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Raith Rovers 1-1 Falkirk: Kris Faulds into the fold

Raiths Calum Elliot is crowded out by Falkirks Michael McGovern, left, and David McCracken. Picture: SNS

Raiths Calum Elliot is crowded out by Falkirks Michael McGovern, left, and David McCracken. Picture: SNS

  • by ALAN TEMPLE AT STARK’S PARK
 

FALKIRK teenager Kris Faulds scored an unforgettable maiden goal in senior football, as his audacious curling effort from distance rescued a scarcely deserved draw against Raith Rovers with the last kick of the game.

Scorers: Raith Rovers - Anderson 3; Falkirk - Faulds 90

For much of an entertaining contest it appeared a single goal would settle matters in the lesser-spotted Kirkcaldy sunshine, with Grant Anderson fizzing in his third goal of the season after a Joe Cardle corner was woefully dealt with.

However, with the home supporters already celebrating victory – a triumph which would have taken them to within two points of Championship leaders, Hamilton – Faulds, 19, produced a breathtaking strike to restore parity.

He picked up the ball 40 yards from goal and, after a fine surge forward, produced a dipping, swerving shot from distance which flew past David McGurn into the top corner.

“Kris has worked his nuts off and put a shift in to improve, including the under-20 matches,” lauded Falkirk manager Gary Holt. “He has thrown down the gauntlet by putting in the hard work and he has got his reward today. I have told the boys if they come to work and put in the effort then we will get the results.”

While Holt was adamant his side deserved a share of the points, on the balance of chances Raith should have claimed a comfortable win over the Bairns.

Calum Elliot and Kevin Moon both went close with fine drives from distance, while only a magnificent point-blank save from Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern kept the visitors within touching distance, rushing from goal to tip a Spence drive from eight yards over the bar. Spence also saw a goal disallowed in the second half.

It was a profligacy which Grant Murray’s men ultimately paid for.

“We had the chances to go 2-0 up, especially in the first half,” said Murray. “And that has come back to haunt us.

“We want to be able to win matches 1-0, but obviously when a goal like that goes in it will change everything.”

 

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