Falkirk’s Communities Cup exit to Rangers - as it happened

Blair Alston goes close for Falkirk but the Bairns were ultimately to draw a blank against Rangers.
Blair Alston goes close for Falkirk but the Bairns were ultimately to draw a blank against Rangers.

Falkirk lost 3-0 at Ibrox last night meaning they won’t be repeating last season’s run to Hampden.

The Falkirk Herald was there bringing you our usual live blog and images from the big match. Make sure you follow @FalkirkHeraldSp on twitter for all future live updates.

Here’s how the night unfolded for the Bairns:

6:43 p.m. Surrounds of Ibrox considerably quieter than before kick-off against East Stirlingshire a couple of weeks ago.

7:17 Falkirk squad warming up: pic.twitter.com/ZJ00SM18

7:38 Rangers line-up: Alexander, Argyriou, Bocanegra, Cribari, Wallace, McCulloch, Faure, Black, Little, Shiels, MacLeod. Hegarty, Kyle, Crawford, McKay, Gallacher.

7:43 Falkirk have brought 410 fans tonight.

7:50 Kieran Duffie very fortunate as Dean Shiels strike hits his arm but though Alan Muri has a good look, he doesn’t signal for a penalty.

7:53 Great move Falkirk.... Sibbald one two with Weatherston and the cut-back from the latter was just behind Taylor in the middle and Blair Alston couldn’t get close to the loose ball.

7:53 Weatherston hits the post.

7:54 Kingsley makes good progress down the left and lays off to Jay Fulton,. a great flighted cross was struck at the near post by Weatherston and the ball rattled the post.

7:55 Lyle Taylor picked up the ball very wide on the right after the woodwork wobbled and put a cross come shot ontop of Alexander who fumbled but kept the ball ahead of the line...... just.

7:58 Lee McCulloch heads over moments after being foiled by Chris Smith. Steven Pressley was regularly raging at the ex-Rangers defender on Saturday and Cappielow and in the first ten minutes he’s been very vocal towards Smith and Kingsley on the far side of the pitch Thursday.

7:59 McCulloch steps around Smith and slices the ball wide from 16 yards. It was the first time that Sibbald had conceded possession - to Dean Shiels - in the build-up.

8:03 GOAL Rangers

8:04 Ian Black’s corner was headed at the front post by Lee McCulloch and the ball bounced under Stephen Kingsley on the post.

8:08 Chris Smith slips as he follows a Lee Wallace flighted pass to Lee McCulloch, the Rangers man lays off Sebastian Faure for a rocket at the top corner and it’s tipped over well by Michael McGovern with a great save.

8:08 David Weatherston: pic.twitter.com/4zcrIrpP

8:13 Another fine save by Michael McGovern, from Andy Little’s header. McCulloch almost in at the back-post from Shiels quick thinking free-kick.

8:15 Rangers are beginning to hang onto the ball a lot longer than Falkirk can, but the Bairns are digging in.

8:16 Lyle Taylor did very well there against both Cribari and Bocanegra, but a combination of both managed to halt the striker.

8:18 Andy Little scores 2-0 Thursday August 30, 2012 8:18 Falkirk Herald 8:20 Falkirk Herald: Great save from Alexander stops Alston, twho strangely took a touch to Taylor’s cross but did well to keep control and shoot.

8:20 Sibbalds corner headed by Smith, then Taylor is close to a flick on but can’t reach.

8:23 Stephen Kingsley is down with a knock.

8:25 Great despairing challenge by Chris Smith blocks Shiels close in on 39 minutes.

8:31 Falkirk have had a good three minutes encamped in and ariound Rangers’ penalty area, but unable to trouble Neil Alexander.

8:31 Two minutes of added time Thursday.

8:31 Weatherston hit the post after 8 minutes from a Jay Fulton cross. McCullough scored from a header that wriggled under Kingsley on the post.

8:31 Since then Michael McGovern has made two excellent stops to shots at the top corner of his net.

8:33 Half-time 2-0 for Rangers.

9:01 Taylor battles for posession: pic.twitter.com/Y6FREFih

9:02 Alston shot: pic.twitter.com/0TOvtRmH

9:02 Pressley: pic.twitter.com/f4E4SjwI

9:04 Weatherston battles for posession: pic.twitter.com/fvhCgCEZ

9:05 Kingsley injury: pic.twitter.com/uu5kyG02

9:06 Falkirk are now 3-0 down, Lee McCulloch capitalising on an error by Chris Smith. The defender ignored his goalkeeper’s shouted and headed to McCulloch who stroked in with the goalkeeper stranded.

9:07 Craig Sibbald: pic.twitter.com/TfxJQT8r

9:12 Barrie McKay starts a passage of Rangers play that Falkirk can’t get near. The ball is stroked around first time and quickly and Andy Little taps just wide at the end.

9:44 Hayworth free kick: pic.twitter.com/g8QFJkVz

9:45 Taylor shot pic.twitter.com/1BEBLvU1

9:49 Full-time: pic.twitter.com/yNvx0z3y