Alloa Athletic 0 Livingston 1


Alloa's dreams of being in the next round draw of the Scottish Cup were shattered by an 88th minute goal by Livingston. Alloa had dominated the play for the whole of the match, but paid the penalty of not converting the numerous chances that they had.

From the start Alloa played with a confidence that must have been a warning to Livingston boss Richard Gough as he watched his side being pounded in the opening minutes with shots from James Stevenson, Andy Brown and Ian Ross.

In the 17th minute Alloa forced a corner, and from James Stevenson's perfect in-swinger Iain Nicolson volleyed from close range but went narrowly past the post.

Livingston's first corner of the match came in the 30th minute, and Derek Lilley came close to an opener against the run of play when his shot deflected off the post. Livingston took heart from this, and four minutes later Burton O'Brien came close when his 25-yard shot was well saved by James Evans in the Alloa goal.

Both sides suffered injuries, with Livingston coming off worst when they lost the services of Oscar Ramos Rubio with a nasty head cut and Jason Dair was called on to replace him. In the same incident, Alloa's Ross Hamilton received a head cut as well, but he returned for the beginning of the second half.

Alloa continued to put pressure on Livingston, and a worried Livingston boss Richard Gough made changes to his side when he replaced James McPake with Colin McMenamin and Attilla Kriston replaced Jamie Hand. Unfortunately these changes had no real effect on the team's performance.

The Alloa fans in the 2,103 crowd were planning their travel arangements to Livingston for the replay when, totally against the run of play, Livingston snuck the winner.

Burton O'Brien collected a loose ball halfway inside the Alloa half, beat an Alloa defender, and his precise pass was slotted home from six yards by substitute Colin McMenamin.

Livingston manager Richard Gough summed up his feelings at the end when he said: 'It doesn't matter how we got there or how my team played, we're into the next round of the Scottish Cup. This was not a great game for us."