First Division: Ten-man Livingston come from behind to sink Falkirk

Falkirk hosted Livingston yesterday to complete the weekend’s fixtures in the First Division and it was a Super Sunday for the Lions as they hit back to win 2-1.

Stuart Murdoch gave the Bairns the lead from the penalty spot 12 minutes from half-time after Paul Watson fouled David Weatherston, but Livingston equalised on 40 minutes when Callum Fordyce headed home a Jordan Morton corner.

The visitors were reduced to ten men four minutes after the restart when Watson halted an Andy Haworth run with a crude challenge. However, Steven Pressley’s side failed to make the numerical advantage tell.

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Darren Dods picked up his second 
yellow card with two minutes to go to make it ten-a-side and Livingston left with all three points when Frenchman Tony Andreu sent home a fierce shot in injury time.

Partick Thistle top the table with four wins out of four as they bounced back from losing to Hamilton in the Scottish Communities League Cup in midweek by defeating the Accies 4-0 at Firhill. The Jags took their time to get into their stride, but the introduction of on-loan Ross County striker Steven Craig for the injured Kris Doolan 11 minutes from half-time helped turned things Thistle’s way.

Sean Welsh edged them ahead just before the break and Jackie McNamara’s side built on that with three goals in the second half.

Craig headed in before Steven Lawless netted from six yards, with new boy Craig rounding off a fine debut after visiting goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert kicked a clearance against him and he tapped the loose ball home.

McNamara beamed: “The first goal came when we were not playing well but it settled us down and gave us an appetite to win the game well.”

Accies manager Billy Reid lamented: “For the first half-an-hour we were the better side but the first goal changed things.”

Dunfermline came out on top of the Fife derby against Raith Rovers 3-1, with the Kirkcaldy side left to rue missing a penalty when the game was goal-less. The Stark’s Park side were awarded the spot-kick when Grant Anderson was fouled. However, Paul Gallacher produced a great save to deny Brian Graham.

The Pars took advantage quickly with Ryan Wallace opening the scoring on 25 minutes and Josh Falkingham heading home to make it two, eight minutes later.

Graham nodded himself on to the scoresheet five minutes into the second half, but Andy Barrowman quickly made it 3-1 to ensure the East End Park side’s victory.

Morton finally got their season up and running with a 3-0 home win over Dumbarton with Archie Campbell getting a hat-trick. He opened the scoring just before half-time, added his second from the penalty spot on 54 minutes and completing his treble after James Creaney was short with a passback.

The striker missed his chance of a fourth when he hit a penalty off the bar in the final minute.

Cowdenbeath won for the third First Division game in a row as they saw off their Airdrie hosts 3-0.

Kyle Miller headed in after five minutes and after the home side’s Mark Warren was sent off in the second half, Lewis Coult and Marc McKenzie added further goals.