Falkirk return to Championship’s top three

Rory Loy retained his place in the Bairns team, alongside Phil Roberts and new signing Rakish Bingham
Rory Loy retained his place in the Bairns team, alongside Phil Roberts and new signing Rakish Bingham

Rory Loy was again a stand-out for Falkirk, and rewarded a great team performance in the 3-1 win over Dundee with two goals.

The striker scored a goal in each half, sandwiching a strike from Jay Fulton, before David McCracken defelcted in Ryan Conry’s shot on his debut.

Falkirk were impressive, in complete contrast to last week’s showing at Cowdenbeath.

The early goal helped, coming after 12 minutes of the home side controlling play.

Craig Sibbald, playing on the left side of midfield, looked akin to his 16-year-old self with some neat play, but took the wrong decision early on passing to Roberts from the edge of the box instead of lashing at shot at goal.

The youngster could also have had a penalty had he not regained his balance after a sliding challenge from Gary Irvine. But the youngster played his part in the opener by picking out Stephen Kingsley with a diagonal pass from the middle of the park that the left-back returned to the back-post to meet Loy’s run. The striker drilled in from the angle to give the Bairns a lead.

It was reward for the frontman who has put in two good shifts up front in the past fortnight.

Falkirk looked comfortable, but a one-goal lead was never going to suffice and the Bairns added to their tally in the second half.

Sibbald and Kingsley may have played key roles before the break, but afterwards it was all through Blair Alston and Fulton.

They tormented Willie Dyer on the left side. They combined and played Phil Roberts into the right corner. His cross was deflected by the hand of a Dundee defender, but ref Collum allowed play to continue. Rory Loy was appealling the handball when the ball passed him, then was missed by goalkeeper Kyle Letheren. Sibbald too missed the ball across goal but Jay Fulton stuck it away at the backpost.

It relaxed Falkirk and from the right, yet again Alston and Fulton, the goalscorer turned provider by putting the ball into the danger area again and Loy stabbed it high into the net to complete his second double of the season.

He made way shortly afterwards for Rakish Bingham, and David McCracken also replaced Will Vaulks who had been carrying a knee knock this week.

McCracken was unfortunate not to score on his debut with a header to Fulton’s corner pushed out by Letheren but he did find the net - just the wrong one - deflecting Ryan Conroy’s shot into his own net.

Dundee had one further chance, a free-kick from sub Peter MacDonald that went narrowly wide, but with that chance gone their confidence dropped and the Bairns saw out a handsome victory that returns them to the top three in the league table.