Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2012-2013 : Livingston

Sat, 8th Dec 2012 Kick Off: 15:00

Livingston 2 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 8th Dec 2012

IRN BRU First Division. Paul Gallacher out. (19) Callum Morris red card; Garcia (65) 1-0; Mullen (90) 2-0; Barrowman (94 pen.) 2-1

Livingston 2 Dunfermline 1

MATCH PICTURES
Dunfermline`s hero from the previous week`s cup tie, goalkeeper Paul Gallacher was out of the trip to Livingston after going over on his ankle in training.  That made way for the 21 year old Slovakian Michal Hrivnak to come in for his first competitive taste of Scottish football. The former Brescia stopper had a fine game in midweek as the U20s defeated Hearts and there would be hopes that he would carry that form into this match.

Only other change made by Jim Jefferies was Joe Cardle starting in place of Ryan Thomson. For Livvy Callum Booth dropped out to make way for Kevin McCann, their only change from the side that started against Dundee in the previous Saturday`s cup tie.

The visitors in their red away strip, kicked off attacking the shopping centre end.  An early offside decision gave Hrivnak his first touch but it was Dunfermline who then held on to possession with slow and deliberate build ups.  Callum Morris tried to burst through on his own in seven minutes but his shot at goal from 25 yards unluckily clipped the heels of Andy Barrowman.

Craig Dargo just failed in an attempted one two on the edge of the box but it was all Dunfermline until former Pars youth team player, Stefan Scougall got up the left but his cross into the box was cut out.  Back at the other end Josh Falkingham set up Dargo but he tried to beat on one too many at the near post and the chance evaporated. In 13 minutes Jordan McMillan won a soft free kick that handed Stephen Husband the chance to pump the ball into the six yard box but there was no connection and a goal kick was all that was to come of it.

Callum Morris sees red v Livingston

In 19 minutes the complexion of the match changed completely as the Pars central defender Callum Morris was shown red for his uncompromising tackle on Scougall. The free kick awarded on the edge of the box was struck by Liam Fox and the ball rebounded back off the left upright.

Joe Cardle was then withdrawn as the Pars restructured.  McMillan went to left back, Steven Jordan to central defence alongside Andy Dowie and Andy Geggan found himself at right back once more. Sub Ryan Thomson filled the midfield role as Livingston tried to take immediate advantage of playing against ten men.

It looked as though the Pars had made the breakthrough in 32 minutes however when Husband played a good ball into the feet of Barrowman but his sweeping shot slipped narrowly outside Andrew McNeil`s right hand post.

Marc McNulty rounds Michal Hrivnak

Then it got even closer at the other end.  Striker Marc McNulty robbed Jordan and homed in on goal, he rounded Hrivnak but then crashed the ball off the junction of crossbar and left post. In the ensuing stramash Scougall sent a good chance over the crossbar.

Husband then forced a good save out of McNeil who dived to his left to turn the ball out for a corner on the right.  When that came over Dargo returned it for Barrowman but his header landed on the roof of the net.

Anthony Andreu and then Scougall again had chances but it was a very open game with Barrowman and Dargo nearly creating a goal. With six minutes of the half remaining Hrivnak continued to perform heroics keeping McNulty out and then blocking the corner and dropping into a pile of players to smother the ball.

Pars fans at Braidwood Motor Company Stadium

It had been quite a first half.  All Dunfermline until the sending off and then plenty of chances for the home team but with Hrivnak having a stormer of a debut it remained all square at the interval. The Pars quality certainly shone through even when playing with a man short and there had to be optimism that a positive result was still possible.

Half Time: Livingston 0 Dunfermline 0

The home side tried hard from the restart and some towsy defending was required. Barrowman was yellow carded for a challenge and then Dargo received similar when every Pars player was expecting a penalty. Dargo went down in a challenge on the top of the box but referee John Beaton decided he dived.  Frustration continued when McMillan collected the Pars third card in six minutes when he appeared to quite clearly win the ball on halfway.

Jordan McMillan picks up a yellow card

In 63 minutes Barrowman laid the ball off right to Dargo and McNeil got lucky as Jesus Garcia Tena diverted the ball into the keeper`s hands. Two minutes later GARCIA was forward to take a snapshot from 35 yards that sailed into the corner of the Pars net. 1-0.

Jesus Garcia Tena shoots Livingston into the lead

Dunfermline rallied and Husband hit a free kick into the defensive wall but the home side threatened to exploit openings as the Pars tried for an equaliser.  McNulty was blocked out by Jordan in 72 minutes and then Keaghan Jacobs had a fierce shot but off target. Refereeing decisions continued to go against the Fifers much to the chagrin of the travelling support.

Wallace a 69th minute sub for Dargo had his effort turned behind for a corner and Thomson came close to converting from that.  The final throw of the dice came with Alex Whittle`s introduction in 82 minutes in place of Andy Dowie.

Geggan and McMillan made some crucial tackles but the Pars were beginning to run out of steam and time.  In the final minute of the ninety Keaghan Jacobs jinked his way around the Pars defence and when his shot dropped to MULLEN at the far post he turned in Livingston`s second. The 89th minute substitute`s first touch!  Stephen Jordan was yellow carded for complaining that the goalscorer was offside.

Ryan Wallace is taken down by Craig Barr

The result was out of question but Dunfermline did get a late consolation. Ryan Wallace was taken down in the box by Craig Barr who saw red and then BARROWMAN despatched the spot kick into the roof of the net with the final kick of the ball.

So with Partick Thistle`s match at Cowdenbeath frozen off, the Pars failed to take advantage of the situation but remain level on points with the Firhill club.

LIVINGSTON: Andy McNeil; Kyle Jacobs (Callum Booth 76), Jesus Garcia Tena, Craig Barr, Kevin McCann; Anthony Andreu, Burton O`Brien, Keaghan Jacobs, Liam Fox (Jordan Morton 60), Stefan Scougal (Danny Mullen 89); Marc McNulty.
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Fordyce, Darren Jamieson (GK)
SCORERS: Garcia (65), Mullen (90)
YELLOW CARD: Barr (27), Garcia (68). Kyle Jacobs 76)

DUNFERMLINE: Michal Hrivnak, Jordan McMillan (c), Andy Dowie (Alex Whittle 82), Callum Morris, Stephen Jordan; Josh Falkingham, Stephen Husband, Andy Geggan, Joe Cardle (Ryan Thomson 22); Craig Dargo (Ryan Wallace 69), Andy Barrowman.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Kirk, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)
SCORERS: Barrowman (94)
YELLOW CARD: Barrowman (53), Dargo (55), McMillan (59), Thomson (86), Jordan (90)
RED CARD: Morris (19)

REFEREE: John Beaton
WEATHER: Damp 6C
ATTENDANCE 1495

NEXT MATCH: Irn Bru First Division (home) v Hamilton Accies
Saturday 15th December 2012, Kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Livingston

Wednesday, 5th Dec 2012

Dunfermline`s trip to Livingston on Saturday will be their first there on league business since March 2009

Dunfermline`s trip to Livingston on Saturday will be their first there on league business since March 2009.  That day Livi won 4-2 but after a 4-0 home win over the West Lothian outfit in September, the Pars travel across the Forth as 6-5 favourites.

League v Livingston (Away)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

16

4

7

5

13

20

 

Dunfermline`s poor league record was account of them taking ten visits there in the Premier League before they got a win. Recent form and First Division form is much better. The Pars won two visits back when an Andy Kirk double assisted in the 3-2 victory.

 

Andy Geggan and Stefan Scougall

Livingston Away Milestones

Milestones Livingston (Away)

Last League Victory #

15/11/08

3-2

Div 1 

Last League Defeat #

17/03/09

2-4

Div 1 

Best League Victory *

24/04/78

4-2

Div 2

Worst League Defeat*

08/04/86

0-4

Div 2

# As Livingston * As Meadowbank Thistle

 

David Graham v Livingston 10/03/09

Last Twelve League matches

Dunfermline may have lost last time they went to Livingston but before that they had made the trip five times without defeat. The Pars have won six of the last dozen league meetings with Livingston, losing four with the other two ending in draws..

Last Twelve  League Matches v Livingston

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

22/09/12 H 4-0 [1-0] Barrowman, [2-0] McMillan, [3-0] Thomson, [4-0] Barrowman
10/03/09 A 2-4 [0-1] McParland, [1-1] Bell, [1-2] Davidson, [2-2] Graham. [2-3] Davidson, [2-4] Griffiths
30/12/08 H 1-0 [1-0] Shields
15/11/08 A 3-2 [0-1] McPake, [1-1] Kirk, [2-1] Bayne, [2-2] Elliott, [3-2] Kirk
30/08/08 H 1-2 [0-1] Griffiths, [1-1] Kirk, [1-2] Griffiths
01/03/08 H 1-1 [1-0] Burke, [1-1] Dorrans
02/01/08 A 2-0 [1-0] Hamilton, [2-0] Burchill
03/11/07 H 0-4 [0-1] Craig, [0-2] Craig, [0-3] Tinkler, [0-4] Kennedy
19/08/07 A 1-1 [0-1] Mackay (pen.) [1-1] O Morrison
22/04/06 H 3-2 [0-1] Brittain, [1-1] Burchill, [1-2] Healy, [2-2] Burchill, [3-2] Burchill]
11/02/06 A 1-0 [1-0] Burchill
19/11/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Dalglish

 

Livingston v Dunfermline

 

Livingston are ten points behind Dunfermline in the league and sit in fifth.

 

Livingston  Dunfermline
Current League Position
5 2
 Last Six League Results
LWDWWL DWLWWW
League Points
19 29
Goal Difference
+1 +20
Home / Away Record
P6, W2, D2, L2 P7, W5, D1, L1

Dunfermlin?e Athletic v Livingston Irn Bru First Division East End Park 22 September 2012. Andy Barrowman scores his second and Dunfermlin?es 4th (c) Craig Brown

Recent Form

Livingston`s home form has not been that good with just two league wins over Dumbarton and Falkirk. Dunfermline`s seven away games have brought five wins with the only failures being at Firhill and a drawn match at Falkirk.

   Recent Form 
  Livingston  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline
  Dundee (H) L 0-2   Partick Thistle (A) W 1-0
  Partick Thistle (A) L 0-2   Dumbarton (A) W 4-0
  Falkirk (H) W 2-1   Raith Rovers (A) W 3-1
  Airdrie United (A) W 3-1   Partick Thistle (A)  L  1-5
  Morton (H) D 2-2   Cowdenbeath (H)  W

 3-0

  Hamilton Accies (A) W 2-1   Morton (H) D 2-2

Ryan Thomson scores   (c) Craig Brown

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle): Paul Gallacher, Jordan McMillan (c), Andy Dowie, Callum Morris, Stephen Jordan; Josh Falkingham (Joe Cardle 42), Stephen Husband (Shaun Byrne 82), Andy Geggan, Ryan Thomson; Craig Dargo (Ryan Wallace 70), Andy Barrowman.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Kirk, Michal Hrivnak (GK)

LIVINGSTON (v Dundee): Andy McNeil; Jesus Garcia Tena, Craig Barr, Callum Booth, Anthony Andreu (Jordan Morton 71), Burton O`Brien, Keaghan Jacobs, Liam Fox (Danny Mullen 63), Kyle Jacobs, Mark McNulty, Stefan Scougall
SUBS NOT USED: K McCann,  Callum Fordyce, Darren Jamieson (GK).

Referee will John Beaton.

Come on ye Pars!

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