Livingston closed to within four points of fourth-placed Raith Rovers with an emphatic Championship victory.

Jason Thomson got in a muddle to knock a cross from Marc McNulty into his own net after eight minutes.

Following a glaring miss from Rovers striker Calum Elliot, Martin Scott forced in a second before half time after a McNulty shot had been saved.

And Stefan Scougall completed the scoring for the home side with a fine run and finish on 62 minutes.

The margin of victory could have been greater, with McNulty twice going close late on, but the visitors had made a lively start in West Lothian.

Elliot was inches away from connecting with a Gordon Smith cross before Thomson lost his bearings to open the scoring.

Elliot, who chose to join Rovers in the summer having earlier agreed a move to Livi, then wasted a great chance to level as he headed a Ross Callachan cross into the turf from six yards and watched in horror as the ball bounced over the crossbar.

Kevin Moon shot straight at Darren Jamieson after a neat move from the Fife side, while the home keeper fumbled a later shot from the same player but Smith could not force in the loose ball.

In between those efforts Andrew Barrowman had looked certain to double Livi's lead, only to shoot over when the ball appeared to bobble in the penalty area.

Barrowman was involved in the second goal as he followed up on McNulty's shot and Scott slammed the ball in from close range.

Mark Burchill, on as a half-time replacement for Barrowman, went close with a header but Scougall stretched the lead further after some slack defending.

The pint-sized playmaker jinked one way then another and had the presence of mind to recover from a slip to plant a shot low into the corner of the net.

Jamieson saved a long-range effort from Liam Fox and Callachan was inches wide with a shot through a group of players as Rovers kept at it but could not find a way through.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Livingston

  • 01 Jamieson
  • 05 Fordyce Booked (Mampuya - 82' )
  • 03 Talbot
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 19 Donaldson
  • 04 Mensing
  • 07 Jacobs
  • 10 Scougall
  • 22 Barrowman (Burchill - 45' )
  • 09 McNulty (Denholm - 72' )
  • 06 Scott

Substitutes

  • 02 Mampuya
  • 11 Denholm
  • 15 Docherty
  • 17 Walker
  • 18 Wilkie
  • 23 Twardzik
  • 27 Burchill

Raith Rovers

  • 17 Laidlaw
  • 02 Thomson Booked
  • 03 Booth
  • 12 Callachan
  • 16 Ellis
  • 05 Hill
  • 08 Moon
  • 06 Fox
  • 10 Elliot Booked (Matthews - 83' )
  • 15 Smith Booked
  • 21 Vaughan (McCann - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Murray
  • 19 McCann
  • 20 Stewart
  • 22 Watson
  • 23 Matthews
  • 26 Bates
Ref: Euan Norris
Att: 1,322

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

3 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Livingston 3, Raith Rovers 0.

90:00 +1:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Livingston 3, Raith Rovers 0.

90:00 +0:05 Booking

Booking Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:02

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Laurie Ellis.

88:19

Hand ball by Martin Scott (Livingston).

86:27

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Laurie Ellis.

85:11

Martin Scott (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:11

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

82:24

Attempt missed. Burton O'Brien (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

82:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Matthews replaces Calum Elliot.

81:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Livingston. Mike Mampuya replaces Callum Fordyce.

81:00

Mark Burchill (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:59

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

80:12

Danny Denholm (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:12

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

79:19

Coll Donaldson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:19

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

78:41 Booking

Booking Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

78:35

Stefan Scougall (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:35

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

76:11

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

74:41

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dougie Hill.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Livingston. Danny Denholm replaces Marc McNulty.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Kevin McCann replaces Lewis Vaughan.

66:32

Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:06

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Livingston).

66:06

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:01

Coll Donaldson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:01

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

62:31

Attempt saved. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Livingston 3, Raith Rovers 0. Stefan Scougall (Livingston) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

53:34

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

50:31 Booking

Booking Callum Fordyce (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

50:23 Booking

Booking Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

50:00

Callum Fordyce (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:58

Foul by Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers).

47:23

Attempt missed. Mark Burchill (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Livingston. Mark Burchill replaces Andrew Barrowman because of an injury.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:55

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

45:00 +0:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 0. Martin Scott (Livingston) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

43:27

Foul by Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers).

43:27

Coll Donaldson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:49

Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:49

Foul by Andrew Barrowman (Livingston).

41:20

Attempt saved. Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:19

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

37:19

Andrew Barrowman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:47

Callum Booth (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:47

Foul by Marc McNulty (Livingston).

31:14

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

31:14

Jason Talbot (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:41

Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:41

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Livingston).

28:46

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

27:49

Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

25:05

Laurie Ellis (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:05

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Livingston).

24:01

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

24:01

Andrew Barrowman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:32

Attempt missed. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

22:49

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:49

Foul by Simon Mensing (Livingston).

21:48

Attempt saved. Andrew Barrowman (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:19

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

20:19

Martin Scott (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:41

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

17:41

Coll Donaldson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:14

Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:14

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Livingston).

15:29

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

14:48

Foul by Jason Talbot (Livingston).

14:48

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:26

Attempt saved. Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:35

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Livingston).

11:35

Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:46

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Livingston).

8:46

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:50 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jason Thomson, Raith Rovers. Livingston 1, Raith Rovers 0.

3:29

Martin Scott (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:29

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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