Jan 28 2013 By Colin Paterson
IRN-BRU FIRST DIVISION:
FALKIRK 4 AIRDRIE 3
Airdrie are bottom of the Irn-Bru First Division on goal difference after a defeat at Falkirk which was not as close as the scoreline suggests.
Jimmy Boyle's men mounted a late rally at 4-1 down with goals from Willie McLaren and John Boyle but the fightback came far too late.
The Bairns took the lead in the ninth minute when Stewart Murdoch exchanged passes with Blair Alston to set up Lyle Taylor who fired low into the corner of the net.
At the other end, John Boyle fired just wide before on-loan Kilmarnock midfielder Ross Davidson's free-kick was touched over the bar by Michael McGovern.
Falkirk made it 2-0 midway through the first half. The Diamonds switched off at a throw-in with Murdoch blasting home from 25 yards.
A third goal arrived before the break as Airdrie began to disintegrate. The excellent Alston delivered a high ball into the box which was out of keeper Kenny Arthur's reach.
Former Bournemouth striker Taylor headed against the bar but was in the right spot to net the rebound and increase his side's advantage.
Alston had the ball in the net for the hosts in the 41st minute but he was ruled offside. Airdrie reacted at the interval by withdrawing Ryan Donnelly in favour of Paul Di Giacomo.
In the 57th minute, Di Giacomo pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after referee Des Roache judged that Darren Dods had unfairly challenged Gregor Buchanan in the area.
Airdrie had a glorious chance to make it 3-2 but midfielder Nathan Blockley shot straight at McGovern after accepting McLaren's clever ball in behind the Bairns defence.
Falkirk took heed of the warning and grabbed a fourth a minute later when Dods' downward header from Jay Fulton's corner crept in at the back post.
Game over? Not quite. From nowhere, Airdrie struck twice in as many minutes with McLaren curling home a delightful free-kick from about 27 yards to reduce the deficit.
And in the final minute, Kieran Duffie's poor headed clearance fell kindly for Boyle who gave McGovern no chance with a powerful drive.
However, it was too little, too late. Mr Roache's whistle went soon after and a desperate first-half performance ultimately did prove costly for the Diamonds.
Falkirk: McGovern; Duffie, Dods, Flynn, Kingsley; Murdoch; J Fulton (McGeever 90), Alston, McGrandles; Higgins (Weatherston 81), Taylor.
Subs not used: D Fulton, Grant, Bowman(gk).
Booked: Dods, J Fulton, Taylor.
Airdrie: Arthur; O'Neil (Jack Boyle 78), Buchanan, Lamie, Warren; Bain, Blockley, Davidson, McLaren; Donnelly (Di Giacomo 45), John Boyle.
Subs not used: Evans, Watt, Duncan(gk).
Booked: Buchanan, Lamie.
Referee: Des Roache.