Alan Cook cancelled out Stewart Murdoch’s first-half penalty as Falkirk took their first home point of the season.
Falkirk looked vastly superior in the first half restoring Darren Dods and Kieran Duffie to a starting line-up that also included Kris Faulds in the centre of midfield at the expense of Craig Sibbald.
Lyle Taylor was sent through early on by a clever Sean Higgins’ pass but only won a corner from which Darren Dods was penalised when testing Kenny Arthur.
It was Higgins who was fouled for the penalty on 35 minutes as he bundles his way through the packed Airdrie defence. Murdoch sent Arthur the wrong way from the spot.
Moments later Taylor had the chance to wrap it up. In acres of space he cruised in on goal but a great recovery by Calum MacDonald foiled the striker.
In the second half Andy Haworth and Taylor both fired good strikes just wide of the post, but Falkirk’s delivery from wide areas let them down.
A defensive switch-off let Nathan Blockley in around the back of Dods and his square pass found Cook unmarked, unchallenged and unflustered in front of Michael McGovern.
The Bairns could have snatched it in the third minute of injury time but a 20-yard shot from Lyle Taylor was inches wide of the post.