Forfar Athletic 1 Falkirk 2: Trialist striker impresses as the Bairns win on the road again

Rory Loy, playing as a trialist for Falkirk, scored twice at Station Park
Rory Loy, playing as a trialist for Falkirk, scored twice at Station Park
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Falkirk chalked up another friendly win on their travels as they edged out Forfar Athletic at Station Park on Tuesday evening.

Gary Holt selected a youthful starting XI with Craig Comrie, Scott Shepherd and Michael Martin leading the midfield.

With Lyle Taylor in Yorkshire to complete his transfer to Sheffield United, the number nine jersey was handed to trialist Rory Loy, formerly of Carlisle United and Rangers.

The 25-year-old is currently without a club and did his chances of landing a deal at Westfield no harm by scoring twice in the game’s lively opening period.

The first was a penalty after eleven minutes, when he casually rolled the ball home after Blair Alston had been tripped in the box by Marvin Andrews.

That was enough to level the game, after the Bairns went a goal down after six minutes when Will Vaulks sent a glancing header past his own goalkeeper Graham Bowman, much to the home fans’ amusement.

Falkirk looked much the sharper side however and time and again proved too quick on the ball for their opponents, who resorted to some hefty tackles in an attempt to win control.

Rory Loy put the Bairns in front after 20 minutes. He collected the ball and quickly turned his marker before drilling home from 12 yards.

The tempo of the game dropped in the second half, as Bairns boss Holt took the opportunity to give game time to several Academy graduates including defender Robbie McNab and goalkeeper Gregor Amos.