Away win keeps Liv­ingston in fifth

Slow start but it all came good

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Por­to­bello ........... 12 Liv­ingston............ 26

Alis­tair Knox Liv­ingston kept hold of sole pos­ses­sion of fifth place in the East League Di­vi­sion One table thanks to a fine vic­tory away at Por­to­bello.

The Al­mond Park side en­tered the day level with their op­po­nents on 29 points, as well as near neigh­bours Lin­lith­gow Reds, but a fine dis­play saw them pick up their seventh win of the sea­son.

Af­ter a scrappy first quar­ter, the game burst into life as Mar­ius To­ma­saitis used all of his brute force to bun­dle his way over the try line although the con­ver­sion was missed.

Just when things ap­peared to be­ing go­ing Livi’s way Por­to­bello cre­ated a try out of noth­ing through Chris Bri­teeS­teer although he would miss the ex­tra two points as the teams went into the break tied at 5-5 but the hosts had the ad­van­tage as Tamo­saitis was shown a yel­low card sec­onds be­fore the whis­tle.

How­ever, it was Livi who would get the first score of the sec­ond half as Ryan Craig Dou­glas broke clear be­fore pass­ing to Glen Mushet for the easy try.

The scores were level at 12-12 shortly af­ter, though, as Porty man­aged a break­out try of their own. Still play­ing against 14 men, the game ap­peared to be there’s for the tak­ing.

Liv­ingston had other ideas, though, and would see out a spell of pres­sure be­fore tak­ing the lead for the third time in the con­test as John Bru­ton darted down the blind-side be­fore he was able to off-load to Ja­son Watt for a try un­der the posts.

Shortly af­ter get­ting them­selves in front once again, they would wrap the game up as Ben Shearer in­ter­cepted a pass with the hosts look­ing to draw level and ran the length of the pitch for the try.

Livi are at home this week­end as they take on RHC Cougars. Kick-off is 2pm.

East League Div 1

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De­light Liv­ingston got the bet­ter of Por­to­bello

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