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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 17:50 GMT
Livi leave Well weeping
Andrews drew Livi level
Marvin Andrews leads the Livingston celebrations
Motherwell 1-2 Livingston

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Livingston had to battle back from losing a soft goal to earn three points from Motherwell at Fir Park.

Yann Soloy put 'Well ahead with a weak shot that Livi keeper Nick Culkin somehow let by, but goals from Marvin Andrews and Francisco Quino hauled the West Lothian side in front.

The home side created a host of chances but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

Livingston had to do without the services of the injured Barry Wilson, Philippe Brinquin and Davide Xausa, who was away with Canada on Gold Cup duty.


Dirk Lehmann in action for Well
In a bright start to proceedings both sides had attempts on goal within the first six minutes.

Motherwell's Stephen Pearson tried his luck from 20 yards and at the other end Steven Tosh had a similar attempt saved by Stephen Woods.

A moment later, Livi had the ball in the net when in-form David Fernandez slotted the ball home only for his effort to be ruled off-side.

In the 12th minute Livingston goalkeeper Nick Culkin showed his class with a superb stop from Stuart Elliot.

James McFadden was a thorn in the side of Livingston with his constant promptings and on the half-hour mark he shot inches wide.

Eight minutes later, the Steelmen were in front when McFadden set up Soloy and the Frenchman's tame shot trundled through Nick Culkin's legs to leave the Livi keeper red faced.

Motherwell spurned a couple of chances with Lehmann and McFadden the guilty pair and were punished on the stroke of half-time when Andrews fired into the roof of the net after Motherwell failed to clear a corner.


David Bingham and James McFadden clash
Early in the second half McFadden yet again could have scored for Motherwell but at the final moment he lacked composure in front of goal, allowing Livi defender John Anderson to clear following Lehmann's clever reverse pass.

Motherwell's inability to make capital of their chances was highlighted again after 15 minutes when Nicholas blazed over after a good cross from Stephen Pearson.

Livingston then sent on midfielder Lee Makel for David Bingham in an attempt to freshen things up.

Nathan Lowndes was active up front for the visitors and after he had a chance himself, the Englishman was involved in putting Livingston ahead.

In the 70th minute, he provided an intelligent lay-off for Quino and the Spaniard side-footed the ball past Motherwell keeper Woods.

All Motherwell had to offer before the final whistle was an eye-catching free-kick by McFadden which flew just past the post.


Motherwell: Woods, Deloumeaux, Ready, Strong, Soloy (Nicholas 54), Leitch, Pearson, McFadden, Hammell, Lehmann, Elliott.

Subs Not Used: Brown, Corrigan, Martinez, Adams.

Booked: Strong.

Livingston: Culkin, Rubio, Andrews, Anderson, Hart, Quino, Tosh, Bingham (Makel 60), Bollan, Lowndes (Caputo 90), Fernandez.

Subs Not Used: Aurellio, McEwan, Santini.

Booked: Rubio, Quino, Lowndes, Hart.

Attendance: 4,458

Referee: M McCurry

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