Stewart the hero as Bairns stun Raith

PIC LISA FERGUSON 21/08/2010'FHS 'IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION,'FALKIRK FC v STIRLING ALBION FC'Mark Stewart celebrates his goal 2-0'WESTFIELD STADIUM
PIC LISA FERGUSON 21/08/2010'FHS 'IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION,'FALKIRK FC v STIRLING ALBION FC'Mark Stewart celebrates his goal 2-0'WESTFIELD STADIUM
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FALKIRK had to win – and this time Falkirk did win – leaving Raith Rovers feeling robbed.

Two goals from Mark Stewart earned the Bairns a vital three points event though they never hit their heights.

Raith were a physical proposition for Falkirk, but, after they were overwhelmed for most of the first half, Burton O’Brien threaded a perfect pass though to Stewart seven minutes from the break and the striker tucked it away.

Raith again came at Falkirk after the break, but the defence held out until an acrobatic effort from John Baird levelled the game.

Jack Compton almost regained the lead for Falkirk, hitting the post from a 20-yard free-kick, before setting up what proved to be the winner.

He raced forward on the right wing and threaded a great pass into another perfectly timed run by Stewart and the striker rounded McNeil to score from a tight angle.

Falkirk saw out the win, holding on to the ball, although, in doing so, Millar set up sub Kallum Higginbotham and he hit the outside of the post in the 89th minute.

Steven Pressley said: “Our counter attack was very effective today.

“You always need luck but we were methodical in our preparation for this game and we deserved it. The team’s grown up very quickly, especially over the last few weeks.”

John McGlynn said: “We feel robbed and we’re baffled. We battered them and they’ve taken the game 2-1.”

Elsewhere Stenhousemuir won 2-1 at home to Ayr and East Stirlingshire took a point from Berwick.