Due to a sudden own goal by Ryan Edwards, the Lions defeated Dundee United 1-0 and moved up to fourth place in the Scottish Premiership. A Nicky Devlin drive was headed into his own net by Edwards over the 83rd minute when the home team recovered from behind to win the game.
A goal from Liam Smith after just two minutes earned the visitors the head start, but Scott Pittman equalized in the second half. Read on for the latest Singapore news on everyone’s favorite football league.
The thrilling run-down
Liam Smith gave United the lead after just two minutes of their ninth visit to Livingston since February 2005, their first win in eight attempts.
When Tony Watt got to the bye line and crossed the ball in, Smith bravely stepped next to his player somewhere at the back post and stabbed the ball home from a narrow-angle to secure the win.
Livingston had numerous chances after the interval, and they were rewarded late in the game. Smith put the visitors ahead after just two minutes in a strong start to the match.
Smith scored his opening goal of the season after Tony Watt provided a low cross into the area and he reacted the fastest to tuck the ball in. Watt was forced to leave the field with Nicky Clarke replacing him after just 13 minutes. Indeed, it’s a Singapore news worthy of making the headlines.
Pittman’s superb shot in the 23rd minute restored parity for Livingston. Bypassing his own zone, Bruce Anderson found his teammate open for a simple one-two. Pittman threw a half-volley over Benjamin Siegrist about 12 yards after controlling the heavy pass.
Things got better from there
Ayo Obileye sent Alan Forrest’s cross just over for Livingston after they had taken the lead, giving them further confidence. Ilmari Niskanen, on the other hand, fired a soft header straight at Max Stryjek. The Lions, on the other hand, came out on top in the second half thanks to a flurry of chances they produced.
Prior to Devlin’s tame strike, Forrest clipped a low attempt just outside the opposite post of the 18-yard line. Anderson then sent a shot wide as the home team stepped up the pressure. To begin the second half, Livingston maintained pushing forward and had another chance to score thanks to Pittman.
In case you’re finding it hard to keep up with all the latest news in Singapore, an extended Pittman managed to get rid of Anderson’s low cross, but Siegrist was there to prevent it. Scott McMann and Chris Mochrie were brought in by Tam Courts (United manager) in an effort to assist his team to acquire a foothold in the game.
After latching onto Calum Butcher’s pass, Clark’s shot was smashed into the side-netting by the United goalkeeper because of the poor angle. Once again, Siegrist denied Forrest as the home team kept up the pressure for an equalizer.
There’s a mention in every SG news outlet about how it took Livingston until the 83rd minute for Edwards to turn a cross from Devlin beyond his own keeper there at the near post.
Anything we can learn from this?
Livingston fought hard in the second half but was unable to put Siegrist to the test. Both Alan Forrest and James Penrice, who had been linked with a move to Tannadice in the summer, and Nicky Devlin missed the target as the game ended in a goalless draw between the two teams.
The second half began slowly, with few notable moments until the hour mark, when both teams had chances. After Marc McNulty set up Nicky Clark, the visitors were unable to find the back of the net. As soon as Forrest got a shot on goal, Siegrist made a diving save with his legs, giving Livingston a chance.
There was a lot of excitement leading up to these games because the battle for Europe was so tight, with only 3 points dividing 4th and 9th place. With only four games remaining before the split, Livingston has moved to the top of the leaderboard.
They were good offensively and that could have netted more against a shaky United side on another night. For United, it has been nine games since they beat Livingston 2-0 in the Premier League in February 2005 thanks to goals from James Grady and Stevie Crawford.