Match Report: Peterhead 0-1 Falkirk
Falkirk surrendered top spot in League 1 after a 1-0 defeat at Peterhead saw them slip to second, two points behind new leaders Partick Thistle with four games remaining.
Jason Brown’s 80th minute goal was enough for the Blue Toon to take the three points in a match where the Bairns, second best for large parts, also had Mo Gomis sent off.
A fairly uneventful first half came and went with only one clear cut chance which fell to the hosts.
Falkirk’s problems defending set pieces continued from the Cove game as they couldn’t clear Steven Boyd’s corner and Jordon Brown was able to stab a low shot a goal but Robbie Mutch reacted well to block the ball away with his legs.
Peterhead had been the better team and Falkirk needed a reaction in the second half but it just never came.
As the game went on and on the visitors failed to test Lenny Wilson in the home goal and the next big chance fell to Blue Toon skipper Scott Brown who tested Mutch with a low effort after he had driven in to the box but the keeper made another good save to keep the scores level.
Falkirk, still struggling to create openings, finished the game with ten men after Mo Gomis was shown a second yellow card and subsequent red for simulation.
The alleged dive was nowhere near the penalty area, about midway in to the Peterhead half and there was clear contact between Gomis and the Peterhead player although it was minimal and the Falkirk midfielder threw himself to the ground.
That gut punch for the Bairns came on 75 minutes and the knockout blow followed five minutes later as a deep ball in to the box from a short free kick found Jason Brown who took a good touch at six yard to leave himself a simple tap in past Mutch for a deserved Peterhead winner.