Stenhousemuir 1-3 Livingston: Three goals in seven minutes secure progress after early fright

Livingston's Steven Bradley scores
Steven Bradley scored his first goals since joining Livingston from Hibernian

Livingston scored three times in seven minutes to come from behind against League 2 hosts Stenhousemuir and avoid a Scottish Cup fourth-round exit.

Centre-half Nicky Jamieson rose to head Stenhousemuir ahead against the run of play from a first-half corner.

But Scott Pittman fired the Premiership side level just after the break.

Fellow midfielder Steven Bradley sent a thunderous free-kick past goalkeeper Jay Cantley before running through to slot his second.

A third straight away win means Livingston retained their record of never having lost at Ochilview since their previous incarnation, Meadowbank Thistle, lost there in 1995.

Jason Holt and Scott Pittman had started instead of fellow midfielder Stephane Omeonga and defender Sean Kelly as Livingston manager David Martindale adopted an attacking formation against hosts who sit seventh in the fourth tier.

Gary Naysmith’s side had only won twice in their previous eight outings – and twice in eight at home – and were content to sit back and try to hit the top-flight visitors on the break.

The strategy appeared to be working when they went ahead with their first foray forward after 26 minutes, Jamieson rising at the front post to meet a Matty Yates corner.

It had home fans dreaming of their giant-killing acts of 1995, when they beat top-flight St Johnstone and Aberdeen to reach the quarter-finals.

Cantley had replaced Curtis Lyle in goal for the hosts despite the latter’s loan from Kilmarnock being renewed and the 20-year-old was rarely troubled – until whatever Martindale told his players at the break turned the game.

The young goalkeeper was beaten by Pittman’s low drive from the edge of the penalty box before a quickfire double from Bradley – his first since his recent switch from Hibernian.

The midfielder sent a stunning 18-yard free-kick flashing past Cantley before firing low into the corner shortly after.

Player of the match – Steven Bradley (Livingston)

Livingston's Steven Bradley celebrates
In what was a workmanlike Livingston performance, Steven Bradley stood out with two clinical finishes



Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Cantley
  • 15Corbett
  • 4HigginsSubstituted forForbesat 71′minutes
  • 25Jamieson
  • 3YeatsSubstituted forWalkerat 87′minutes
  • 11Brown
  • 8Miller
  • 6WedderburnBooked at 58minsSubstituted forSpeirsat 71′minutes
  • 16O’ReillySubstituted forCrightonat 71′minutes
  • 9OrrSubstituted forSewellat 71′minutes
  • 10YatesBooked at 44mins


  • 1Smith
  • 2Walker
  • 5Crighton
  • 7Forbes
  • 12Speirs
  • 17Anderson
  • 19Sewell


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1George
  • 2Devlin
  • 5FitzwaterSubstituted forObileyeat 82′minutes
  • 15Boyes
  • 29PenriceSubstituted forLongridgeat 82′minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forBahamboulaat 65′minutes
  • 18Holt
  • 8Pittman
  • 16Bradley
  • 9AndersonSubstituted forGuthrieat 73′minutes
  • 17Kelly


  • 3Longridge
  • 6Obileye
  • 7Bahamboula
  • 11Montaño
  • 23De Lucas
  • 24Kelly
  • 28Guthrie
  • 32Hamilton
  • 33Oméonga

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Player of the match

KellyStephen Kelly


  1. Squad number25Player nameJamieson

  2. Squad number10Player nameYates

  3. Squad number8Player nameMiller

  4. Squad number11Player nameBrown

  5. Squad number3Player nameYeats

  6. Squad number15Player nameCorbett

  7. Squad number6Player nameWedderburn

  8. Squad number5Player nameCrighton

  9. Squad number7Player nameForbes

  10. Squad number16Player nameO’Reilly

  11. Squad number9Player nameOrr

  12. Squad number4Player nameHiggins

  13. Squad number20Player nameCantley

  14. Squad number12Player nameSpeirs

  15. Squad number2Player nameWalker

  16. Squad number19Player nameSewell


  1. Squad number17Player nameKelly

  2. Squad number9Player nameAnderson

  3. Squad number18Player nameHolt

  4. Squad number15Player nameBoyes

  5. Squad number2Player nameDevlin

  6. Squad number29Player namePenrice

  7. Squad number22Player nameShinnie

  8. Squad number16Player nameBradley

  9. Squad number8Player namePittman

  10. Squad number1Player nameGeorge

  11. Squad number7Player nameBahamboula

  12. Squad number5Player nameFitzwater

  13. Squad number6Player nameObileye

  14. Squad number3Player nameLongridge

  15. Squad number28Player nameGuthrie

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