Matches mounting up for Falkirk

TWO well-worked goals plus a paltry 2039 fans didn't equal enough to see Falkirk through to the ?fth round of the Scottish cup on Tuesday night.

The re-arranged cup clash with Partick Thistle didn't add up in the Bairns' favour on the ?eld, or off it.

The goals weren't enough for the club to guarantee a

match with St Johnstone next month and the gate receipts

will have disappointed the club's money men, but

the club does now have an abundance - of matches.

Tuesday's replay at Firhill slots into a burgeoning run of games with signi?cant importance over the next few weeks - and the Bairns will certainly need help from more than the 1453 home supporters who turned up on Tuesday to support them through it.

After facing Queen of the South on Saturday,

Bairns face the Scottish Cup replay before an away day

in Dundee. Progression in the cup would have meant a

trip to Perth, sandwiched by visits to Raith Rovers and

Dunfermline on league duty until the SFA pulled the plug

on the Pars game this week.

That has given the Bairns a minor reprieve, but they

could have done their own easing of their bumper schedule, but a late lapse allowed Jags' sub Kris Doohlan to take the tie back

to Glasgow.

He prodded the ball past Olejnik with five minutes to

go after Tam Scobbie failed to clear his lines.

The goal cancelled out Falkirk sub Jack Compton's de?ected strike that looked to have sent Falkirk through to a fifth roundmeeting with

St Johnstone.

Compton's was a strike created out of a well-weighted long pass by

Scobbie. He looped the ball over the top to scampering

Mark Stewart.

The forward showed no

signs of the heavy lunge he'd suffered when Partick goalkeeper Scott Fox landed

on him in the penalty box two minutes earlier, and dragged a low cross into the eight-yard box.

It was deflected clear but only to Compton who steadied himself and angled a drive into the net, helped on by a slight de?ection.

Compton's was a tidy goal, but Millar's was better. The midfielder levelled the game and cancelled out Liam Buchanan's opener.

The diminutive Partick forwardhad netted from close range after Robert Olejnik and Brian McLean got into a tangle dealing with an early corner.

Thistle sat comfortably on their lead and their ball retention threatened to suck the life out of Falkirk for

long spells of the first half.

It unsettled the small home crowd but they were enlivened later by Millar's ?nish to a sleek passing

move that Steven Pressley would have been proud of.

Mark Millar danced into the box, turned one way then the other and curled the ball into the corner of the net to tie the match with

eight minutes of the first half remaining.

Millar had a late opportunity with two minutes to go to snatch the game once it had been levelled again in the second half, but his standing foot slipped as he lined up a volley and Brian McLean also had a header flash just wide.

It means Bairns will face the Jags again next week adding up to a total of seven times this season.