Scobbie's perfect send-off

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Falkirk saw out the season with a win - and Farid El Alagui and Tam Scobbie bowed out with a goal each in the 3-2 win.

The players paraded at full-time, having disposed of a stubborn yet youthful Ayr United side, who scored twice through Michael Moffat.

It was a fairytale start for Tam Scobbie - handed the armband to captain the team, then the ball in the seventh minute to stroke home the opening goal of his final game with Falkirk.

Darren Dods fed a long ball for El Alagui but Chris Smith - veteran in Ayr's young side - got mixed up with Ryan McWilliams as he shepherded it into the box.

El Alagui nipped in and was tripped by the goalkeeper, and Mike Tumilty pointed to the spot.

Scobbie hammered the ball down the middle and ran to the fans beating the steeple on his chest.

Falkirk were comfortable for the duration of the first half, and only over-playing kept the Bairns from adding to their score.

After the break, Ayr were revitalised and helped back into the game by Michael Moffat. He eased past Murray Wallace's despairing lunge and thumped the ball beyond his namesake McGovern, though the goalkeeper got a touch.

But Falkirk responded, and who else but Farid El Alagui headed them ahead again. The striker had looked lethargic in the first half, and desparate to score, but was much imrpoved after the break.

El Alagui then provided the screen for Falkirk's third as Blair Alston capitalised on McWilliam's fumble of Mark Millar's corner and stroked home through the legs of the Moroccan for his third goal in three games.

Moffat again hit back for Ayr but Falkirk held out to win though could have had another Scobbie goal with a header to a Millar corner that was sneaking inside the post. Kris Faulds on the line made sure - and was flagged offside.

The players left the field to the sound of Tony Christie, that was soon drowned out by chants of 'One Tam Scobbie'. He took his bow, along with other expected departees Farid El Alagui, Murray Wallace and Mark Millar.