Falkirk 2 Dumbarton 1: Bairns on top

Blair Alston hit the first for the Bairns before Craig Sibbald's strike won it for Falkirk
Blair Alston hit the first for the Bairns before Craig Sibbald's strike won it for Falkirk
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First half goals from Blair Alston and Craig Sibbald sent Falkirk top of the Championship.

Sibbald, scorer of the Bairns’ second before ex-captain Darren barr pulled one back for the Sons, was in top form in front of the BBC Alba cameras. His goal was one of the highlights of the first half when the Bairns had a particularly bright start, but Dumbarton came back into it as half-time approached.

28-08-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk F.C. v Dumbarton F.C. SPFL Championship. Goal Blair Alston 8 for Falkirk.

28-08-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk F.C. v Dumbarton F.C. SPFL Championship. Goal Blair Alston 8 for Falkirk.

Perhaps it was their third game in six days beginning to catch up on them, but the buoyancy from those previous games certainly helped the Bairns explode out of the traps and they attacked from the outset.

It only took Blair Alston seven minutes to fire the home side ahead, taking advantage of slack play at the back from Dumbarton. The Sons failed to clear their area, and also failed to pick up Alston drifiting in at the back-post and when the loose ball broke to the midfielder, he smashed it high and in off the crossbar.

Goalkeeper Gordon Marshall was in the crowd, along with scouts from Queen of the south and Rangers, but the ex-Bairns keeper would have struggled to deal with Sibbald’s second.

The midfielder returned to top form just in time to showcase his talents on national TV once again and was central to Falkirk’s attacking passages.

28-08-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk F.C. v Dumbarton F.C. SPFL Championship. Goal Craig Sibbald for Falkirk.

28-08-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk F.C. v Dumbarton F.C. SPFL Championship. Goal Craig Sibbald for Falkirk.

He linked up with Luke Leahy for a one-two before driving into the box from the left and curling the ball into the top corner of the goal with his weaker right foot with mark brown helpless.

Dumbarton had, unitl then, come close to Danny Rogers’ goal without threatening, but they kept in touch with the Bairns and knocked their momentum with a goal in response.

Darren Barr bundled in from close range against his first club for 2-1.

The Sons took heart from the counter and pressed for the equaliser, but came closest after the half-time intervalm when Scott Brown volleyed just wide.

Rogers then made a double save to deny Kevin Cawley, but he padded his block into the path of Grant Gillespie before gathering at the second attempt.

Peter Houston had been forced into an early change, brining Aaroj Muirhead on for Mark Kerr after only four minutes, and made another change with Lee Miller replacing David Smith in a bid to fire up Falkirk’s attacks which were on the wane.

The Sons, in repsonse upped their quota of Bairns connect. Not only did the visitors have Barr and Wullie Gibson in the ranks, they also had former Falkirk community coach Gregor Buchanan at the heart of their defence. But Stevie Aitken added to the connections with veteran striker Steven Craig coming off the bench.

But it was the current Bairns who won the day and could have had a penalty when Doherty appeared to block an Alston cross with his arm on the by-line.

That’s it for the Bairns until September 12 when they travel to St Mirren. They won’t be back at The Fal;kirk Stadium until September 25 – another Friday night fixture.