Falkirk claim semi-final berth
Falkirk progressed to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup after
surviving a spirited comeback from Hamilton to win 2-1 at New
Two goals from Blair Alston gave the Accies the advantage but
they had to survive a nervous end to the contest after substitute
Andy Ryan pulled a goal back 16 minutes from time.
The first decent opportunity of the game fell to Hamilton’s Jon
Routledge but he shot just wide after Gary Fisher had played him
Fisher then had a chance to score himself after outwitting a
slumbering Falkirk defence but his effort lacked power and the
chance went begging.
The visitors battled back and almost took the lead through
Alston after he intercepted a loose pass from Routledge only for
Accies goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert to make a comfortable save.
Cuthbert was then called upon to pull off a stunning stop to
keep out striker David Weatherston’s drive as the tempo of the game
Fisher then went close at the other end with a shot that fizzed
just wide of the mark before the defender played in Louis
Longridge, who drilled his effort beyond the post.
Hamilton were then made to pay for their profligacy in front of
goal a minute before the break as Alston nipped in to score from
Falkirk almost doubled their lead after the restart, Lyle
Taylor’s shot coming back off the crossbar, with Sean Higgins doing
well to deny Cuthbert as he reached the rebound first.
The home side rallied though and Michael Devlin headed over
before Alston pounced again in spectacular fashion to grab his
second goal of the contest.
Hamilton failed to clear a Weatherston corner and Alston
volleyed into the top corner from 25 yards (71).
Again Billy Reid’s rallied and they pulled a goal back just
three minutes later through Ryan, who slotted home after keeper
Michael McGovern could only parry Fisher’s shot into his path.
Ryan should have equalised but he somehow guided the ball over
from just two yards after Stevie May had played him in.
Jonathan Page also went close with a header that missed the mark
and the same player was sent off late on for a high two-footed
challenge on Taylor.