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Sunday, 12 May, 2002, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Livingston clinch third place
Tommi Gronlund escapes the challenge of Stuart Lovell
Hearts 2-3 Livingston


Livingston made it four wins out of four against Hearts to finish a wonderful first season in the Premier League in third place.

Aberdeen's defeat allowed the men from West Lothian to leapfrog them on the final day.

An entertaining match saw the home side take the lead through Ricardo Fuller but the Lions hit back with goals from Francisco Quino, David Bingham and Barry Wilson.

Stevie Fulton pulled a late goal back for Hearts from the penalty spot.

Thomas Flogel, Stephan Adam and Ricardo Fuller were making farewell appearances in front of the Gorgie fans, while Hearts gave a full debut to 18-year old Joe Hammill.

The home side almost took the lead in the third minute when striker Ricardo Fuller combined with Adam whose flick took the ball goalwards, but defender Marvin Andrews arrived to clear the ball from Flogel just a yard out.

Kevin McKenna wins the ball for Hearts
Moments later, Wilson went on a run before firing in a shot from 20 yards which Hearts keeper Roddy McKenzie saved comfortably.

In the 12th minute, McKenzie pulled off a great save from Davide Xausa after the Canadian had powerfully volleyed a Lee Makel cross towards the top corner.

Fernandez broke clear on the right, squared the ball to Quino who looked to have the easiest of tasks but miskicked from 12 yards out, allowing McKenzie to recover and save.

The Tynecastle side took the lead in the 50th minute after Livingston keeper Broto had flapped at a corner from Hammill.

The ball was cleared off the line by Quino but Fuller was on hand to force the ball into the net from close range.

Joe Hammill enjoyed a good debut for Hearts
Barely two minutes later the visitors equalised and once again it was due to a goalkeeper's error.

Quino shot at McKenzie from 12 yards and the keeper somehow managed to let the ball go over his head and then tried in vain to claw it back.

After 72 minutes Livi extended their lead when Makel cut the ball back and the grateful substitute Bingham, on for Xausa, had a simple tap-in into an empty net.

As the game drew to a close it was the visitors who looked more dangerous on the break and Wilson added a third in the 87th minute with the aid of a wicked deflection off Hearts midfielder Scot Severin.

With seconds remaining the home side pulled one back with a penalty from substitute Stevie Fulton who had come on for Tommy Gronlund.

Hearts: McKenzie, Maybury, McKenna, Tod, McCann, Flogel (Simmons 83), Severin, Gronlund (Fulton 71), Hamill, Fuller, Adam (Wales 81).
Subs Not Used: Niemi, Milne.

Booked: Flogel.

Livingston: Broto, Brinquin, Andrews, Rubio, Santini, Makel (Tosh 75), Lovell, Quino, Wilson, Fernandez (Caputo 84), Xausa (Bingham 65).
Subs Not Used: McEwan, Hart.

Booked: Makel.

Attendance: 10,223

Referee: H Dallas

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"A great win for Livi, 4 out of 4 against Hearts"
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"To finish in this position is extra, extra special"

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