MATCH REPORT: Hibs 2-2 Falkirk, April 12 2016 - Watch it Again Weekend with Falkirk TV

This week you voted to relive a thrilling 2-2 draw at Easter Road as substitute Bob McHugh struck in injury time to deny Hibs three points and put the Bairns in the driving seat in the race for second place.

By Martyn Simpson
Saturday, 5th September 2020, 4:45 pm
Substitute Bob McHugh netted in injury time to secure a 2-2 draw and a point at Easter Road for Peter Houston’s Bairns
Substitute Bob McHugh netted in injury time to secure a 2-2 draw and a point at Easter Road for Peter Houston’s Bairns

Here is how Falkirk Herald Sports Editor David Oliver reported from the match that day.

Falkirk’s ‘big-match’ Bairns are never beaten–and they proved it yet again with a stunning comeback to floor Hibs in four minutes and take command in the scrap for second.

Bob McHugh, who rose from the bench to defeat table-toppers Rangers, did so again to head in a Will Vaulks throw-in and Lee Miller flick and sent more than 1,000 Bairns berserk behind the goal.

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Peter Houston left the field punching the air and admitted: “I was quite pumped up wasn’tI?”

They all were. It was a thrilling comeback that felt like a victory for the Bairns’ ten men.

They celebrated like they’d won too.

Hibs are the only side the Bairns haven’t beaten this season – but they’re odds on to beat them in the second place race.

“Celebrations are for May, they’re not for now,”said Hibs boss Alan Stubbs who had a win in their grasp.

They questioned Falkirk’s ‘big-game players’ and were handed victory on a plate.

Yet they choked in the final five minutes.

Captain David McCracken, who sold the first goal to Jason Cummings after a communication mix-up with Danny Rogers then was harshly penalised for Hibs’ penalty, headed the Bairns back into contention with four minutes to go, before McHugh levelled late.

McCracken’s match swung from one extreme to the other – the game did too.

Falkirk began composed, and looked classy until they fell behind.

Then, their play was rushed and panicked.

The heat was on, and the Bairns were treating the ball like a hot potato.

The match was warming up too with tackles flying and the sides at times literally scrapping for second place.

Craig Sibbald was lucky not to see red for a lunge on Fraser Fyvie who questioned the Bairns’ big-game mentality pre-match.

They battled for it alright and Aaron Muirhead took one for the team by blocking Anthony Stokes’ breakaway to pick up a booking.

It would come back to haunt him in the second half, as did a caution forTomTaiwo.

The midfielder was on his last warning by the interval and Peter Houston was forced into showing his hand early by bringing on Lee Miller at the break to avoid Taiwo seeing red.

His impact sub was used early, but they still worked later on.

McHugh was the hero and almost scored with his first touch, volleying a Luke Leahy cross at point-blank range only for Mark Oxley to save with his legs.

The Bairns were a goal down, and a man down after Muirhead’s second bookable offence for a challenge on John McGinn.

It got worse when McCracken was penalised for holding Paul Hanlon at a corner.

Ref Crawford Allan had let plenty go unchecked in the first half but this, the softest of the lot, gave Cummings the chance for his second courtesy of the Bairns captain.

It only served to galvanise this tight-knit team.

With nothing to lose they pressed and MacCracken redeemed himself within minutes, rising to head home what many expected was a consolation.

Many out with the navy blue, that is.

Falkirk scented blood, and Housty released his hounds.

Will Vaulks won a throw in on the right wing and launched it into the box.

It was rejected back to the Bairn who couldn’t get space for a cross.

Cleverly he won a throw and launched it again, this time, Lee Miller flicked on and again the Hibees failed to pick up McHugh.

Rather than volley, he raced onto the ball and headed past Oxley and the Bairns went in to bedlam.

“There’s no point in losing 2-1,” said Peter Houston afterwards.

“I’m a believer if you get something you get back into it and the odds are against you just go for it.We did, there’s the reward.

“It’s a better point for us than it is for Hibs.