STENHOUSEMUIR had two stonewall penalty claims dismissed as goals from Craig SIbbald and Farid el Allagui progressed Falkirk into Monday’s Communities Cup draw.
THe 16-year-old was credited with Falkirk’s equaliser by The FAlkirk Stadium announcer, but Kallum Higginbotham’s ball across goal had been turned in by the luckless Brown Ferguson.
THere was no questioning who tapped in the second as Sibbald, who told Heraldsport earlier this week he was desparate to get off the mark, tapped Tam Scobbie’s cross into the empty net.
A late lob by Farid El Allagui ended the Warriors hopes of a comeback late on.
But all three Falkirk strikes were overshadowed by Eric Paton’s sumptuous free-kick.
He rattled the set-piece in off the underside of the crossbar to cap a commendable first half fopr the Second Division side.
For long spells they controlled the game, particularly before the break with the unfortunate Ferguson an inspiration in midfield.
After the break it was a different story though astwo goals within 130 seconds of the second half was enough for Falkirk - but they had their fair share of fortune too with Alan Muir dismissing two penalty claims.
In the first half, Andy Rodgers was tackled from behind in the box by Darren Dods. The defender appeared to touch the ball, but penalties have been given for less.
Muir wasn’t interested and despite Dods lying on the turf awaiting punishment and a penalty, the ref instead booked Rodgers for his irate remonstrations.
IN the second half, Rhys Bennet tripped Stewart KEan on the edge of the box to give away a free-kick, but Davie Irons was more aggrieved at a trip he saw by Mark Millar on Stewart Kean.
“THe first one was a stonewaller - maybe i’m looking through maroon tinted glasses but Ross Tokely was sent off against Rangers for inverness for less.
“I spoke to the ref, he gave me his view, and we get on with it - but even Falkirk officials thought it was a stonewaller.
“The second half had Andy Rodgers turn away from their defence and the legs were taken away from him but nothing was given.
“But we shot ourselves in the foot, and ultimately it is cup tie football, who scores most goals wins.”
Steven Pressley said he was looking forward to mixing it with the big boys in the hat for the next round with the draw being postponed until MOnday and taking place in the Stadium’s Brockville Suite.
“We were over-elaborate in the first half and Stenhousemuir deserve credit.
“But we’re just happy to be in the draw, I’d be happy to take on a Premier League club next.”