Scottish League Cup: Livingston suffers shock defeat to Alloa as Dundee United almost qualify

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Charlie Mulgrew (center) scored the game-winning goal for Dundee United against Arbroath

Elite Livingston have taken a heavy blow to their hopes of reaching the Scottish League Cup round of 16 after losing 2-1 to Ligue 1 Alloa Athletic.

The visitors, who had been weakened by infection and Covid-19 disease, lost two goals in the last eight minutes.

Dundee United are almost qualified after beating Arbroath 1-0 to claim a third consecutive group stage victory.

Top-flight Motherwell had to come back two fewer goals to beat Queen of the South 3-2 for her second in a row.

Dunfermline Athletic recorded the biggest win of the day, beating Dumbarton 5-1 to overtake St Mirren on goal difference at the top of Group H, while Ligue 2 side Stirling Albion held Inverness second tier Caledonian Thistle away before taking the bonus point after the penalty shootout.

Striker Bruce Anderson’s arrival at close range had given Livingston a lead at Indodrill Stadium, but defender Scott Taggart shot at Alloa’s level before prolific midfielder Alan Trouten won. from the penalty spot after Ayo Obileye fouled Cameron O’Donnell.

Cowdenbeath lead three points over Livingston and equalize with Raith Rovers in Group D after striker Kris Renton’s second goal of the game with one minute remaining gave the Ligue 2 side a victory after the Lowland League visitors Brechin City lost a 2-1 lead and had defenseman Iain Davidson sent off.

A smart free-kick from former Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew after 21 minutes was enough to secure victory for Tannadice as Dundee United survived late pressure from Arbroath to take a three point lead over second-place visitors.

Also in Group B, striker Nathan Austin’s brace helped Ligue 2 newcomers Kelty Hearts to an impressive 3-0 home win over above league visitors East Fife.

Two goals in the final four minutes of the first half from Queen of the South midfielder Michael Paton, a header to the back post followed by a 20-yard run, put Motherwell in trouble at Fir Park.

However, forward Tony Watt scored a reply for the Premiership side shortly after the break, defender Ricki Lamie equalized with a header and, two minutes later, the summer signing of Kaiyne Wollery, the former England forward. Tranmere Rovers, completed the comeback.

The win puts Motherwell at the top of Group F, while Queen’s Park is second by two points despite missing the bonus point with a penalty shootout loss to the Airdrieonians after a 0-0 draw.

Goals from forward Dylan Mackin and winger Kieran Moore gave Stirling a 2-0 lead in Inverness before midfielder Roddy MacGregor retaliated before the break and forward Shane Sutherland equalized.

That leaves Hearts, who was game-free this weekend, two points behind Caley Thistle in Group A.

Kilmarnock is back in Group G after winning 2-1 over Clyde after dropping points in his first game against East Kilbride for fielding a suspended player, but Stranraer is in the lead after the League team 2 defeated East Kilbride 1-0.

Defender Jamie Hamilton, a late winner against Falkirk, puts the Hamilton Academical championship team above Ayr United and their hosts at the top of Group E.

Aberdeen’s latest loaned midfielder Mark Gallagher for Forfar Athletic away from Brora Rangers puts the Ligue 2 side two points clear at the top of Group B, although Dundee’s elite have a match in hand.

Scottish League Cup results

group A

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-2 Stirling Albion (2-3 on pens)

Peterhead Rangers 3-1 Cove

Group B

Dundee United 1-0 Arbroath

Kelty Hearts 3-0 East Fife

Group C

Brora Rangers 0-1 Forfar Athletic

Group D

Alloa Athletic 2-1 Livingston

Cowdenbeath 3-2 Town of Brechin

Group E

Albion Rovers 1-1 Edinburgh City (5-4 on pens)

Falkirk 1-2 Hamilton Academic

Group F

Motherwell 3-2 Queen of the South

Queen’s Park 0-0 Airdrieonians (3-4 on the pens)

Group G

Clyde 1-2 Kilmarnock

Stranraer 1-0 Kilbride East

Group H

Dunfermline Athletic 5-1 Dumbarton

Stenhousemuir 1-2 Thistle Partick