Falkirk 0 Livingston 0: Falkirk frozen out by bottom club

Peter Houston saw his side draw a blank for a asecond consecutive game
Peter Houston saw his side draw a blank for a asecond consecutive game

On a night when Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea scored a barrowload, Falkirk and Livingston quite simply didn’t.

For all the endeavour, neat play and goalmouth action the ball refused to fall for either side but particularly the Bairns.

Livingston put the boot into the Bairns and a limping Luke Leahy was the worrying sign for the Bairns at the end of the 90 minutes. As was the prolifigacy in front of goal. For Livi it was the six bookings totted up.

The Bairns piled pressure on the West Lothian side but found Darren Jamieson on inspired form, and their shooting too often wayward.

Blair Aston started on the right foot by battering a shot straight at the goalkeeper from 25yards after a matter of seconds and it was to be the first of many saves for the goalie.

Alex Cooper had the best opening of the first half when he ran onto a Loy through ball and when one-on-one with Jamieson flicked straight at the keeper. The rebound fell kindly for David Smith but the Bairns powerful strike was beaten away by the Livi goalkeeper again.

Rory Loy also had a penalty claim in the first half when he was bundled over chasing an Alan Maybury long ball but the calls were dismissed by Andrew Dallas.

Falkirk were dominant, particularly down the flanks with Smith and Cooper and Craig Sibbald in the middle, but Livingston were happy for a point though n did threaten a couple of times on the break and Jamie MacDonald was quick off his line to clear most, but had to scramble a Jordan White strike away at the second attempt.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Bairns enjoyed most possession without scoring - though they came close.

Jamieson was down low to block a Loy effort close in, and Kyle Jacobs had to head a Will Vaulks diving header off the goal-line as the Bairns pressed. ALex Cooper and Biabi both fizzed efforts high and wide.

Biabi had been pitched in by Peter Houston along with Scott Shepherd to bolster the attack but still no breakthrough came to heat up a cold night at Westfield.