League One leaders Falkirk came from behind to beat Championship side Arbroath 2-1 in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

Arbroath opened the scoring through Thomas O’Brien before Charlie Telfer leveled on the stroke of half-time for the Bairns. Kai Fotheringham edged the away side ahead after Red Litchies pressure to pen a date with Celtic in the third round.

Lee Miller and David McCracken watch Falkirk in action

The Bairns will faceCeltic next. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The winner of last season’s Scottish Cup tie between the pair were to meet eventual finalists Hearts. A 0-0 draw was played out at Gayfield before a 2-0 win for Falkirk on home turf, but a winner was needed on the night in order to determine who faced holders Celtic at Parkhead.

Conditions played their part in the first half and Dick Campbell’s side used the wind to their advantage. O’Brien had the ball in the back of the net twice in the first half but it was his effort after eight minutes which counted, the wind taking his cross into the goal.


Telfer hit on the break before half-time as Falkirk counter-attacked on Arbroath, the creative Bairn firing home. Arbroath had put the pressure on all game and cracked the post with 20 minutes to go.

Fotheringham punished them for not taking chances to complete the comeback, working with Connor Sammon to send Falkirk into the third round and a tie with Celtic.

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