Livingston 5-1 Stranraer: Match Report

06 August 2016

Livingston kick-off with five-goal win over Stranraer

Liam Buchanan and Scott Pitman bagged braces as Livingston opened the Ladbrokes League One season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Stranraer at Almondvale.

Pitman gave the home side a dream start, firing high into the net past Cameron Belford after being teed up by Shaun Byrne in the fifth minute, before Danny Mullen produced an excellent curling strike into the top right corner to double the Lions' advantage 19 minutes later.

Craig Malcolm's low right-footed finish halved the deficit 10 minutes into the second half but substitute Buchanan put the result beyond doubt with a 72nd-minute penalty into the bottom left corner after he was fouled by Steven Bell.

Buchanan slammed the ball low past Belford to claim his second three minutes from time before Pitman fired home at the death after Liam Watt's header came back off the crossbar.

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