Raith Rovers 0-0 Falkirk: Stalemate at Stark’s Park

Bairns boss Peter Houston
Bairns boss Peter Houston

Falkirk had to settle for a point in Kirkcaldy this afternoon after they failed to break down a hardworking Raith Rovers side.

Peter Houston made two changes to the team that lost 3-1 against Rangers midweek, with Will Vaulks and Liam Dick dropping out to be replaced by David Smith and Peter Grant.

The first chance of the match fell to the home team when former Hearts striker Christian Nade headed wide after losing his marker David McCracken.

Craig Sibbald warmed the hands of Rovers goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw after seven minutes, following a trip on David Smith on the outside of the box.

The striker was involved in the Bairns’ next opportunity when he was set up by a neat passing move involving Sibbald and Rory Loy, but his tame shot was easily saved.

Jamie MacDonald had work to do at the other end when Martin Scott had a chance from six yards, but the Falkirk keeper looked sharp to claw the ball away.

Taiwo made way for Durojaiye at half-time as Falkirk looked to make the break through in the second half.

Both teams kept up the tempo as the clock counted down.

Owain Tudor Jones had the Bairns’ best chance of the match when he sent a powerful header goalward, only to see it tipped over by Laidlaw.

Raith had failed to keep a clean sheet at home since October last year but they looked composed at the back as full-time appraoched.

A late free kick from Sibbald caused some confusion in the Raith penalty area, but the ball was eventually cleared.

The result leaves Falkirk seventh in the table, nine points off league leaders Hearts.

Falkirk: MacDonald, Shaughnessy, McCracken, Taiwo (Durojaiye 45), Alston (Bia-Bi 71), Smith, Sibbald, Grant, Leahy, Loy (Boulding 81), Tudor Jones.

Attendance: 1871