Falkirk 2 Alloa 1: Leahy’s rocket seals it

Jamie MacDonald
Jamie MacDonald

Luke Leahy’s wonder strike gave Falkirk a much-needed win against Alloa at The Falkirk Stadium.

The Bairns move two places up the Championship table with the only their second win of the league season after Peter Grant and Liam Buchanan exchanged first half goals.

Peter Houston maintained the team which kept a clean sheet against Raith Rovers last week, but the second-half substitutions made all the difference to the match won by a stunning half-volley from the Coventry born left-back Leahy.

Falkirk took the lead through a Peter Grant header when he directed Craig Sibbald’s second corner of the afternoon beyond stand-in goalie Craig McDowall.

The Bairns seemed comfortable but a ball over the top from Kevin Cawley was followed by David McCracken but the captain had his arms around Graeme Holmes who hot the deck and ref Kevin Clancy gave a penalty.

Liam Buchanan knocked the ball beyond Jamie MacDonald and the sides went in level at half-time.

But Leahy’s rocket settled the tie.

He smashed a half-volley from 25 yards into the top corner of the net and gave the Bairns the points after Peter Houston reshuffled the pack.

Replacing Tom Taiwo, Blair Alston and David Smith with Alex Cooper, Rory Boulding and Will Vaulks stepped up the Bairns’ play and Boulding in particular was particularly lively up front.

Boulding was unfortunate not to convert a low cross from Rory Loy late on that was gathered by Craig McDowall.

More from Luke Leahy - on boxing - in this week’s Falkirk Herald