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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Livingston 1-1 Dunfermline Ath
Paul Lambert
Livingston picked up their first point of the season with a hard-working draw at home to Dunfermline.

The deadlock was broken after 44 minutes when visiting midfielder Lee Makel slammed in a great 30-yard shot.

In the 64th minute however, the home side, with manager Paul Lambert making his debut, grabbed the equaliser with an untidy but welcome goal.

Jason Dair slammed the ball across the six-yard box and Ramon Pereira was able to touch it home from close range.

Lambert's presence seemed to spur the home side into a quickfire start and they played with great energy in the opening period.

But it was Dunfermline who came closest to scoring when Darren Young's overhead kick rebounded off the post, although the waiting Mark Burchill was then judged to be offside.

In the closing minutes of the first half the home side were left devastated when Makel picked up an Iain Campbell pass and slammed a glorious drive past Roddy McKenzie.

After the break Dunfermline looked comfortable and confident with their lead and Bartoz Tarachulski's volley from 16 yards just dipped over.

The tiring Lambert made way for Pereira in the 55th minute but by then Makel was controlling the middle of the park and the home side were running out of ideas.

However, the home side grabbed the equaliser with a goal out of the blue.

Dair moved down the left and skinned Pars substitute Greg Ross before driving the ball low across the six-yard box.

Pereira was the closest Livi player to the ball before it exploded past Pars goalkeeper Bryn Halliwell but it looked like defender Scott Wilson could have got the last touch.

Livi substitute Robert Snodgrass stood a cross up at the back post for Pereira but the former Hearts could only head past the post from only six yards out.

The rejuvenated West Lothian side were on top in the closing stages, pushing for the winner but had to settle for a point.


Livingston: McKenzie, Mackay, Brittain, Dorado (Boyd 74), Tierney, Lambert (Pereira 56), Walker, Vincze, Dair (Snodgrass 65), Adams, Scott. Subs Not Used: Roy, Tesevic, Dorrans, McLaughlin.

Booked: Scott, Vincze, Walker. Goal: Pereira 64.

Dunfermline: Halliwell, Shields (Ross 35), Scott Wilson, Tod, Darren Young, Mason, Makel, Campbell, Tarachulski (Derek Young 77), Labonte, Burchill (Hunt 85). Subs Not Used: Murdoch, Craig Wilson, Phinn, McDonough.

Booked: Makel, Darren Young. Goal: Makel 44.

Att: 4,522

Ref: C Murray




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