Livingston vs Dumbarton

Scottish Cup 1st Round Replay December 8th 1998

Livingston FC:

1. Alexander, 2. Boyle, 3. Deas, 4. McManus, 5. Watson, 6. Millar, 7. Conway, 8. McCormick,

9. Robertson, 10. Fleming, 11. Bingham 12. McPhee 14. Little, 15. Bennett

Dumbarton FC:

1. Barnes, 2. Wilson, 3. Brittain, 4. Gow, 5. Jack, 6. King, 7. Harvey, 8. Millar,

9. Flannery, 10. Grace 11 Harvey. 12. Wilkinson, 14. Melvin, 15. Robertson.

Dumbarton had their chance in the first match on Saturday when a combination of the pathetic excuse for a Park Boghead is and poor refereeing from whistler John Fleming conspired to leave even the most diehard Lion Pride member concede that we were fortunate to leave Dumbarton with a second crack at earning a January 2nd trip to Inverness.

After the weekend snow there was a lingering worry that the Almondvale surface may have been badly affected but a quick glance proved that to be unfounded and the surface was perfect for Livi's passing game.

The team lines appeared to show an attacking change with Bingham and Robertson in the starting line-up as usual along with the promotion from the bench of Mark McCormick as it happens Robbo dropped back into the midfield along with Frank Conway who continued to impress having retained his place from coming on as substitute on Saturday.

Livingston opened brightly and attacked the Bubbles Hill end and had several good chances before the unfortunate Willie Wilson helped on Bingham's sharp cross into his own net. The expectant home support then were expecting the flood gates to open but sadly this did not happen with a combination of frantic defending and lack of killer instinct conspiring to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

The second half started as the first one ended with Livingston creating then blowing several good chances before Dumbarton dominated for a spell. At one point a lobbed effort almost deceived Neil Alexander and he caught the ball on the line under the bar. A small section of the away support screamed the ball had crossed but the linesman was well placed and play continued.

Livi finally took a chance when Fleming broke into the box playing a one-two with Robbo before firing the ball low in to the net. Livingston regained the upper hand at this point and Dave Bingham added a deserved third at the death to make the scoreline a more realistic 3-0.


 MoM: Mark McCormick: The youngster took full advantage of his first start and ran the show as far as Livingston's attacking capabilities were concerned


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