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Rachel Donaldson
Rachel Donaldson

Falkirk Ladies break from the league has given the first team confidence for their potential return to the top league. They saw off Premier League Buchan Ladies 3-2 away from home in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

In confident mood after a run of 11 unbeaten matches the Falkirk team started well and were quickly on the offensive, with the speed of their forwards causing Buchan problems from the start. It was the speed of Rachel Donaldson that made the initial breakthrough for the visitors as she made a great run up the wing and a brilliant cross left striker Nicole Pullar with an easy tap in for a 1-0 lead.

But Buchan struck back before the pair combined again for a 2-1 half-time lead for the visiting Falkirk side.

Falkirk were controlling the play down the wings and Rebecca Blair sent a throw in to Jade Gallon who took on the defender brilliantly to create space and send a cross in. The ball lifted over the goalkeeper who mistimed her jump and then hit off the unsuspecting defender and rolled into the net. 3-1 and Falkirk began to believe they were going into the next round.

But Buchan came back at them again and a rash challenge by defender Lauren Gallon gave away a penalty which the Buchan striker dispatched easily leaving a tense finish to the game at 2-3.