If they want Anthony to return in January that’s it.
Thomson fed Stokes far too easily and the young Irishman clinically stroked the ball home.
On-fire Stokes has given John Hughes’ side the killer touch they’ve desperately needed since Daryl Duffy left – and all three goals were scored with his weaker left foot.
Byline: SCOTT McDERMOTT at East End Park
Greg Ross hit the bar with the home side’s best effort but the rebound set Falkirk away on a counter attack. I’m scoring goals because of the chances being created for me – I’m just getting on the end of them.
FALKIRK wonder kid Anthony Stokes hit a stunning hat-trick for the second week on the trot to destroy dismal Pars.
Jack Ross found Stokes on the edge of the box and he bent his shot inches wide of the far post.
“I’m not surprised by the impact he’s made. It also depends if he’s enjoying life in Scotland.
Dunfermline’s response was a pathetic penalty claim when the ball smacked off Kenny Milne then a weak header from Jim Hamilton that sailed over.
He said: “We have to be 100 per cent respectful to Arsenal. Gow played Stokes into acres of space and he slotted the ball into the rigging.
“I watched an Ireland Under-19 game a few months ago and he couldn’t get on the park yet recently in Luxembourg heplayed from the start and scored.
It was a dream start for Falkirk who were backed by a fantastic travelling support and almost added another in the ninth minute.
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Alan Gow dribbled past two defenders and picked out Stokes in the box who rammed the ball beyond Roddy McKenzie.
He said: “I’m enjoying it here and am playing regular football. Then Gow got free of Tod and his fizzed left-foot shot was parried by the keeper.
“I told him just to concentrate on getting one goal today and anything else would be a bonus – to get three was incredible.
The on-loan Arsenal teenager has now scored NINE goals in just four games and is the league’s top scorer.
“If I have to go back down there and NOT play first-team football I’ll just have to accept it.”
“Although if you ask him who his toughest opponent has been he’ll say me in training when he had to go off injured!”
Stokes collected his second match ball in a fortnight and revealed he’d like to stay at Bairns for the season – if Arsene Wenger lets him.. He’s a fantastic kid to work with, level-headed and humble.
“He’s improving all the time here and his development will be helped by staying.
Natural Bairn thriller: On-fire hitkid Anthony Stokes cracks the opener for Falkirk despite Greg Shields’ despairing tackle
DUNFERMLINE v FALKIRK
Pars almost grabbed a lifeline when Hamilton’s header forced Jerome Lambers into a smart save then Gow could have put the game beyond doubt but shot tamely at McKenzie.
Skipper Steven Thomson was next to have a go after a mistake by Andy Tod and McKenzie had to be sharp off his line to block the toe poke. Rating: 7/10.
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They were abysmal and the quicker they find a replacement for Jim Leishman the better.
The hosts had barely touched the ball when they fell behind after just 35 seconds.
It’s the first time EVER an SPL player has bagged a treble in consecutive weeks.
The 18-year-old is only signed until January and boss Yogi admits if the Gunners want him back he’ll go.
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“I know Arsenal are watching me and if the manager takes notice, great.
The kid’s confidence is sky high – he even juggled the ball in the corner at one point, teasing Aaron Labonte to delight the away fans.
Russell Latapy weaved his magic in the 58th minute, making a fool of the Pars defence before finding Thomson eight yards out but McKenzie denied him with a stunning point-blank stop. SHOTS OFF 5
The visitors had far more zip and looked threatening every time they went forward.
IAN BRINES was a bit too fussy at times, stopping play needlessly. But always in control of fiery derby and got the five bookings right. You felt sorry for the keeper who was beaten again a minute later.
Stokes was too hot to handle for managerless Dunf ermline who were a shadow of the side that drew with Hearts last week.
“We have first option on him in November but it will be down to the Gunners
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