Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Livingston 0-1 Falkirk

Reghan Tumilty scores
Livingston were undone by a late goal as Falkirk progressed

Reghan Tumilty's deflected strike in added time put Falkirk into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Livingston.

Tumilty met Louis Longridge's deep cross and side-footed it from 10 yards but it appeared to take a significant touch from Livi defender Alan Lithgow.

Falkirk will now visit Formartine United or Cove Rangers on 10 February.

Bairns midfielder Tom Taiwo suffered what looked to be a serious injury and was carried off on a stretcher.

Livingston settled into the match quicker than their Championship rivals, indeed Lithgow could have had the West Lothian men in front within in a couple of minutes had Peter Grant not been in the right place at the right time to clear the defender's goal-bound header from Steven Boyd's corner.

Falkirk gradually found their rhythm and on-loan Sunderland striker Andrew Nelson fired a low effort narrowly wide at the near post, before his former Black Cats team-mate Tommy Robson caused trouble with another effort in the box.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller debuted for Livi, having played his last game for Falkirk at the same ground last month

Louis Longridge, up against his brother Jackson, fired over from a relatively tight angle as Falkirk looked to maintain momentum at the beginning of the second half.

But Livingston came even closer to opening the scoring as Jackson Longridge's centre was diverted behind just before it reached Boyd. Declan Gallagher looped a volley over from the resulting corner.

Nelson blew a great chance when Livi goalkeeper Neil Alexander fluffed a clearance. The Englishman bore down on goal but blasted his shot high into the stand.

Lee Miller, who left Falkirk last week, entered the fray as a Livingston substitute on the 66th minute and was cheered by both sets of fans.

Another new Livi signing - on-loan Rangers striker Ryan Hardie - watched his looping header drift over as the game heated up with a series of fouls.

Jackson Longridge's challenge on Taiwo earned him a yellow card, but the travelling fans screamed for heavier punishment. Taiwo had to be replaced and received treatment at the side of the pitch for several minutes before being carried away.

With the tie looking set for a replay, on-loan Ross County winger Tumilty sent the ball goalwards for his second strike in Falkirk colours.

Post-match reaction

Livingston manager David Hopkin: "The manner in which we conceded the goal - it's an own goal and a bit of luck. Sometimes in cup games you get that but obviously disappointed that it's happened in the 93rd minute.

"It was two evenly matched teams and I thought it would be a set play that would decide it. The players are devastated and it's a defeat I don't think was merited.

"Our main aim is to stay up in the Championship. I can't wait to get the players back in on Thursday."

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley: "Delighted with the players tonight in terms of the effort and spirit they showed. It was a great way to win it in the dying seconds - we're delighted we're in the next round. We managed to find that little bit of quality. We coped with everything they threw at us tonight.

"It was a good ball from Louis Longridge for the goal. Tumilty's been a terrific signing for us.

"Tom Taiwo's actually not too bad, actually. It looks like his ankle is a bit swollen. The physio feared the worst but it's not as bad as we first thought.

"Cove Rangers are having a terrific season under John Sheran, I don't think they've lost a league game in over a year. Formartine are one of the form teams in the Highland League under Paul Lawson and Russell Anderson, so we'll give either side the utmost respect."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 26Halkett
  • 5Buchanan
  • 4Lithgow
  • 2McMillanSubstituted forMullinat 61'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 31GallagherBooked at 62mins
  • 6ByrneBooked at 70mins
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 79mins
  • 10BoydSubstituted forMillerat 66'minutes
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forHardieat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mullin
  • 11Cadden
  • 18Miller
  • 19Hardie
  • 20Maley
  • 23De Vita
  • 24Thompson

Falkirk

  • 1Thomson
  • 4Muirhead
  • 5Grant
  • 3McGhee
  • 16Tumilty
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forMcKeeat 81'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 2KiddSubstituted forBlairat 74'minutes
  • 42Robson
  • 14LongridgeBooked at 59mins
  • 43NelsonSubstituted forJakubiakat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McKee
  • 21Blair
  • 22Jakubiak
  • 31Mutch
  • 33Loy
  • 44Watson
  • 45Welsh
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
1,237

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Falkirk 1.

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 0, Falkirk 1. Reghan Tumilty (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Louis Longridge.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Josh Mullin.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Lee Miller (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk).

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Joe McKee replaces Thomas Taiwo because of an injury.

Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk).

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jackson Longridge (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).

Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Attempt missed. Gregor Buchanan (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Thomas Robson.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Ryan Hardie replaces Scott Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Ryan Blair replaces Lewis Kidd.

Thomas Robson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Lee Miller replaces Steven Boyd.

Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Alex Jakubiak replaces Andrew Nelson.

Attempt missed. Andrew Nelson (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Josh Mullin.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Josh Mullin replaces Jack McMillan.

Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).

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

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Livingston).

Booking

Louis Longridge (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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