Falkirk director of football Alex Smith praised his young side’s performance in a 4-2 win at Lowland League side Selkirk on Tuesday night.
Midfielder Michael Martin impressed for the Bairns, while striker Scott Shepherd bagged a brace and should have scored a hat-trick, only to miss a late penalty.
Smith said: “Having lost an early goal in the game, I thought they did very well.
“For some of them it is their first game at this level, having just come out of the Academy.
“Most are 16-year-old lads and only Ryan McGeever has played for the first team.
“We passed the ball about well and showed a lot of promise.
“Michael Martin was outstanding, as was Tyler Fulton, Conor Hogg and Conor Greene, as well as Scott Shepherd. Its just a shame Scott could not score the penalty at the end for his hat-trick.”
Selkirk opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Euan Pritchard but Kevin O’Hara equalised five minutes before the break.
Shepherd’s fine finish made it 2-1 but Marc Berry squeezed a shot beyond Gregor Amos to level the match on 55 minutes.
However, a minute later Shepherd headed Falkirk back in front and 14 minutes from full time Conor Hogg drove in the fourth.
Shepherd was pulled down in the penalty box on 87 minutes but saw his spot kick saved by Michael Fenton.
Falkirk: G. Amos, M. Finlayson, C. Greene, C. Comrie, R. McGeever, T. Fulton, M. Martin, R. McNab, S. Shepherd, C. Hogg, K. O’Hara. Subs: G. Hamilton, M. Cather, C. Langton, P. Nash, L. McMinn.