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Falkirk 5Cowdenbeath FC 1

Date: 2nd October 2010 Kick off: 4:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 1st Division Referee: steven Nicholls
Venue: The Falkirk Stadium Attendance: 3764
Man of the Match: Craig Winter

Our first ever visit to the Falkirk Stadium proved to be a disappointing one as we went down to our heaviest defeat of the season.

Injury victims from the previous week John Armstrong and Marc McKenzie were out of the side which had beaten Dundee while manager Jimmy Nicholl was dealt a further blow on the morning of the match when captain Mark Baxter and back up keeper Ludovic Roy had to withdraw with flu.

Keeper David Hay, battered and bruised against the Dee, however was in the side to make his 200th appearance for the club.

It took the Bairns only 11 minutes to break the deadlock when Linton lost the ball and Jack Compton raced away and slotted the ball past Hay from 18 yards.

The Englishman however was to only last a further five minutes before hobbling off to be replaced by Millar.

With 22 minutes gone Falkirk added a second goal when a cross from McLean was picked out by Mark Stewart who headed home.

The Bairns sequence of scoring every 11 minutes continued when Mark Millar hoisted the ball into the box and as Twaddle went for it Hay could do nothing to stop the ball going into the net.

The second half opened with Fairbairn being replaced by Mark Smith for his Cowden debut.

Ferguson got in a snap shot which was just off target and Robertson fired over as we tried to salvage something from the game.

Dempster was replaced on the hour by Stewart and minutes later the youngster had a shot which beat Olejnik but Karl Higginbotham headed the ball off the line.

Up the other end of the park Higginbotham headed home Falkirk’s fourth goal after 69 minutes and soon after he brought out a good save from Hay.

Eleven minutes from time Adamson was judged to have fouled Finnigan in the box and Millar slotted home the resultant spot kick.

Four minutes later we eventually got a consolation when Mark Ramsay, who had came close to scoring on two previous occasions, was fouled in the box and picked himself up to fire home from the penalty spot against the side which had released him as a youngster.

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