Aird
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
5,076

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Falkirk 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Falkirk 2.

  3. Post update

    Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David Hutton.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

  7. Post update

    James Craigen (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Booking

    David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Joe McKee replaces Tom Taiwo.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Austin (Falkirk).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Andrew Geggan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic).

  18. Post update

    James Craigen (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian331713351222964
2Falkirk341511855381756
3Dundee Utd34151094739855
4Morton34131294237551
5Dunfermline341012124242042
6Queen of Sth34119144449-542
7Dumbarton34911144453-938
8Raith Rovers3399153143-1236
9St Mirren34811154655-935
10Ayr34712153256-2433
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