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Falkirk   2 - 1   St Mirren

Falkirk celebrate Pedro Moutinho's goal
Falkirk were in control before and after Pedro Moutinho's disputed opening goal

Falkirk drew level with St Mirren at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League table with a deserved win over their relegation rivals.

Pedro Moutinho curled in a superb free-kick on the stroke of half-time with St Mirren claiming that the forward had dived to win the award.

The second came when a Darren Barr header deflected off the back of former Falkirk striker Michael Higdon.

Andy Dorman fired a stoppage-time reply from close range.

The Buddies had been going for their fourth straight victory at the Falkirk Stadium, but they have not now won on their travels since winning at the venue almost six months ago.

Darren Barr celebrates the second goal
Barr was overjoyed with Falkirk's second goal against St Mirren

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley had recalled Brian McLean to the defence after suspension for Tam Scobbie.

Counterpart Gus MacPherson suffered a pre-match blow with former Bairns right-back Jack Ross missing out with an ankle injury and he dropped Dorman to the bench, with Garry Brady and David Barron coming in.

It was a lively start from the hosts as they looked to build on last weekend's 1-0 win at Motherwell, Scott Arfield flashing a sixth-minute free-kick two yards wide of the post.

Barron replied with a drive into a ruck of bodies at the other end, later pleading to referee Dougie McDonald for a penalty for handball, before firing the rebound high over Robert Olejnik's crossbar.

Falkirk teenager Kieran Duffie picked out Mark Stewart with a superb cross from the right, but the striker struck just over on the volley.

Colin Healy then fed Moutinho on the edge of the penalty area, but the Bairns striker pulled wide of the left upright.

It had become a more scrappy, tense affair, but St Mirren almost struck in the 33th-minute when Olejnik was forced to make his first save.

Barron played a neat ball into the path of the on-rushing Steven Thomson, another former Falkirk player, but the goalkeeper parried the midfielder's shot from an acute angle at his near post.

On the stroke of half-time, an Arfield drive was pushed clear by goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, but Healy blazed over the rebound when he should have hit the target.

However, the home persistence was rewarded in the second minute of time added on when Moutinho curled home a delicious free-kick from 20 yards after a foul by John Potter to give the Bairns the perfect boost.

Potter continued to complain to the referee after the half-time whistle, claiming that Moutinho had been cute to win the free-kick.

MacPherson showed his annoyance with his side's performance after bringing Dorman on for Hugh Murray five minutes after the break.

St Mirren were enjoying more of the ball, but it was the home side who scored the second goal out of nothing after 65 minutes.

Moutinho's free-kick looked tame, but Bairns skipper Barr got a slight headed flick on the ball that took a deflection off St Mirren striker Higdon to wrong-foot Gallacher.

Stewart and Arfield sent drives just wide as the home side confidence grew.

Dorman gave the Buddies late hope after a Graham Carey free-kick, but Falkirk held on to take the three points that draw them level with St Mirren and a point behind Kilmarnock in what is now a three-horse race to avoid the drop.

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 2-1 St Mirren FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Moutinho 45+2
  • Higdon (og) 67
  • Dorman 90+3

Falkirk

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Barr
  • 06 McLean
  • 30 Duffy
  • 04 Twaddle
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 10 Arfield
  • 11 Flynn (Lynch 90+1)
  • 24 Healy (Finnigan 84)
  • 07 Moutinho yellow card (Showunmi 74)
  • 12 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 29 Wagenaar,
  • 03 Scobbie,
  • 19 Lynch,
  • 28 Compton,
  • 09 Finnigan,
  • 15 Showunmi,
  • 36 Sludden

St Mirren

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 05 Mair (Loy 69)
  • 06 Potter
  • 19 Barron
  • 21 Innes
  • 03 Carey
  • 07 Murray yellow card (Dorman 51)
  • 10 Thomson
  • 14 Brady
  • 09 Mehmet yellow card
  • 11 Higdon (Robb 69)

Substitutes

  • 20 Howard,
  • 08 Dorman,
  • 12 O'Donnell,
  • 15 Robb,
  • 26 McLennan,
  • 17 Loy
Ref: McDonaldAtt: 5,671
FALKIRK
ST MIRREN

Possession

  • Falkirk 40%
  • St Mirren 60%

Attempts on target

  • Falkirk 5
  • St Mirren 4

Attempts off target

  • Falkirk 5
  • St Mirren 3

Corners

  • Falkirk 10
  • St Mirren 5

Fouls

  • Falkirk 11
  • St Mirren 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:32 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:39 Assist (cross) by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from left wing.
  • 90:00+2:39 GOAL - Andy DormanFalkirk 2 - 1 St Mirren Headed goal by Andy Dorman (St Mirren) (low centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Falkirk 2-1 St Mirren.
  • 90:00+1:05 Shot by Rory Loy (St Mirren) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Darren Barr (Falkirk). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to near post, clearance by Darren Barr (Falkirk). Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to near post, clearance by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 90:00+0:03 Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+0:03 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Ryan Flynn replaced by Sean Lynch (tactical).
  • 89:54 Foul by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) on John Potter (St Mirren).
  • 89:00 Shot by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 87:48 Defending throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 85:50 Goal kick taken short by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren). Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren). Attacking throw-in by Steven Robb (St Mirren).
  • 85:19 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 83:55 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Colin Healy replaced by Carl Finnigan (tactical).
  • 83:49 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 82:57 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to far post, clearance by Darren Barr (Falkirk).
  • 82:45 Attacking throw-in by Andy Dorman (St Mirren).
  • 81:25 Weak shot by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 80:32 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 79:55 Defending throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 79:24 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 78:45 Foul by Chris Innes (St Mirren) on Enoch Showunmi (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Burton O'Brien (Falkirk) from left channel, passed.
  • 77:56 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to near post, header by Rory Loy (St Mirren) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 75:20 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Brian McLean (Falkirk) to centre, clearance by Chris Innes (St Mirren).
  • 74:04 Shot by Billy Mehmet (St Mirren) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 73:50 Substitution Falkirk substitution: Pedro Moutinho replaced by Enoch Showunmi (tactical).
  • 73:41 Booking Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:37 Booking Billy Mehmet (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:33 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 68:33 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Michael Higdon replaced by Steven Robb (tactical).
  • 68:33 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Lee Mair replaced by Rory Loy (tactical).
  • 68:27 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 67:51 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • Correction - 66:19 Assist on the goal came from Pedro Moutinho.
  • 66:19 Assist by Pedro Moutinho.
  • 66:19 GOAL - Michael HigdonFalkirk 2 - 0 St Mirren headed own goal by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) (bottom-left of goal) from own half (12 yards).Falkirk 2-0 St Mirren.
  • Correction - 65:37 Marc Twaddle fouled by John Potter, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Pedro Moutinho,
  • 65:37 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Marc Twaddle (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from right wing,
  • 64:34 Attacking throw-in by Garry Brady (St Mirren).
  • 62:46 Foul by Colin Healy (Falkirk) on John Potter (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 62:25 Attacking throw-in by Chris Innes (St Mirren).
  • 62:12 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 61:19 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, clearance by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 59:55 Handball by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 59:41 Defending throw-in by Chris Innes (St Mirren).
  • 58:39 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to near post, clearance by Lee Mair (St Mirren).
  • 58:14 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 57:32 Defending throw-in by Lee Mair (St Mirren).
  • 56:31 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 56:03 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 55:37 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 54:04 Foul by Brian McLean (Falkirk) on Steven Thomson (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Ryan Flynn (Falkirk).
  • 52:04 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 50:54 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, clearance by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 50:07 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Hugh Murray replaced by Andy Dorman (tactical).
  • 50:03 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 48:26 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, header by Brian McLean (Falkirk) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Michael Higdon (St Mirren).
  • 47:02 Foul by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk) on Steven Thomson (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by David Barron (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 45:45 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 45:22 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Correction - 45:00+16:37 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:35 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:57 GOAL - Pedro MoutinhoFalkirk 1 - 0 St Mirren Free kick scored by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Falkirk 1-0 St Mirren.
  • 45:00+0:54 Foul by John Potter (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk).
  • 45:00+0:27 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 44:31 Cross by Scott Arfield (Falkirk), shot by Colin Healy (Falkirk) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • Correction - 42:26 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Pedro Moutinho.
  • Correction - 42:26 Booking Hugh Murray is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 42:26 Free kick crossed right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 42:26 Booking Hugh Murray (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 42:11 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Ryan Flynn (Falkirk).
  • 41:28 Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 40:21 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 39:57 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 39:36 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 39:17 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 37:05 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Darren Barr (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 36:34 Defending throw-in by Chris Innes (St Mirren).
  • 35:47 Foul by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 35:28 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 34:50 Attacking throw-in by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk).
  • 33:57 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 33:34 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 32:36 Shot by Steven Thomson (St Mirren) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped round post) by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 31:36 Foul by Lee Mair (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick crossed right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) from right wing, clearance by Hugh Murray (St Mirren).
  • 31:18 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 31:15 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 30:47 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 29:26 Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 28:27 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Darren Barr (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Brian McLean (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 27:37 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk). Shot by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) drilled right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 26:54 Foul by Ryan Flynn (Falkirk) on David Barron (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Innes (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by Billy Mehmet (St Mirren) on Brian McLean (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 26:23 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 24:40 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) to far post, shot by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) volleyed right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, clearance by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 24:00 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Burton O'Brien (Falkirk). Free kick taken left-footed by Marc Twaddle (Falkirk) from own half, passed.
  • 23:17 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 23:02 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 22:44 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 22:12 Foul by Colin Healy (Falkirk) on Lee Mair (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 21:44 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 21:00 Foul by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) on Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Free kick crossed left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from left wing, clearance by Colin Healy (Falkirk).
  • 20:40 Foul by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) on Graham Carey (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Graham Carey (St Mirren) from left channel, passed.
  • 20:28 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 19:02 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 16:52 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 16:34 Defending throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 16:11 Handball by Michael Higdon (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Barr (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 15:23 Foul by Michael Higdon (St Mirren) on Darren Barr (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 14:39 Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 13:16 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to near post, clearance by Hugh Murray (St Mirren). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, clearance by Billy Mehmet (St Mirren).
  • 12:06 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 11:44 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 10:42 Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 9:40 Cross by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk), shot by Mark Stewart (Falkirk) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 8:51 Shot by David Barron (St Mirren) mishit left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Olejnik (Falkirk).
  • 8:36 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 6:52 Attacking throw-in by David Barron (St Mirren).
  • 6:30 Foul by Darren Barr (Falkirk) on Billy Mehmet (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 5:23 Foul by Hugh Murray (St Mirren) on Mark Stewart (Falkirk). Free kick curled right-footed by Scott Arfield (Falkirk) from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
  • 4:01 Foul by Chris Innes (St Mirren) on Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Burton O'Brien (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 3:36 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 3:15 Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:49 Attacking throw-in by Graham Carey (St Mirren).
  • 1:39 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho (Falkirk) to far post, clearance by Lee Mair (St Mirren).
  • 1:18 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 0:41 Mark Stewart (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:08 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 32 51 76
2 Celtic 32 26 63
3 Dundee Utd 32 12 58
4 Hibernian 33 4 50
5 Motherwell 32 2 48
6 Hearts 33 -7 44
7 St Johnstone 32 -6 38
8 Hamilton 33 -14 36
9 Aberdeen 32 -13 34
10 Kilmarnock 33 -18 29
11 St Mirren 33 -13 28
12 Falkirk 33 -24 28

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