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Motherwell 3-2 Livingston: David Turnbull double proves decisive

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Highlights: Motherwell 3-2 Livingston

Motherwell survived Livingston's fightback from 3-0 down in a crazy Scottish Premiership game featuring three first-half penalties - two of them missed inside a minute.

David Turnbull's double, including a spot-kick, added to Liam Donnelly's opener to have the hosts in control.

Livingston striker Ryan Hardie and Turnbull had penalties saved just before half-time.

Substitute Scott Tiffoney scored twice late on but Livingston could not level.

Motherwell were guaranteed seventh place and Livingston had already secured ninth, but both threw off the shackles to treat the fans to an end-of-season thriller.

The hosts finish with their highest points total in five years, while Livingston's total of 44 is their second best ever in the top flight.

It could have been even better had Dolly Menga snatched a late draw with a powerful drive that dropped inches wide.

Livingston roar back after defensive calamities

Livingston's successful first campaign in the top flight has been built on a solid defence, but they were a shambles at Fir Park.

Donnelly was left in acres of space to glance home a Turnbull free-kick for the 10th-minute opener and the visitors did not learn their lesson.

Motherwell were slicing through them at will and striker James Scott flashed a drive inches wide, before having a shot clawed behind for a corner by goalkeeper Ross Stewart. The danger was not over, though, as the set-piece was rolled into the box and Turnbull was left completely unmarked to sidefoot home.

It was 3-0 a couple of minutes later as Craig Sibbald's clumsy challenge on Gboly Ariyibi was penalised and Turnbull sent the penalty straight down the middle.

That was just the start of the spot-kick madness. Tom Aldred slid in to halt Ricki Lamie's surging run into the box and give Livingston a penalty shortly before the break. Hardie opted for low and hard but Mark Gillespie guessed correctly and dived to his right to make a fine save.

Motherwell broke straight upfield with Ariyibi leading the charge on the left. The winger played in Turnbull and the out-rushing Stewart clipped the midfielder's heels on the edge of the box. The Livingston goalkeeper made amends, though, by saving Turnbull's weak spot-kick.

After the frenzied first half, the second was a tame affair until Tiffoney took centre stage.

The 20-year-old bundled home from a couple of yards after Gillespie did well to keep out a Lee Miller header during an aerial bombardment from the visitors. Tiffoney's second was a classy angled finish inside the far post after he eased past David Devine.

That set up a frantic finale and fellow sub Menga almost rescued a point when he bent a drive narrowly past the post.

Substitute Scott Tiffoney scored twice in the second half
Substitute Scott Tiffoney scored twice in the second half

'We aren't going to stand in his way' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "We are a club that sells players, so if a club comes in with the right offer then we aren't going to stand in David Turnbull's way.

"I said to him today to go and show people how well you can press the ball because we know how good you are on it. Him and Alan Campbell did that very well and we will enjoy him whilst he is here."

Livingston manager Gary Holt: "I'm delighted for everybody associated with the football club. The last four or five games haven't been ideal but when you're already safe there is going to be a little lull.

"The season is something we can be incredibly proud of and we will look to build for next year."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 18DunneSubstituted forDevineat 62'minutes
  • 5Aldred
  • 22Donnelly
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 28Turnbull
  • 8Campbell
  • 2TaitSubstituted forCorneliusat 78'minutes
  • 7Cadden
  • 35Scott
  • 12AriyibiSubstituted forMcHughat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 4McHugh
  • 19Sammon
  • 24Johnson
  • 34Devine
  • 38Cornelius
  • 39Semple

Livingston

  • 20Stewart
  • 14Odoffin
  • 4Lithgow
  • 3Lamie
  • 15Lawless
  • 8Pittman
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forMengaat 68'minutes
  • 6ByrneSubstituted forDe Vitaat 79'minutes
  • 31Gallagher
  • 9HardieSubstituted forTiffoneyat 62'minutes
  • 18Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Jacobs
  • 12Maley
  • 17Robinson
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 23De Vita
  • 33Lawson
  • 45Menga
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
5,794

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Livingston 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Livingston 2.

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Livingston) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).

Ricki Lamie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Carl McHugh replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

Attempt missed. Dolly Menga (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dean Cornelius.

Attempt blocked. Scott Tiffoney (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dolly Menga.

Attempt blocked. James Scott (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dolly Menga.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Livingston 2. Scott Tiffoney (Livingston) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. James Scott (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Livingston 1. Scott Tiffoney (Livingston) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Declan Gallagher following a corner.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Attempt saved. Alan Lithgow (Livingston) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Raffaele De Vita replaces Shaun Byrne.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dean Cornelius replaces Richard Tait.

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dolly Menga (Livingston).

Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).

Ricki Lamie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Dolly Menga replaces Craig Sibbald.

Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Livingston).

Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).

Hakeem Odoffin (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Hakeem Odoffin (Livingston) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Alan Lithgow (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Tiffoney replaces Ryan Hardie.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. David Devine replaces Charles Dunne.

Attempt missed. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37266575195684
2Rangers37239581255678
3Kilmarnock371810948301864
4Aberdeen371971155431264
5Hibernian3714121150371354
6Hearts37156164148-751
7St Johnstone38157163848-1052
8Motherwell38156174656-1051
9Livingston381111164244-244
10Hamilton3896232875-4733
11St Mirren3888223466-3232
12Dundee3856273178-4721
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