Lee Miller’s hat-trick earned him top billing in Falkirk’s William Hill Scottish cup victory.
However, Will Vaulks has restored his lead in The Falkirk Herald Starshot rankings.
***: Lee Miller
Without his goals, well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. His opener gave the Bairns the lead, and they should have gone on to score a lot more, but were defied by Joe Barbour. His second and third put the icing on the cake on a freezing afternoon in Falkirk. It’s the striker’s first hat-trick since a 4-4 draw at St Mirren during his first spell with Falkirk, and he continues to make a telling impact every time he plays since his return to the Bairns.
When all around him were looking frozen and rain-lashed the captain put in his typically energetic show to try and enliven his team-mates. A second-half header – after last week’s first half goal – was the just tonic after the Bairns were pegged back, and Falkirk’s go-t-guy led by example as usual. His clipped ball in for Miller’s third was just as important as his header.
The left-back was playing left-wing for the majority of the first half and his delivery was on the whole good – taking crosses first time, occasionally volleying in. He too put the ball in the box for an important goal for the Bairns and though he’s blown hot and cold this season, stepping up on a freezing day ensured Falkirk can continue in the competition. Sacrificed for Tony Gallacher with ten minutes to go for the youngster’s senior debut, but that doesn’t reflect his performance on the day. Gallacher may however replace Leahy in the team again in future, if the Englishman does not sign the contract tabled by the Bairns.
19 Vaulks; 17 Baird; 12 Sibbald; 11 P.Grant; 9 Miller ; 8 McHugh, Kerr; 7 Muirhead, Rogers; 6 Taiwo; 5 Watson; 4 Smith, Leahy; 3 McCracken.