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  • Date:02 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Falkirk Stadium
  • Attendance:3,722
  • Higginbotham (4) Brian Allison - og (19)
    Brian Allison - og (19) Higginbotham (31) McLean (59)
  • Vitiven (24)
    McHale (87)
Goal!

Live Commentary

The referee brings the game to a close.

91:19 +1.19

The ball is sent over by Jack Compton, clearance made by Callum Reidford.

87:35

(Stirling) makes a substitution, with Daniel Ashe coming on for David Vitiven.

87:01

Paul McHale scores a goal from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 4-2 Stirling.

85:36

Gordon Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Compton. Brian McLean takes the indirect free kick.

85:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vitiven on Brian McLean. Free kick taken by Thomas Scobbie.

84:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Deuchar. Callum Reidford restarts play with the free kick.

84:25

Jason Marr joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieran Duffie.

81:43

Marc Twaddle sends in a cross, Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Currie.

78:57

Unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by John Kane results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Burton O'Brien.

78:02

Unfair challenge on David Vitiven by Thomas Scobbie results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paul McHale.

77:35

Ryan Flynn delivers the ball.

76:01 +0.01

Michael Mullen comes on in place of Jerome Heeking.

75:52

(Stirling) makes a substitution, with Michael Mullen coming on for Jerome Heeking. Gordon Smith is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

75:34

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gordon Smith. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

74:38

Foul by Jack Compton on Joshua Flood, free kick awarded. Lee Currie takes the direct free kick.

74:02

Foul by Gordon Smith on Burton O'Brien, free kick awarded. Burton O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.

72:24

Marc Twaddle takes a shot. John Kane gets a block in.

70:33

Kenny Deuchar comes on in place of Mark Stewart. Jack Compton is brought on as a substitute for Chris Mitchell.

69:22

Scott Buist shown a yellow card. Scott Buist gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Brian McLean restarts play with the free kick.

67:06

Chris Mitchell produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Ryan Flynn goes wide of the left-hand upright.

66:29

Mark Millar takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

64:39

Scott Buist concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

63:54

Lee Currie takes the inswinging corner, Chris Mitchell manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Lee Currie to the near post, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

63:31

David Vitiven fouled by Brian McLean, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McHale takes the direct free kick.

62:21

Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Mitchell.

59:52

(Stirling) makes a substitution, with Joshua Flood coming on for Ryan Borris.

59:03

Brian McLean finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Falkirk 4-1 Stirling.Chris Mitchell provided the assist for the goal.

58:24

Mark Stewart takes a shot. Callum Reidford makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Mitchell.

56:58

Gordon Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian McLean. Brian McLean restarts play with the free kick.

56:11

Mark Millar takes a shot. Save by Callum Reidford.

55:55

The ball is sent over by Kallum Higginbotham, Brian Allison makes a clearance.

53:50

The ball is sent over by Kieran Duffie. Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on John Kane. Callum Reidford takes the indirect free kick.

51:44

Mark Stewart produces a cross, clearance by Scott Buist.

49:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Mitchell by Lee Currie. Burton O'Brien takes the free kick.

46:30

The ball is crossed by Lee Currie, Gordon Smith produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

44:17

Michael Doyle is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Marc Twaddle by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Marc Twaddle takes the direct free kick.

40:47

John Kane concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn. Thomas Scobbie takes the direct free kick.

40:05

Mark Stewart takes a shot. Save by Callum Reidford.

39:36

Shot by Mark Stewart from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

38:44

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Mitchell, clearance made by Brian Allison.

38:38

Mark Stewart sends in a cross, Paul McHale makes a clearance.

37:45

John Kane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Mark Millar takes the direct free kick.

36:29

John Kane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Marc Twaddle restarts play with the free kick.

35:48

Booking for Chris Mitchell for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Borris fouled by Chris Mitchell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Currie, Ryan Flynn makes a clearance.

35:06

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Mitchell from the right by-line.

34:52

Mark Stewart crosses the ball, save by Callum Reidford.

32:46

The official flags Mark Stewart offside. Lee Currie takes the indirect free kick.

31:33

Kallum Higginbotham finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Falkirk 3-1 Stirling.Assist on the goal came from Kieran Duffie.

30:02

Shot from long range by Ryan Flynn goes over the bar.

28:43

Effort from long distance by David Vitiven goes wide right of the goal.

27:52

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Mitchell, clearance made by Jerome Heeking.

27:33

Ryan Flynn crosses the ball, Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot. Save made by Callum Reidford.

24:49

David Vitiven grabs a headed goal from close in. Falkirk 2-1 Stirling.The assist for the goal came from Michael Doyle.

24:10

David Vitiven challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Mitchell.

21:31

Mark Stewart is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Callum Reidford.

20:40

Unfair challenge on David Vitiven by Thomas Scobbie results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Currie, Brian McLean manages to make a clearance.

19:22

An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Brian Allison. Falkirk 2-0 Stirling.The ball is swung over by Marc Twaddle. Marc Twaddle provided the assist for the goal.

19:22

Brian Allison puts the ball into his own goal. Falkirk 2-0 Stirling.Assist on the goal came from Marc Twaddle.

13:51

Mark Stewart crosses the ball, Lee Currie gets a block in.

7:32

Mark Millar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

7:08

The ball is delivered by Mark Stewart, Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Brian Allison makes a clearance.

6:13

Thomas Scobbie fouled by Gordon Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

4:32

Kallum Higginbotham gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Falkirk 1-0 Stirling.Outswinging corner taken by Chris Mitchell from the right by-line, Chris Mitchell provided the assist for the goal.

2:48

Mark Stewart takes the outswinging corner, Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Brian Allison gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Stewart from the right by-line, clearance made by Jerome Heeking.

2:32

Mark Stewart takes a shot. Callum Reidford makes a save.

1:29

Unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Mark Stewart takes the free kick.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The second half kicks off.

Match Preview

McManus misses out again Falkirk manager Steven Pressley will be without striker Tam McManus for the home clash with Stirling Albion. Pressley has several players nursing bumps and bruises following their return to action in midweek after a near seven-week lay-off, but is expected to list the same squad that drew with Raith, with only McManus unavailable. Pressley said: "We did the dirty side of the game well against Raith in that everyone worked really hard and closed down their opponents well. "Defensively we were good, but we need to show a bit more in the top half of the pitch. "Stirling will look to hit us on the break and thankfully our fitness levels looked good the other night and that will allow us to cope with that approach." Stirling's plans for have been thrown into disarray by two long-term injuries and a virus that has left manager John O'Neill without a total 12 first-team players. The Scottish Football League have rejected a plea to have the game postponed, despite Albion missing injured pair Ross Forsyth and Martyn Corrigan. Chris Aitken, Brian Allison, Scott Buist, Andy Gibson, Michael Mullen, Greg McDonald, Scott Robertson and Nathan Taggart are all suffering from illness, with Ryan Borris having suspected Swine Flu. O'Neill, forced to find new players for the game, said: "The guys have been floored by the virus and I will not be able to start thinking about a formation or personnel until Sunday lunch-time at the earliest."

Formation:4141Manager: Steven Pressley

Falkirk

Formation: 442Manager: Allan Moore

Stirling

  • Robert Olejnik
  • Kieran Duffie
  • Brian McLean
  • Thomas Scobbie
  • Marc Twaddle
  • Burton O'Brien
  • Mark Stewart
  • Ryan Flynn
  • Mark Millar
  • Chris Mitchell
  • Kallum Higginbotham
  • SUBS
  • Jamie Barclay
  • Mehdi Khalis
  • Jack Compton
  • Jason Marr
  • Kenny Deuchar

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Match Report

Kallum at the double Kallum Higginbotham boosted Falkirk's promotion hopes with a brace in a 4-2 win over Stirling. The former Rochdale striker grabbed his first goals since joining the Bairns over the summer. Higginbotham opened his account in the fifth minute when he swept in Chris Mitchell's corner. Albion found themselves two down in the 20th minute after the unfortunate Brian Allison turned Marc Twaddle's cross into his own net. They pulled one back five minutes later when David Vitiven headed in a Michael Doyle cross. Higginbotham was then denied by a fine save from Callum Reidford, but he made no mistake on the half-hour when he nodded in Kieran Duffie's centre. Defender Brian McLean headed the fourth with an hour gone before Paul McHale crashed in a late effort from long range for Stirling.

Form Guide

    LWDLWD
  • Falkirk
  • VS
  • Stirling
  • DWLLLL

Last Meetings

  • Stirling
  • 0 - 5
  • Falkirk
  • 13/11/2010
  • Falkirk
  • 3 - 0
  • Stirling
  • 21/08/2010
  • Falkirk
  • 1 - 0
  • Stirling
  • 11/04/1998
  • Stirling
  • 0 - 6
  • Falkirk
  • 03/01/1998
  • Falkirk
  • 3 - 2
  • Stirling
  • 08/11/1997
  • Stirling
  • 2 - 3
  • Falkirk
  • 30/08/1997

Top Scorers

Falkirk

  • M Stewart 6
  • C Finnigan 4
  • R Flynn 4
  • K Deuchar 3
  • T McManus 2
  • M Twaddle 2
  • J Compton 2
  • M Millar 1
  • J Marr 1

Stirling

  • G Smith 7
  • A Gibson 1
  • S Robertson 1
  • R Forsyth 1
  • C Aitken 1

Goals

Falkirk

    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 28
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Stirling

    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 13
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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