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Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 20:09 GMT 21:09 UK
Livingston 2-0 Morton
Livingston moved to within five points of clinching promotion with an edgy two-goal win over relegation-threatened Morton.

It ended Morton's recent revival and almost certainly means that they will have to continue their battle against financial extinction in Division Two next season.

Davide Xausa and Derek Fleming got the goals, one in each half, that keep Livingston ahead of Ayr United in the race for the title.

Livingston were without David Bingham and John Anderson through suspension.

Marvin Andrews was away on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago and goalkeeper Ian McCaldon was suffering from a knee injury.

Javier Sanchez Broto therefore took the No.1 jersey.

Wasted several opportunities

Bottom club Morton were unchanged, Scott Paterson and Ross Matheson having recovered from injuries.

But it was the home side who took the initiative and had missed several chances before taking the lead.

Xausa pounced on the rebound from a Steve Tosh volley to fire them ahead with 28 minutes gone.

Canadian international Xausa then wasted several good opportunities in the second half.

The striker first drilled the ball wide from eight yards after Darren Jackson had set him up.

Then Xausa was unlucky to see another shot come back off the inside of the post after he had been set up by David Fernandez.

Robbie Raeside went close with a header for Morton.

But Derek Fleming sealed the win with an unstoppable 25-yard strike seven minutes from time.

Livingston: Broto, Brinquin, McCulloch, Coughlan, Fleming, Deas, Tosh, Jackson, Xausa, Wilson, Fernandez.

Subs: Hart, Crabbe, McPhee, Burns, McEwan.

Morton: Webster, Murie, Anderson, Davies, Raeside, Stuart McDonald, Aitken, Paterson, Matheson, McGregor, Kerr.

Subs: Paul McDonald, Robb, Broadfield, Redmond, Maxwell.

Referee: B Cassidy.

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