Pandemonium as Parkes heads home last gasp winner!
Livingston picked up a vital three points on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Ross County in Dingwall thanks to substitute Tom Parkes’ 95th minute winner.
Livingston got off to the worst possible start as The Staggies took the lead after just 7 minutes. The ball broke to Harry Clarke around 30 yards from goal, and the on-loan Arsenal defender drove forward before striking a brilliant low effort into the bottom corner, leaving Stryjek with no chance.
On 24 minutes, Ross County were awarded a penalty when Ayo Obileye brought down Regan Charles-Cook inside the box. Former Livi striker Jordan White stepped up to take the spot kick, but saw his effort saved by Max Stryjek who got down well to his left-hand side to push away, keeping the score at 1-0.
This would prove to be a turning point in the game, and it seemed to spark The Lions into life. With their first chance of the match, Livingston equalised just after the half hour mark. Jack Fitzwater’s sublime cross-field pass found Sean Kelly who picked out Bruce Anderson in the box with a brilliant delivery. Free as a bird, Anderson headed beyond Maynard-Brewer to level the match and net his fifth goal of the season.
Two minutes before the break, Livingston took the lead – and what a way to do so! Odin Bailey produced some individual magic as he was given the ball by Scott Pittman. He shifted it on to his left foot and bent an incredible effort right into the top corner to make it two goals in two games.
Half time: Ross County 1-2 Livingston
County came out for the second half fired up, and enjoyed the majority of possession. Joseph Hungbo was proving a real danger on the right wing, and threatened to produce a moment of magic himself. He did exactly that when he won his side their second penalty of the afternoon on 67 minutes, forcing Sean Kelly into tripping him inside the area.
Ross Callachan grabbed the ball to take from 12 yards after White’s earlier miss, and made no mistake as he netted the equaliser. Stryjek got his foot to the ball, but the tame effort from Callachan sneaked in.
It looked as if Malky Mackay’s side would go on to win the game given their second half display and the momentum of the equalising goal, and it was beginning to appear as if it wasn’t going to be Livingston’s day with Jack Fitzwater and Stephane Omeonga being forced off through injury and concussion.
But, right at the death, Livingston grabbed a monumental winning goal which sparked elation amongst the travelling fans. Alan Forrest’s free kick was put into a dangerous area, and substitute Tom Parkes rose above everyone to head into the back of the net on his Premiership debut.
The goal could prove a vital three points in Livi’s season, and makes it back to back top flight away wins for the first time in 19 years!
Match Report: Calum Brown
Ross County: Maynard-Brewer, Baldwin, H.Paton, Spittal (Robertson 59), Callachan, Iacovitti, Charles-Cook, Clarke, Hungbo, B.Paton ▊, White (D.Samuel 70)
Subs not used: Laidlaw, Cancola, A.Samuel, Watson, Burroughs
Goals: Clarke (7), Callachan (67 pen)
Livingston: Stryjek, Devlin ▊, Obileye ▊, Fitzwater (Parkes 74), Kelly, Holt, Pittman, Omeonga ▊ (Williamson 83), Bailey (McMillan 77), Montaño (Forrest 63), Anderson
Subs not used: Maley, Sibbald, Kabia
Goals: Anderson (31), Bailey (43), Parkes (90)
Referee: Euan Anderson