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Peterhead sink to bottom of League 1 after Livi loss

Sat 29 Apr 2017

LIVINGSTON 4-1 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead's dreadful season hit a new low at Livingston. Literally.

A heavy defeat in West Lothian saw the Blue Toon sink to the foot of League 1, beneath Stenhousemuir, who beat Queen's Park.

It all means Jim McInally's men have just one game left to try and save themselves from demotion to Scottish football's bottom tier.

But their fate is out of their own hands because even if they manage a win over Alloa next week, it will not be enough to avoid the drop should Stenny see off Brechin.

What a mess.

The optimists would have said this was an ideal time to face Livi - already champions, seemingly little to play for, the trophy to come post-match and bubbly to crack open.

The contest was truly done and dusted by half time though.

David Hopkin's team raced into a three goal interval lead and the Blue Toon were never coming back from that.

Liam Buchanan, on the shortlist for the League 1 Player of the Year award, had the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a close range finish.

Raffaele De Vita then laid on Scott Pitman, who doubled Livi's lead in the 21st minute to give Peterhead a mountain to climb.

The points were in the bag by the break, Josh Mullin adding a third for the champions in the 42nd minute with a shot from outside the box.

At least Peterhead's hardcore band of supporters had something to cheer just after the hour mark when Jamie Redman found the bottom corner with a fine effort.

It was a merely a consolation strike, with Livingston's Danny Mullen, another contender for the league's top player prize, completing the scoring with a rising shot with nine minutes remaining.

So it's on to next week.

A Peterhead win, coupled with a Stenhousemuir draw or defeat, is required...just to make the relegation play-offs.