Falkirk 2-0 Dumbarton: Loy back with a bang

25-03-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. Falkirk FC v Dumbarton. Goal Falkirk 1-0. David McCracken 34 claims it but it came off Michael Miller 24.
25-03-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. Falkirk FC v Dumbarton. Goal Falkirk 1-0. David McCracken 34 claims it but it came off Michael Miller 24.

Rory Loy made an immediate impact on his return from injury as Falkirk returned to winning ways

The forward missed Saturday’s dispiriting defeat to Alloa but added to an earlier own goal by Dumbarton’s Michael Miller to restore some feel-good factor among the Bairns. Unlike Saturday Falkirk made their dominance count and from the start were in control.

Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk Manager Gary Holt'Pic by Alan Murray  22-03-14

Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk Manager Gary Holt'Pic by Alan Murray 22-03-14

Mark Beck was inches away from giving Falkirk a third minute lead, but just couldn’t connect with Conor McGrandles right-wing cross.

From the same side, Will Vaulks had a header that Jamie Ewings held well.

However as much as the Bairns could easily have been ahead, they could have been behind too. Chris Kane capitalised on a mistake between David McCracken and Will Vaulks, and raced in on goal but danger was averted, but the home support - sparse as it was - became restless.

That soon eased though as Craohg Sibbald and Jope Chalmers began to make progress down the left flank. Several corners and crosses came from Chalmers’ runs and one - on 24 minutes - brought the opener.

The Celtic loanee’s cross was deflected out by Paul McGinn’s back and Mark Millar’s corner was bundled in by David McCracken, off the face of Dumbarton defender Miller.

Michael McGovern was also restored to the Bairns starting 11 but was not called upon until the second half when he amost carroied the ball over the line as he slid to meet a powerful Scott agnew drive.

The Bairns went close at the other end with Ewings beating out a Blair Alston strike and Mark Beck hitting the crossbar with a header.

But Loy made the game comfortable with a cool finish on 72 minutes as he slipped the ball into the corner of the net.

After picking up a booking for remonstrating with Andy Graham for a horrible tackle on Mark Beck, Loy had the ball in the net again but was flagged offside four minutes from the end.

Huigh Murray was red-carded for Dumbarton in the closing stages.