Late Livingston winner breaks Toon hearts

The Bue Toon's Scott Ross blocks a shot from Gary Glen.
The Bue Toon's Scott Ross blocks a shot from Gary Glen.

The drama in this cup tie came late in the game as Livingston snatched an extra time win, their chance creating deserved progress to the semi-finals

A late piece of petulance from the experienced Andy Rodgers meant he saw red giving Manager Jim McInally a selection headache he could have done without.

Andy Rodgers ses red from ref Brian Colvin.

Andy Rodgers ses red from ref Brian Colvin.

Mark Millar was still carrying an injury which saw him miss out, Dean Cowie started in his place in midfield with Rory McAllister returning after his suspension.

Rodgers and David Cox started on the bench as did Ross Smith.

Over the piece, this was a game full-timers Livingston should have won comfortablybut a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Graeme Smith saw the game head to an extra 30 minutes.

It was largely one-way traffic towards the home goal which began in the third minute with a 25-yarder from Jordan White which flew knee high past the left hand post to be followed a couple of minutes later by an almost identical effort from Kyle Jacobs.

David Cox holds off Kyle Jacobs.

David Cox holds off Kyle Jacobs.

Former Ross County striker Gary Glen should have opened the scoring after a misplaced attempted clearance by Scott Ross but the defender recovered well to block the second effort
by Glen.

As Livi continued to dominate, other chances followed but they were finished in equally poor style by the Championship side.

With McAllister playing up top on his own and little support provided from elsewhere,

chances were almost non existent from the home side and the only threat of note came from a 30-yard Jamie Stevenson shot well saved after 34 minutes.The second period followed a similar pattern with a wild shot over by Cowie the nearest the Blue Toon came.

At the other end Callum Fordyce should have punished a weak punch clear by Smith who then denied David Robertson and Michael McKenna as the visitors did everything but hit the back of
the net.

All three Peterhead subs were thrown into the fray with Rodgers, Cox and Brian Gilfillan all coming on with McAllister perhaps surprisingly being one of those to be withdrawn.

The first period of extra time failed to produce a goal, although there were loud shouts for a penalty as Reece Donaldson hit the deck near the goal line from a Rodgers cut back.

The final 15 minutes saw Livingston finally score the goal they had been threatening.

After 113 minutes Keaghan Jacobs played in sub Myles Hippolyte at the edge of the area and he broke the deadlock picking his spot in the bottom left corner despite Smith getting a hand on the ball.

Soon after a long punt forward by Smith sent Rodgers racing clear. He ended up on the turf after being the meat in a Livi sandwich as two defenders also chased the ball but his claims for a foul were waved away. Sadly Rodgers attempts to persuade Mr Colvin overstepped the mark and for the second successive home game a Peterhead striker saw red.

In the aftermath to the initial incident, Livingston keeper Darren Jamieson handled the ball a second time after his initial control of the ball but the indirect free kick that should have been awarded, was missed by the officials.

Over the piece Livi showed their class but the Blue Toon must now look forward to Saturday’s trip to Forfar where valuable league points are up for grabs.

PETERHEAD: Smith, Sharp, Noble, Donaldson, Ross, Strachan (Rodgers 65), Brown (Cox 55), Redman, McAllister (Gilfillan 75) Stevenson, Cowie. Subs (unused): Jarvie, Richardson, Smith, McCann

Attendance: 695