Sport Livingston seal League Cup knock-out stages berth with win over Cowdenbeath

20:33  24 july  2021
20:33  24 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Livingston progressed into the last-16 of the Premier Sports Cup thanks to a 3-1 victory over Cowdenbeath.

The Lions fell behind early on after former Livi striker Liam Buchanan netted from 10 yards but it was one-way traffic after that.

A Jamie Todd own goal was added to by Bruce Anderson from close range as the hosts turned it around before the break. A stunning Craig Sibbald lob eight minutes into the second half extended their lead.

After that it was a case of the Lions launching attack after attack but unable to add to their lead.

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Livingston handed debuts to goalkeeper Daniel Barden and centre-back Sean Kelly, while Colombian winger Cristian Montano made his first start for the club. Youngsters Jaze Kabia and Jack Hamilton made the bench after recovering from recent illness.

They were dealt a double early blow on five minutes when Jackson Longridge was forced to make way with James Penrice his replacement at left-back. Four minutes later they were trailing as former Lion Liam Buchanan swept home from 10 yards after being teed up by Kris Renton as the visitors got their noses in front.

Despite trailing, the hosts were playing decent football and getting in behind the Cowdenbeath defence, only to show no end product. Andrew Shinnie and Bruce Anderson both saw efforts blocked when the may feel they should have at least tested Cammy Gill.

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The Premiership side levelled on 20 minutes and although their play deserved it, there was a huge element of luck as Jack Fitzwater's header back across goal from a Shinnie corner-kick bounced off Jamie Todd's shoulder and found the top corner for an own goal.

Fitzwater would have a helping in hand in giving the Lions the lead on 37 minutes when the defender latched on to Pittman's pass in behind the Cowdenbeath backline before cutting back across goal for Bruce Anderson to bundle home from close range.

Anderson almost doubled his account just two minutes into the second-half when he got on the end of a Penrice ball across the face of goal. His flicked effort beat Gill but clipped the far post.

The Lions didn't have to wait long to double their lead, though. Craig Sibbald's sumptuous chip over the keeper from 20 yards on 53 minutes put the hosts in command.

Try as they might, Livi couldn't add to their lead but it didn't matter when the whistle blew as they had booked their place in the next round.

Livingston: Barden; Fitzwater (McMillan 64), Obileye, Kelly, Longridge (Penrice 5); Holt (Lewis 64), Pittman, Sibbald; Shinnie (Kabia 32) Anderson (Reilly 64), Montano. Subs not used: Stryjek, Parkes, Williamson, Hamilton.

Goals: Todd (og 21), Anderson (37), Sibbald (53)

Cowdenbeath: Gill; Mullen, C. Barr, Todd, Clarke; R. Buchanan, Miller (Swann 74) Hutton, B. Barr (Coulson 61); Renton (Mahady 74), L. Buchanan. Subs not used: McGurn, Pollock, Collins, Glass, Watson.

Goal: Buchanan (9)

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