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Slick passing Bairns brought down to earth by Rovers

Falkirk FC 1

Grant 51

Raith Rovers 3

Robertson 3 , Vaughan 29, 32
  • Sunday, 20 October 2013
  • Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SFA Youth Cup - R3

James Black | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Falkirk were left wondering quite how they managed to get themselves knocked out the SFA Youth Cup after outplaying Raith Rovers for the bulk of this tie. However, the visitors from Kirkcaldy marched on to the fourth round with a 3-1 victory.

It was Falkirk who had the first real chance of the match when Thomas Grant floated in a delightful free kick from wide on the left which was just out of reach for Lewis Small with the goal at his mercy.


It was Raith however who broke the deadlock when just 3 minutes into the match when Lewis Vaughan released Liam McCroary inside Falkirk full back Liam Rowan and he laid the ball perfectly to Callum Robertson who poked home from a yard out to put the Fifers in the lead.

This prompted Falkirk back into life and they proceeded to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and look for an equaliser. Kris Faulds skimmed the bar and also had a shot fly just over Raith goalkeeper Jordan Roberts' crossbar in quick succession. Falkirk were by this point looing the more composed of the two teams with both full backs being used to great success in attempting to penetrate the Raith defence.

As the first half settled down a little, Craig Sibbald really began to show why he is so highly thought of as a player . His fantastic through bal to Grant left the Falkirk number 10 clean through on Roberts but he only managed to fire his shot straight at the keeper.

Falkirk continued to press Raith and it looked only a matter of time before they drew the game level but they were once again hit by the sucker punch. Lewis Vaughan's free kick couldn't be kept out by Gregor Amos, with the ball bouncing off his chest and into the back of the net.

Less than two minutes later Vaughan lined up a free kick on the opposite side of the Falkirk penalty area. Vaughan curled the ball towards the near post and the attempted punch by Amos could only divert the ball into his own net.

As the first half started to run away from Falkirk, Craig Sibbald saw a wonderful long range effort tipped over the bar after doing really well to lose his marker.

  • Half Time:
  • Falkirk FC
  • 0-3
  • Raith Rovers

Falkirk boss Gary Holt made one change at the break introducing Ryan Blair for the impressive Kyle Turnbull at left back.


The Bairns finally succeed where they had failed in the first 45 when Thomas Grant pulled one back for them five minutes after the restart. Scott Shepherd did really well to maintain the possession under pressure from David Bates. Shepherd played the ball into the path of Grant who took a touch and calmly sidefooted it beyond Roberts. Game on.

Holt made another change as the Bairns deperately tried to claw the tie back with Connor Hogg replacing Kris Faulds.

Falkirk were really starting to dominate play now and despite chasing the game from the third minute, Falkirk never abandoned their slick passing style of play.

The rhythm of the second half was broken up by a number of substitutions and it was Falkirk's final substitute Michael Martin, who replaced Craig Sibbald, who was next to trouble the Rovers goal. His low shot after a driving run went agonisingly close as it skidded inches by the Raith goal.

Falkirk continued to press and Lewis Small and Connor Hogg both went close with headers from corner kicks. Small rattled the cross bar with his and Hogg sent his looping over.

Raith had one last flurry of chances as the game drew to a close with John Court and Callum Robertson both being denied.

As the final few minutes ticked away Tyler Fulton hit the post with a header after Grant's corner found him free in the penalty area.

The final whistle blew and Raith Rovers celebrated reaching the last 16 of the competition.

  • Full Time:
  • Falkirk FC
  • 1-3
  • Raith Rovers

Lineups

Falkirk FC
Raith Rovers

1. Gregor Amos
2. Laim Rowan
3. Kyle Turnbull
4. Craig Comrie
5. Connor Greene
6. Tyler Fulton
7. Kris Faulds
8. Scott Shepherd
9. Lewis Small
10. Thomas Grant
11. Craig Sibbald
12. Connor Hogg
14. Michael Martin
15. Robbie McNab
16. Ryan Blair
17.Lewis McMinn

1. Jordan Roberts
2. Reece Donaldson
3. Lee Fogin
4. Ross Mathews
5. David Bates
6. Cameron Lawson
7. Jon McInally
8. Lewis Vaughan
9. Callum Robertson
10. Jamie Watson
11. Liam McCroary
12. John Court
14. Keiron Campbell
15. Keiron Malley
17. Ruaridh MacDonald

Star Player
Falkirk FC
Raith Rovers
Craig Sibbald. Everything Falkirk done well went through Sibbald. Very comfortable on the ball and a fantastic range of passing. Very unlucky not to have scored.
Lewis Vaughan. Two free kicks. Two goals. Vaughan showed here why he has been involved with Raith.s first team as of late.
Magic Moment
Falkirk FC
Raith Rovers
Thomas Grant's goal early in the second half gave Falkirk a glimmer of hope of a comeback.
Callum Robertson's early opener is the kind of start teams dream of in Cup ties.
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