Falkirk 4 - 2 Stirling Albion

Sunday 2nd January 2011
K Higginbotham (5, 32)
[OG] B Allison (20)
B McLean (60)
D Witteveen (25)
P McHale (88)

Kallum at the double

Kallum Higginbotham boosted Falkirk's promotion hopes with a brace in a 4-2 win over Stirling.

The former Rochdale striker grabbed his first goals since joining the Bairns over the summer.

Higginbotham opened his account in the fifth minute when he swept in Chris Mitchell's corner.

Albion found themselves two down in the 20th minute after the unfortunate Brian Allison turned Marc Twaddle's cross into his own net.

They pulled one back five minutes later when David Witteveen headed in a Michael Doyle cross.

Higginbotham was then denied by a fine save from Callum Reidford, but he made no mistake on the half-hour when he nodded in Kieran Duffie's centre.

Defender Brian McLean headed the fourth with an hour gone before Paul McHale crashed in a late effort from long range for Stirling.

OfficialBobby Madden
Attendance3,722
VenueFalkirk Stadium
KICK OFF
Falkirk - Stirling Albion
0:32+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
1:17+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Kieran Duffie
1:37+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Mark Stewart using right foot from right channel - Pass
2:32+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Stewart using right foot from right channel - Save
2:43+00:00
Round Post Save made by Callum Reidford
2:48+00:00
Outswinger Corner taken by Mark Stewart using right foot from right byline to centre - Shot
3:03+00:00
Drilled Shot taken by Ryan Flynn using right foot from right penalty area - Blocked
3:12+00:00
Block taken by Brian Allison
3:34+00:00
Clearance by Jerome Heeking
4:01+00:00
Outswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from right byline to centre - Shot
4:32
Falkirk 1 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Kallum Higginbotham
4:32+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Kallum Higginbotham using head from centre penalty area - Goal
4:59+00:00
Other Assist taken by Christopher Mitchell from right byline
5:37+00:00
Defending Throw in from John Kane
6:22+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Robert Olejnik using right foot from own half - Open Play
7:08+00:00
Cross from Mark Stewart - Shot
7:12+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Ryan Flynn using right foot from right 6 yard - Clearance
7:19+00:00
Clearance by Brian Allison
7:32+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Millar using right foot from right channel - Over Bar
7:47+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
8:14+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
8:52+00:00
Defending Throw in from Marc Twaddle
9:43+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
10:20+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
10:26+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
10:45+00:00
Defending Throw in from Marc Twaddle
12:03+00:00
Defending Throw in from Kieran Duffie
12:40+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Michael Doyle
12:50+00:00
Short Goal Kick taken by Robert Olejnik
13:40+00:00
Attacking Throw in from John Kane
13:51+00:00
Cross from Mark Stewart - Blocked
13:53+00:00
Block taken by Lee Currie
14:46+00:00
Defending Throw in from John Kane
16:25+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
19:16+00:00
Cross from Marc Twaddle - Shot
19:22
Falkirk 2 - 0 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Brian Allison
20:03+00:00
Cross Assist taken by Marc Twaddle from left wing
20:47+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Lee Currie using left foot from right channel - Cross
20:59+00:00
Cross from Lee Currie - Clearance
21:01+00:00
Clearance by Brian McLean
21:31+00:00
Offside: Mark Stewart
21:32+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford using right foot from own half - Open Play
22:06+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
24:15+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Christopher Mitchell using left foot from left wing - Pass
24:49
Falkirk 2 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by David Witteveen
24:49+00:00
Normal Shot taken by David Witteveen using head from right 6 yard - Goal
25:15+00:00
Cross Assist taken by Michael Doyle from right wing
25:57+00:00
Attacking Throw in from John Kane
26:15+00:00
Defending Throw in from John Kane
27:33+00:00
Cross from Ryan Flynn - Shot
27:36+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Kallum Higginbotham using head from right 6 yard - Save
27:45+00:00
Tip Over Save made by Callum Reidford
27:52+00:00
Outswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from right byline to centre - Clearance
28:10+00:00
Clearance by Jerome Heeking
28:43+00:00
Normal Shot taken by David Witteveen using right foot from right channel - Miss Right
29:07+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Robert Olejnik
30:02+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Ryan Flynn using right foot from right channel - Over Bar
30:11+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
31:05+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
31:33
Falkirk 3 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Kallum Higginbotham
31:33+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Kallum Higginbotham using right foot from left 6 yard - Goal
32:12+00:00
Cross Assist taken by Kieran Duffie from right wing
32:46+00:00
Offside: Mark Stewart
32:47+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Lee Currie using left foot from own half - Open Play
34:52+00:00
Cross from Mark Stewart - Save
34:56+00:00
Round Post Save made by Callum Reidford
35:06+00:00
Outswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from right byline to centre - Open Play
35:48
BOOKING: Christopher Mitchell of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
36:12+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Lee Currie using left foot from left channel - Cross
36:21+00:00
Cross from Lee Currie - Clearance
36:25+00:00
Clearance by Ryan Flynn
36:33+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Marc Twaddle using left foot from own half - Pass
36:56+00:00
Attacking Throw in from John Kane
37:49+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Mark Millar using left foot from left wing - Pass
38:13+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
38:38+00:00
Cross from Mark Stewart - Clearance
38:40+00:00
Clearance by Paul McHale
38:44+00:00
Inswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from left byline to centre - Clearance
39:18+00:00
Clearance by Brian Allison
39:36+00:00
Volley Shot taken by Mark Stewart using left foot from left penalty area - Miss Left
39:49+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
40:05+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Stewart using right foot from right penalty area - Save
40:16+00:00
Catch Save made by Callum Reidford
40:53+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Thomas Scobbie using left foot from own half - Pass
43:08+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
43:29+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Kieran Duffie
44:17
BOOKING: Michael Doyle of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
44:27+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Marc Twaddle using left foot from left wing - Pass
HALF TIME
Falkirk 3 - 1 Stirling Albion
SECOND HALF STARTED
Falkirk - Stirling Albion
45:08+00:00
Defending Throw in from Kieran Duffie
45:31+00:00
Defending Throw in from Kieran Duffie
46:11+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
46:30+00:00
Cross from Lee Currie - Shot
46:33+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Gordon Smith using head from centre penalty area - Over Bar
46:46+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Robert Olejnik
47:01+00:00
Defending Throw in from Kieran Duffie
47:54+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Gordon Smith
48:15+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Kieran Duffie
48:32+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
49:52+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Burton O'Brien using left foot from own half - Pass
50:30+00:00
Attacking Throw in from John Kane
51:29+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
51:44+00:00
Cross from Mark Stewart - Clearance
51:46+00:00
Clearance by Scott Buist
52:46+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
53:50+00:00
Cross from Kieran Duffie - Open Play
54:10+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford using right foot from own half - Open Play
55:55+00:00
Cross from Kallum Higginbotham - Clearance
55:57+00:00
Clearance by Brian Allison
56:11+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Millar using right foot from right channel - Save
56:17+00:00
Catch Save made by Callum Reidford
57:02+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Brian McLean using right foot from own half - Open Play
58:24+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Stewart using left foot from left penalty area - Save
58:32+00:00
Parry Save made by Callum Reidford
58:34+00:00
Inswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from left byline to short - Open Play
59:03
Falkirk 4 - 1 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Brian McLean
59:03+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Brian McLean using head from centre penalty area - Goal
59:20+00:00
Cross Assist taken by Christopher Mitchell from left wing
59:52
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Joshua Flood on for Ryan Borris
60:42+00:00
Attacking Throw in from John Kane
61:40+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
62:21+00:00
Outswinger Corner taken by Christopher Mitchell using right foot from right byline to far post - Open Play
63:36+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Paul McHale using right foot from right channel - Pass
63:54+00:00
Inswinger Corner taken by Lee Currie using left foot from right byline to centre - Clearance
64:17+00:00
Clearance by Christopher Mitchell
64:33+00:00
Punch Save made by Robert Olejnik
64:46+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Robert Olejnik using right foot from own half - Open Play
65:26+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
65:57+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Christopher Mitchell
66:29+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Mark Millar using right foot from left channel - Over Bar
66:45+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
67:06+00:00
Cross from Christopher Mitchell - Shot
67:16+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Ryan Flynn using head from left 6 yard - Miss Left
67:32+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
68:10+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Mark Millar
68:55+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
69:22
BOOKING: Scott Buist of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
69:32+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Brian McLean using right foot from right channel - Pass
70:28+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
70:33
Substitution for Falkirk: Kenny Deuchar on for Mark Stewart
71:05
Substitution for Falkirk: Jack Compton on for Christopher Mitchell
71:26+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Marc Twaddle
72:24+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Marc Twaddle using left foot from left penalty area - Blocked
72:35+00:00
Block taken by John Kane
73:24+00:00
Defending Throw in from Brian McLean
73:52+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Lee Currie
74:08+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Burton O'Brien using left foot from own half - Pass
74:42+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Lee Currie using left foot from left wing - Pass
74:59+00:00
Defending Throw in from Ryan Flynn
75:34+00:00
Offside: Gordon Smith
75:52
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Michael Mullen on for Jerome Heeking
76:00+01
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Michael Mullen on for Jerome Heeking
76:03+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Robert Olejnik using right foot from own half - Open Play
76:51+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Kieran Duffie
77:35+00:00
Cross from Ryan Flynn - Out Of Play
77:40+00:00
Long Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
78:10+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Paul McHale using right foot from own half - Open Play
79:03+00:00
Direct Free Kick taken by Burton O'Brien using right foot from left channel - Pass
81:43+00:00
Cross from Marc Twaddle - Shot
81:47+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Kallum Higginbotham using right foot from left penalty area - Blocked
82:00+00:00
Block taken by Lee Currie
82:28+00:00
Defending Throw in from John Kane
83:47+00:00
Defending Throw in from Lee Currie
84:25
Substitution for Falkirk: Benjamin Jason Marr on for Kieran Duffie
84:47+00:00
Offside: Kenny Deuchar
84:48+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford using right foot from own half - Open Play
85:02+00:00
Attacking Throw in from David Witteveen
85:12+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Thomas Scobbie using left foot from own half - Pass
85:41+00:00
Indirect Free Kick taken by Brian McLean using right foot from own half - Pass
87:01
Falkirk 4 - 2 Stirling Albion
GOAL scored by Paul McHale
87:01+00:00
Normal Shot taken by Paul McHale using right foot from right channel - Goal
87:35
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Daniel Ashe on for David Witteveen
88:04+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Ryan Flynn
88:39+00:00
Attacking Throw in from Ryan Flynn
FULL TIME
Falkirk 4 - 2 Stirling Albion
90:00+01:19
Cross from Jack Compton - Clearance
90:00+01:30
Clearance by Callum Reidford

Falkirk

vs

Stirling Albion

4
Goals
2
4
Assists
1
17
Shots
4
12
On Target
2
5
Off Target
2
13
Crosses
3
7
Corners
1
22
Throw Ins
24
1
Saves
6
3
Clearances
8
3
Goal Kicks
9
0
Blocks
4
16
Free Kicks
9
3
Offside
1
1
Yellow Cards
2

Falkirk

Formation: 4-1-4-1

01.Robert Olejnik
02.Kieran Duffie 85+0' Tactical
03.Brian McLean
04.Thomas Scobbie
05.Christopher Mitchell (36+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Marc Twaddle
07.Burton O'Brien
08.Ryan Flynn
09.Mark Millar
10.Mark Stewart 71+0' Tactical
11.Kallum Higginbotham

Substitutes

12.Jamie Barclay
13.Mehdi Khalis
14.Benjamin Jason Marr 85+0' Tactical
15.Jack Compton
16.Kenny Deuchar 71+0' Tactical

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Callum Reidford
02.Brian Allison
03.Scott Buist  (70+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Lee Currie
05.John Kane
06.Michael Doyle (45+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Jerome Heeking 76+0' Tactical
08.Paul McHale
09.Ryan Borris 60+0' Tactical
10.David Witteveen
11.Gordon Smith

Substitutes

12.Murray Jackson
13.James Hamill
14.Daniel Ashe 88+0' Tactical
15.Joshua Flood 60+0' Tactical
16.Michael Mullen 76+0' Tactical

McManus misses out again

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley will be without striker Tam McManus for the home clash with Stirling Albion.

Pressley has several players nursing bumps and bruises following their return to action in midweek after a near seven-week lay-off, but is expected to list the same squad that drew with Raith, with only McManus unavailable.

Pressley said: "We did the dirty side of the game well against Raith in that everyone worked really hard and closed down their opponents well.

"Defensively we were good, but we need to show a bit more in the top half of the pitch.

"Stirling will look to hit us on the break and thankfully our fitness levels looked good the other night and that will allow us to cope with that approach."

Stirling's plans for have been thrown into disarray by two long-term injuries and a virus that has left manager John O'Neill without a total 12 first-team players.

The Scottish Football League have rejected a plea to have the game postponed, despite Albion missing injured pair Ross Forsyth and Martyn Corrigan.

Chris Aitken, Brian Allison, Scott Buist, Andy Gibson, Michael Mullen, Greg McDonald, Scott Robertson and Nathan Taggart are all suffering from illness, with Ryan Borris having suspected Swine Flu.

O'Neill, forced to find new players for the game, said: "The guys have been floored by the virus and I will not be able to start thinking about a formation or personnel until Sunday lunch-time at the earliest."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Dunfermline 17 16 33
2 Dundee 17 12 32
3 Raith Rovers 16 11 32
4 Falkirk 15 16 26
5 Queen of South 14 0 20
6 Partick Thistle 16 -9 16
7 Cowdenbeath 15 -13 16
8 Ross County 16 -8 15
9 Morton 15 -3 14
10 Stirling Albion 15 -22 12

Updated 2/01/2011 at 17:06

 
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