A double for striker Kenny Deuchar and an own goal from ex-Lion Devon Jacobs ensured Livingson advanced into the third round of the Ramsdens Cup, and kept our long-running unbeaten home record intact.
The Lions never looked under threat at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium, with Rory Boulding setting up Deuchar after 23 minutes to open the scoring. The big striker casually stroked the ball into the bottom corner after being superbly played in one on one with Stirling ‘keeper Sam Filler.
The former Gretna and Falkirk front man was on the score sheet again only minutes later, when Stefan Scougall completed a fine move by squaring the ball across the penalty box for Deuchar, who was on hand to tap the ball in from three yards.
The home crowd had barely sat down again before the Lions made it three, and it was an unfortunate moment for Devon Jacobs, returning to Livi for the first time since his move to Stirling Albion in the summer.
Boulding’s tricky ball across the six-yard box was difficult to deal with, and could only be flicked into his own net by Jacobs.
The second half was host to less in the way of chances, but in the closing stages Livi managed to notch another two goals. Gary Thom could only turn a crossed ball from the right into his own net, before Deuchar completed his hat trick.
With the ball spinning high in the air above the six yard box, Deuchar overcame challenges from two defenders and goalkeeper to nod the ball home, becoming the first ever Livingston player to score two hat tricks for the club.
The final whistle sounded moments later, with the Lions through to the next round to face Berwick Rangers in the competition’s quarter finals.
Livingston: McNeil, Brown, MacDonald, Sinclair, C.Barr (Travis 46), Watson, Ky.Jacobs, Kn.Jacobs (R.Gray 68), Deuchar, Boulding (McNulty 55), Scougall
Subs not used: Fox, Jamieson
Stirling Albion: Filler, D.Jacobs (Cook 75), Ashe, Dillon, Crawley, Thom, McPherson, Hunter (Davieson 75), Brass, Smith (Flood 74), Bonar
Subs not used: Reidford, McCulloch
Ref: I Brines
David Sinclair receives his Man of the Match award.
Match report by Calum Leslie