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.”