The Bairns marked the return to football after two and a half months without a game with a win thanks to a goal in each half against Montrose.
The Bairns started brightly, with Callumn Morrison making a nuisance of himself as he combined with Aidan Keena. The two created the first chance of the game ten minutes in, when the Irishman’s sharp turn in the box saw his shot pushed around the near post. The resulting corner ended up being Falkirk’s breakthrough. A dangerous ball was headed onto the bar by Gary Miller before Mark Durnan dove in bravely to convert the rebound.
The game became much more competitive after the goal, with crunching tackles flying in all over the pitch. Blair Alston let one fly from distance that dipped just over the bar and Graham Webster came close with a looping, off balance, shot after the ball came to him at the far side of the box as the half ended with The Bairns a goal up.
After the break the tough tackling continued as the game got very scrappy. Blair Alston had a free kick well saved and Kai Fotheringham shot high and wide after a great Aidan Keena pass opened up play in the best of the chances just after the break. Montrose rallied well and put pressure on the Falkirk back four, but Mark Durnan and Ben Hall stood firm and the away side were held to a few half chances.
As the game grew to a close the visitors grew more desperate in committing men forward and The Bairns managed to capitalise.
Anton Dowds drove forward and played a ball across to Callumn Morrison, who made no mistake as he buried it in the far corner, securing all three points for Falkirk.
Falkirk 2-0 Montrose
FALKIRK: Mutch, Miller, Hall, Durnan, Dixon, Gomis, Alston, Leitch, Fotheringham, Morrison, Keena
Subs: Cantley, Miller, Francis, Sammon, Telfer, McClelland, Dowds, Neilson, Deveney
MONTROSE: Lennox, Ballantyne, Steeves, Mochrie, Waddell, Dillon, Webster, Masson, McLean, Milne, Ballantyne
Subs: Quinn, Watson, Cochrane, Callaghan, Johnston, Hawke, Rennie, Campbell, Fleming