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Falkirk 1-1 Dundee United: Late leveller dents visitors' title hopes

Ciaran McKenna scores
Ciaran McKenna's late equaliser was his first goal for the club

Dundee United lost ground in the Scottish Championship title race after conceding a late leveller at Falkirk.

With United leading after Cammy Smith rammed in a Jamie Robson cross just after the break - and leaders Ross County trailing at Partick Thistle - it had looked like the two would be tied at the top.

But Ciaran McKenna's thumping header - combined with County's eventual win - means United slip five points adrift.

They do, however, move level on points with Ayr United in second, while Falkirk stay in ninth.

Ray McKinnon's side welcome Morton in the first game shown on the new BBC Scotland channel on Friday, while United - who lost centre backs Freddie Frans and Rachid Bouhenna to injuries - host Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday.

'It will be very interesting' - reaction

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon said: "I'm disappointed we lost the goal just after half-time, but we showed good resilience to come back and get the equaliser. It was a great goal, on another day we could have won it.

"It was a big point - we have to be competitive, determined and try and win as many points as possible. Although we are unbeaten we are still in ninth and over the next 11 games, it will be very interesting."

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson said: "I'm disappointed not to take three points as we played some good football.

"This is a tough place to come. They are very strong, very direct, we lost two centre halves today because of the physicality."

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 43Burgoyne
  • 3McGheeBooked at 35mins
  • 23Dixon
  • 28McKenna
  • 14Robson
  • 6PatonBooked at 79mins
  • 16McShane
  • 27WaddingtonSubstituted forJarvisat 54'minutes
  • 10Keillor-DunnSubstituted forMacLeanat 75'minutes
  • 7Petravicius
  • 19RuddenSubstituted forTodorovat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 8Todorov
  • 9Jarvis
  • 11MacLean
  • 12Mitchell
  • 18Brough
  • 24Lavery

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49Seaman
  • 4FransSubstituted forBouhennaat 24'minutesSubstituted forGomisat 71'minutes
  • 55Connolly
  • 17Robson
  • 18ButcherBooked at 42mins
  • 47HarkesBooked at 45mins
  • 50Pawlett
  • 10Clark
  • 25Smith
  • 14SafrankoSubstituted forSowat 64'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 7McMullan
  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Sow
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 34Laidlaw
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
5,840

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Ross MacLean (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Jarvis (Falkirk).

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikolay Todorov (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Aaron Jarvis (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Deimantas Petravicius (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross MacLean (Falkirk).

Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Dundee United 1. Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ian McShane.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Paul Paton (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Nikolay Todorov replaces Zak Rudden.

Delay in match Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Booking

Osman Sow (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Osman Sow (Dundee United).

Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Paul Paton (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Paton (Falkirk).

Osman Sow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ross MacLean replaces Davis Keillor-Dunn.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Falkirk).

Foul by Osman Sow (Dundee United).

Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Thomas Robson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Rachid Bouhenna because of an injury.

Delay in match Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Paul Dixon (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County24146443232048
2Ayr25127640231743
3Dundee Utd2512763532343
4Inverness CT2581253429536
5Dunfermline2587102530-531
6Queen of Sth257993531430
7Morton257992533-830
8Alloa2668122740-1326
9Falkirk2567122636-1025
10Partick Thistle2574142740-1325
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