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Livingston 2-1 Partick Thistle

Livingston's Scott Pittman celebrates his goal to make it 2-1
Livingston’s Scott Pittman celebrates his goal that make it 2-1 to the home side

Livingston will take a one-goal lead to Firhill in the Premiership play-off final second leg after a deserved home win over Partick Thistle.

Kris Doolan got his head to a long ball from Baily Cargill to nod Partick Thistle in front.

However, within minutes Keaghan Jacobs found space on the right and picked a spot in the bottom far corner.

Livingston 2-1 Partick Thistle
Livingston 2-1 Partick Thistle

And when Josh Mullin got to the byline his low cut-back found Scott Pittman to finish from close range.

The two sides meet again on Sunday in Glasgow to determine who plays in the Scottish Premiership next season.

History tells us that the Premiership side tends to triumph in these play-off scenarios. Sometimes the system seems weighted towards that outcome.

Kris Doolan heads Partick Thistle in front
Doolan headed Partick Thistle in front

In this case, Partick Thistle are the side with all the problems to solve.

They have had a fragility about them over the course of the season and it was clearly evident here.

They knew what Livingston’s approach would be but seemed unable to do too much about it for long spells.

David Hopkin’s side started with real authority and pinned Thistle into their own half in the opening minutes.

The visitors began to edge forward, but came close to conceding when a free-kick was fired deep to the back post with Jackson Longridge heading it back across goal.

The Jags took the lead, though, when Cargill measured a ball over Alan Lithgow which Doolan anticipated. He timed his run perfectly and nodded home with typical authority.

It was a big question for Livingston but they were undaunted. That they were is perhaps a measure of their mentality given the importance of the occasion.

Within minutes they were level when Jordan Thompson released Jacobs, who thrashed the ball past Tomas Cerny from an angle.

The home side continued playing to their strengths. They won high balls, second balls and looked purposeful in possession.

Keaghan Jacobs equalises for Livingston in the first half
Jacobs equalised for Livingston in the first half

A significant section of the home support believed they had stormed in front when Thompson drilled a low effort just wide of the post.

A similar pattern continued in the second half. The home side dictated much of the proceedings and defended stoutly when required, which was not very often.

Pittman gathered and surged past Cargill, but he had to check slightly, allowing the keeper to race from his line and block his shot.

Livingston deserved to take a lead into the second leg and as the clock ticked on they got their reward with a fabulous move.

Substitute Mullin got to the byline and squared for Pittman, who slammed high into the net from close range after a lung-bursting run from deep.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 14Jacobs
  • 24ThompsonBooked at 45mins
    Substituted forMullinat 60′minutes
  • 6ByrneBooked at 42mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 3Longridge
  • 18Miller
    Substituted forBuchananat 87′minutes
  • 17Robinson
    Substituted forCaddenat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 5Buchanan
  • 7Mullin
  • 11Cadden
  • 19Frizzell
  • 20Maley

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 16McGinn
  • 15DevineBooked at 51mins
  • 4Cargill
  • 3Booth
  • 37Woods
  • 13Barton
  • 11Lawless
    Substituted forSpittalat 67′minutes
  • 9Doolan
  • 19Edwards
  • 18Sammon
    Substituted forStoreyat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 7Spittal
  • 12Scully
  • 14Elliott
  • 21Penrice
  • 24McCarthy
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
5,469

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Livingston 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Posted at90’+4′

Second Half ends, Livingston 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Posted at88′

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

Substitution

Posted at87′

Substitution, Livingston. Gregor Buchanan replaces Lee Miller.

Posted at85′

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Substitution

Posted at85′

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Miles Storey replaces Conor Sammon.

Posted at81′

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Substitution

Posted at78′

Substitution, Livingston. Nicky Cadden replaces Scott Robinson.

Posted at78′

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

Posted at78′

Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Posted at74′

Goal! Livingston 2, Partick Thistle 1. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Mullin.

Posted at73′

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

Posted at70′

Foul by Lee Miller (Livingston).

Posted at70′

Martin Woods (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Posted at67′

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Blair Spittal replaces Steven Lawless.

Posted at67′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at66′

Delay in match Lee Miller (Livingston) because of an injury.

Substitution

Posted at60′

Substitution, Livingston. Josh Mullin replaces Jordan Thompson.

Posted at59′

Foul by Lee Miller (Livingston).

Posted at59′

Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at59′

Attempt saved. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at56′

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Livingston).

Posted at56′

Martin Woods (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at51′

Jackson Longridge (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Posted at51′

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at51′

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Posted at47′

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at47′

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Posted at46′

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

Posted at46′

Foul by Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle).

Second Half

Posted at

Second Half begins Livingston 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Half Time

Posted at45’+3′

First Half ends, Livingston 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Booking

Posted at45’+1′

Jordan Thompson (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at45’+1′

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Livingston).

Posted at45’+1′

Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Posted at42′

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

Posted at42′

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Posted at42′

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at41′

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Livingston).

Posted at41′

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


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