Time to secure a start
Falkirk boss Paul Hartley insists there are jerseys up for grabs because he still doesn’t know his best team.
The Bairns have signed 11 fresh faces so far this summer.
And they used a total of 19 players in yesterday’s friendly win, including trialists Mark Russell, Jordan Allan and Luke Watt.
Deimantas Petravicius, Kevin O’Hara and Tom Dallison scored for Falkirk, with Leighton McIntosh and Chris O’Neil netting for League One Airdrie.
The Championship side have warm-up matches with Cove Rangers and Alloa before their Betfred Cup clash with Montrose and Hartley says his players have time to impress.
He said: “I’m not really at the stage of getting to know my preferred team.
“We’ve got two games at the start of the week and everyone will feature. Then we’ ll pick our strongest team at the end of next week.
“We’ve had a lot of games and by the end of the Betfred Cup campaign we’ll have had 10 matches so it gives the team enough minutes to gel and a chance to check out the best personnel.
“Overall this is another game under our belt and we’re building towards the first match of the season.
“We scored good goals and there was some nice combination play early on.”
It took them six minutes to open the scoring, Tom Owen Evans setting up Petravicius to slot home.
The home side doubled their lead 10 minutes later when O’Hara cut inside Sean Crighton before curling an effort into the top corner from a tight angle.
Diamonds right- back O’Neill pulled one back in the 27th minute with a low drive at the back post.
But Falkirk netted again six minutes later, Evans’ cross headed in by Dallison.
Airdrie hit back in bizarre fashion in 75 minutes as sub keeper Leo Fasan’s kick-out cannoned in off McIntosh.
Scott Robertson almost equalised for the Diamonds but his late shot flew wide.
HARTLEY big changes