Carl Finnegan opened the scoring for Falkirk in the third minute at Rugby Park
By Martin Conaghan
Falkirk remained within a point of Kilmarnock at the bottom of the league table with a narrow win at Rugby Park.
Killie were trailing after three minutes when Carl Finnegan latched on to a Pedro Moutinho cross to fire in.
Parity was restored when Danny Invincibile latched on to a lob and fired past Olejnik five minutes later.
Falkirk claimed the points in the second half with a bizarre strike after Ryan Flynn flighted in a corner that found its way into the Killie goal.
Keeper Mark Brown recovered from illness to take the gloves as Killie manager Jim Jefferies kept the same side that drew with Hibernian last week, with Kevin Kyle partnering Mark Burchill in attack.
Bottom side Falkirk were unchanged following their draw with St Mirren last week, with Pedro Moutinho and Finnigan remaining in attack.
With only three minutes of the match played, Moutinho sent in a blistering cross from the right-hand side and Finnigan first-timed the ball past on-loan Celtic kman Brown for the opener.
Five minutes later, Invincibile equalised after Garry Hay lobbed a ball into the Falkirk six-yard area and the Australian struck for goal. Olejnik got a hand to it but could do nothing to keep it out.
A Mark Burchill solo effort in the 15th minute could have reaped more rewards had the former Celtic man chose not to fire straight at Olejnik with Craig Bryson waiting on the six-yard line.
Moments later, Falkirk midfielder Vitor Lima blasted in a 25-yard effort, but the Portuguese miss-cued his shot and it drifted wide.
Moutinho powered into the Kilmarnock box shortly after the half-hour mark as the hosts pushed for a lead, but Frazer Wright cut out the danger, then Finnegan headed over the bar from the resulting corner.
Shortly after the break, Bryson powered into the Falkirk penalty area and turned inside only for his short to be cleared away.
Moments later, Scott Arfield replied with a shot at the other end, but Brown made the save.
Falkirk reclaimed the lead 13 minutes into the second half from the boot of Flynn after the on-loan Liverpool man sent in a curling corner that somehow found its way into the net.
Moutinho could have increased the tally two minutes later but contrived to send a close-range effort over the bar.
On-form Olejnik kept out a Simon Ford shot after good work by Jamie Hamill, then Finnegan sent a fine chance over the bar from 10 yards out as Falkirk sought to put the game beyond their hosts.
Mehdi Taouil could have restored parity with seven minutes remaining after the Moroccan delivered a shot from the edge of the Falkirk penalty area that swerved wide.
A long-distance shot from Hay was gathered by Olejnik as Killie continued to press for an equaliser.
Moments later, Wright lifted a six-yard shot over the bar as the visitors frustrated Killie's chances to claim only their second win of the season.
Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies: "In the second half, we didn't show the desire that we showed against Hibs.
"The application of effort and commitment wasn't the same as it was the week before.
"We got on the back foot and it always looked like we could lose a goal - although, not the way we did. It was an unbelievable goal to lose at this level. How it went in, I don't know.
"After that, you could see we became a bit jaded because we had fought back and we were having to do it again.
"But I thought Falkirk could have had one or two more - they had more hunger and desire."
Falkirk manager Eddie May: "Overall, in terms of the game and how we played, I think we deserved the points against difficult opponents.
"It's a big win and it gets us closer to Kilmarnock.
"Hopefully, we can strike a bit of form over the next few games and win a few.
"I think in certain performances we've done well this year but not got the points. The three points is the most important thing in this league.
"If you can gather that, you can find yourself going up the league quite quickly. But, if you don't, you can find yourself coming down very quickly.
"We're not going to get carried away, we've only won two games this season."
Live text and stats
Saturday, 19 December 2009
11 Invincibile (Owens 63)
23 Hamill (Russell 75)
11 Flynn (Bullen 81)
27 Toufik Zerara
07 Moutinho (Murdoch 90+2)
09 Finnigan yellow card
22 Danijel Marceta
Ref: CrawfordAtt: 4,472
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
93:07 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:44 A cross is delivered by Mehdi Taouil, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Frazer Wright goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
90:00+1:39 Substitution Stewart Murdoch on for Pedro Moutinho.
90:00+0:03 Scott Arfield takes a short corner.
89:44 Shot by Scott Arfield from 12 yards. Save by Mark Brown.
89:12 The ball is sent over by Mehdi Taouil, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.
87:54 James Fowler fouled by Toufik Zerara, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Fowler.
86:43 Corner taken left-footed by Garry Hay, Shot on goal by Frazer Wright from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
85:00 Garry Hay takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
84:14 Garry Hay takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
83:34 Mehdi Taouil takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
82:06 Mehdi Taouil has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
79:52 Substitution Lee Bullen is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Flynn.
79:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Olejnik by Kevin Kyle. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
76:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Fowler on Carl Finnigan. Toufik Zerara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed
from left wing.
74:46 Substitution Allan Russell on for Jamie Hamill.
73:38 The ball is sent over by Carl Finnigan, Headed effort on goal by Toufik Zerara from just inside the box goes harmlessly over
70:36 Effort on goal by Carl Finnigan from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
68:47 Graeme Owens takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Marc Twaddle.
68:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Marc Twaddle. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
66:48 Craig Bryson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Brian McLean takes the indirect free kick.
65:13 Unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Toufik Zerara results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Hay.
64:40 The ball is delivered by Jamie Hamill, Simon Ford takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a comfortable save.
63:29 Kevin Kyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Pedro Monteiro restarts play with the free kick.
62:42 Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Graeme Owens coming on for Daniele Invincibile.
62:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Pedro Monteiro. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
59:42 Effort on goal by Pedro Moutinho from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
57:51 GOAL - Ryan Flynn:Kilmarnock 1 - 2 Falkirk A goal is scored by Ryan Flynn from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-2 Falkirk.
57:10 Corner taken by Ryan Flynn played to the near post,
55:35 Corner taken left-footed by Toufik Zerara from the left by-line, Garry Hay manages to make a clearance.
50:45 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.
49:57 Vitor Lima produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
49:26 Mark Burchill concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Twaddle. Free kick taken by Toufik Zerara.
48:46 Kevin Kyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Pedro Monteiro. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+0:54 The match has reached half-time.
44:46 Marc Twaddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill. Centre by Garry Hay, Mehdi Taouil takes a shot.
Darren Barr gets a block in.
42:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pedro Monteiro on Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Hay.
39:35 Pedro Monteiro fouled by Mark Burchill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
37:37 Toufik Zerara takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
36:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pedro Monteiro on Kevin Kyle. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
32:36 Foul by Mark Burchill on Marc Twaddle, free kick awarded. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
30:56 Pedro Moutinho has an effort at goal. Frazer Wright gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Toufik Zerara. The ball is
swung over by Ryan Flynn, Close range header by Carl Finnigan goes over the crossbar.
25:01 Toufik Zerara challenges Craig Bryson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Hay.
Correction - 24:18 Kevin Kyle challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Toufik Zerara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed
from right wing, clearance made by Garry Hay.
24:13 Ryan Flynn fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Toufik Zerara from right wing,
clearance made by Garry Hay.
22:27 Booking Carl Finnigan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
22:20 Foul by Carl Finnigan on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
20:18 Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Garry Hay takes the indirect free kick.
18:56 Foul by Pedro Monteiro on Kevin Kyle, free kick awarded. Garry Hay takes the direct free kick.
18:32 Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
17:46 Mark Burchill is caught offside. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
17:08 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Garry Hay from the left by-line, clearance made by Pedro Monteiro.
16:38 Shot by Mark Burchill. Save by Robert Olejnik.
15:28 Vitor Lima has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
14:37 Daniele Invincibile concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Twaddle. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
Correction - 13:51 Mark Burchill takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik. Mehdi Taouil takes a outswinging corner.
13:51 Mark Burchill takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Scott Arfield takes a outswinging corner.
11:18 The referee blows for offside. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.
10:27 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Toufik Zerara, save made by Mark Brown.
9:01 Carl Finnigan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
7:55 The assist for the goal came from Garry Hay.
7:55 GOAL - Daniele Invincibile:Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Falkirk A goal is scored by Daniele Invincibile from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Falkirk.
2:48 Assist on the goal came from Pedro Moutinho.
2:48 GOAL - Carl Finnigan:Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Falkirk Carl Finnigan gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Falkirk.
2:28 Pedro Moutinho takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
2:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Hay on Ryan Flynn. Pedro Monteiro takes the free kick.
1:25 James Fowler challenges Carl Finnigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Barr restarts play with the free kick.
0:46 Garry Hay takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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