Livingston 1-2 Falkirk

Kallum Higgingbotham scores for Falkirk against Livingston
Higginbotham struck Falkirk's winner 18 minutes from the end

Falkirk closed the gap at the top of the Scottish First Division with a hard-fought win at Livingston.

Kallum Higginbotham scored the winner 18 minutes from time to move Steven Pressley's side three points behind league leaders Ross County.

Goalkeepers Michael McGovern and Andrew McNeil traded fantastic saves before the division's top scorer Farid El Alagui put the visitors into a 12th-minute lead.

He headed in David Weatherston's cross for his 20th goal in all competitions this season but Marc McNulty drew the hosts level midway through the second half with a cool finish from inside the box.

Darren Dods' goalbound effort was then blocked by Callum Fordyce but Falkirk's perseverance paid off when Higginbotham curled in a free-kick from the edge of the box to give them victory.

Livingston: McNeil, Ross (Fordyce 45), Craig Barr, Watson, Robert Barr, Kyle Jacobs, Fox (Boulding 80), Keaghan Jacobs, Fotheringham, Deuchar (Russell 36), McNulty. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Scougall.

Booked: Deuchar, McNulty, Russell, Watson.

Goals: McNulty 66.

Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Dods, Wallace, Scobbie, Sibbald, Mark Millar, Jay Fulton (Dale Fulton 63), Weatherston, El Alagui, Higginbotham. Subs Not Used: Bowman, Rhys Bennett, Kingsley, Alston.

Booked: Mark Millar, Dods.

Goals: El Alagui 12, Higginbotham 72.

Att: 2,967

Ref: Brian Winter

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