Morton 1 Falkirk 1 : Entertaining draw to open league season

Peter Houston took his side to Cappielow for the league opener
Peter Houston took his side to Cappielow for the league opener

Falkirk looked like cruising back up the Clyde with three points, but were lucky to escape Greenock with one in a blistering beginning to the new league season.

Goals were shared one apiece but in reality on chances created it could have been 4-4 between the sides.

Paul Watson’s rammed first half effort gave the Bairns the lead and they seemed to be comfortable but a glancing header from Peter MacDonald in the second half shared the points.

The Bairns’ passing in possession was good, and their closing down when without the ball even better and that unsettled the home side who were marking their League One title win last season with the flag unfurling pre-match.

For the first hour Falkirk looked every bit the more experienced side, keeping the ball on the ground, while Morton lobbed it back to front in a bid to breach Danny Rogers’ net.

But they didn’t though had chances particularly through Stefan McCluskey who tested Rogers from the edge of the box and pulled another effort wide.

The Bairns took the lead when paul Watson, who earned the corner with a header knocked over the bar, rammed in Craig Sibbald’s low corner-kick on the 19th minute. On the whole the visitors appeared comfortable but that came at a cost with Tom Taiwo limping off just before half-time with a deadleg.

After the break the Bairns should have added to their tally but Morton were improved and sneaked an equaliser when MacDonald knocked in Ross Forbes’ cross.

That roused the slumbering 2800 crowd and for a while Morton were on top though Rogers still hadn’t a save to make.

As 90 minutes approached the game became for stretched and both sides pressed for a winner, but Falkirk should have had one, if not two.

John Baird tapped a great chance wide from a yard out after Luke Leahy’s low cross picked him out, and the same player had the chance to make amends when one-on-one with Derek Gaston but he blazed over.

Will Vaulks also had a chance but grazed the crossbar from 25 yards.

Falkirk: Rogers, Muirhead, Leahy, Grant, Watson, Vaulks, Kerr (Smith 72), Taiwo (Alston 37), Sibbald, McHugh, Baird. Subs: Bowman, McCracken, Dick, Shepherd, o’Hara