Falkirk 3 QOS 2 : A win, at last!
After ten attempts, Paul Hartley has finally registered a victory as manager of Falkirk.
And what’s more Falkirk scored three goals in achieving it.
Victory came at a cost as Myles Hippolyte was strecthered off, but the huge roar that greeted the first home win of the league campaign was testament to an excellent first half where the forward was a key in the Bairns attack.
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A goal throughout the opening period was coming for the Bairns who approached the game with all the right attitude.
Queens tried to disrupt the Bairns by swapping ends at the start but all that happened was Hartley’s side slammed in three in front of the south stand.
Reghan Tumilty, on the right flank almost got in for another, nutmegging Sean Mercer before being unceremoniously denied in the box by Jason Kerr.
The forward released all his pent up frustrations in his celebrations after almost three months without a goal.
Falkirk had not scored more than two in a league game since March but after a real lack of goals, particularly at the Falkirk Stadium, the first half was a welcome relief for all inside Westfield.
Even the needless concession of a free-kick, and goal to Stephen Dobbie (who else), on the stroke of half-time couldn’t lower the mood, but Hippolyte’s injury after the interval did.
There are signs the Bairns’ game management is returning to acceptable levels and they saw out the match, just as they’d done against Livingston and Dumbarton, but Queens rarely showed similar levels of pressure.
Robbie Mutch had to block a powerful Dobbie drive but was otherwise untroubled.