Falkirk shocked by rampant Livingston

Farid El Alagui opened the scoring before Falkirk capitulated
Farid El Alagui opened the scoring before Falkirk capitulated
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Falkirk's miserable month of March has reaped only one point after Livingston came from behind to win 5-2.

Farid El Alagui gave Falkirk an early lead but a Rory Boudling double had the Lions ahead at half-time.

In the second half, another double from Bobby Barr and Iain Russell's penalty rubbed salt into the Bairns' wounds even though David Weatherston knocked in a consolation.

Falkirk were without Michael McGovern, who sat the game out through suspension, injury victim Stewart Murdoch, and Scotland call-up Craig Sibbald.

El Alagui had several early headers, and hit the bar with one before he lifted Weatherston's pass over McNeil to give Falkirk the lead on 29 minutes.

Falkirk looked comfortable in the sunshine at The Falkirk Stadium, but the game clouded over as Livi responded quickly. Boulding fired in from the edge of the box as Falkirk's defnece stood off and the ball hit the inside of the post before going over the line.

Falkirk were behind shortly before half-time when Boulding capitalised on more defensive insecurity and, as the ball bobbled between Millar and Dods, he nipped in to stroke across Bowman again.

Kid gloves Bowman would pick the ball out of the net another three times as Falkirk capitulated in the second half and give ex-Bairns boss John Hughes a happy return to The Falkirk Stadium.

Keaghan Jacobs got to the by-line on 71 minutes and cut back, Duffie threw out a lazy right-foot and the ball fell easily for Bobby Barr to steer into the empty net.

Three minutes later Livi were 4-1 up. Jay Fulton and Scobbie jumped for Stefan Scougall's corner at the front post. Both met it, one with his head, the other with his hand, and David Somers pointed to the spot. Iain Russell put the ball low to the goalkeeper's right.

By this stage Falkirk were demoralised but Weatherston ran on to El Alagui's cut-back and tucked the ball into the net with the help of a deflection to get the fans cheering again but it was too little, too late.

The scoring in a remarkable game wasn't over though and Barr added a fifth sickener for Falkirk late on, taking the goal-count between the sides to 19 this season - with 14 coming from the two games at Westfield.

Falkirk return to Livingston next week, but face Hamilton Academical in the final of the Ramsdens Cup on Sunday. Kick-off is 4.05 p.m.