Duffie strike bails out Bairns

Kieran Duffie's cross was deflected into the net to earn Falkirk a point
Kieran Duffie's cross was deflected into the net to earn Falkirk a point

FALKIRK drew 2-2 at Greenock on Saturday meaning the Bairns still have the capability of catching Dunfermline themselves - but could be out of the title race on Tuesday should they fail to win at Firhill.

The Bairns have five matches to play, and are 13 points behind the league-leading Pars who they meet on the final day of the season.

Mark Stewart went top of the goalscoring charts with a second half equaliser after David O’Brien had given the Ton the lead.

However, Stewart’s goal wasn’t the end of matters. Brian Graham tapped in for Morton and, when all looked lost, lady luck shone on the Bairns and Carlo Monti deflected a Kieran Duffie cross into the net.

Marc Twaddle almost snatched it in the 94th minute with a 30-yard drive off the inside of the post and bouncing just beyond Duffie and Tam McManus.

Robert Olejnik had made a string of important saves, including one Monti drive he pushed onto the bar. Pedro Mountiho also fired the ball off the crossbar as he sought his first goal of his latest spell as a Falkirk player. East Stirling fought back from a goal down to lead Queen’s Park, but Stuart Beveridge’s own goal looked set to see the game end in a draw. However, Kevin Cawley nodded in a late winner to secure Shire a 3-2 victory.

Stenhousemuir also drew, with thei late leveller in Forfar coming from Grant Anderson.

Full reports are in this week’s Falkirk Herald.