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Friday, 1 March, 2002, 15:15 GMT
Pars edge out Livi
Livi's Quino is upended by Ian Ferguson
Pars' Ian Ferguson (right) was influential
Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Livingston

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Dunfermline gave themselves a chance of finishing in the top six of the Scottish Premier League thanks to a goal from Lee Bullen.

Jimmy Calderwood's side deserved their victory against a lacklustre Livingston who did not look like a side desperate to secure a place in the Uefa Cup by finishing third.

Livingston were out to recover from their defeat by bottom-side St Johnstone a fortnight ago.

Dunfermline were again without suspended striker Steve Crawford as they sought to end a run of five matches without a win.

Dunfermline celebrate their winner
Dunfermline celebrate their winner
The home side started brightly, with veteran midfielder Ian Ferguson dictating play.

And Jason Dair went close after six minutes when his 25-yard drive skidded just wide of goal.

Pars forward Bullen and Livingston's David Bingham almost broke the deadlock with headers.

Steve Tosh also sent an effort wide when he failed to connect properly with a header in front of goal.

Bullen also missed a golden opportunity after 27 minutes, driving wide after being set free by Steve Hampshire.

The unmarked Scott Thomson had a header cleared off the Livingston line by Michael Hart.

And Culkin did well to hold Dair's angled drive then deny Barry Nicholson the opener with a point-blank save.

Lee Bullen is beaten this time by Livi's Marvin Andrews
Lee Bullen (left) was a major threat
Dunfermline lifted a turgid affair when they opened the scoring in the 50th minute.

Winger Chris McGroarty created space on the left by beating Hart and, from his dangerous cross, Bullen turned the ball into the roof of the net.

Gary Bollan headed inches wide from a Barry Wilson corner at the other end.

But Thomson came close to making it two for Dunfermline but headed into the side-netting when he should have scored.


Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Dair, McGroarty (Kilgannon 85), Nicholls, Skerla, Scott Thomson, Nicholson, Ferguson (Skinner 90), Hampshire (N'Diaye 79), Bullen, Mason. Subs Not Used: Scott Y Thomson, Panopoulos.

Booked: Skerla, Ruitenbeek.

Goal: Bullen 51.

Livingston: Culkin, Hart, Bollan (Lowndes 63), Santini, Andrews, Anderson, Tosh, Quino, Bingham (Xausa 82), Fernandez, Wilson (Caputo 75). Subs Not Used: McEwan, Petersen.

Booked: Quino.

Attendance: 5,032

Referee: H Dallas.

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