Sean Kelly’s first-half penalty proved to be the winner
Livingston moved degree on factors with Aberdeen within the Scottish Premiership as they held off a second-half rally in a sport that noticed three penalties given for handball following VAR intervention.
The hosts led 2-0 at half-time by way of Jack Fitzwater’s low drive and a Sean Kelly spot-kick, with Aberdeen striker Bojan Miovski’s penalty saved by Shamal George.
Luis Lopes did pull one again from the spot after the break, however regardless of dominating the guests could not discover an equaliser.
The win strikes David Martindale’s aspect up from eighth to fourth, whereas Aberdeen keep third.
David Martindale spoke concerning the significance of house kind previous to kick-off, and his gamers raced out of the blocks.
Fitzwater opened the scoring after simply six minutes when he lashed a shot by way of the grasp of Kelle Roos after the ball fell to his toes following a nook.
The hosts doubled their lead after VAR noticed a Connor Barron handball. Nick Walsh went to the monitor, duly pointed to the spot, and Kelly coolly slotted the spot-kick previous Roos to hammer house Livingston’s benefit.
Aberdeen had been sloppy, however the second aim appeared to shake Jim Goodwin’s aspect into life. Miovski noticed a header tipped over the bar by George, and the Livingston goalkeeper then bought down rapidly to avoid wasting efforts from Jack MacKenzie and Ross McCrorie.
The guests had been introduced with a golden likelihood to drag one again on the stroke of half-time, however had been unable to take benefit.
Walsh pointed to the spot after Leighton Clarkson’s shot flicked Jason Holt’s hand, with VAR once more alerting the referee to the infringement. However Miovski’s tame penalty effort was saved and the North Macedonian striker might solely head the rebound straight at George.
No matter Goodwin mentioned on the break appeared to have an impact, as his aspect rallied and halved the deficit.
After a cross dropped onto Fitzwater’s arm, VAR intervened for the third time. And though George bought a hand to Lopes’ penalty, the Livingston keeper could not hold it out.
Aberdeen smelled blood and Lopes seemed to be a person possessed – he was on the coronary heart of the whole lot good for the guests in assault, however spooned the perfect likelihood for an equaliser over the bar after getting in behind the Livingston defence.
Martindale’s males dug in and repelled assault after assault to safe an enormous three factors and proceed Aberdeen’s woes on the highway.
Participant of the match – Shamal GeorgeThe Livingsotn keeper made eight essential saves, which included the cease from Miovski’s first half penalty.helpHow to play
Fee gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.
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Squad number1Player nameGeorge
Squad number2Player nameDevlin
Squad number6Player nameObileye
Squad number5Player nameFitzwater
Squad number11Player nameCristian Montaño
Squad number24Player nameKelly
Squad number18Player nameHolt
Squad number7Player nameBahamboula
Squad number8Player namePittman
Squad number19Player nameNouble
Squad number9Player nameAnderson
Squad number10Player nameEsmael Gonçalves
Squad number15Player nameBoyes
Squad number22Player nameShinnie
Squad number29Player namePenrice
Squad number33Player nameOméonga
Squad number24Player nameRoos
Squad number2Player nameMcCrorie
Squad number5Player nameStewart
Squad number4Player nameScales
Squad number25Player nameRichardson
Squad number8Player nameBarron
Squad number16Player nameRamadani
Squad number20Player nameClarkson
Squad number3Player nameMacKenzie
Squad number9Player nameMiovski
Squad number11Player nameDuk
Squad number10Player nameBesuijen
Squad number15Player nameWatkins
Squad number22Player nameCoulson
Squad number33Player nameKennedy
Squad number99Player nameRamírez
1GeorgeBooked at 90mins2DevlinBooked at 14mins6Obileye5FitzwaterBooked at 82mins11MontañoSubstituted forPenriceat 72’minutes24Kelly18HoltBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOméongaat 61’minutes7BahamboulaSubstituted forShinnieat 61’minutes8PittmanSubstituted forBoyesat 85’minutes19Nouble9AndersonSubstituted forEsmael Gonçalvesat 72’minutesSubstitutes3Longridge10Esmael Gonçalves15Boyes17Kelly22Shinnie29Penrice31Konovalov33OméongaAberdeen
9Miovski11de Barros Lopes
24Roos2McCrorieBooked at 11minsSubstituted forKennedyat 45’minutes5StewartSubstituted forRamírezat 83’minutes4Scales25RichardsonSubstituted forWatkinsat 90+3’minutes8BarronBooked at 76mins16RamadaniBooked at 65mins20ClarksonSubstituted forBesuijenat 72’minutes3MacKenzieSubstituted forCoulsonat 71’minutes9Miovski11de Barros LopesSubstitutes1Lewis7Morris10Besuijen15Watkins22Coulson33Kennedy36Bavidge47Lobban99Ramírez
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Match ends, Livingston 2, Aberdeen 1.
Second Half ends, Livingston 2, Aberdeen 1.
Try blocked. Christian Ramírez (Aberdeen) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Try blocked. Duk (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Liam Scales.
Foul by Vicente Besuijen (Aberdeen).
Esmaël Gonçalves (Livingston) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the suitable wing.
Foul by Joel Nouble (Livingston).
Try missed. Bojan Miovski (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the left.
Substitution, Aberdeen. Marley Watkins replaces Jayden Richardson.
Shamal George (Livingston) is proven the yellow card.
Nook, Aberdeen. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.
Foul by Esmaël Gonçalves (Livingston).
Liam Scales (Aberdeen) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Ramírez (Aberdeen).
James Penrice (Livingston) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Duk (Aberdeen) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Christian Ramírez.
Substitution, Livingston. Morgan Boyes replaces Scott Pittman due to an damage.
Joel Nouble (Livingston) wins a free kick within the defensive half.