Livingston 2 - 1 Falkirk

Saturday 17th November 2012
M McNulty (23)
K Jacobs (65)
C McGrandles (84)

Livingston hold on to take spoils

Livingston are up to fourth in the First Division after a 2-1 victory over Falkirk.

Marc McNulty and Keaghan Jacobs scored the goals to secure Livingston's second home league win of the campaign.

McNulty was found in the area by Stefan Scougall's pass in the 23rd minute and the forward tucked away his ninth goal of the season into the bottom corner.

Livingston goalkeeper Andrew McNeil tipped away Blair Alston's 35-yard effort in the second half as Falkirk looked for a leveller.

But Jacobs made it two in the 65th minute with a low finish from 12 yards.

Conor McGrandles pulled a goal back with six minutes left with a well-taken volley at the back post to score his first goal for the club.

But Livingston held on to take the three points and move above Raith in the table.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance1,471
VenueAlmondvale Stadium
Kick Off
Livingston 0 - 0 Falkirk
4:41
Foul on Andrew Haworth
4:50
Free Kick taken by Stephen Kingsley from the left wing
8:12
Foul on Conor McGrandles
8:29
BOOKING: Kevin McCann of Livingston given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
8:41
Free Kick taken by Jay Fulton from the left wing
9:28
Cross from Jay Fulton
10:47
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the right penalty area
10:59
Save made by Michael McGovern
12:06
Shot taken by Stefan Scougall with his right foot
12:20
Save made by Michael McGovern
13:49
Shot taken by Keaghan Jacobs using his left foot from the left penalty area
14:07
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
19:23
Foul on Jesus Garcia Tena
19:29
Free Kick taken by Burton O'Brien
22:05
Foul on Andrew Haworth
22:08
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Flynn from the right wing
22:34
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the centre penalty area
22:34
Livingston 1 - 0 Falkirk
GOAL scored by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
25:44
Cross from Andrew Haworth
25:54
Block taken by Liam Fox
25:58
Foul on Stefan Scougall
26:12
BOOKING: Stewart Murdoch of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
26:26
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
26:59
Shot taken by Liam Fox with his right foot
27:07
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
27:27
Foul on Craig Barr
27:34
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
31:09
Foul on Callum Booth
31:23
BOOKING: Andrew Haworth of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
31:39
Free Kick taken by Jesus Garcia Tena
32:57
Corner taken by Jay Fulton with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
33:27
Save made by Andy McNeil
35:01
Foul on Keaghan Jacobs
36:02
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
38:53
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot
39:15
Save made by Michael McGovern
39:19
Corner taken by Tony Andreu with his right foot from the right byline
39:47
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
41:25
Shot taken by Lyle Taylor from the left six yard line
41:42
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
Half Time
Livingston 1 - 0 Falkirk
Second Half Started
Livingston 1 - 0 Falkirk
45:36
Shot taken by Jonathan Flynn with his right foot
45:49
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
47:23
Shot taken by Stefan Scougall using his left foot
47:35
Save made by Michael McGovern
49:24
Shot taken by Blair Alston with his right foot
49:35
Save made by Andy McNeil
49:40
Corner taken by Stewart Murdoch with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
50:37
Clearance by Tony Andreu
50:41
Corner taken by Jay Fulton with his right foot from the left byline
51:03
Foul on Craig Barr
51:07
Free Kick taken by Andy McNeil
53:32
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
55:20
Shot taken by Lyle Taylor with his right foot from the centre penalty area
55:38
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
60:44
Substitution for Livingston: Iain Russell on for Stefan Scougall
61:32
Foul on Tony Andreu
61:49
BOOKING: Blair Alston of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:05
Free Kick taken by Craig Barr
62:23
Foul on Andrew Haworth
62:32
BOOKING: Craig Barr of Livingston given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:48
Free Kick taken by Stephen Kingsley
63:24
Shot taken by Stephen Kingsley from the centre penalty area
63:34
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
64:28
Shot taken by Keaghan Jacobs with his right foot from the centre penalty area
64:28
Livingston 2 - 0 Falkirk
GOAL scored by Keaghan Jacobs with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
66:25
Cross from Blair Alston
66:30
Clearance by Jesus Garcia Tena
67:35
Shot taken by Tony Andreu using his left foot
67:47
Substitution for Livingston: Daniel Mullen on for Iain Russell
67:59
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
69:49
Corner taken by Tony Andreu with his right foot from the right byline
70:14
Clearance by Lyle Taylor
71:23
Substitution for Falkirk: Thomas Grant on for Jay Fulton
73:00
Corner taken by Thomas Grant using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
73:23
Clearance by Jesus Garcia Tena
73:52
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
74:34
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the right penalty area
74:47
Save made by Michael McGovern
74:51
Corner taken by Tony Andreu with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
76:56
Goal Kick taken by Andy McNeil
78:25
Cross from Jonathan Flynn
78:30
Clearance by Craig Barr
79:12
Substitution for Falkirk: Craig Sibbald on for Jonathan Flynn
82:26
Corner taken by Thomas Grant using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
83:19
Save made by Andy McNeil
83:26
Shot taken by Conor McGrandles using his left foot from the left six yard line
83:26
Livingston 2 - 1 Falkirk
GOAL scored by Conor McGrandles using his left foot from the left six yard line to the top left of the goal.
84:52
Shot taken by Tony Andreu with his right foot from the right penalty area
85:05
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
88:26
Corner taken by Thomas Grant using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
88:43
Clearance by Jesus Garcia Tena
89:21
Foul on Keaghan Jacobs
89:33
Substitution for Livingston: Callum Fordyce on for Tony Andreu
89:48
Free Kick taken by Kevin McCann
90:00+1:52
Foul on Lyle Taylor
90:00+1:58
Free Kick taken by Thomas Grant
90:00+2:22
Corner taken by Thomas Grant using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
90:00+2:42
Clearance by Craig Barr
Full Time
Livingston 2 - 1 Falkirk

Livingston

vs

Falkirk

2
Goals
1
2
Assists
0
11
Shots
6
9
On Target
3
4
Off Target
4
0
Crosses
4
3
Corners
7
6
Throw Ins
12
3
Saves
5
6
Clearances
1
7
Goal Kicks
5
1
Blocks
0
8
Free Kicks
5
2
Yellow Cards
3

Livingston

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Andy McNeil
02.Kevin McCann (9+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Callum Booth
04.Jesus Garcia Tena
05.Craig Barr (63+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Burton O'Brien
07.Tony Andreu 90+0' Tactical
08.Liam Fox
09.Marc McNulty
10.Stefan Scougall 61+0' Tactical
11.Keaghan Jacobs

Substitutes

17.Darren Jamieson
14.Callum Fordyce 90+0' Tactical
15.Jordan Morton
12.Iain Russell 61+0' Tactical 68+0' Injury
16.Daniel Mullen 68+0' Injury

Falkirk

Formation: 4-4-1-1

01.Michael McGovern
02.Jonathan Flynn 80+0' Tactical
03.Stephen Kingsley
04.Darren Dods
05.Robbie Neilson
06.Stewart Murdoch (27+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Blair Alston (62+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Jay Fulton 72+0' Tactical
11.Conor McGrandles
09.Lyle Taylor
10.Andrew Haworth (32+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

17.Graham Bowman
12.Chris Smith
14.Dale Fulton
16.Thomas Grant 72+0' Tactical
15.Craig Sibbald 80+0' Tactical

Evans takes charge of Livi

Livingston will have first-team coach Gareth Evans in charge against Falkirk after manager John Hughes' move to Hartlepool.

Evans is hoping that midfielder Stefan Scougall will pass a fitness test to be included against the Bairns.

Paul Watson and Jason Talbot remain out through injury, with Evans advising that no deal has yet been agreed for former Livi and Falkirk man Burton O'Brien to feature.

"Burton has been training with us but it is premature to say he is going to feature."

Evans added: "We finished our game with Airdrie last Friday really strongly and despite a strange week we have to look to start how we ended that game. We beat Falkirk at their place and it would be great to repeat that."

Falkirk go looking for revenge for a last-minute defeat to Livi in the last meeting between the sides.

Youngsters Craig Sibbald and Dale Fulton have been added to their squad after making successful returns from injury in an Under-20 match.

David Weatherston is struggling with a knee injury and he could join fellow injured front man Sean Higgins in sitting the game out.

Technical Director Alex Smith said: "The Livingston defeat has been typical of a few of our games this season where we have been leading but failed to kill teams off and suffered a heavy price.

"The same thing happened at Raith Rovers last week when we got ahead failed to build on it."

"If we can start showing a far more clinical edge we will get results."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

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As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Partick Thistle 12 20 26
2 Dunfermline 12 16 26
3 Morton 12 10 22
4 Up Livingston 12 3 19
5 Down Raith Rovers 12 3 19
6 Cowdenbeath 12 -3 13
7 Hamilton Accies 12 -6 12
8 Falkirk 12 -4 11
9 Airdrieonians 12 -14 11
10 Dumbarton 12 -25 5

Updated 17/11/2012 at 17:10