Falkirk claim second spot in Scottish Championship, Hibernian third
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 01/05/16 6:16pm
Falkirk have secured second place in the Scottish Championship after they defeated Morton 1-0 on Sunday in their final match of the regular season.
The Bairns and Hibernian went into Sunday level on points but Falkirk's slightly superior goal-difference proved crucial.
Hibs must now play Raith in the Scottish Premiership play-off quarter-finals - the first leg of which will take place at Stark's Park on May 4 - with the winner going on to face Falkirk in the semi-final.
Falkirk had the opportunity to go into the break in the lead in their match after John Baird was fouled in the area but the Bairns striker saw his penalty saved by Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston.
Peter Houston's side made amends three minutes after the restart, though, after defender Paul Watson stooped to head home Lee Miller's cross.
They continued to show nerves, with 'keeper Danny Rodgers doing well to push a Ross Forbes free-kick round the post.
But Falkirk held on to claim victory and will not now play again until May 11.
Falkirk's victory meant only a high-scoring victory for Hibernian at Easter Road would be enough to see them leapfrog the Bairns and they initially struggled to break down a stubborn Queen of the South side.
But Alan Stubbs' side were boosted by the dismissal of Doonhammers' midfielder Mark Millar for violent conduct 10 minutes into the second half.
First Niklas Gunnarsson fired left-footed into the bottom corner to break the deadlock before Jason Cummings headed home what proved to be the winner on 79.
They could not add to their tally, however, and must now attempt to return to the top-flight in an extended run in the play-offs.
The Light Blues came from behind and looked to be heading for their first league win since April 10 when goals from Kenny Miller and Jason Holt saw them edge ahead in Paisley after Calum Gallagher had given the hosts a 40th-minute lead.
But Mark Warburton's side were denied by Lewis Morgan's stoppage-time equaliser as they prepare to face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final on May 21.
Raith go into their play-off with Hibs in good form after they finished their regular season campaign with a 1-0 victory away to Livingston.
Aidan Connolly struck from close range five minutes into the second period at the Tony Macaroni Arena, with Livingston now facing Stranraer over two legs as they attempt to retain their Scottish Championship status.
In the division's other game, bottom club Alloa played out a 1-1 draw against already safe Dumbarton.