MATCH REPORT: FALKIRK 2-0 FC EDINBURGH

Falkirk took on FC Edinburgh at The Falkirk Stadium as they looked to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat against Dunfermline Athletic.

The visitors have been the surprise package of the cinch League One season so far, sitting in second place before the commencement of play, but The Bairns began to dominate the ball from the first minute and had a chance within five as Rumarn Burrell was slipped through on goal by Callumn Morrison, but the striker was flagged offside.

Falkirk were allowed the vast majority of the ball throughout the first half, and it showed as they came close on several spells throughout the first forty-five but struggled with the killer ball. Ola Lawal looked to be the key in unlocking Edinburgh’s defence, and he slipped Callumn Morrison through on the fifteen-minute mark, but his shot was deflected wide. Lawal then had an effort of his own as he tried one from range which was held by Robbie Mutch. With ten minutes to go in the opening period Edinburgh had their first real chance of the game as a cut back found John Robertson at the edge of the box, but he put his shot wide of the target. As the half came to a close Coll Donaldson tried a free kick from more than 25 yards out which was pushed wide by the goalkeeper. From the resulting corner Liam Henderson’s shot was saved by Robbie Mutch, with the rebound flashing inches in front of Rumarn Burrell.

Coming out for the second half it was more of the same, with Falkirk pushing for a goal and their visitors determined not to concede. Just two minutes after the break Brad McKay was played clean through on goal, but he couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and the chance went away. The breakthrough goal came on 52 minutes, and it took a bit of magic from Ola Lawal as he completely bamboozled the defender before firing home a deflected shot from distance.

Falkirk continued to dominate after scoring, but Edinburgh had their first chance of the half just after the 65-minute mark as Callum Cane drove forward and his shot deflected over. Falkirk then had a couple of chances, as Lawal fired just wide and Callumn Morrison shot over the bar. There were some nerves from the Bairns supporters watching with only the one goal cushion, but they were soon on their feet as they witnessed a special goal from Leon McCann. The Falkirk left back picked up the ball on the left-hand side before driving into the box, showing great skill to beat every Edinburgh defender that stood in his way. He finished into the top corner with his weaker foot to seal the win and to make his first professional goal one to remember.

The Bairns nearly added a third with seconds left, as Aidan Nesbitt’s free kick was headed into the bar by Brad McKay, but the two goals were enough to secure a comfortable three points in the end for Falkirk.

Full Time: Falkirk 2-0 FC Edinburgh

Attendance: 3705 (50 away)

FALKIRK: Hogarth, McKay, McCann, Donaldson, Henderson, McGinn, Oliver, Lawal, Nesbitt, Morrison, Burrell

Subs: Martin, Sneddon, Mackie, Yeats, Hetherington, Ross, McGuffie, Kennedy, Alegria

FC EDINBURGH: Mutch, Hamilton, See, Handling, Robertson, Jacobs, Fontaine, Murray, Delferriere, Craigen, Crane

Subs: Ramsbottom, McIntyre, Shanley, Brydon, Johnson

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