Livingston FC v Dunfermline Athletic FC

League Cup Second Round 8/8/98

Livingston FC:
1. McCaldon, 2. Conway, 3. Deas, 4. Sweeney, 5. Watson, 6. Bennett, 7. Rajamaki, 8. Millar,

9. Robertson, 10. McPhee, 11. Bingham, 12. Little, 14, McCormick, 15. Feroz,

Dunfermline Athletic FC:
1. Butler, 2. Shields, 3. McCulloch, 4. Tod, 26. Linighan, 6. Millar, 7. French, 8. Huxford,

9. Smith, 28. Ferguson, 12. Thomson
Subs: 20. Faulconbridge, 5 Ireland, 16. Shaw.

The Lions served up the a FANTASTIC performance which saw Livi take a one-nil victory over their Scottish Premier League visitors. John Robertson scored a classic predators goal shortly into the first period of extra time. Livi were unfortunate not to have taken the game in normal time with Pars keeper Lee Butler pulling off a number of fantastic saves. Pars old boy Dave Bingham again seemed to relish taking on his former team mates and ran the Pars defence ragged as did McPhee, Rajamaki and the rest of the Livi attack.

In the early stages of the match it looked as though Dunfermline's class would show but as time went on Livi took the game more and more to the visitors and by half time looked the better side. If you were to have just stepped off a spaceship it would not be the team in black and white you would have thought were in the "elite" top league.

The second half started as the first ended with Livi on the attack and they continued to create the more numerous and better quality chances. Dunfermline's real chance of a goal came from an even more dodgy penalty award than the spot kick they were awarded in the tourney, and to add insult to injury Neil Bennett was sent off for a handball which it seems was only seen by whistler Kenny Clark.

Justice was done however when The Eagle dived to his left to brilliantly stop Marc Millar's spot kick. The Pars then came more into the game as they made the extra man count but they spurned a number of chances, hitting the bar at least twice. Livi however still looked the more likely side to get a winner but to the dismay of the packed Main stand it was not to be. The match then went into extra time.

The extra time followed the general pattern of the regulation time with the exception that Livi got the goal they desrved courtesy of Robbo.

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