Livingston 1-1 Ross County: Late Ayo Obileye header snatches draw


David Cancola's spectacular curling effort was cancelled out by Ayo Obileye's late header
David Cancola’s spectacular curling effort was cancelled out by Ayo Obileye’s late header

Ross County conceded a late goal for the second time in a week as Ayo Obileye’s header snatched a Scottish Premiership draw for Livingston.

The defender nodded in at the back post in the 89th minute to deny County a fourth win in eight games.

It cancelled out David Cancola’s stunning 25-yard strike just before the break which had County ahead.

They were heading three points clear of St Johnstone at the foot of the table, but edge just one ahead instead.

Livingston are five further ahead in eighth place despite being denied a third straight victory.

County also came into the game in good form, having registered 11 points from their last 21 available and pushed Celtic until the 97th minute on Wednesday, when Anthony Ralston’s winner sunk them.

Cancola’s spectacular curling effort on the stroke of half-time had them in control despite a scrappy opening 45 minutes, and they were the width of the bar away from going two goals up in the second half.

But substitute Ross Callachan’s strike cannoned off the woodwork and did not drop in, which left them defending their own box late on from a Livingston side who shelled in crosses, with Nicky Devlin and Alan Forrest testing goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

Jack Fitzwater passed up three good chances with his head across the 90 minutes, and Obileye missed another, before the Londoner charged in at the back post to head in James Penrice’s high, hanging delivery to cruelly punish the visitors.

And Livingston also snatched a winner at the death when Jason Holt’s 20-yard drive flicked off the cross bar with Maynard-Brewer beaten in stoppage time.

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Livingston

  1. Squad number32Player nameStryjek

  2. Squad number2Player nameDevlin

  3. Squad number5Player nameFitzwater

  4. Squad number6Player nameObileye

  5. Squad number29Player namePenrice

  6. Squad number21Player nameMcMillan

  7. Squad number18Player nameHolt

  8. Squad number33Player nameOmeonga

  9. Squad number10Player nameSibbald

  10. Squad number22Player nameShinnie

  11. Squad number17Player nameForrest

  1. Squad number8Player namePittman

  2. Squad number9Player nameAnderson

  3. Squad number14Player nameBailey

Ross County

  1. Squad number31Player nameMaynard-Brewer

  2. Squad number2Player nameRandall

  3. Squad number20Player nameClarke

  4. Squad number5Player nameBaldwin

  5. Squad number3Player nameVokins

  6. Squad number17Player nameCharles-Cook

  7. Squad number22Player nameTillson

  8. Squad number4Player nameCancola

  9. Squad number7Player nameSpittal

  10. Squad number10Player nameSamuel

  11. Squad number26Player nameWhite

  1. Squad number8Player nameCallachan

  2. Squad number15Player nameWatson

  3. Squad number18Player nameBurroughs

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Stryjek
  • 2Devlin
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 6ObileyeBooked at 90mins
  • 29PenriceBooked at 72mins
  • 21McMillanSubstituted forBaileyat 57′minutes
  • 18Holt
  • 33Omeonga
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forPittmanat 70′minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forAndersonat 74′minutes
  • 17Forrest

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 8Pittman
  • 9Anderson
  • 14Bailey
  • 15Panayiotou
  • 24Kelly
  • 36Maley

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Maynard-Brewer
  • 2RandallBooked at 88mins
  • 20Clarke
  • 5BaldwinBooked at 90mins
  • 3Vokins
  • 17Charles-CookBooked at 78minsSubstituted forWatsonat 85′minutes
  • 22Tillson
  • 4CancolaBooked at 34mins
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forBurroughsat 82′minutes
  • 10SamuelSubstituted forCallachanat 66′minutes
  • 26White

Substitutes

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 8Callachan
  • 9Samuel
  • 15Watson
  • 18Burroughs
  • 23Hungbo
  • 24Paton

Referee:
Grant Irvine

Attendance:
2,554

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