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Falkirk 1-2 Livingston

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Falkirk Stadium
Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum saves John Baird's penalty
Marc McCallum's late penalty save secured victory for Livi

Livingston increased their lead over Championship bottom club Alloa Athletic by inflicting only Falkirk's second home league defeat of the season.

Second-half goals from Jordan White and Sam Stanton put the visitors in front in their fight for survival.

They had to endure a Falkirk fightback, Will Vaulks pulling a late goal back.

Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum was the hero of the win, though, saving John Baird's last-gasp penalty to secure the victory.

Falkirk might have thought they could win the game through persistence alone. They were the dominant side from the outset, and their sprightliness was a constant challenge to the order Livingston were trying to impose with their defensive shape.

Peter Houston's side almost took advantage early on, with Vaulks heading over, then Bob McHugh outmuscled Jackson Longridge only for his shot from an angle to be cleared off the line by Ben Gordon.

Livingston were only sporadically threatening, but were still capable of troubling Deniz Dogan Mehmet, the goalkeeper in the starting line-up with first-choice Danny Rogers away on Republic of Ireland Under-21 duty.

Livingston players Jordan White and Sam Stanton
Goals by White and Stanton put the visitors 2-0 up

Livi's organisation and application were capable of thwarting Falkirk. For the rest of the opening half, the home side were restricted to long-range efforts - Aaron Muirhead seeing his effort saved by McCallum and Vaulks lashing a shot off the top of the bar.

With Darren Cole strong and aggressive at centre-back, Livingston were well served in defence. They had to rely on wastefulness from Falkirk, though, since Baird twice should have scored, skewing a header wide and then steering a volley past - both from close range.

Livingston were resourceful in defence, but they were able to bring that to their attacking play in the second half. They became more prominent in the opposition half, and that resulted in Liam Buchanan busting into a pocket of space inside the area to provide the cross for White's conversion.

The tall striker almost added a second when he picked his way through the Falkirk defence only to be stopped by Mehmet's excellent one-handed save.

The more that Falkirk pushed forward, the more threatening Livingston were even in the closing stages.

Stanton, a second-half substitute, showed neat footwork to make space for a shot from 20 yards he steered it past Mehmet.

That seemed certain to deliver the victory, only for Vaulks to score with a header.

Then Falkirk won a penalty when Longridge fouled Lee Miller. The Livingston defender was dismissed for his second yellow card, but McCallum was equal to Baird's penalty.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 28Mehmet
  • 4MuirheadSubstituted forHippolyteat 63'minutes
  • 5McCracken
  • 44Watson
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9BairdBooked at 15mins
  • 19McHughSubstituted forMillerat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Taiwo
  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 22Hippolyte
  • 23Shepherd
  • 26McCann
  • 38McMinn

Livingston

  • 26McCallum
  • 12HalkettBooked at 86mins
  • 6Gordon
  • 4ColeBooked at 80mins
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 90mins
  • 35MullinSubstituted forStantonat 45'minutes
  • 8Fotheringham
  • 30TelferSubstituted forSheerinat 61'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 7Pittman
  • 9White
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forNeillat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kakay
  • 15Neill
  • 18Sheerin
  • 20Currie
  • 23Stanton
  • 34Knox
  • 38Quinn
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,897

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 1, Livingston 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Livingston 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! John Baird (Falkirk) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Falkirk. Lee Miller draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jackson Longridge (Livingston) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jackson Longridge (Livingston) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 1, Livingston 2. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Miller.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Marc McCallum.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Falkirk 0, Livingston 2. Samuel Stanton (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Fotheringham.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

  13. Post update

    Ben Gordon (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

    Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Stanton (Livingston).

  18. Post update

    Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Pittman (Livingston) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers30243379245575
2Falkirk311710451262561
3Hibernian28174744261855
4Raith Rovers31156104138351
5Morton31108133637-138
6Queen of Sth30114153643-737
7St Mirren31107143443-937
8Dumbarton2985162654-2829
9Livingston3076173343-1027
10Alloa3135231763-4614
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