Falkirk 2-1 Raith Rovers: Bairns still in Championship title race

Goals from Rory Loy and Conor McGrandles were enough to earn Falkirk victory over Raith Rovers.
Goals from Rory Loy and Conor McGrandles were enough to earn Falkirk victory over Raith Rovers.

Falkirk are two points off the top of the Championship with two matches remaining after winning 2-1 against Raith Rovers this afternoon.

First half goals from Rory Loy and Conor McGrandles were enough to secure the points against the Fifers.

With Dundee, who started the day as league leaders, losing 1-0 at Greenock Morton, the destination of the trophy will not be decided until the last day of the season.

After a dull opening 10 minutes, the first real chance of the game fell to the home side after 15 minutes. Mark Beck’s initial shot was blocked, his rebound was tipped away by Raith keeper Lee Robinson and Blair Alston’s follow-up was somehow cleared from the goal line.

Falkirk supporters had only five minutes to wait for before their team finally made the breakthrough. Joe Chalmers breezed into the box and his pass was collected by Mark Beck, who laid the ball off for Rory Loy to stroke home from ten yards. It was a finely worked passing move from a forward line playing with confidence.

The Bairns went 2-0 up after 23 minutes. The away team failed to clear their lines, and when the ball fell to Conor McGrandles on the edge of the penalty area he whipped it high over the defence and into the far top corner of the net. His lack of celebration suggested that the young midfielder had intended the strike as a cross, but the Bairns were worth their two goal lead.

Raith Rovers were struggling at times to deal with Falkirk’s pace and movement in the final third, but they pulled a goal back on 31 minutes when John Baird’s shot took a deflection off Will Vaulks past Michael McGovern.

Falkirk enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half but despite creating several chances could not find a third goal.

Falkirk: McGovern, Kingsley, Vaulks, Beck, Alston, Sibbald, McGrandles, Loy, McCracken, Millar, Chalmers.

Scorers: Loy 19, McGrandles 23, Vaulks (own goal) 32.

Attendance: 3200