Falkirk took on St. Mirren in the 3rd round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup in front of a decent crowd at The Falkirk Stadium. The Bairns defeated local rivals Stirling Albion and Airdrieonians to get to this stage while the Buddies are playing their first game of this seasons competition.
Both sides were in action in midweek in the SPFL Development league with Falkirk falling 4-3 to Partick Thistle and St. Mirren managing a 2-2 draw at home to Hibernian.
St. Mirren had the first real chance. A corner on the right hand side eluded everyone and fell nicely at the back post but the resulting shot was cleared off the line by Falkirk's Micael Martin.
Mark Finlayson then found himself in space 30 yards out from the Saints goal but his long shot just fizzed over Dan Wilks' crossbar.
Falkirk opened the scoring after 7 minutes when a cross from Finlayson saw Wilks challenged in the box. The Buddies keeper couldn't hold it and spilled it to Connor Hogg who fired home.
St. Mirren went straight up the park and equalised. A quick counter and some nice play wide left ended with Falkirk keeper Gregor Amos beaten by Adam Brown from a few yards out after a low cross from Lewis Morgan.
The first half then progressed in a very end to end fashion with neither side carving out any real clear cut chances.
A delightful through ball from Adam Brown sent McDonald one on one with Falkirk keeper Amos but the near side linesman's flag denied St. Mirren a second goal.
Saints though took the lead in the 31st minute when a corner from the left hand side was headed towards goal and eventually turned into his own net by Scott Shepherd.
Falkirk won a penalty after Thomas Grant was brought down by Mark Williams just inside the 18 yard box but Liam Rowan's spot kick was stopped well by Wilks in the Buddies goal.