Dunfermline Athletic 1 Falkirk 1


A second-half strike from Mark Burchill gave Dunfermline a valuable point towards SPL safety. His 47th-minute strike cancelled out Jack Ross's first-ever goal for Falkirk midway through the first half.

Dunfermline had the first serious attempt on goal when Scott Thomson guided a volley towards the top corner of the net, but Mark Howard was well positioned to save.

Greg Ross then presented a shooting chance to Burchill, but Tiago Rodrigues was across quickly to block.

But Falkirk grabbed the lead against the run of play after 21 minutes. Patrick Cregg played a superb ball out wide to Ross, and he somehow managed to find the top corner of the net with a left-foot shot which Allan McGregor was clearly not expecting.

The goal gave Falkirk new confidence, and Liam Craig was just too high with a cross with Daniel McBreen ideally placed in the middle. Cregg then made a good break down the right, but he also over-hit his cross as Alan Gow waited expectantly.

Dunfermline looked uncomfortable at the back and were clearly troubled by the mobility of Falkirk's front two and the willingness of the midfield players to get quickly forward in support.

Falkirk almost grabbed a second shortly before the break when Kenny Milne was allowed a free header at a Craig corner, but his effort came back off the crossbar.

Dunfermline equalised four minutes into the second half when Noel Hunt knocked on a Scott Muirhead free-kick for Burchill to lash the ball past Mark Howard.

Milne hit the crossbar again for Falkirk with a 20-yard shot, but a draw was a fair result.