Pars 2 Livi 2

Last updated : 04 January 2004 By Dov

Makel V Pars 2-2
Lee Makel puts Livi 2-1 up
Livingston could and should have returned to Almondvale with all three points, but some determined play by the Pars and some poor play from Livi’s defence made sure that the spoils were shared at East End Park today. Livingston went ahead on 15 minutes when David McNamee fired the ball into the roof of the Dunfermline net, but that goal was cancelled out when the Pars were awarded a penalty after a moment of madness from Rubio and Nicholson made no mistake by sending McKenzie the wrong way from the penalty.

Lee Makel put the Lions 2-1 up in the 62nd minute but again, the Lions couldn’t hold on to the lead, and Stevie Crawford levelled on the 80th minute.

Livingston manager Davie Hay branded the handball by Oscar Rubio which gave Dunfermline a way back into the match "silly" but admitted a point apiece was about right on the day.

He said: "We started well but Dunfermline crept into it and it was a silly penalty, to say the least, that we gave away. I could hear it from where I was, never mind see it.

"I don't think there was any explanation for it. It allowed them to get the equaliser and they went in at half-time lifted a wee bit after we controlled the early part of the game.

"They were probably the better team at the start of the second half but when we made the changes I thought we took control of the game again.

"When we went 2-1 up I thought maybe we could go on and win it. We hit the post from a free-kick which would have killed it.

"But to be fair to Dunfermline they threw caution to the wind a wee bit to get back in the game and through that they got the equaliser. Probably a point apiece was about right."