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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Livingston 0-2 Falkirk
Russell Latapy celebrates at Almondvale
Russell Latapy was in fine form at Almondvale
Falkirk picked up their first SPL points with a well deserved win over a poor Livingston side at Almondvale.

Veteran midfielder Russell Latapy ran the show for the visitors, turning in a great display from midfield.

Latapy shot Falkirk into the lead from the edge of the penalty bopx after 28 minutes after twisting and turning past a couple of challenges.

Darryl Duffy added a second goal on 72 minutes when his shot found the net via a deflection off Greg Strong.

Livingston manager Paul Lambert made one change to the side which was beaten at Rangers last week, with Scott McLaughlin replacing the suspended Richard Brittain.

Falkirk were without Alan Gow, meaning Daniel McBreen was handed a first Premier League start.

Livingston carved out the first chance when Vitor Lima was caught in possession on the edge of his own box after four minutes and Derek Adams flashed a shot just wide.

But Falkirk soon found their rhythm and Latapy's cute reverse pass allowed Tiago Rodrigues the chance for a snap-shot which was deflected narrowly past the post.

Latapy was in the mood and a clever swivel on 15 minutes gave himself space to drill a shot inches wide of Roddy McKenzie's left-hand post.

It came as no surprise when Latapy fired the visitors ahead with a low left-footed shot from 20 yards out which McKenzie was slow to react to.

The 'keeper looked smarter seven minutes later when he made an outstanding save to deny Latapy a second goal.

From another patient build-up Lima blasted over as Falkirk ended the half in total command.

In the 49th minute Latapy and Duffy sent McBreen away down the left and it took a fine tackle from Harald Pinxten to deny him a good goalscoring chance.

From the resulting corner Latapy's inswinger to the back post was met by Bairns captain Craig Ireland, who headed wide from close range.

Livi gradually pulled themselves back into the game and Falkirk keeper Matt Glennon fumbled a shot from Adams but regathered before Robert Snodgrass could pounce.

The Lions then wasted a golden chance to equalise when the ball ricocheted fortunately into James McPake's path just eight yards out but the young striker shot straight at Glennon.

Calamity struck for Livi when Duffy got off the mark for the season thanks to a shot from close range which was partly saved by McKenzie but then deflected in off Strong.

It was a goal out of the blue for the Bairns and came about after good work down the right flank from Andy Lawrie.

Livingston: McKenzie, Mackay, Pinxten (Strong 70), Dorado, McLaughlin (Tesevic 45), Walker, Scott, Adams, Tierney, Pereira (Snodgrass 45), McPake. Subs Not Used: Roy, Dorrans, Miller, Adam.

Booked: Pereira, Walker, Dorado.

Falkirk: Glennon, Lawrie, Rodrigues, Ireland, McPherson, Steven Thomson, Lima, O'Neil (O Donnell 89), Latapy, McBreen (McSween 84), Duffy. Subs Not Used: Hill, MacKenzie, Andy Thomson, Milne, Manson.

Goals: Latapy 28, Duffy 72.

Att: 4,052

Ref: E Smith




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