Late County strike snatches point at Falkirk

A last gasp goal in the 94th minute saw Falkirk stick six points off league leaders Ross County

In a game dominated by wind, neiter side at the top of the table could fully exert influence on the game without the elements

interference.

But Kieran Duffie's strike with just less than 15 minutes to go defied the gales and nestled netly inside Joe Malin's post

and looked to have given Falkirk the much needed victory.

The visitors came south to stifle Falkirk and proved frustrating opponents for Falkirk, breaking up the Bairns' rhythm at

every opportunity.

But the Bairns slightly shaded the opening sparring on Boxing Day.

Farid El Alagui was pin-pointed by the ross County backline as the main target - and was treated as such.

On four minutes he was brought down just outside the box, and Kallum Higginbotham whipped the free-kick narrowly wide of the

post.

Going forward Falkirk threatened but insecurities at the back were a distraction. Reliable Darren Dods passed straight to

Richard Brittain but Tam scobbie and Craig Sibbald combined to clean up.

Likewise reading the ball's flight in the air was difficult and each defence was caught out during the first half, nd even

Farid El Alagui was back defending and clearing a dangerous cross on 26 minutes, and Michael McGovern had to be alert to stop

athe ball trickling over the line just before the break after a loose pass by Kieran Duffie.

After the break Duffie hit the by-line to cause havoc.

First he crossed for David Weatherston to head just wide from a few yards more than his previous miss against Hamilton. He

nodded the pacy cross wide on 55 minutes.

Duffie sent in another couple of crosses to no avail before taking on responsibility with 15 minutes left and stepping in off

the wing to stroke a left-foot daisy cutter inside Malin's post from the edge of the box.

It was enough to spark County into chasing every ball, in the park or out but Falkirk held firm, switching to a protective

5-4-1 formation late-on to usher the three points home.

But the switch didn't work with a goal from Colin McMenamin squeezing through a goalmouth ruck and crossing the line to keep

County at the top with six points to spare.