The Staggies lost at home for the first time this season after a lightening start by Livingston at the Global Energy Stadium. Gary Holt’s team raced in to 3 goal lead in the opening 26 minutes to give the Staggies an uphill challenge in maintaining their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Livi’s opening goal came with only 3 minutes on the clock. A freekick picked out Guthrie at the back post and the unmarked Livi player headed back across goal and past Laidlaw to send the Almondvale side on their way to victory.
The second goal would come 11 minutes later. This time a long throw caused a scramble in the Staggies box with the ball falling to Steven Lawless. The Livi player firing his effort from 10 yards through a crowd of players and beyond Laidlaw as it squirmed in at the back post.
Moments after the second goal there was an injury concern for Ross County. Liam Fontaine suffering with a tight hamstring meaning he was replaced by Keith Watson. Barely 5 minutes had passed from the substitution when Livingston struck their third. Again, it was a goal mouth scramble in the Staggies box this time it was Lyndon Dykes who managed to tuck an effort beyond a helpless Laidlaw.
Shortly after, Livingston’s Stobbs came on for his debut as Scott Robinson was forced off due to injury. The Staggies managed to get themselves a lifeline on the stroke of half time. A neat ball from Billy McKay played behind the Livingston back line was latched on to by Ross Stewart. Stewart took a touch before tapping the ball past the keeper and giving the Staggies in attendance hope of a comeback.
Livingston killed the game off only 5 minutes after the break. In a swift counter-attacking move a ball was played over the County back line from the left and picked out Stobbs at the back post, who rifled a first-time volley in to the top corner giving Laidlaw no chance to get a hand to it.
Billy McKay almost managed to bag a second goal for County just after the hour. McKay driving from just inside the Livi half towards goal but his final shot was well pushed round the post for a County corner.
The Staggies kept looking for a way back in to the game but a resolute Livingston proved a challenge for the home strike-force. The Staggies look to get back to winning ways next week when we travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen.