Ross County 7 Falkirk 0: Over and out for Bairns

22-09-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. DINGWALL. Victoria Park. Ross County F.C. v Falkirk F.C. Scottish League Cup, last 16.
22-09-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. DINGWALL. Victoria Park. Ross County F.C. v Falkirk F.C. Scottish League Cup, last 16.

Falkirk were resoundingly beaten by Ross County and eliminated from the Scottish League Cup tonight.

The Bairns were thumped 7-0 in Dingwall and must regroup in time for Friday’s league clash with Queen of the South.

Liam Boyce scored a first-half hat-trick in just ten minutes, and further goals from Raffaele de Vita, Jonathan Franks and Brian Graham made it a miserable night for just over 100 Falkirk fans at the Energy Assets Arena, and many more following from home via @FalkirkHeraldSp twitter.

Early exchanges looked favourable to a tight, competitive game, but that’s anything but how it panned out.

County had a handful of half-chances before Boyce beat Watson to meet a Richard Foster cross and power the ball behind Danny Rogers.

The keeper was beaten by the same man just five minutes later when a corner dropped at his feet and he back-heeled the ball over the line.

He completed a first-half hat-trick just five minutes from the interval by leaping above Watson and heading another Foster cross into the ground and it bounced high into the net.

Falkirk could have been further behind but were spared by the linesman’s offside flag, which cancelled out a tap-in from Graham. The striker knocked in after a Boyce drive was spilled by Rogers and the goalkeeper didn’t look too clever immediately after the break either.

Peter Houston tried to change the game by replacing John baird and Ryan Blair with Lee Miller and Bob McHugh at the interval, but it didn’t matter to County who was in front of them and they swept up the park and Raffaele de Vita fired under Rogers, when the goalkeeper should have done better.

The Bairns were never coming back from 4-0 down, as unlikely as retriving a three goal deficit was, and the tie was over, but not for County.

Franks volleyed in from close range before Graham converted from a similar distance after supply from ex-Bairn Stewart Murdoch.

Peter Houston branded the performance “embarassing” and added: “Seven crosses came into our box and they scored seven goals.

“Our fans deserved to give them every bit of stick going, it wasn’t good enough.

“We’ll be in and go through things tomorrow morning and watch the video.”