In Pictures: All 20 of Falkirk's Scottish League Cup group stage matches since 2016

It’s been six years since the format of the Scottish League Cup changed to include group stages at the first round.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 9:55 am
The Scottish League Cup introduce a group stage format for the first round in 2016 and Falkirk have been involved in 19 group games since then

With the group winners and four best placed runners up qualifying for the Last 16 alongside the four teams competing in UEFA competions, it’s a format which has had mixed results for Falkirk over the past five years.

Ahead of this season’s competition, now named the Premier Sports Cup, we look back on every group stage match the Bairns have taken part in since the shake up.

The Bairns didn't get off to the best start in League Cup group stages as they lost their first ever game 1-0 to League 2 Stirling Albion at Forthbank.

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Peter Houston's side bounced straight back against another League 2 club as goals from Will Vaulks, Lee Miller and Bob McHugh secured a 3-0 home win over Elgin City
Two first half penalties from Danny Swanson sent the Premiership side on their way to a comfortable win
Luca Gasparotto and Nathan Austin scored the goals to ensure Falkirk finished second in the group but the Bairns hadn't done well enough to be one of the four best placed runners up and were eliminated.
Falkirk got revenge for the previous season's opener as Nathan Austin, Joe McKee, Alex Harris and an Aaron Muirhead penalty got them off to a flying start
Austin and McKee scored the goals for an away win which but the Bairns on track for qualification after two wins out of two
Austin scored again and Myles Hippolyte bagged a hat-trick as Falkirk made it three wins in a row
Joe Mckee, Alex Harris and Lee Miller ensure the Bairns finished top of the group and unbeaten but they would be put out in the Last 16 with a 2-1 defeat to Livingston
An opening game defeat left Falkirk with an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages
Future Love Island star Dennon Lewis and Lithuanian international Deimantas Petravičius scored the goals for another win over Forfar
The Perth Saints got the better of the Bairns again to effectively end Falkirk's chances of qualifying
Dylan Mackin scored a brace and future Bairns striker Anton Dowds netted for the hosts as a win meant Falkirk once again finished their group as runners up but didn't do enough to reach the Last 16
Falkirk got their first taste of a group stage penalty shoot-out which Livingston won 4-3
Declan McManus scored the only goal as the Bairns secured their first win of that year's group
McManus scored again but Mark Durnan was sent off early in the second half as Falkirk's qualification chances ended
McManus, Denny Johnstone and Robbie Leitch scored the goals to win at Shielfield Park as the BAirns would end the group in third place and be eliminated
With the competition delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic, Falkirk eventually got underway with a 2-0 defeat at East End Park but it could have been different had the referee not missed a blatant handball from McManus who had just signed for the Pars
Aidan Keena and Callumn Morrison on the score sheet as Falkirk beat a side who had gotten the better of them in all three meeting the previous league season
Falkirk have faced the Gable Endies more than any other team in the League Cup group stages and Morrison, Leitch and Akeel Francis scored the goals to get the win on this occasion
An outbreak of coronavirus in the Killie squad meant Falkirk were awarded a 3-0 win without playing as the Ayrshire side could not fulfil the fixture. It was enough for the Bairns to qualify for the Last 16 as a best place runner up where they were beaten 4-0 by Rangers