Spi­ders shock high-fly­ing Livi

Sin­gle goal is enough for Queen’s Park

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Queen’s Park hero Ai­den Malone ad­mits he’ll have to fight it out with team-mate Adam Cum­mins to claim the goal that knocked Liv­ingston off top spot.

Part-time Spi­ders scored the only goal of the game in 25 min­utes when Dar­ren Miller’s cor­ner to the back post was fired goal­wards by Malone and de­flected into the net, writes Paul Thom­son.

Re­play footage sug­gested Cum­mins may have got the fi­nal touch with his knee and Malone, who was cred­ited with the goal, said: “I don’t know why de­fend­ers claim goals, they should just be happy it’s gone in.

“The ball has come to the back post and I’ve helped it back in. For me, the keeper has tried to get to it and palmed it in and Adam’s fell on the ball.

“I ran away cel­e­brat­ing, but now Adam is say­ing it’s his but I didn’t see that.

“If it’s his, it’s his - I don’t care. It’s the three points that mat­ter.

“Livi are a hard team to play against, but we done well.

“They are full-time and should be fit­ter than us, but I didn’t see that.

“We got the early goal and had to see it out at the end. I felt we dealt well with that pres­sure.”

League One pace­set­ters Livi had won three on the bounce go­ing into this, scor­ing 13 times, and Malone’s ef­fort is the first goal they have con­ceded in nearly five hours of foot­ball.

In 38 min­utes Alan Lith­gow had a great chance to equalise when he rose high­est to meet Nicky Cad­den’s floated free-kick into the box, but he headed well wide.

Miller should have dou­bled Spi­ders’ ad­van­tage on the hour mark when Cum­mins slipped him through but his side­foot shot was turned away by Li­ons keeper Liam Kelly.

Lack­lus­tre Livi were forced to take pot­shots from dis­tance for much of the sec­ond half.

But in 76 min­utes they thought they had pulled level when Sean Crighton’s cross was headed home by Josh Mullin, only for the flag to be raised for off­side.

Spi­ders hung on to claim their first home league win of the sea­son and move within five points of lead­ers Al­loa.

Malone added: “We go into ev­ery game as un­der­dogs, but we don’t fear any­body and we fight for each other.

“There’s no in­di­vid­u­als in this team and I be­lieve we will do well this sea­son.”

Af­ter slip­ping to third in the ta­ble, livid Li­ons boss David Hop­kin hit out the of­fi­cials for rul­ing out Mullin’s header.

He said: “I’ve watched the re­play and I don’t know how the lines­man can give that as off­side.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing. I will be cut­ting and clip­ping a few things to send to the ref­eree.

“When a per­fectly good goal is chopped off I’ve got to start ask­ing ques­tions.”

Win­ner Sean Burns and Adam Cum­mins con­grat­u­late Ai­den Malone on his goal

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