Falkirk cruise to victory but Stenhousemuir held in opening pre-season friendlies

Stenhousemuir drew 2-2 with East of Scotland side Craigroyston at Ochilview on Saturday
Stenhousemuir drew 2-2 with East of Scotland side Craigroyston at Ochilview on Saturday
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Falkirk cruised to a 4-0 win against Queen’s Park in a closed-doors match at Lesser Hampden on Saturday.

Bairns boss Gary Holt fielded two different starting XIs in each half in order to give his full squad some action in what was the club’s first pre-season game of the 2013/14 campaign.

Luke Leahy sent a firm header over the bar from a Kieran Duffie cross, but the first half was short on clear-cut chances for either side in a match that struggled to get out of first gear.

Falkirk Academy graduate Botti Biabi did look dangerous however and caused the Spiders’ defence several problems, but none of them could be converted into goals.

The Bairns team that started the second half included star striker Lyle Taylor, but it was Kris Faulds who scored the opening goal of the game after 51 minutes when he took advantage of a sloppy back pass to slot home.

On the hour mark Taylor added a second when he drilled a shot in the bottom left corner following a through ball from Alston.

Goal number three came from a fine finish from Scott Shepherd, and Taylor added a fourth goal seconds before the referee blew for full-time.

Meanwhile, Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan declared himself satisfied with his team’s performance as they drew 2-2 with East of Scotland League first division champions Craigroyston at Ochilview.

The visitors opened the scoring through Errol Douglas in the 13th minute, but an own goal by Scott Ritchie four minutes later and a thumper from John Gemmell on the stroke of half-time put ‘Muir in the driving seat.

Corrigan rang the changes at the break and it was virtually the reserve team that played the second period.

Douglas notched his second for the Edinburgh outfit in the 74th minute to square the match, but the Ochilview boss liked what he saw.

“It was a good training workout for the lads and a good number of players got a runabout,” he said.

“That is the object of the exercise and why we have taken on so many games before the new season starts.”