Bairns earn first away win at Hamilton

Farid El Alagui celebrates his winner.
Farid El Alagui celebrates his winner.

FALKIRK earned their first away league win of the season at Hamilton’s New Douglas Park ground.

And predictably it was hot-shot Farid El Alagui who found the net for the Bairns on 39 minutes.

A poor first half was played out in the midfield with slidy conditions making any sense of football difficult.

But that changed on 39 minutes with what is becoming a stereotypical Bairns breakaway, and converted, typically by the French-Moroccan.

The Falkirk defence looked fragile contending with Dougie Imrie on the left wing but Rhys Bennett did well to knock the ball out for a corner. But when Michael McGovern punched clear the danger wasn’t over as Jay Fulton’s clearing flick-on fell to Grant Gillespie, but he too fell. That let Fulton release youth team-mate Craig Sibbald and the youngster raced up the left wing.

Even a shirt-pull by Simon Mensing couldn’t curtail the 16 year-old and he twisted by Mensing twice before feeding Mark Millar.

Kallum Higginbotham helped the pass on and Millar quickly sprayed the ball right to the over-lapping Kieran Duffie. He crossed and Farid El Alagui threw himself at the cross and headed the Bairns ahead.

Watching the ball sail into the net was Tomas Cerny’s final action as he was withdrwn at the interval and replaced by Hutoin.

Hutton made his first stop five minutes into the second half, gathering a low whipped free-kick from Kallum Higginbotham after the Englishman had been fouled by Mensing on another Falkirk breakaway.

Falkirk were caught ball watching on the 68th minute and the ball bobbled nervously around the six-yard box before Paul Currie’s shot as bloked by Rhys Bennett and knocked out for a corner.

It could have resulted in a goal, but Hamilton were pinning Falkirk back and looked the more likely to score the game’s second.

Breakaways were when the new Douglas Park visitors were at their most threatening and one involving Higginbotham, sub Blair Alston and Craig Sibbald should have brought better than the Englishman’s mishit cross. But though the Bairns couldn’t find the net again, they held on for a victory that lifts them to level on points with the promotion chasing Accies.

Elsewhere Stenhousemuir lost 5-2 at Airdrie while East Stirlingshire were defeated 3-1 at home to Queen’s Park.