Scottish Premiership - Play-off Semi-final - 2nd Leg
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Livingston 1-1 Dundee United (agg 4-3)

Alan Lithgow goal
Alan Lithgow nodded Livi's goal from close range after the United defence failed to deal with a diagonal ball

Livingston booked their place in the Scottish Premiership play-off final thanks to a 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg, Livi hit the front on Friday through Alan Lithgow's close-range header.

Scott Fraser squared it with a brilliant piece of skill and a composed finish from Scott McDonald's pass.

The hosts held on and will face the side finishing 11th in the top flight with a Premiership berth the prize.

The top flight's bottom six teams play their final league fixtures on Saturday with Partick Thistle and Ross County occupying the bottom two places.

Alan Lithgow celebrates
Lithgow grabbed his goal early on to give Livingston the perfect start to the play-off semi-final

Friday's semi-final started in dramatic fashion with some fans still taking their seats when Lithgow grabbed the opener.

Keaghan Jacobs floated a free kick to the back post and when Declan Gallacher nodded it back across goal, Lithgow was there to apply the headed finish from almost on the goal line.

That prompted the visitors into action and they took control with Billy King and Scott McDonald in particular posing huge problems for the home defence.

After 20 minutes United's pressure paid off.

McDonald played a wonderful reverse pass into the path of Fraser who turned Craig Halkett and Lithgow before driving a left-foot shot low beyond keeper Neil Alexander.

The goal gave the sizable band of travelling fans hope but it was the hosts who almost took the lead after the interval.

Jacobs drove forward and sent Scott Pittman through on goal but his shot came back off the base of the post with Jordan Thomson's rebound eventually cleared by the United defence.

King then had a chance for United but after finding space as he drifted in from the left, his angled effort was tipped over.

Scott Fraser goal
Scott Fraser scored an excellent goal to draw Dundee United level on the night

Livingston were then denied what looked a certain penalty when Bilel Mohsni appeared to handle a cross that looked destined for the head of Declan Gallacher.

United began to throw everything at it and substitute Matt Smith had a clear sight of goal but fluffed his effort straight into the arms of Alexander.

Livi substitute Scott Robinson then smashed a cracking effort off the bar as the home side almost killed the game.

But it was at the other end where the West Lothian side sealed their final berth, with Alexander making an excellent block to keep out McDonald's point-blank shot.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Livingston manager David Hopkin: "We had a stonewall penalty on Monday night, we had another tonight. Some of the decisions tonight were baffling - I thought Mohsni could have been off. Things like that infuriate me.

"I'm a very proud man for all my players and my staff. We work very hard in pre-season and look after the players, look after their dietary stuff and do everything we can to make sure they are in tip top condition.

"Neil Alexander had one fantastic save to make but we hit the post, hit the bar and should've had a penalty, so the game should've been out of sight.

Livi manager David Hopkin
David Hopkin was unhappy with some of the officiating despite his Livi side's win

"I have players here who put their body on the line. Our determination and work-rate is top class and has got us to where we are now.

"Whoever we play, they're very good teams even though they're at the bottom of the table. I just want to enjoy tonight."

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo: "The boys tried everything to turn it around and we had a chance late on but didn't get it.

"They also had chances late in the game but that is the risk you take. I wish all the best to Livingston for the next two games.

"We have to bring a team together for next season and try to reach the dream to be in the Premiership. It will be a long summer with a lot of work. I am committed to the club and the most important thing is the club is willing to rebuild things."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 7MullinSubstituted forCaddenat 68'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 6ByrneBooked at 59mins
  • 14Jacobs
  • 3Longridge
  • 18MillerBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 87'minutes
  • 23De VitaSubstituted forThompsonat 19'minutesBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 5Buchanan
  • 11Cadden
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Frizzell
  • 20Maley
  • 24Thompson

Dundee Utd

  • 25Lewis
  • 29RalstonBooked at 44mins
  • 4DurnanBooked at 33mins
  • 91Mohsni
  • 2Murdoch
  • 11King
  • 24GillespieSubstituted forMcMullanat 83'minutes
  • 12StantonBooked at 89mins
  • 10Fraser
  • 8McDonaldBooked at 72mins
  • 9MikkelsenSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 7McMullan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 15Slater
  • 17Robson
  • 28Smith
  • 41Donaldson
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,508

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Dundee United 1.

Booking

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Scott Robinson (Livingston) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Lee Miller.

Lee Miller (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul McMullan replaces Grant Gillespie because of an injury.

Jackson Longridge (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Matthew Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Miller.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Billy King (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

Grant Gillespie (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Anthony Ralston.

Attempt saved. Billy King (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Matthew Smith replaces Thomas Mikkelsen.

Booking

Scott McDonald (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Thompson (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Dundee United).

Booking

Jordan Thompson (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Livingston).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Nicky Cadden replaces Josh Mullin.

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Neil Alexander.

Attempt saved. Billy King (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Lee Miller (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Dundee United).

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Scott McDonald (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

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