Dunfermline Athletic 0 Falkirk 3

Anthony Stokes rewrote the record books as he fired a second successive hat-trick for Falkirk.

His nine goals in four games have launched him to the top of the SPL scoring charts and takes Falkirk nine points clear of the relegation zone.

And it was a master class in finishing from the 18-year-old Irishman, who is on loan from Arsenal until January.

He followed up his three against Dundee United last week with the opener after 30 seconds.

Alan Gow charged down the left and Stokes took his cross and showed quick feet before smashing home from ten yards.

And Stokes was only a foot away with a low shot from 18 yards before Roddy McKenzie made fine saves to block from Steve Thomson and Gow.

Stokes might have got another with a close-range volley but he made no mistake with his second on the hour.

The youngster collected Thomson's excellent cross-field ball, took a touch and hammered home a low finish.

Jeroen Lambers showed his worth with a fine save from Jim Hamilton's header but Stokes had the last word as Falkirk caught the Pars on the break.

Greg Ross' angled drive came back off the bar and Gow broke down the right and squared for Stokes to dispatch another fine low finish.