Bairns hang on to claim first league points

Farid El Allagui netted his fourth of the season
Farid El Allagui netted his fourth of the season
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Falkirk earned their first points of the league season with a win over Partick Thistle.

Goals from front pair Farid El Allagui and Kallum Higginbotham were enough for the Bairns, who also inclued David Weatherston in their line-up, replacing Craig Sibbald who missed out with the injury revealed in Heraldsport on Thursday.

But the game wasn’t without its scares. Partick equalised through a stunning Kris Doolan strike in the first half and the same striker put a penalty wide in the second.

Michael McGovern again came to Falkirk’s rescue, clawing an Aaron Sinclair shot off the line in the first half and the Jags defender later hit the bar.

But it was Falkirk who drew first blood, Weatherston had headed a good Higginbotham cross wide on three minutes but five minutes later the ball was in the net. Stewart Murdoch bravely won a 50-50 challenge with Thistle keeper Scott Fox after Blair Alston’s through ball and recovered to round the keeper but failed to pull the trigger. The ball broke to Farid El Allagui who slotted his fourth of the eason.

Falkirk looked comfortable but a failure to close down Doolan on 35 minutes was punished when the striker whipped the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

After the break Falkirk again scored quickly. An Alston corner was headed on by the outstanding young centre-back Murray Wallace and helped over the line by Kallum Higginbotham.

It proved to be the winner but, as Falkirk rung the changes to line-up a with an average age of just days over 20 years, Partick piled forward.

The defending in the latter stages was desparate, but the Bairns hung on and had good fortune too.

A poor call by ref Crawford Allan claimed McGovern had tripped Thomas Stewart on the by-line. The ball seemed to move away from goal - by the keepers’ hand - but a penalty was flagged by the linesman.

Doolan stepped up, but his 63rd minute kick was sent wide and Falkirk are off the mark in the First Division.

Elsewhere Stenhousemuir also enjoyed a first league win, seeing off Arbroath at Ochilview with goals from Brown Ferguson and Andy Rodgers. East Stirlingshire had a commendale comeback, but lost 4-2 at Berwick.