Livingston 2 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Tony Macaroni Stadium
Attendance: 828
Referee: Don Robertson
Livingston v Dumbarton, Mar 5th 2016, Tony Macaroni Stadium
Livingston Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Liam Buchanan (29)
Jordan White(83)
None.

Team Managers
David Hopkin Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Marc McCallum
Craig Halkett
Ben Gordon
Darren Cole
Jackson Longridge
Josh Mullin
Mark Fotheringham
Scott Pittman
Sam Stanton
Liam Buchanan
Charlie Telfer
Jamie Ewings
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Steven Saunders
Mark Docherty
Calum Waters
Frazer Wright
Jamie Lindsay
Tom Walsh
Christian Nade
Kevin Cawley

Bench
Osman Kakay
Jordan White
MorgynNeill
Jordyn Sheerin
Ryan Currie
Matthew Knox
Conor Quinn
Mark Brown
Mikey Hopkins
Scott Taggart
Garry Fleming
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Donald McCallum
Jon Routledge

Substitutions
Jordan Sheerin for Charlie Telfer (62)
Jordan White for Liam Buchanan (78)
Matthew Knox for Sam Stanton (85)
Garry Fleming for Tom Walsh (62)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Calum Waters (71)
Donald McCallum for Kevin Cawley (77)

Bookings
Ben Gordon (74) Christian Nade (65)
Gregor Buchanan (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 68 apps -
Darren Barr 29 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 27 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 17 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 30 apps2 goals
Calum Waters 14 apps1 goal
Frazer Wright 22 apps -
Jamie Lindsay 19 apps -
Tom Walsh 8 apps -
Christian Nade 5 apps1 goal
Kevin Cawley 30 apps3 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 133 apps24 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick (sub) 83 apps12 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 17 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 242 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 82 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 335 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mikey Hopkins (18 years 302 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 82 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 96 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

TUESDAY'S game with Alloa was always going to be important for Dumbarton.

But now it's the first of 10 that just got a whole lot more crucial.

The trip to Livingston saw an opportunity missed to pull clear of the bottom two as Sons lost in West Lothian for the first time in six visits.

Failure to score when they dominated in the game's early stages proved to be their downfall. Chances were not converted and Liam Buchanan inflicted punishment on 29 minutes.

The man who later replaced Buchanan, Jordan White, needed just six minutes to seal a 2-0 win for Livi after 84.

Had it been Sons taking the points, they would have been seven points clear of their hosts with two games in hand.

Instead the gap was reduced to one point and while Dumbarton are still in the more powerful position, this result turned up the heat.

The chance is there to immediately make up for it on Tuesday in the rescheduled home game with Alloa.

Sons were on top of the early stages but it wasn't until 17 minutes that they first threated, when Tom Walsh's narrow angled effort was turned wide.

Gregor Buchanan also headed Calum Waters' corner narrowly wide, but it was his namesake in a Livingston jersey who got the game's opening goal.

A long ball forward was not cleared and when the ball broke to Buchanan, he ran in to scramble the ball home.

In all of their last five visits to Livingston, Sons had conceded first and still not lost, so everything was still to play for.

They certainly responded to some extent, as Waters sent in a long range shot which was palmed away and cleared while Walsh had another effort saved.

But Livi threatened a second just before half time when Sam Stanton charged down a clearance and ran in on goal only for Jamie Ewings to save at close range.

The second half saw the home side in more control as Sons toiled. Stanton's shot from distance was turned wide while Josh Mullin fired across goal with no takers.

When Sons did get close to scoring, it was through Jordan Kirkpatrick's 30-yard free kick, which was saved.

Six minutes from full time it was effectively over as a contest after the Livi keeper sent the ball in White's direction. He brought it under control and ran in to slide it past Ewings.

Darren Barr was close to getting one back for Sons a couple of minutes later, but his shot was saved at close range. In the ensuing scramble, the referee chose to ignore appeals for a foul on Kirkpatrick in the area.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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