Darren Dods made Ramsdens Cup history - and marked a milestone with the winner against Hamilton.
The Bairns captain was starting his 500th competitive game as a pro and it was a fairytale opening as he headed home Mark Millar's corner in the third minute.
It proved to be the only goal of the game as Falkirk held on despite a fightback from Hamilton early in the second half to see out the win and earn a fourth cup victory - the most in the 22-year history of the competition.
Steven Pressley's young team of 2012 have earned him a place in the club records alongside John Hughes, Alex Totten and Jim Jefferies.
It started with Willie Gibson dancing down the left wing and earning a corner that Millar swung on to the captain's head. Fan Favourite El Alagui was inches from connecting but Dods backed him up and headed the Bairns into the lead they would never lose.
Falkirk played their settled defence but fielded Craig Sibbald in a tight midfield beside Jay Fulton and Mark Millar, flanked by David Weatherston and Gibson.
Another move with Gibson down the left in the 11th minute saw a spinning cross touched by Weatherston and rammed at goal by El Alagui at the backpost but David Hutton spread himself to block.
The Bairns were by far the superior side in the first half and, though Hamilton had chances in the early part of the seocnd period, McGovern was rarely troubled.
Jon McShane had Accies' best chance but floated a 54th minute header wide then the Bairns fans endured a nervy ending when the Lanarkshire team threw caution to the wind.
They remained in the game up to the end despite Falkirk rattling the crossbar from a Mark Millar 25-yard drive on 61 minutes.
Dods made a crucial interception diving from behind McShane to prod the ball back to McGovern on 88 minutes and the goalkppeer effectively handed the cup to Falkirk when he made a one-handed save from Jim McAlister's spinning free-kick in injury time.