Strong Falkirk side sunk by Peterhead

Trialist Tam McManus went closest for the Bairns
Trialist Tam McManus went closest for the Bairns
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Rory McAllister’s double saw off Falkirk at sunny Balmoor and consigned the Bairns to their third defeat in five pre-season matches.

Falkirk fielded what can be considerd a full-strength line-up, including trialists Michael McGovern and Tam McManus.

It was McManus who hd the first two opportunities, volleying tamely at Ray Jellema then flashing a header inches past the backpost from Kieran Duffie’s cross.

From then on Peterhead enjoyed clearer chances and eventually they paid off.

Jamie Redman headed powerfully at McGovern in the third minute and Stephen Kingsley had to make an important covering challenge to stop McAllister on ten minutes.

At the other end Kallum Higginbotham was battling and had th ball in the net on 15 minutes, but was flagged for offside.

Then Peterhead did the same, without the offside.

Tam Scobbie failed to connect properly with a header back to McGovern from David Donald’s long punt forward. McAllister outmuscled Darren Dods in the box and poked in from close range.

The Blue Toon hitman was proving a handful, and Falkirk’s best attempts to shackle him came from youngster Stephen Kingsley.

But he couldn’t stop the second for McAllister on the half-hour when McGovern was beaten by a powerful half-volley from the striker.

Tempers began to flare and Mak Millar was booked seven minutes bfore the break for dissent. The battles continued after the restart with Stewart Murdoch and Redman clashing in midfield.

McAllister was taken off just after the hour to give the Bairns’ defence a break and Darren Dods lasted an hour before being replaced by Murray Wallace.

The second half was very disjointed. Though Falkirk had a lot of possession there was little movement upfront, and Peterhead making eight substitutions to Falkirk’s three.