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Livi ease to victory as Barr punishes poor Raith

10 Dec

Livingston returned to winning ways this afternoon with a, despite the close scoreline, comfortable victory against bottom side Raith Rovers at Starks Park.

Goal 

Central defender Craig Barr scored the game’s only goal after 56 minutes when he strongly headed home a Fotheringham corner. Raith will be disappointed that Barr found himself unmarked on the six yard line but he did well to react to defender Grant Murray’s unintended flick on to head smartly beyond the outstretched McGurn in goal.

Strong start

Livi started the game on the front foot and created the first scoring chance with barely sixty seconds on the clock. A neat ball inside by Bobby Barr gave Marc McNulty the opportunity to shimmy away from his marker into space in the box. Unfortunately for the teenage striker he was unable to keep his shot down and fired well wide.

Livi were dominating possession but couldn’t quite find a way through the Fifers stubborn back line.

Close call 

After forty minutes though Raith had a let off when an out swinging Fotheringham corner was met powerfully by Craig Barr who really should have done better than to head narrowly wide of McGurns left post.

They didn’t learn the set piece lesson and were punished when Craig Barr gave Livi a deserved lead with his headed goal eleven minutes into the second half.

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Luvvies love it as Livi lose again

3 Dec

Partick Thistle 2-1 Livingston

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The storm clouds opened over a chilly Firhill just before kick-off this afternoon in an ominous sign of things to come for Gary Bollans side.

Soggy

In a largely uninspiring opening period where players of both sides found it hard to stay on their feet on the soaking wet pitch it was Kenny Deuchar who came closest to scoring for the Lions when he beat Thistle’s ‘keeper Fox to a Mark Fotheringham cross to send a header narrowly wide.

Mark McNulty had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee after his heels were caught by Conrad Balatoni just inside the box. The youngster was rightly furious but was lucky not be carded as he continued to remonstrate with the linesman as the game played on.

Goals

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Livi were made to rue those opportunities when Balatoni, completely unmarked 10yds from goal, opened the scoring for the home side after 26 minutes with a smartly struck right foot shot after being picked out by a pin point Cairney ball.

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Rory sees red as the Lions lose in Livi at last

26 Nov

Livingston 0-3 Ross County

Livingston were comprehensively beaten this afternoon three goals to nil by league leaders Ross County at a storm ravaged BMC.

Unable to take advantage of the wind in their favour in the first half, Livingston were further hindered in the 56th minute when ref Mike Tumilty chose to show Rory Boulding a straight red card for an admittedly robust challenge on County’s Paul Lawson. It’s questionable whether or not contact was even made between the players with the ball seeming to take the brunt of the tackle. However, County were soon to make their man advantage pay.

 Just after the hour mark a Fitzpatrick ball from the left wing caught the Livi backline at sixes and sevens leaving Michael Garydne enough time to strike a smart shot up and beyond McNeil in the home goal.

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