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Saturday, 19 October, 2002, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Lions roar back at Tannadice
Barry Wilson celebrates his strike for Livingston
Livingston were trailing 2-0 after an hour but won
Dundee United 2-3 Livingston

Livingston staged a remarkable comeback at Tannadice to dump managerless Dundee United and leapfrog them at the foot of the table.

With an hour gone United lead 2-0 courtesy of strikes from Derek Lilley and Jim McIntyre.

However, a storming fightback saw the West Lothian side score three times inside ten action-packed minutes, through Gary Bollan, Barry Wilson and Eugene Dadi.

A dour first half struggle gave no indication of the thrills and spills that were to follow in an incredible second 45 minutes.

Almost 20 minutes had passed before a goalkeeper had to make a meaningful contribution and even then it took the simplest of catches from United's Paul Gallagher to stop David Xausa's header.

Michael Hart keeps tabs on Charlie Miller
In the 26th minute, United midfielder Miller bundled his way through the Livi defence but his deflected shot from the edge of the box came off the bar.

The ball fell kindly to Lilley but his shot went straight into the arms of Juan-Xavier Broto.

Just seconds before the half time break the home side took the lead when Lilley picked up the ball from Steven Thompson and curled a left-foot shot past Broto into the bottom corner.

In the 50th minute the visitors had a good chance to equalise when Phillipe Brinquin's cross found David Bingham unmarked in the six-yard box but the striker headed over the bar.

Tannadice midfielder Stephen O'Donnell's ferocious left-foot shot cannoned off the post and Thompson just failed to get the rebound.

In the 59th minute, United's pressure paid off when Thompson flicked on a Miller throw-in box and McIntyre came in at the back post to steer the ball in from close range.

Jim McIntyre and Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson was on target for Livingston
In the 69th minute, Livingston pulled a goal back. A Wilson corner from the right was headed by Dadi back to the unmarked Gary Bollan who volleyed a tremendous shot past Gallacher from 16 yards out.

Six minutes later, the visitors grabbed a remarkable equaliser.

Wilson worked a one-two with Rolando Zarate, who had replaced Quino on the hour mark, and ran clear of the United defence before driving a low shot past Gallacher from just inside the box.

In the 78th minute, the visitors, now full of confidence, took the lead.

A tremendous Bingham cross from the left found Dadi at the far post and the substitute easily turned the ball in from close range.

In injury time Thompon nearly grabbed an equaliser but his shot from 12 yards out came back off the post to the agony of the home fans.

Dundee United: Gallacher, Duff, Lauchlan, McGowne, Cummings, Easton, O'Donnell (Paterson 82), Miller (McCunnie 79), McIntyre, Thompson, Lilley (Hamilton 77).
Subs Not Used: Combe, Smart.

Booked: Lauchlan.

Livingston: Broto, Brinquin, Rubio, Andrews, Bollan, Wilson, Quino (Zarate 60), O'Brien, Hart (Makel 65), Xausa (Dadi 46), Bingham.
Subs Not Used: McEwan, Toure-Maman.

Booked: Hart.

Attendance: 5,572
Referee: H Dallas

BBC Scotland's Ken McRobb
"What a comeback"
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