Falkirk Juniors see off Blackburn United and the big freeze

Falkirk Juniors ran out 3-1 winners over Blackburn United at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Alan Murray
Falkirk Juniors ran out 3-1 winners over Blackburn United at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Alan Murray

This was one of only three junior games nationwide to survive the arctic weather last weekend and Falkirk Juniors took full advantage of the terrific playing surface at Grangemouth Stadium to record their seventh win in an eight match unbeaten league run to hoist themselves into the promotion race.

While their league rivals were warm indoors the FJs were hotting up their own title credentials thanks to this comprehensive win.

Straight from the kick off the there was a real tempo about the FJ’s play and it was soon rewarded when a terrific Ally Griffin cross picked out Martin Ure who outjumped his marker to head home at the far post.

That opener came with eleven minutes on the clock and just before the half hour Falkirk doubled their tally with another header as Stuart Bell rose to power home skipper Jamie Shirra’s cross.

These two goals seperated the sides at the break but the second half saw Blackburn restart in determined fashion and in the 58th minute they pulled one back when a shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net by Danny Campbell to give keeper Steve McGlynn no chance.

The scorer didn’t look to know too much about this but there was no luck involved as Falkirk sealed victory with a third and final goal twelve minutes from time.

By this time Stuart Mcarthur and Graeme Watson had replaced Alan Sneddon and James 
McAteer and it was the two substitutes who carved open the opportuity with McArthur setting up Watson to flick the ball over a defender 
before finding the net with a looping header.

This result takes Falkirk Juniors to sixth in the table, and, with games in hand over those teams above them, and they’ll be looking to make the most of home advantage again the Saturday when they entertain Livingston United in the McBookie.com South League at Grangemouth Stadium. Kick off 1.45 p.m.