Party goes on despite final agony

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Scottish Cup heartache did not stop Bairns fans enjoying the big occasion after the final whistle.

Thousands of supporters filled dozens of buses for yesterday afternoon’s Hampden Park showdown with Inverness Caly Thistle - but many more ‘kicked every ball’ willing Peter Houston’s side to cup glory while they watched the action in local pubs and hotels.

And while the result was a blow to them all - the party mood continued.

On the build-up to the game Cup Final fever grabbed the imagination of the public.

On match day blue and white flags and bunting dominated the scene in the town and those backing the team but not travelling to the match were in great spirits.

Licenced premises made them all welcome.

Pre-match there were early breakfasts available in many ‘locals’ and as the clock ticked down to kick off they got busy.

The 90 minutes that followed the 3 p.m. start produced its own highs and lows as Falkirk bounced back from a goal down to so nearly take the game into extra time.

But while the final result was not what they had hoped for, the ‘pub watch’ punters made it clear they were still in the mood to celebrate.

Despite Falkirk falling at the last hurdle yet again, they were positive next season will be the one the club moves forward.

The clear majority view is Peter Houston is the manager to take Falkirk to the next level - out of the Championship and into the Premiership - and next season’s Scottish Cup Final might even produce the Hampden Park result Falkirk Bairns continue to dream about.

Meantime, the party continued!