By Jenna Thomson

Two first half goals were enough to see Falkirk come away with three Scottish League One points via a 2-1 scoreline away to Airdrieonians, despite going down to 10 men.

Falkirk dominated possession in the first half against Airdrie and it paid off. Falkirk went 2-0 ahead 30 minutes into the match with two back-to-back goals. Callumn Morrison beat Airdrie’s Max Currie’s to the ball to send it into the back of the net.

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Morrison netted. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The second goal came minutes later as Aidan Keena excellently lobbed the ball straight into the goal. Falkirk’s day in North Lanarkshire would not be straightforward though. Steven Hetherington picked up a booking in the first half and got his second yellow on the stroke of half-time mark after a lunge on Airdrie’s Dylan Easton.

Airdrie came out fighting in the second half as Gabby McGill shook off the Falkirk defenders and pulled one back for the home side.

 

Ian Murray’s hosts put in a much better performance in the second half as they made more attempts at goal. But it mattered not as Falkirk grinded out a win. Here are three things we learned.

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Murray left frustrated. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Airdrie signings

Airdrie need to make the most of the transfer window and get some attacking players through the door to polish up their team. Their final touch in front of goal could be aided by a new forward player.

Simplify

After going down to 10 men due to defensive mistakes, Falkirk could have been doing without the scenario they were in. Airdrie came flying out of the changing rooms ready to take advantage of their spare man, but Falkirk head coach Paul Sheerin will be pleased with the resilience shown.

League One progress

Both sides will be keen on promotion this year and Falkirk’s win in North Lanarkshire could prove vital come May, even at this stage in the season. Although it’s still too early to confidently declare who will finish where in League One, this tie indicates the race will be tight.

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