Falkirk v Cove Rangers - As it happened

Live updates as Falkirk host Cove Rangers in their latest Ladbrokes League 1 fixture.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 4:49 pm
Falkirk lost 2-0 to former manager Paul Hartley's Cove Rangers at the Balmoral Stadium just seven days ago

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Full time: Falkirk 2-2 Cove Rangers

Last updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2021, 15:24

  • Morrison penalty give Falkirk the lead after Cove keeper McKenzie brought down Blair Alston 
  • McIntosh beats Mutch to a cross to head in Cove's equaliser
  • Superb solo goal from Megginson gives Cove a deserved lead on 75 minutes 
  • Great composed finish by Conor Sammon to equalise on 85 minutes 

Welcome to our live blog where we will have build up from 30 minutes before kick off, live updates throughout the match and post match reaction following the final whistle.

Fresh in the memory this one.

Cove won 2-0 at the Balmoral Stadium just seven days ago with Mitch Megginson netting twice in a game where the hosts were in control and Falkirk rarely troubled.

Defending set pieces cost the Bairns dearly but they were also devoid of ideas going forward and will need to show something entirely different today or risk seeing their wheels come off in the race for the title...

Despite their recent poor form, Falkirk are still favoured over Cove with the bookmakers for this match.

Scottish bookmaker McBookie.com make the Bairns 7/5 favourites while the visitors start at 21/10. The draw is actually the shortest price of the three 21/10.

First scorers include Aidan Keena at 9/2 and Akeel Francis at 5/1 but it’s Cove’s Mitch Megginson, scorer of a brace a last weekend, who is favourite for the first goal of the r afternoon at 4/1.

League leaders Partick Thistle host Airdrieonians today.

Falkirk need to equal or better the Jags result today to keep the fate of the title in their own hands. The Bairns head to Firhill on Thursday and will want to, at the very least, keep the gap to just two points going in to that game.

In the bottom half it’s East Fife v Dumbarton and Peterhead v Clyde.

We’ve arrived ahead of schedule and have team news for you coming right up.

We’re told the team today will line up as a 4-4-1-1 with Kai Fotheringham playing in his favoured, central role just behind lone striker Conor Sammon.

It’s a young centre half paring, forced on Gary Holt by injury, with on-loan duo Morrison and McLelland starting with Mercer at right back and Kelly at left back.

Alston and Miller start int he centre of the park with Mo Gomis suspended and Morrison and Leitch starting on the wings.

Falkirk can only name four subs due to injury with young Blair Sneddon the only defender amongst them. Centley, Keena, Francis and Laverty make up the rest of the bench.

Awaiting Cove team news

There was a mix up on the team sheets with the wrong Cove team being printed. Naming Peterhead player Jordon Brown on the bench was the main giveaway... We’ll hopefully have the correct team for the visitors with you shortly.

Starting XI for the visitors

And here it is...

The referee today is Gavin Duncan, linesmen are Graham McNeillie and Kevin McElhinney.

Duncan’s last Falkirk game was the 2-0 win over Montrose in March.

Glorious sunshine at the Falkirk Stadium as the teams make their way on to the pitch

We’re underway

2mins: Early chance for Bairns!

Callumn Morrison is in on goal and tries to lob the keeper from the 20 yards but sends it well over the bar.

10mins: Much improved from Tuesday

Only ten minutes in to this match but it’s chalk and cheese from Tuesday night, Falkirk are looking much more like the side we know they should be capable of being. Now, to see if it keeps up for 80 more minutes...

17mins: PENALTY TO FALKIRK

Stuart McKenzie takes out Blair Alston after the midfielder’s touch took the ball out of the Cove keeper’s path and the ref points at the spot.

Mitch Megginson also booked for his protests.

GOOOOALLLL: Callumn Morrison from the spot

Morrison send the keeper the wrong way and fires it in to the top left.

1-0 to the Bairns!

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