Scottish Championship
Falkirk3Ross County2

Falkirk 3-2 Ross County: Falkirk relegated despite win over champions Ross County

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon and Paul Dixon are left disappointed
Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon was left disappointed

Falkirk will be playing in Scotland's third tier for the first time since 1980 after a 3-2 win over champions Ross County failed to avoid relegation.

Ray McKinnon's side finish behind Queen of the South, who lost at home to Partick Thistle, on goal difference.

Zak Rudden put Falkirk ahead from close range only for second-half goals from Ross Stewart Iain Vigurs to put the Dingwall side ahead.

Falkirk hit back from Ciaran McKenna and Jordan McGhee but still go down.

Their victory would have been enough to overhaul neighbours Alloa Athletic, but the part-timers managed a draw away to Ayr United to retain their place in the Championship for a second season.

Falkirk fans launched a protest at the end of the game to show their anger at the board.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 43Burgoyne
  • 28McKenna
  • 5Edjenguele
  • 23Dixon
  • 3McGhee
  • 16McShane
  • 21OsmanBooked at 72mins
  • 11MacLeanSubstituted forWaddingtonat 68'minutes
  • 14Robson
  • 19Rudden
  • 9JarvisSubstituted forLavertyat 69'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fasan
  • 2Kidd
  • 8Todorov
  • 18Brough
  • 20O'Hara
  • 27Waddington
  • 41Laverty

Ross County

  • 1FoxSubstituted forMunroat 22'minutes
  • 2FraserBooked at 69mins
  • 18Semple
  • 3Kelly
  • 10McManus
  • 8Lindsay
  • 11VigursSubstituted forGallagherat 87'minutes
  • 16SpenceSubstituted forPatonat 30'minutes
  • 31Armstrong
  • 27Stewart
  • 19GrahamBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 7Gardyne
  • 14Mullin
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 43Wallace
  • 46Murray
  • 49Gallagher
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,682

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home19
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 3, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 3, Ross County 2.

Declan McManus (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Waddington (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Zak Rudden (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ross Stewart (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Mark Gallagher replaces Iain Vigurs.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Abdul Osman (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ian McShane.

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Falkirk).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Booking

Aidan Laverty (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aidan Laverty (Falkirk).

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 3, Ross County 2. Jordan McGhee (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 2, Ross County 2. Ciaran McKenna (Falkirk) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Ross County 2. Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Falkirk).

Booking

Abdul Osman (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Zak Rudden (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Thomas Robson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Aidan Laverty replaces Aaron Jarvis.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Mark Waddington replaces Ross MacLean.

Attempt saved. Thomas Robson (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

Thomas Robson (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Ross Stewart (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Falkirk).

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Zak Rudden (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County36218763342971
2Dundee Utd3619894940965
3Inverness CT36141484840856
4Ayr361591250381254
5Morton361113123645-946
6Partick Thistle36127174352-943
7Dunfermline36118173340-741
8Alloa36109173953-1439
9Queen of Sth36911164148-738
10Falkirk36911163749-1238
View full Scottish Championship table

Top Stories