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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Saints and Livvy all square
Francisco Quino fires home Livingston's first goal
Francisco Quino fires home Livingston's first goal
St Johnstone 2-2 Livingston

St Johnstone and Livingston shared the points and four goals in an entertaining draw at McDiarmid Park.

Willie Falconer put the Perth side in front after a brisk opening from the the Saints but Livingston hit back with two goals in quick succession from Francisco Quino and David Bingham.

Parity was re-established in the second half when Peter Macdonald netted for Sandy Clark's team.

The visitors were reduced to ten men for the final half hour when Quino was sent off for a dangerous challenge but held on for a share of the spoils.

18-year-old Kevin Cuthbert was in goals for the home side with a neck injury forcing first choice stopper Alan Main to drop to the bench.

Livingston were without influential defender Marvin Andrews, who suffered a head wound against Motherwell a fortnight ago.

Nathan Lowndes clashes with Benito Kemble
Nathan Lowndes clashes with Benito Kemble
St Johnstone started brightly and, with less than a minute on the clock, Falconer tried to feed the ball through to John Paul McBride in front of goal but goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto was quick off his line to clear.

A great move by Tommy Lovenkrands saw him take the ball round Michael Hart before bursting in the 18-yard box but his shot was wide of the post.

Moments later, the Dane was threatening again. Darren Jackson released him on the left wing but Lovenkrands again sent the ball wide of the upright.

However, Lovenkrands atoned for his errant shooting when he sent a cross into the box which was met by Falconer, who looped a header past Broto from 10 yards out after 15 minutes.

Lovenkrands and Falconer linked well again in the 22nd minute but Broto managed to block the striker's header.

Out of the blue, Livingston were back on level terms just two minutes later.

David Fernandez crossed into the box where Bingham dummied to leave the ball to fall to Quino who drilled a long, low shot past Cuthbert.

Four minutes on, the visitors were in front when Bingham collected a Fernandez pass just inside the area and cracked home a powerful half-volley.

Livingston were the dominant force in the closing stages of the first half and Nathan Lowndes went close to scoring against his old club with a superb longe-range drive that skimmed the crossbar.

Lowndes created a good chance two minutes after the re-start when he squared the ball to Hart just ten yards from goal but Cuthbert rushed out to block.

David Bingham
Bingham can't hide his delight
Seconds later, MacDonald saw his long-range shot scream just inches wide of the post but he was more fortunate after 50 minutes when he grabbed the leveller for St Johnstone.

Darren Dods nodded the ball into the path of MacDonald six yards out and Saints' most impressive player made no mistake when he rammed the ball past Broto.

The visitors suffered a set-back after 63 minutes when they found themselves down to ten men.

Goalscorer Quino made a hasty challenge on McBride with his studs showing and referee Stuart Dougal quickly flashed the red card.

Two minutes later Benito Kemble looked certain to net with a thunderbolt shot but Broto produced a great save to deny St Johnstone the opportunity to regain their lead.

In the dying seconds McBride squandered a great chance to give St Johnstone their first win of the season but elected to pass to substitute Paddy Connolly and the danger was cleared.

St Johnstone: Cuthbert, Dods, McCluskey, Dasovic, Kemble, Lovenkrands, McBride, Murray, Falconer, Jackson, Macdonald.

Subs: Main, Connolly, Parker, Forsyth, McClune.

Livingston: Broto, Bollan, Rubio, Anderson, Wilson, Lowndes, Fernandez, Bingham, Quino, Lovell, Hart.

Subs: McEwan, Tosh, Xausa, Aurellio, Caputo.

Referee: S Dougal

BBC Sport's Bill Moulds
"Livingston defended manfully with ten men"
Livingston boss Jim Leishman
"I was delighted with the spirit in my team"
St Johnstone boss Sandy Clark
"We're just too inconsistent"
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