Livingston vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle

League October 10th 1998

Livingston FC:

1. Alexander, 2. Boyle, 3. Deas, 4. McManus, 5. Sweeney, 6. Millar, 7. King, 8. Sherry,

9. Robertson, 10. Bennett, 11. Bingham, 12. McMartin, 14. McPhee, 15. McCormick

Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC:

1.Calder 2. Teasdale , 3. Roberston, 4. McCulloch, 5. Tokely, 6. Cherry, 7. Wilson, 8. Addicoat

9. McLean 10. Christie, 11. Sheerin, 12. Bavidge, 14. Farquhar, 15. Allan

This should have been a great game and a brilliant advert for second division football to follow last weeks game against the Glasgow Jags. This was clearly not in the plans of the Referee and his assistants and some plain poor decisions spoiled the game. I'm not talking about the decision that cost John Robertson his second goal which most Livi fans will be complaining about that decision was correct because Bingham was clearly offside even though Robbo was not. Overall the match officials were just plain poor.

Livingston should have opened the scoring when John Robertson went down in the box. The referee saw this as a penalty which I think was soft and justice was perhaps served when Bingham's poor effort was well saved by Calder. John Robertson himself, took the match by the scruff of the neck less than a minute later when he brilliantly broke clear of the Caley offside trap to slide the ball low past Calder to open the scoring. Livi deservedly ended the half a goal in the lead.

Caley started the second half far more positively and used their size to create the chances they did. Good football is part of their game as well but if it was not for the size of the buggers they would not be in as lofty a position. Livi's defence looked increasingly rocky as the match progressed though if Bingham had not been offside when Robbo broke forward to add his second (see above) the game may well have been different. In the end though McPhee stabbed the ball home through Calder's legs late on. Brian McPhee was later booked for dissent when he held on the ball after a free kick had been awarded to Caley. The ICT players had been guilty of this all game and the Referee took no action if the supervisor was in the stand and doing his job this guy won't be in the middle of any game for a while.

Caley pulled back a late goal through Scott McLean though they did'nt deserve it.


MoM: I have been critical of the guy for the last few games but John Robertson back to his best in this game scoring the first could have had more and created a lot of the chances.

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