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MetiNews.Com - Livingston dominated St Mirren in Paisley but could not find any end product and left empty handed
Breaking News ! Competitive football returned to Scotland today but St Mirren managed to keep a dominant Livingston locked down in Paisley. Richard Tait's diving header was a good enough goal to win any game but Livingston will head home to West Lothian knowing this is one that they really should have taken points away from. The Lions lined up for the season opener with a three at the back, with Aaron Taylor Sinclair, Jon Guthrie and Jack Fitzwater, whilst Efe Ambrose and Nicky Devlin operated in wing back roles. Read More Related Articles Jack Fitzwater hoping experience in England will stand him in good stead in the Premiership this season Marvin Bartley, Craig Sibbald and Scott Pittman made up a three man midfield and Lyndon Dykes led the line with the Alan Forrest playing just off him to make up a new looking Livingston side for 2020/21. The Lions came out strong and dominated the opening proceddings. The ball was in St Mirren's half for the most part of the first ten minutes as Livingston bossed the game. Lyndon Dykes seemed to be winning everything in the air and Alan Forrest's pace was causing the Saints real problems. On 25th minute, Nicky Devlin switched the ball from right to left and Efe Ambrose picked it up and came inside before unleashing a 30-yard effort that Jack Alnwick did well to catch. Jack Fitzwater whipped in a delightful cross on the half hour mark that just needed a touch to direct it into the net but the ball evaded Lyndon Dykes and the onrushing Efe Ambrose. Just as it looked as if it was a matter of time for Livingston to go ahead the Saints took a shock lead against the run of play.
. A speculative shot from 30 yards by Craig Sibbald on the 43rd minute had the goalkeeper, Jack Alnwick, beaten but the shot rattled off the woodwork.
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The Lions went in one down at half time but with Gary Holt's words ringing in their ears the players came out for the second half in good form again. Alan Forrest's jinking run on the byline on 49 miutes ended with a deflected shot that just went round the post and out for a corner. On 55 minutes another fizzing cross from Jack Fitzwater was met by Nicky Devlin but the full back could not make a proper connection. Just minutes later Devlin raced into the box, toward the byline and his attempted cross looked like it came off a Saint Mirren defender but the referee waved away the shouts from the Livingston bench. The game began to fizzle out somewhat and Livingston subs Salim Kouider-Aissa, Scott Robinson and Aymen Souda came on but could make little difference. St Mirren had a few chances toward the end, and managed to hit the post, as the Lions pushed forward and left holes in their defence. Livingston kept at it right until the end and Scott Pittman nearly stole a draw with a shot form the edge of the box at the death. The Lions will hope their superiority shines in future and there are not too many games like this one in the new season.
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