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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 January 2007, 16:52 GMT
Falkirk 0-2 Kilmarnock
Colin Nish
Colin Nish opened the scoring for Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock leapfrogged Falkirk in the SPL table after a convincing victory at the Falkirk Stadium.

Despite starting well, Falkirk fell behind to a goal from Colin Nish after Dean Holden gave away possession.

Stevie Naismith doubled Killie's advantage minutes later with a close range finish.

The Ayrshire team took control of the match and, despite plenty of effort from the home side, held on for a deserved win.

Darren Barr started for the home side after the successful rescinding of the red card he received during last week's match against Hearts.

With Karl Dodd out injured and Kenny Milne suspended, new boy Dean Holden made his first start for the Bairns.

Fellow new signing Carl Finnigan had to be content with a place on the bench however.

Kilmarnock made one change from the team that beat Dundee United as Colin Nish came in for Allan Johnston and striker Gary Wales returned to the bench after suspension.

The home side dominated the early stages, with Russell Latapy controlling play, and they came close when Dean Holden flicked a header into Killie goalkeeper Alan Combe's arms.

Combe was called into action again five minutes later when he pushed a fierce Scobbie drive wide of the post.

Killie's first chance came when Garry Hay drove a shot in from distance which fizzed over the bar following a lay-off from Nish.

The away side took the lead when Naismith intercepted a poor pass from Holden and the Killie youngster set up Nish for a simple left-footed finish.

The Ayrshire side almost doubled their lead when a Rocco Quinn drive deflected off Darren Barr only to flash wide of the goal.

Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith grabbed his tenth goal of the season
Naismith made no mistake from the resultant corner however, lashing the ball home from three yards after a goalmouth stramash.

The away side were well in control and finished the half the stronger side, with efforts from Quinn and Nish both going over the bar.

Killie started the second half in the same vein as they finished the first, and Naismith almost grabbed a second only to be denied by a point-blank save from Kaspar Schmeichel.

Schmeichel was on hand to save at the feet of Nish moments later as the Killie striker was left one-on-one with the Falkirk keeper.

Falkirk indulged in some crazy defending when Barr was short with a pass back to Schmeichel, and Naismith was unlucky not to finish the game off.

Despite bringing on Carl Finnigan, Falkirk were finding it difficult to break down a resilient Kilmarnock defence and the game entered a flat spell.

Alan Gow did burst through on to a fine pass but Killie defender Simon Ford did enough to put off the in-form striker.

The home side upped the tempo in a bid to get back into the match, and Latapy fired in a shot which was well saved by Combe.

The Bairns couldn't find a way through however, and Killie held on for all three points to continue a run which has seen them unbeaten against Falkirk since 1996.


Falkirk: Schmeichel, Ross (Allison 85), Holden (Finnigan 59), Uras, Barr, Lima (Thomson 67), Cregg, Craig, Scobbie, Latapy, Gow. Subs Not Used: Lambers, O'Donnell, Mcstay, McManus

Kilmarnock: Combe, Greer, Frazer Wright, Ford, Hay (Johnston 62), Syila, Fowler, Leven, Quinn (Dodds 77), Nish, Naismith (Wales 77). Subs Not Used: Smith, Locke, Di Giacomo, Hamill.

Booked: Syila, Hay, Leven

Goals: Nish 22, Naismith 28.

Att: 4,696

Ref: Craig Thomson

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