Scottish Championship
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Livingston 3-0 Raith Rovers

Martin Scott was on target for Livingston

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.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5FordyceBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMampuyaat 82'minutes
  • 3Talbot
  • 8O'Brien
  • 19Donaldson
  • 4Mensing
  • 7Jacobs
  • 10Scougall
  • 22BarrowmanSubstituted forBurchillat 45'minutes
  • 9McNultySubstituted forDenholmat 72'minutes
  • 6Scott

Substitutes

  • 2Mampuya
  • 11Denholm
  • 15Docherty
  • 17Walker
  • 18Wilkie
  • 23Twardzik
  • 27Burchill

Raith Rovers

  • 17Laidlaw
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 90mins
  • 3Booth
  • 12Callachan
  • 16Ellis
  • 5Hill
  • 8Moon
  • 6Fox
  • 10ElliotBooked at 79minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 83'minutes
  • 15SmithBooked at 51mins
  • 21VaughanSubstituted forMcCannat 72'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 3, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 3, Raith Rovers 0.

Booking

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

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Laurie Ellis.

Hand ball by Martin Scott (Livingston).

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Laurie Ellis.

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

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Matthews replaces Calum Elliot.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Mike Mampuya replaces Callum Fordyce.

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

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Dougie Hill (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dougie Hill.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Danny Denholm replaces Marc McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Kevin McCann replaces Lewis Vaughan.

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

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Livingston).

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

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

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

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

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.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

Booking

Callum Fordyce (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 0.

Substitution

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

Half Time

First Half ends, Livingston 2, Raith Rovers 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Dundee1811341736
2Hamilton1810441034
3Falkirk178541429
4Raith Rovers18855129
5Alloa18846328
6Livingston18747025
7Queen of Sth17647322
8Dumbarton18639-921
9Cowdenbeath184311-1615
10Morton182313-239
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