Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Stranraer 5-2 Livingston

Mark McGuigan
Mark McGuigan celebrates Stranraer's fourth goal

Stranraer put five goals past Livingston to give themselves a brilliant chance of reaching the Championship play-off final.

They owe their semi-final advantage to clinical finishing by Mark McGuigan, Willie Gibson and Andy Stirling.

McGuigan and Gibson both scored twice, with Stirling hitting the net in style with a 20-yard screamer.

Livingston had led through Jordan White and Liam Buchanan's header helped reduce the deficit in the second half.

When White's 15th goal of the season put Livi ahead from eight yards early on, few would have predicted a final score of 5-2 to the hosts.

But a controlled side-footed finish by McGuigan, Stirling's lovely left-foot strike and a sublime low, curled free-kick by Gibson meant the Blues were 3-1 up at the break.

Stranraer were under pressure at the start of the second-half and Livingston's Buchanan popped up with a header to reduce the deficit.

But two minutes later McGuigan pounced to finish off Craig Malcolm's effort that had come back off a post, then the in-form Gibson's low centre found its way into the back of the net via a deflection.

Livi goalkeeper Marc McCallum saved well from Calvin Kemp and Kyle Turner in added time to prevent Stranraer increasing their lead further.

Line-ups

Stranraer

  • 1Belford
  • 4PettigrewBooked at 49mins
  • 2Robertson
  • 8Bell
  • 15DickBooked at 89mins
  • 33Gibson
  • 23Thomson
  • 7CairneySubstituted forTurnerat 88'minutes
  • 10StirlingBooked at 57mins
  • 9MalcolmSubstituted forKempat 84'minutes
  • 20McGuiganSubstituted forLongworthat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Barron
  • 11McCloskey
  • 12Kemp
  • 13Currie
  • 14Longworth
  • 16Turner
  • 24Rumsby

Livingston

  • 26McCallum
  • 2Kakay
  • 12HalkettBooked at 59mins
  • 15NeillSubstituted forColeat 72'minutes
  • 3Longridge
  • 35MullinSubstituted forFotheringhamat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 19Buchanan
  • 7Pittman
  • 23Stanton
  • 9White
  • 10MullenSubstituted forTelferat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 4Cole
  • 8Fotheringham
  • 18Sheerin
  • 20Currie
  • 30Telfer
  • 34Knox
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
589

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stranraer 5, Livingston 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stranraer 5, Livingston 2.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Turner (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (Livingston) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Scott Robertson.

Booking

Liam Dick (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Dick (Stranraer).

Samuel Stanton (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Kyle Turner replaces Paul Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Calvin Kemp replaces Craig Malcolm.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Jamie Longworth replaces Mark McGuigan.

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 5, Livingston 2. William Gibson (Stranraer) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner.

Andy Stirling (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Osman Kakay (Livingston).

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Darren Cole.

Attempt saved. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Darren Cole replaces Morgyn Neill.

Ryan Thomson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Livingston).

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 4, Livingston 2. Mark McGuigan (Stranraer) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Malcolm.

Ryan Thomson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Buchanan (Livingston).

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 3, Livingston 2. Liam Buchanan (Livingston) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan White with a cross.

Booking

Mark Fotheringham (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

William Gibson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Livingston).

Foul by Mark McGuigan (Stranraer).

Osman Kakay (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Pettigrew (Stranraer).

Liam Buchanan (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Liam Dick (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Livingston).

Booking

Craig Halkett (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Paul Cairney.

Booking

Andy Stirling (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Stirling (Stranraer).

Osman Kakay (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Mark McGuigan (Stranraer) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Morgyn Neill.

Foul by Steven Bell (Stranraer).

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