MATCH REPORT: CLYDE 3-3 FALKIRK

The Bairns could only take a point from an action-packed trip to Hamilton as they faced Clyde in cinch League One.

The visiting Bairns, backed by a noisy away end, started the match where they left off against FC Edinburgh last weekend, dominating the opening stages of the match. They should’ve been a goal up within six minutes as Gary Oliver went through and played a ball across the face of goal, but Rumarn Burrell couldn’t get there to convert. Minutes later there was a second golden opportunity for Falkirk as Brad McKay headed goalwards, but a defender was there to clear off the line. The warning signs were visible for all to see, and The Bairns got the opener just after the ten-minute mark. Callumn Morrison took down Leon McCann’s cross well before firing a brilliant finish into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Falkirk had been dominant so far, but lax defending on 20 minutes gave Steven Thicot time on the ball inside The Bairns’ box, and the defender made no mistake as he finished past Nicky Hogarth to level the scores. The Clyde goal from nowhere seemed to rock Falkirk’s confidence as much as it galvanised the home side, and Thicot had a very similar opportunity soon after, but Brad McKay was there to clear off the line. With five minutes to go in the half Clyde capitalised on their excellent end to the half and took the lead. Jordan Allan latched onto a ball through and slotted past Nicky Hogarth to put his side in the lead.

Coming out for the second half Falkirk pushed on as they looked to regain control of the match, but Clyde looked equally dangerous on the break. The Bairns levelled things up through Gary Oliver on 52 minutes as he clipped a clever finish past the goalkeeper, but they were soon to concede again as Allan doubled his tally with an impressive effort of his own.

Juan Alegria replaced Rumarn Burrell as Falkirk’s main goal threat in the second half, but he was to be provider as he found Ola Lawal at the edge of the box, with the midfielder firing into the top corner to level the scores once again. Alegria could’ve sealed the win late on as he drove goalwards leaving several defenders in his wake, but Parry in the Clyde goal made a sensational save to keep out the Columbian’s brilliant effort from a tight angle.

Falkirk pushed for a winner following the Alegria chance but failed to unlock the Clyde defence again as they were forced to settle for a point.

Full Time: Clyde 3-3 FC Edinburgh

Attendance: 1393

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

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

CLYDE: Parry, Scullion, Thicot, Grant, Craig, Roberts, Grant, Gomis, Cameron, Cunningham, Allan

Subs: McLean, Kennedy, McDonald, Bradley-Hurst, Nyamsi Hendji, Sula

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