Falkirk defeat Selkirk in pre-season friendly

Former St Mirren manager Alex Smith currently interim manager at Falkirk FC. On the training pitches in the grounds of Stirling University. Picture Robert Perry  The Scotsman 13th March 2013
Former St Mirren manager Alex Smith currently interim manager at Falkirk FC. On the training pitches in the grounds of Stirling University. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 13th March 2013

Selkirk 2 Falkirk XI 4

Selkirk put up a brave fight but fell to defeat tonight against a Falkirk side which included a number of youngsters making their senior debuts.

The Souters included former Berwick Rangers midfielder Phil Addison, Marc Berry - who featured for Gala Fairydean Rovers last Saturday - and Dean McColm in their starting line up as trialists.

The hosts opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Euan Pritchard but Kevin O’Hara equalised five minutes before the break.

Scott Shepherd’s fine finish made it 2-1 but Berry squeezed a shot beyond Falkirk keeper Gregor Amos - who is from Galashiels - to level the match on 55 minutes.

However, a minute later Shepherd headed Falkirk back in front and 14 minutes from full time Conor Hogg, son of former Manchester United defender Graeme - added the fourth.

Shepherd was pulled down in the penalty box on 87 minutes but saw his spot kick saved by Michael Fenton.

Falkirk director of football Alex Smith said: “For some of them it is their first game at this level, having just come out of the Academy.

“Most are 16 year old lads and only Ryan McGeever has played for the first team.

“We passed the ball about well and showed a lot of promise.

“Michael Martin was outstanding, as was Tyler Fulton, Conor Hogg and Conor Greene, as well as Scott Shepherd. Its just a shame Scott could not score the penalty at the end for his hat-trick.”

Selkirk: M. Fenton, L. Stephen, D. Battle, B. Milven, E. Pritchard, B. Gay, D. McColm, P. Addison, C. Peoples, D. Johnston, M. Berry. Subs: C. Scott, J. Watt, K. Barr, J. Crolla, D. Bolton.

Falkirk: G. Amos, M. Finlayson, C. Greene, C. Comrie, R. McGeever, T. Fulton, M. Martin, R. McNab, S. Shepherd, C. Hogg, K. O’Hara. Subs: G. Hamilton, M. Cather, C. Langton, P. Nash, L. McMinn.