More Central Park misery as the Bairns lose again

Michael McGovern returned to the first team and was untested early on, but conceded late in the game
Michael McGovern returned to the first team and was untested early on, but conceded late in the game

Falkirk were jeered off the park by their own fans after Greg Stewart’s late strike consigned Gary Holt’s side to a third defeat in a row.

The goal two minutes from time capped off a dreadful afternoon for the Bairns in front of 644 fans.

Once again, as with last week’s defeat at Raith Rovers, goalmouth action was at a premium. When it did come, in the first half it was all in Grant Adam’s end of Central Park, with the returning Michael McGovern a spectator without a save to make in the first half.

Falkirk knocked the ball around well enough, but again it was harmless with a lack of penetration from Rory Loy and Phil Roberts up front.

A corner from Jay Fulton after three minutes was bound for Conor McGrandles but John Armstrong headed clear.

Johnny Flynn was picking passes from the back with Rory Loy dropping deeper as the Bairns compressed the play into the attacking half of the field, but still couldn’t carve out a clear-cut chance.

Good work on the right wing from Kieran Duffie and Jay Fulton started and finished a move on 22 minutes, when the midfielder cut back from the by-line and Duffie shot at goal, but it was too tame and easily handled by Grant Adam in the Blue Brazil’s goals.

Roberts, playing through the middle was close with a header and Rory Loy had a decent long-range effort on 38 minutes that was met by a smart diving stop by Adam and he had another just two minutes before the break that bounced awkwardly infront of the keeper, but was chested out by the ex-Airdrie man.

Seconds before the break Michaael McGovern picked a cross off Flynn’s head which was the final act for the defender, replaced by Kyle Turnbull seconds before half-time.

After the break was just as frustrating, with the home sikde’s tight defending keeping Falkirk at bay but a surge from Conor McGrandles on 58 minutes broke into a counter attack and Jay Fulton had a shot at goal that deflected off Thomas O’Brien. The spin took the sting out of the shot and Adam gathered as Loy and Roberts followed the shot in.

Cowdenbeath could have taken the lead on 76 m inutes though as a long throw from Kenny Adamson was headed by Greg Stewart, forcing Michael McGovern into a sprawling save to keep the scores blank.

The best move of the second half from Falkirk was a boot up the park from Vaulks after an Adamson shot hit him after some positive link-up play by Colin Cameron’s side. Roberts chased it down and shot first time from the edge of the box with Adam off his line but the ball went wide.

But the sucker-punch came with two minutes of normal time left when sub Greg Stewart made poor connection with a half-volley but enough to direct it on goal, and the ball squirmed past Michael McGovern and the post.

The Falkirk fans streamed out of the stand, voicing their discontent at a third consecutive defeat in the league, and a miserable third visit to the stock car circuit without a win.