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Livingston U21 0 Forfar Athletic 0 (Livi win 5-4 on penalties)

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:52


Forfar Athletic crashed out of the Irn Bru Cup in the first round after being defeated by Livingston Colts on penalties on Tuesday.

After a goalless draw after 90 minutes that saw Dylan Easton sent off, Livingston went through after Eddie Malone hit the post in sudden death.

Four changes were made from the weekend; Malone, Easton, Willie Muir and Gary Fraser coming in to potentially help the Loons to a second round clash in Ireland against Sligo Rovers.

The Loons started strongly but the first clear opportunity fell to Livi’s Matthew Knox when he dragged his shot wide in the fifth minute.

The majority of first-half chances fell to Forfar as Murray Mackintosh nodded past the post before Michael Travis fired wide from distance.

Travis’ match was to last just 23 minutes as he limped off following a poor challenge by Keaghan Jacobs. After trying to play on, the captain couldn’t continue and he was replaced by Darren Whyte.

Jim Weir’s side were reduced to ten men in the 32nd minute; Livi’s Reece Rintoul tackled Dylan Easton from behind, getting all of the man and none of the ball and the attacker lashed out while on the ground.

Referee David Dickinson adjudged Rintoul’s challenge to only be worthy of a booking before turning his attention to Easton, sending him off for his retaliation.

Despite the disadvantage, the Loons came closest to scoring before the break as John Baird’s edge of the box effort was tipped over the bar by Jordan Pettigrew.

Livingston came out for the second half looking like a different side, hoping to capitalise on the extra man advantage; Willie Muir denying Rintoul before Adam Watson saw his effort cleared off the line by Thomas Reilly.

Cameron Blues had a shot parried by Muir shortly before he fired wide from distance.

Forfar were dangerous on the counter and had chances of their own; Baird lobbing over while Pettigrew pulled off another save to deny him again in the 67th minute. From the corner, Baird’s header was cleared off the line by a defender.

Blues and Knox failed to find the target for the Colts side but Forfar came close yet again with fifteen minutes remaining. A long ball found Ross Meechan and he supplied Mackintosh but the midfielder’s shot hit the sidenetting.

Muir did well to deny Jacobs and Jack Hamilton, however the final chance fell to Ross Meechan with another Loons counter; Baird and sub Conner Coupe advanced forward before playing in the right back but his effort was at Pettigrew.

Due to the competition rules, the game went straight to penalties with the hosts taking the first penalty. Jacobs, Jack McMillan, Cameron Clark and Jack Hamilton all netted for Livi with Andy Munro, Ross Meechan and Darren Whyte scoring for the Loons.

John Baird saw his effort saved to give Livi the chance of victory, however Muir denied Adam Wilson; Jamie Bain netting to take it to extra time.

Hamish Thomson gave the Colts side the advantage and it proved to be the winning penalty as Eddie Malone hit the post with his spot kick.

Match report by lee Smith

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