Falkirk move top of the league with Ross County

Falkirk defeated Queen of the South with a late header by Darren Dods on their last clash at The Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk defeated Queen of the South with a late header by Darren Dods on their last clash at The Falkirk Stadium

Falkirk moved joint top of the league with a coasting 3-0 win over Queen of the South.

The Bairns hand the game rapped up by half-time in a frantic 60 seconds when Farid El Alagui knocked the Bairns ahead and Willie Gibson lashed the Bairns' second less than a minute later.

Without the suspended Mark Millar the Bairns changed shape and played Farid and Jordan White up front, with Willie Gibson sitting just off the front pair.

He swung a free-kick to the backpost in the fifht minute and Murray Wallace hit the side netting.

Jordan White also had a chance to open the scoring played clear by Stewart Murdohc six minutes later but his attempted chip over Lee Robinson led to the towering striker kicking the ground and scuffing the shot harmlessly wide.

Gibson was supplier of the first goal, stringing a series of passes together before Tam Scobbie earned a 35th minute corner. The recent signing from Crawley took the corner to the backpost and Farid El Alagui nodded the ball down before stabbing the ball back across the line.

Lee Robinson was remonstrating witht he referee after it, but by the time he was bck in his goalmouth Willie Gibson was bearing down on him and lashed the ball high into the top corner in a frantic minute.

That sealed the game for Falkirk before half-time though Michael McGovern had to scoop a John Potter effort off the line but he had very little else to do.

By the time he was back in action at the tail end of the second half Falkirk were 3-0 up.

Farid El Alagui squared a ball across goal and Darren Dods bundled the ball over the line.

McGovern watched a Stephen Simmons drive flash just wide after a deflection off Tam Scobbie late on, but Queen of the South failed to beat the goalkeeper who will link up with Northern Ireland tomorrow.

He and his club-mates ensured the points would hoist the Bairns to second in the league, level on points but with an inferior goal difference to the Staggies.

The pair meet in three weeks at Victoria Park, Dingwall. Before then, Falkirk face Ayr United and Partick Thistle.