Duffie and Loy help Falkirk beat Morton

Image: by Gary Hutchison. GREENOCK, Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Falkirk.

Image: by Gary Hutchison. GREENOCK, Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Falkirk.

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Falkirk cruised to three points on Clydeside with a clinical performance.

Gary Holt wasn’t fully satisfied with the performance but he was glad of the three points in a “tough game”.

Image: by Gary Hutchison. GREENOCK, Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Falkirk.

Image: by Gary Hutchison. GREENOCK, Cappielow, Greenock Morton v Falkirk.

But his side made light work of Morton in awful conditions at Cappielow, on Kenny Shiels’ debut as the new boss in Greenock.

A second half header by Kieran Duffie gave the Bairns a lead then Rory Loy calmly despatched a penalty to send the Bairns five points off top spot with a game in hand over Dundee, Hamilton and Raith above them.

The first half had little of interest that wasn’t commented upon by the barracking of Shiels sitting in the directors box above the home dugout serving the finalm game of an SFA ban infront of national technical director Mark Wotte.

Falkirk went close with a header each for Conor McGrandles and David McCracken and a shot from Mark Millar - all of which cleared the crossbar.

A decent strike from Reece Hands flew just wide of Michael McGovern’s goal in the Ton’s best attempt, but the Bairns’ back-line were not terribly vexed by the home side’s efforts.

Shiels was forced to bark orders constantly throughout the first period, but has his work cut-out.

Dougie Imrie, on the right wing, is capable of being the home sides talisman, but wasn’t allowed to be with some particularly close-attention and treatment from a rotation of Bairns players.

It failed to wind the wide man up, but he did on the hour mark. Phil Roberts played the ball through the ex-Inverness players legs and he then scythed down McGrandles who reacted. Both players were booked, more for the distraction caused by the confrontation than their direct actions, but the caution was enough to anger Imrie who had been consistently been on the receiving end of both decisions and fouls.

The Bairns were in control, and took control of the scoreboard moments later when Kieran Duffie met Mark Millar’s corner to send a header in off the underside of the bar.

From that point on there was only one team in it and the Bairns added to their tally when Michael Peclar bundled Phil Roberts over as the striker sprinted into the box, and Rory Loy cooly despatched the penalty. The home fans were incensed with good reason after a similar collision and tangle in the first half between McNeil and Kingsley went unnoticed.

Falkirk comfortably saw out the game, cycling the squad with Loy, Roberts and Sibbald withdrawn to give runs to Blair Alston, Scott Shepherd and. Luke Leahy.

A Morton substitute, Archie Campbell went close late-on after sprinting past David McCracken and blasting narrowly over from close range.