Falkirk impress in Livingston victory

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Lyle Taylor reached his quarter century of goals during Falkirk’s impressive 2-0 win over Livingston.

A confident performance from the Bairns sent a poor crowd of just over two and a half thousand home happy.

Although Livingston wee a poor reflection of the sides that have dominated the Bairns in each of the two meetings prior, Falkirk were well worthy of a win.

Backed by a very solid defence of Darren Dods and Jonny Flynn, they attacked from the outset and almost had the lead after seven seconds when Blair Alston fired over from 12 yards.

But it was Lyle Taylor who earned the Bairns the victory, heading in twice to defeat the Lions.

Darren Dods also had the ball in the net in the second half, but was adjudged to have fouled Craig Barr during his jump to head Thomas Grant’s corner.

It had been a corner from the diminutive midfielder that gave the Bairns the lead. Stewart Murdoch turned the ba;ll at goal and Taylor, on the line flicked the ball high into the net with his head.

Grant could have had a goal of his own, racing from the penalty box to support Alston who split the Livingston defence with an excellent pass. However Andy McNeil rushed from his goal to foil Grant.

However, McNeil was nowhere near Dods’ header, or the next one from Lyle Taylor when the striker glanced in a swerving set-piece from Grant that glided away from the goalkeeper’s reach.

The Bairns were on top form a very proud,a nd pleased Steven Pressley couldn’t pick a stand-out or any of his players who performed below standard, and switched his focus to the trip to Dumbarton on Saturday.