Live blog - Arbroath 1 v Falkirk 2

Falkirk beat Championship side Arbroath in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 7:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 9:37 pm
Falkirk captain Conor Sammon (Picture: Michael Gillen)

Our live blog brought you all the action as it happened at Gayfield Park.

As it happened: Arbroath 1 v 2 Falkirk

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021, 20:18

Welcome to Gayfield where League One leaders Falkirk take on Championship side Arbroath in the second round of the Scottish Cup. We’ll keep you up to date with all the action as it happens.

We’ll meet again...

The two sides met in the same competition last year at the fourth round stage. After a 0-0 draw at Gayfield, the Bairns won the replay at the Falkirk Stadium 2-0 with goals from Declan McManus and Conor Sammon.

Falkirk won at the weekend - their first game since January 2nd - with a 2-0 victory over Montrose. Abroath had gone unbeaten all through 2021 until they suffered two defeats in a row at the start of the month to Queen of the South and Dundee, but stopped the rot at the weekend with a deserved point at home in a 0-0 draw with runaway league leaders Hearts.

How Falkirk line up tonight...

Falkirk ring the changes

SEVEN changes from Saturday’s line-up against Montrose. MIller, Durnan, Dixon, Alston, Morrison, Keena and Fotheringham are out - coming in are Dowds, Neilson, Francis, Sammon (captain), Deeney, Telfer and McLelland.

Arbroath’s team for tonight

Tonight’s referee... David Munro. We’re just a few minutes away from kick off.

We’re underway.

Unsurprisingly there’s a strong wind here which is holding the ball up when it’s played in the air. The hosts have probably had the better of the play so far.

A goal from Thomas O’Brien puts the hosts in front on eight minutes.

Still 1-0 to the Lichties and we now have rain to add to the strong, swirling wind.

A dangerous ball across the face of the Bairns’ goal is well defended by Ben Hall.

Falkirk had a free kick right on the edge of the box but Charlie Telfer’s effort was blocked.

Falkirk have been on top in the last few minutes. Good spell for the visitors.

Should be a second for Arbroath and O’Brien. He heads over with the goal gaping from a corner.

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