Falkirk stumble to third consecutive draw

David Weatherston's early strike was still not enough to hand Falkirk victory.
David Weatherston's early strike was still not enough to hand Falkirk victory.

Falkirk failed to overcome part-timers Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Saturday despite taking an early lead through David Weatherston.

The Bairns took just three minutes to find the net when a great cross from Kieran Duffie was volleyed home at the back post by the unmarked midfielder.

Falkirk started the match brightly and looked eager to press forward and add to their lead.

But disaster struck with 17 minutes played when Lewis Coult reacted quicker than the hesitant away defence and fired home the equaliser.

Steven Pressley’s side had chances to regain the lead, but were left frustrated as Cowdenbeath’s Thomas Flynn produced two terrific saves to deny Sean Higgins and substitute Lewis Small.

Cowdenbeath had chances of their own however and player-manager Colin Cameron should have scored on the hour-mark when presented with a clear opportunity, only to be denied by a smart stop from Michael McGovern.

A scrappy second half petered out with neither side being able to produce a winner.

Falkirk have now drawn their last three games and have only managed one win this season.

Meanwhile, Stenhousemuir salvaged a point against Arbroath after Kevin McGinlay’s stoppage time header levelled the match at 2-2. The away side had come from a goal down to take the lead on the 90th minute.

And East Stirlingshire booked their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup after seeing off Highland League side Fraserburgh 2-1.