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Thanks for reading folks, sorry the scoreline isn\`t what we hoped for but it was still a cracking game.
Nat to Hoppy chases the Falkirk defence. A good chance on goal, and saved well at the left hand post, by Geggan.
Craigen to take, from the right hand side. Falkirk fans singing their team`s praises.
Throw in Falkirk. McKee cant keep it in. Pars throw in. Taken and another whistle by the (person) in the black. No idea why this time.
Long ball to Talbot, in to Sibbald ahead of Higgy. Over to Geggan and a throw in for the Pars at the NE.
Mass exodus of Pars fans.
Thomson long ball to Austin, down to Baird, then to McKee. Craigen to Sibbald stopped by Talbot, long ball to McMullan down to Hoppy who dives looking for a free kick and is rightly yellow carded for his action.
Geggan crosses to the box, no one picks up but out for a pars throw in. McCabe to Higgy lionbg ball to Geggan head down to Clark in the box, chips to Hippy tries a shot blocked and its down to Ash. Higgy to McCabe on his own, crosses in and headed away by Leahy. Higgy dives looking for a free kick and ref gives it to Thomson to take.
Clearance by the pink keeper, down to Austin then to Nat. Long ball to Talbot then McMullan. Nice pass from McCabe to Geggan on the left hand wing. His pass to McCabe who came inside is poor and Falkirk get it away. Up to Nat, then on to Hutton. High ball to Geggan heads down, out by McKee for a Pars throw in.
Higgy takes the spare from McKee. Foul on Clark but nothing given by ref. A clear block from where we`re sitting. Anyhoo, play on and its out wide for a pars throw in at the NW.
Some Pars fans have already gone.... if this scoreline changes then I suspect more will follow.
Long ball to Talbot ahead of Austin. Higgy loses it to Muirhead, then Nat puts it out off Austin for a Pars throw in. Talbot to Craigen, Hippo gets the ball off of Geggan and a corner for Falkirk.
Talbot to Higgy. Free kick Pars with an offside flag for Falkirk. Down to McMullan but away to McCabe then to Nat ahead of Ash who is fouled. Free kick Pars with Hutton to take and a word from the ref to Ash, no idea why. He was the person who was fouled for goodness sake. Free kick taken.
Hutton to Higgy, heads down after a good jump. Out for a Pars throw in at the NE.
Gasparotto heads down the long ball, Talbot gets a touch but runs off him for a Falkirk throw in.
Ref having a word with Thomson as he wastes time. Goes from one side of the goal to the other to take the goal kick.
From the left its Higgy, cleared and a goal kick to Falkirk.
McCabe to take.
McCabe again, long high all then to McMullan sclaffed shot, down to Hoppy, who is then fouled and a free kick to the pars 20 yards out on the right hand side.
Fromn the left its Higgy and a shot on target by McCabe, blocked, out for a Pars throw in.
Hutton with the free kick.
He punts it high, down to Craigen, a losse pass to Nat and an offside flag up for Austin as he tries to get past our big lad.
Out wide for Hippo. Up the wing he goes, and a good save at the near post by Hutton.
A cracking shot. We thought it was in as it landed on top of the net.
McCabe long to the Falkirk box and headed just a smidgeon over the bar from Geggan.
Nathan Austin puts the second goal for Falkirk into the net from close range.
Muirhead through to Hippo in the box, a clear handball from us here, but nothing given by the ref. There`s no many fans liking him and another goal for Falkirk.
A good healthy crowd today - 5,076
Falkirk player on the deck, and ref stops play.
Falkirk sub off Miller replaced by Nathan Austin
Throw in taken, way down the byline and Pars fans enraged by the ref not taking the decision to take it back. Inconsistency considering what he did to our players in the first half.
A couple of Pars fans were ejected earlier by stewards after the penalty decision. No one was over the wall when the handbags moment took place but clearly were involved.
TBF he wasn`t looking for one either.
Long to Baird, heads down, into the middle for McCabe he cant quite get there but its out wide for McMullan and a Pars throw in deep in the Falkirk half. Geggan is fouled. Free kick Pars with McCabe to take.
Hutton with the free kick.
Long ball upfield. Talbot returns it. Clark picks it up and a dive by Muirhead sees another Falkirk free kick. They`re falling like flies and taking advantage at every opportunity. Free kick taken, and a push on our player means a halt to Falkirk`s fire.
Free kick Falkirk, 20 yards out, taken by Hippo and a chance for a second goal as Hutton punches the ball clear but it goes out for a Falkirk corner.
BAIRD FOULED BY LEWIS MARTIN, ONLY ON THE PITCH FOR A FEW MINS AS A SUB, AND THE PARS ARE DOWN TO TEN MEN
PARS DOWN TO TEN MEN
Free kick Falkirk, taken from just inside their half. Linesman gives throw in to Falkirk despite it coming off Baird last, throw in taken and an easy save for Hutton.
TEMPERS RISE IN THIS SECOND HALF
Pars fans are absolutely livid - and boos continue since the penalty decision.
Morris also off replaced by Lewis Martin
A blatant dive by Baird with no touch by Murdoch whatsoever.
Home fans are on their feet booing and to us it was a blatant dive by Muirhead.
MURDOCH FOULS AND THERE`S A PENALTY TO FALKIRK
Throw in Falkirk deep in the Pars half.
Throw in taken. Falkirk press forward. Craigen to Taiwo crosses in to the pars box but a good save for Murdoch as he comes off his line.
Throw in Falkirk at the NW. Long spare to a running Hoppy but Thomson just ahead of him to clear. Out wide for a pars throw in at the NW.
Muirhead takes, push in the Pars box and the ref stops play. Free kick Pars with Murdoch to take.
Thomson hoofs it to the halfway line and comes back to him. This time its headed down by Talbot, Nat fouls Baird and a free kick for Falkirk on the HW line.
Second half kicks off. Falkirk put it wide, throw in taken as I tuck into my treat.
Both teams heading out for the second half.
That`s the 80s coming back to me right there.... bliss. Becky will love this too!
Coming back to JUMP by Van Halen on the tannoy - MAGIC!
HALF TIME WHISTLE GOES
45 mins come and gone by my clock. Higgy crosses to the Falkirk box, cleared by Muirhead, a long ball by Sibbald and on to Murdoch.
Talbot returns the long ball, all the way back to Murdoch who hoofs it to the middle.
Long ball to the head of Craigen. He is having none of it but it`s a free kick for the Pars in front of the NW. Murdoch to take. Ref having a word with Craigen for his blethering. Ref decides on a drop ball and Talbot gives it to Thomson.
Morris heads down the long ball and fouled in the process. I can see Geggan being replaced at half time.
He is up thankfully but looks more winded than anything else. Physio keeping an eye on him.
Disgraceful foul on Geggan has him curled in a ball on the pitch. Ref having a word with both Kerr and Baird and it`s a yellow for Baird. Geggan looks in pain as the physio is on field.
Long ball to the halfwayu line. Touched by the toes of Morris. In to Geggan then McCabe and a nice long pass to McMullan, he plays it short to Higgy who puts it over the bar from the 18 yard line.
Long ball down the right hand wing. Pars throw in. Talbot to Higgy, over to Geggan egde of 18 yard box, In to McMullan but he is blocked and the ball is away past the left hand post. Goal kick Falkirk.
The NW faithful are dancing their tootsies off.
Re-start and a pars throw in. Geggan to Clark, Grant cant keep it and its down to Hoppy who is blocked at the Falkirk 18 yard line. No foul says ref as the ball is played away. Down to Hoppy again in the middle this time, then to Nat, now to McCabe and a lovely pass to Hoppy but an offside flag up nearside. Free kick Falkirk by Thomson.
Atmosphere picks up again - electric so it is!
Fantastic goal into the bottom right hand corner.
PARS 1 - 0 FALKIRK
Geggan puts in a poor pass to Higgy as the pars look deflated.
Geggs to the head of Ash, blocked, out wide to Mcmullan loses it again to Taiwo and over to a running Clark but he cant get there in time before Muirhead punts it long to the pars half.
Geggan to Clark back to Geggs who was fouled by the high feet of Sibbald. Free kick Pars in their own half. No card for Sibbald. Disgraceful.
Higgy bothering Sibbald a few times now.
Long ball to the feet of Clark, held by Grant. Foul on Sibbald again. Free kick Falkirk on the halfway line.
Grant to take.
From the left it`s Higgy, high ball curled in to the box, cleared by Kerr, down to the halfway line, and on to McCabe. He returns it long to the falkirk half, headed down by Higgy falls ahead of McMullan again not looking and out wide to Muirhead. Sibbald is fouled by McCabe. Free kick Falkirk in their own half.
The wind has picked up a bit as I see the corner flag blowing about. The ref sees a push in the box and the corner is to be taken again.
Nat to Talbot then to McCabe over to Geggan. His pass is straigh to Muirhead, out for a Falkirk throw in.
Baird to the pars box and a five from Kerr sees nothing from the ref, Falkirk pressing but big Nat has it to Hoppy, takes it inside and picked up by Clark. Out wide to Higgy then to Hoppy in the Falkirk box. Now to Higgy crosses in and cleared by Sibbald. Geggan has a shot on goal but blocked on the 18 yard line, Goes all the way back to Murdoch.
Murdoch long to the half2way line. Morris clears from the pars box at the left hand corner. Falkirk throw in.
Geggan yellow carded for fouling Baird near the byline at the NW. Free kick Falkirk, 20 yards out.
Doon to the halfway line, nice pass to Hoppy and a chance for Clark from close range, reverberates off of Baird then to McMullan but it`s gone downfield. What a chance to open the scoring!
Murdoch to Talbot. Long ball to a running Clark but it bends out of play. Falkirk throw in in their own half.
Taiwo to Muirhead. Crosses in to the pars box, cleared by Morris. Down to Muirhead and back to Morris then to McCabe. Cross to the box by Kerr and in to the hands of Murdoch.
Throw in Falkirk at the NE.
Back to Murdoch for a goal kick.
Nice play. Higgy to Hoppy but his pass to McMullan was too short and Falkirk have it forward to our half.
Higgy fouled by Grant. Free kick Pars in our own half.
Long pass from Grant to Kerr running up the far wing. In to the middle for Taiwo, out to Muirhead and a long ball stopped by Morris. Pass to McMullan, crosses to Clark who`s headed shot is saved by a diving Thomson at the right hand post.
Long ball to Higgy heads down, on to Muirhead then to Thomson in goal.
Ash clears from the near post, punted long to a running Hoppy but on to Thomson. He returns the ball to Talbot who keeps it til it`s over the byline at the NW. Talbot to Ash, offside flag up for Taiwo, free kick Pars. Murdoch to take.
Long high ball to Higgy who slides and it`s a Falkirk throw in in in their own half.
Long to the pars box, headed down at the near post by Morris and cleared down to Hoppy. He is blocked, it returns to the pars box, and headed into the hands of Murdoch by Grant. Free kick Pars after Higgy is fouled. Murdoch to take.
I`ve got the BBC dream team next to me - Jim Spence and Tam McManus.
Out for a Pars throw in at the NW. Talbot to Hoppy heads backwards but comes to Morris who heads it clear. Falkirk pressing in a dangerous area.
Throw to the Falkirk defensive line. High ball to a neon pink decked out Robbie Thomson who punts it long.
Reilly got into a good position close from the keeper too.
Short from Geggs to McCabe then to Higgy and Geggan attempts to go through the Falkirk defence but blocked right from the start. Out for a throw in to Pars on the far side at the NW.
Leahy takes, short to Giggy who clears it to McCabe then on to Wedderburn via Baird, and it`s long to Hoppy. Dealt with Kerr and on to Muirhead. Long to the feet of Ash, down to the halfway line and a free kick Pars. Wedderburn takes, out wide to Geggan and the pars have a throw in.
Morris heads it out for another.
Away we go!
There`s a baldy heided Falkirk player - I was convinced it was Stevie Crawford!
There`s a HUGE crowd of Bairns fans housed in the Cowden end and making a lot of noise with it.
I`m bedecked in purple today --- a year since Prince left us :-(
I`ll be here tomorrow again ---- my second hame ---- for the Pars Supporters Trust Spring Fayre.
A special presentation is taking place pitchside to DAFC doctor, Sir Bobby Robertson who is making his last appearance for the Pars.
Just heard about some Falkirk supporters who have travelled here by boat! Gaun themselves!
First off, congratulations to Aberdeen for getting through to the Final of the Scottish Cup, after beating Hibernian 3-2.
Good afternoon from me Buffy live at East End Park for today`s SPFL Championship fixture between Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk.