Bairns steal a point in late drama at Livingston

Goalscorer Mark Millar. Pic by Gary Hutchison
Goalscorer Mark Millar. Pic by Gary Hutchison
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FALKIRK’S Mark Millar salvaged a point with a contentious late penalty in an angry encounter at Livingston.

The Bairns midfielder converted from the spot in the 90th minute after Craig Barr sent Farid El Allagui tumbling on the edge of the box and the ball rolled wide.

The late equaliser cancelled out Iain Russell’s opener which came with the run of play as Livingston made their man advantage count.

Falkirk midfielder Stewart Murdoch was sent off on 39 minutes for a powerful tackle from behind on Stefan Scougall.

Craig Thompson immediately ordered the Bairns man off, but he didn’t do likewise for a cyncial click of the heels on the game’s other 16-year-iold - Craig Sibbald by Liam Fox. The Livi man only received a yellow card for halting Sibbald’s scampering run.

Sibbald, like many of his team-mates, was below-par but still held out well with the numerical deficit until Russell squeezed the home side ahead on 70 minutes.

A Jonathan Brown cross was just too high for Falkirk’s impressive Murray Wallace and the ball fell onto the toe of Darren Dods, giving the captain no time to think about a clearance. He smashed it at Russell who prodded it back at goal and though McGovern got down to block, it squirmed into the net.

Farid El Allagui tried for the equaliser with a dipping stike from distance that ent just over a minute later.

The game swung dramatically in Falkirk’s favour in the 90th minute whn Farid El Allagui chased a ball across the penalty area going out for a goal kick and out of danger. Paul watson was with him and the French-Moroccan went down. Craig Thomson gave a penalty to the surprise of everyone concerned, and Millar put the ball to the keeper’s left.

But the drama was not over, Bobby Barr scythed down Scobbie and when Kallum Higginbotham ran in to remonstrate the Livi man fell to the ground.

A straight red was shown to the Englishman but Falkirk felt the happier with the end result, Livingston players fought amongst themselves in their warm-down, and the Bairns are preparing appeals for both red cards.