Late Bairns rally fails to prevent another loss

Falkirk suffered more disappointment in Livingston (Picture: Gary Hutchison)
Falkirk suffered more disappointment in Livingston (Picture: Gary Hutchison)

Falkirk slumped to another defeat in the Irn-Bru First Division, losing 2-1 to Livingston.

Goals from Marc McNulty and Keaghan Jacobs gave the home side the points while Conor McGrandles scored a consolation, which should come as personal reward for recent performances since breaking into the first team.

However, in the first half no Bairns player could take any praise, plaudits or positivity.

The Bairns only made one chance, when Lyle Taylor nodded wide unchallenged after 32 minutes from a long throw by Robbie Neilson, yet the home side was a constant threat.

McNulty and Stefan Scougall both tested Michael McGovern early on before the former gave the Lions the lead finishing a move orchestrated by Scougall and former Bairn Burton O’Brien.

It was the least the hosts deserved and Falkirk conspired to give them ample opportunity and encouragement to further their tally but the score remained 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, Falkirk improved and attacked regularly. Darren Dods had a shot on the turn blocked before Jonny Flynn’s strike from the edge of the box was also charged down.

But when Livingston scored a second through Jacobs ghosting in down the right of Falkirk’s defence to extend the lead Flynn’s game was soon to be over.

He was replaced by Craig Sibbald in an attacking switch by Steven Pressley and within moments it was 2-1.

Another substitute - Thomas Grant on for Jay Fulton - whipped a corner into the box that was flicked on by Dods and steered into the net at the backpost by McGrandles.

The Bairns continued to probe late on with a Robbie Neilson header going close and a Blair Alston strike being pushed over the bar by Andy McNeil but defeat consigns Falkirk to joint second bottom spot in the table, six points ahead of Dumbarton at the bottom and level on points with Airdrie United.