Falkirk 0 Hibs 1: Bairns pay penalty

20-10-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Hibernian FC. SPFL Ladbrokes Championship.
20-10-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Hibernian FC. SPFL Ladbrokes Championship.

A first-half penalty from Jason Cummings left Peter Houston feeling “hard done by” as Falkirk lost at home in the league for the first time this season.

It was a breathless 90 minutes and a shame for both sides it was decided by the most contentious of penalty kicks on 35 minutes.

As Falkirk nudged a corner kick clear, Blair Alston raced for a loose ball with David Gray hurtling into the box for the same ball. Gray touched it but carried on running into the Bairns midfielder and both collided. Alan Muir pointed straight to the spot and Cummings took his cue.

The first half had been frantci, Lee Miller rattled the crossbar with a powerful header from ten yards but it was inches too high with Mark Oxley beaten.

When one side finished attacking the other immediately started, it was end to end and good fare for the 5429 in The Falkirk Stadium.

Falkirk strung some moves together and likewise Hibs showed their class, but it was relatively even despite the advantage for the Edinburgh side.

Peter Houston waited to remonstrate with the official at half-time over the penalty call, biut was sent up the tunnel by the whistler.

After the break it was less frantic but still the attacks continued, especially from Falkirk. Houston pitched in three attackers - John Baird and Bob mcHugh to accompany lee Miller in the second half but though they came close, they couldn’t level.

The closest they came was an acrobatic effort from Bob mcHugh to meet Paul Watson’s header in the six-yard box but he was bundled over by Oxlety and Marvin Bartley, and a John Baird slide where he was inches from converting Vaulks’ low cross.

Bartley was fortunate to be on the park, first for argy-bargy with craig Sibbald in the first half and then for an off-the-ball challenge on Miller when the frontman was charging through on to a long ball, wiuth clear sight of Oxley and the goal.

But he survived and despite Falkirk’s gung-ho last few minutes Hibs did too.