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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 May 2006, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Falkirk 1-0 Livingston
McBreen wheels away after netting the winner
McBreen wheels away after netting the winner
Falkirk ended their season on a high after they claimed only their second home victory of the campaign.

Neither side could claim the upper hand during a dire first half which rendered both goalkeepers almost redundant.

Daniel McBreen scored the only goal of the game when he headed home an Alan Gow free-kick.

Livingston are now officially the worst team in SPL history after finishing the season with 18 points - three fewer than St Johnstone managed in 2001/02.

In a dull encounter, Falkirk demonstrated why they had won only once previously in front of their own fans in the SPL, while the Lions showed why they will be playing in the First Division next season.

Falkirk had the better of a scrappy start to the game and amid some decent passing sequences, Pedro Moutinho had a speculative drive after eight minutes but Roddy McKenzie saved comfortably.

The visitors were shooting into a strong wind which curtailed their attacking instincts but as the game unfolded they began to enjoy their fair share of possession.

Livingston's well-drilled offside trap was catching the home side out but as a spectacle the game was hardly entertaining.

The game was crying out for a touch of inspiration and it almost arrived when Bairns striker Alan Gow robbed Allan Walker in the 27th minute at the edge of the Livi penalty area.

Unfortunately his through ball to McBreen was over-hit, allowing McKenzie to race from his line and gather.

Livingston made an encouraging start to the second half when Whelan chested a ball down to Graeme Dorrans at the edge of the Falkirk penalty area only a minute after the restart.

Although the shot was on target, Howard was perfectly placed to save.

In the 57th minute Moutinho had another go from 20 yards out after Gow had helped create some space but again McKenzie was untroubled.

Shortly after, Patrick Cregg floated a free-kick from the left over to the unmarked McBreen at the back post but the Bairns striker could only head into the side netting.

At the other end, Wes Hoolahan slammed a free-kick from 25 yards just over the bar before being immediately substituted for Robert Snodgrass.

The tedium was finally broken after 74 minutes when the home side took the lead.

A free-kick from the right by Gow was met at the near post by McBreen who thundered a close-range header past the helpless McKenzie.

It was the first time the Almondvale defence had been caught napping all afternoon and they were almost undone again moments later, when Vitor Lima's long-range shot from 60 yards beat McKenzie but landed on top of the net.

Falkirk: Howard, Ross, Dodds, Lescinel (Churchill 69), Milne, Cregg, Lima, O'Donnell (Craig 55), Moutinho, Gow, McBreen (Scobie 77). Subs Not Used: Ferguson, Lawrie, Scally, Rodrigues.

Booked: Dodds.

Goal: McBreen 74.

Livingston: McKenzie, McNamee (Tierney 64), Strong, Mackay, Miller, Brittain, Healy, Walker, Hoolahan (Snodgrass 67), Whelan (Hislop 60), Dorrans. Subs Not Used: Woods, Adams, Scott, Weir.

Booked: McNamee, Miller.

Att: 5,355

Ref: C Richmond


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