Mark Stewart was the scourge of Hearts with two goals in Falkirk's win
Falkirk earned a dramatic win over 10-man Hearts as manager Jim Jefferies endured a wretched return to his former club in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.
Mark Stewart, on as an early substitute for Tam McManus, fired home the opener.
Hearts defender Craig Thomson was sent off for a kick at Carl Finnigan before the latter doubled Falkirk's lead.
A Kevin Kyle penalty and headed goal bookended a Suso strike as Hearts came back to lead, but Ryan Flynn and a late Stewart goal sealed the home win.
First Division Falkirk suffered a blow in the opening minutes at the Falkirk Stadium when McManus was withdrawn with a knee injury.
And Hearts failed to cope with the pace and trickery of substitute Stewart, who fired the Bairns in front after 13 minutes from Jack Compton's clever pass.
Midfielder Ryan Stevenson latched on to a clever flick from Calum Elliot in the 22nd minute as Hearts looked to hit back, before sending a 25-yard drive over the bar.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Thomson and Finnigan tangled and referee Brian Winter, after consulting assistant Stuart MacAulay and fourth official Eddie Smith, sent the Hearts defender off.
Falkirk doubled their lead when Stewart raced on to a Kallum Higginbotham pass, pulled the ball back from the by-line and the unmarked Finnigan fired it home past Marian Kello.
Kyle pulled one back from the spot after Bairns skipper Burton O'Brien felled Suso in the penalty area.
And Suso netted the equaliser for the visitors when he drilled the ball home from Ryan Stevenson's corner.
Remarkably, Kyle headed Hearts in front from about 12 yards from Stevenson's cross in a dramatic turnaround for the Jambos.
The hosts, though, were not to be denied as Flynn fired a sensational equaliser for the Bairns to make it 3-3 as the game appeared destined for extra-time.
But Stewart capped a superb individual display with a dramatic late winner deep into injury time to send the First Division side through at the expense of their illustrious Scottish Premier League opponents.
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Kyle (pen) 67
Suso Santana 74
02 Marr yellow card (Duffy 46)
06 O'Brien yellow card
08 Higginbotham yellow card (Millar 75)
07 McManus (Stewart 3)
09 Finnigan yellow card
21 Ismael Bouzid yellow card
24 Thomson red card
07 Suso Santana yellow card
12 Templeton yellow card
09 Kyle yellow card
14 Elliot yellow card (Mrowiec 31)
Ref: WinterAtt: 4,216
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:33 The referee ends the match.
90:00+3:06 Assist by Brian McLean.
90:00+3:06 GOAL - Mark Stewart:Falkirk 4 - 3 Hearts A goal is scored by Mark Stewart from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 4-3 Hearts.
90:00+1:40 Mark Millar has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
86:39 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Stevenson, save by Robert Olejnik.
86:09 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, Carl Finnigan makes a clearance.
79:50 GOAL - Ryan Flynn:Falkirk 3 - 3 Hearts Ryan Flynn finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 3-3
78:00 Booking Kevin Kyle receives a yellow card for dissent.
77:02 Assist on the goal came from Ryan Stevenson.
77:02 GOAL - Kevin Kyle:Falkirk 2 - 3 Hearts Kevin Kyle grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Falkirk 2-3 Hearts.
76:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Jack Compton. Free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson,
75:56 Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson.
75:35 Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.
74:20 Substitution Mark Millar replaces Kallum Higginbotham.
73:46 Booking Suso Santana goes into the referee's book for dissent.
73:15 GOAL - Suso Santana:Falkirk 2 - 2 Hearts Suso Santana scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Falkirk 2-2 Hearts.
72:42 Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson, Robert Olejnik makes a save.
70:32 Booking David Templeton is given a yellow card.
68:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Burton O'Brien by Ryan Stevenson. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free
68:10 Shot from just outside the area by Kallum Higginbotham misses to the right of the target.
66:29 GOAL - Kevin Kyle:Falkirk 2 - 1 Hearts Penalty taken right-footed by Kevin Kyle and scored. Falkirk 2-1 Hearts.
65:52 Burton O'Brien challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
63:11 Shot from just outside the box by David Templeton misses to the right of the goal.
60:40 Effort from the edge of the area by Mark Stewart goes wide of the left-hand post.
60:10 Inswinging corner taken by Suso Santana, save by Robert Olejnik.
59:16 David Templeton takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Thomas Scobbie.
58:37 David Templeton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Thomas Scobbie.
58:37 Booking Caution for Kallum Higginbotham.
58:31 Foul by Kallum Higginbotham on David Templeton, free kick awarded.
56:06 Jack Compton takes the indirect free kick.
56:06 Booking The referee shows Ismael Bouzid a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
56:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on Kallum Higginbotham.
54:26 Jack Compton takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
51:14 Jack Compton takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Kyle manages to make a clearance.
50:51 Carl Finnigan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
48:21 Free kick crossed left-footed by David Templeton, clearance made by Thomas Scobbie.
48:21 Booking Burton O'Brien goes into the referee's book.
48:09 Burton O'Brien challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick.
47:46 Carl Finnigan takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
47:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Brian McLean. Burton O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:01 Substitution Jason Marr leaves the field to be replaced by Kieran Duffie.
45:00+4:03 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+3:41 Corner taken by David Templeton from the right by-line, clearance made by Carl Finnigan.
45:00+3:31 David Templeton produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
45:00+3:02 David Templeton decides to take the corner short.
45:00+1:00 Mark Stewart is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
45:00+0:27 Foul by Kevin Kyle on Brian McLean, free kick awarded. Brian McLean takes the indirect free kick.
45:00+0:07 Unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Carl Finnigan results in a free kick. Eggert Jonsson takes the free kick.
44:08 Corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Ismael Bouzid misses
to the right of the target.
42:23 Corner taken by David Templeton from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Marc Twaddle.
41:56 Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Jason Marr results in a free kick. David Templeton crosses the ball in from the free
kick, Burton O'Brien makes a clearance.
40:02 The assist for the goal came from Mark Stewart.
40:02 GOAL - Carl Finnigan:Falkirk 2 - 0 Hearts Carl Finnigan fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Falkirk 2-0 Hearts.
33:08 Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Burton O'Brien. Burton O'Brien takes the indirect free kick.
32:50 Mark Stewart is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
31:33 Corner taken right-footed by Jack Compton to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Stevenson.
30:12 Jack Compton takes the free kick.
30:12 Substitution Calum Elliot leaves the field to be replaced by Adrian Mrowiec.
30:12 Unfair challenge on Brian McLean by Calum Elliot results in a free kick.
29:21 Booking Calum Elliot is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
28:42 Effort from the edge of the box by Jack Compton goes wide of the right-hand upright.
28:14 Kallum Higginbotham fouled by Ryan Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian McLean.
25:47 Thomas Scobbie takes the indirect free kick.
25:47 Booking Carl Finnigan shown a yellow card.
25:15 Sent off The referee shows Craig Thomson a red card for violent conduct.
24:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan by Craig Thomson.
22:14 Free kick crossed right-footed by David Templeton, Carl Finnigan manages to make a clearance.
22:14 Booking Jason Marr is cautioned.
22:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Marr on David Templeton.
21:06 Ryan Stevenson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
18:04 The offside flag is raised against Mark Stewart. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
14:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Suso Santana. Jack Compton produces a strike on goal direct from
the free kick.
12:34 Assist on the goal came from Jack Compton.
12:34 GOAL - Mark Stewart:Falkirk 1 - 0 Hearts Goal scored by Mark Stewart from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Falkirk 1-0 Hearts.
11:25 Carl Finnigan takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
10:47 Carl Finnigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Palazuelos. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
9:19 Corner taken right-footed by Carl Finnigan, comfortable save by Marian Kello.
6:54 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Darren Barr misses to the right
of the target.
5:05 Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Compton misses to the left of the goal.
2:56 Substitution Mark Stewart replaces Tom McManus.
1:07 Suso Santana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham. Marc Twaddle restarts play with the free
0:00 The match begins.
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