Scottish Championship
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Livingston 3-0 Brechin City

Livingston will enter the Premiership play-offs at the semi-final stage after sealing second place in the Championship with victory over Brechin.

Brechin, without a league win all season, fell behind midway through the second half when Scott Pitman headed in Josh Mullin's cross.

Jackson Longridge came on as a substitute and scored with his first touch to double Livi's lead.

And Ryan Hardie fired a late third for the hosts.

Victory gives Livi, who have a game in hand, a four-point cushion over third-placed Dundee United before next weekend's final league fixtures.

United will face either Dunfermline or Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the quarter-final, with the winner progressing to face Livingston and the semi-final winner meeting the Premiership's second bottom side in the final. All play-off ties will be played over two legs.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 23De VitaSubstituted forLongridgeat 72'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 6Byrne
  • 14Jacobs
  • 11CaddenSubstituted forMullinat 60'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forRobinsonat 74'minutes
  • 9Hardie

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 3Longridge
  • 5Buchanan
  • 7Mullin
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Frizzell
  • 24Thompson

Brechin

  • 1Smith
  • 14Lynas
  • 20Crighton
  • 2McLean
  • 3DyerBooked at 90mins
  • 6DaleBooked at 70minsSubstituted forGrahamat 78'minutes
  • 18Orsi
  • 29Smith
  • 16MorrisonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forWattat 78'minutes
  • 7Tapping
  • 10Layne

Substitutes

  • 4Fusco
  • 8Graham
  • 11Watt
  • 19O'Neil
  • 26Costello
Referee:
Steven Reid
Attendance:
943

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamBrechin
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 3, Brechin City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 3, Brechin City 0.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Paul McLean.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

Booking

Willie Dyer (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Mullin (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Willie Dyer (Brechin City).

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 3, Brechin City 0. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Neil Alexander (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McLean (Brechin City).

Corner, Brechin City. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Finn Graham replaces James Dale.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Liam Watt replaces Callumn Morrison.

Attempt missed. Josh Mullin (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Sean Crighton.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Paul McLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Lee Miller.

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 2, Brechin City 0. Jackson Longridge (Livingston) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Hardie.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jackson Longridge replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

James Dale (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by James Dale (Brechin City).

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 1, Brechin City 0. Scott Pittman (Livingston) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Mullin.

Booking

Callumn Morrison (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Isaac Layne (Brechin City).

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Josh Mullin replaces Nicky Cadden.

Attempt missed. Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Willie Dyer (Brechin City).

Foul by Lee Miller (Livingston).

Paul McLean (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Paul McLean.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Callum Tapping.

Attempt blocked. Lee Miller (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Raffaele De Vita (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Raffaele De Vita (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 0, Brechin City 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren35235763352874
2Livingston341711656342262
3Dundee Utd35177115042858
4Dunfermline351511956352156
5Inverness CT341491149371251
6Morton3513111147371050
7Queen of Sth351310125452249
8Falkirk351111134449-544
9Dumbarton3579192759-3230
10Brechin3504311985-664
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