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Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 19:53 GMT 20:53 UK
Airdrieonians 1-2 Livingston
Airdrie get to grips with Livingston's Marino Keith
Airdrie get to grips with Livingston's Marino Keith
Livingston bounced back from their Raith nightmare to take outright lead in the First Division title race.

A 4-0 defeat from the visiting Rovers had left Jim Leishman's side stunned and only holding on to top spot on goal difference from Clyde.

However, they showed much more fight - sometimes too much - as they claimed a 2-1 win that leaves Steve Archibald's rebuilt Airdrieonians rooted to the bottom of the table.

Livingston had been without injured full-back Paddy Kelly and suspended midfielder Jamie Dolan, while Airdrie striker David Fernandez made the game, despite being doubtful due to damaged ligaments.

Quick goals

After a rather lacklustre first half, the match caught fire three minutes after the break, with two quick goals at either end.

The home side took the lead through a fine Martin Prest strike after good build-up play from Fernandez, and Darren Brady.

The lead was short lived, however, as Livingston equalised with virtually their first effort of the match, defender John Anderson heading past goalkeeper Broto.

Eight minutes later, it was the visitors who were in front from a penalty kick awarded after Alfonso needlessly brought down striker Scott Crabbe.


Striker David Bingham made no mistake with the penalty.

A spate of bookings followed in the closing period, with Livingston central defender Graham Coughlin being red-carded after flailing his hands at Stephen McKeown.

Striker McKeown had chances to equalise for the Diamonds.

However, when his efforts were on target, he found goalkeeper Neil Alexander in fine form.

Airdrieonians: Broto, Armstrong, McAlpine, Alfonso, Forrest, Moreau, Brady, Sanjuan, Prest, Calderon, Fernandez.

Subs: B. Elliot, Elliott, Taylor, McKeown, Wilson.

Livingston: Alexander, McManus, Fleming, McCulloch, Coughlan, Anderson, Wilson, Keith, Crabbe, Bingham, Hagen.

Subs: Deas, McPhee, Britton, Smith., McCaldon.

Referee: J Underhill.

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