Livingston’s Sheerin-Buchanan partnership blossoms

Liam Buchanan, right, grabbed a brace for Livingston at Alloa. Pic: SNS
Liam Buchanan, right, grabbed a brace for Livingston at Alloa. Pic: SNS
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Livingston forward Jordyn Sheerin says he and team-mate Liam Buchanan have the makings of a good strike partnership after the duo’s goals lifted the club off the foot of the table.

The Lions racked up their first league victory of the season on Saturday to leapfrog opponents Alloa, who now drop to the bottom of the Championship on goal difference.

Livi were a cut above the Clackmannanshire outfit and the margin of victory could have been far more damaging for the Wasps. Livi carved open the home defence at will with frontman Buchanan, who netted an impressive brace against his former side, proving a real handful all day.

Sheerin, who scored the second goal of the afternoon in what was his first league start since making the move from Junior club Musselburgh Athletic in the summer, was impressed by his pal’s performance and the 26-year-old says both he and Buchanan can compliment one another in the games ahead.

“I think we did really well linking up for the first goal where Liam’s done brilliant to finish it,” Sheerin said. “I think we can do well together. We’ve clicked straight away to be honest.

“Even off the park we’re good pals so I think that just transpires on to it. It’s always good to get on the scoresheet and help your strike partner out as well.

“We’ve been playing well but not getting the results we’ve wanted. To come here and get the points, score three goals and keep a clean sheet – it’s a great feeling. Things are coming together now for myself and I’m finding it easier every week. I’m really grateful for the management bringing me here and giving me a chance.

“Coming off the bench a couple of weeks ago against Morton and scoring has given me that confidence that I can do it at this level.”

Manager Mark Burchill handed new goalkeeper Marc McCallum a place from the start, Darren Jamieson having to settle for a place on the subs’ bench.

And it was the on-loan Dundee United player who had to look lively as Iain Flannigan was all set to unleash an effort from close range before Declan Gallagher’s terrific last-ditch tackle prevented his opponent from getting the shot away.

The visitors first threatened from a Ross Millen corner that was met by former Wasps defender Ben Gordon, his powerful header forcing a point-blank save from David Crawford in the Alloa goal.

Michael Chopra then tried his luck from distance that forced McCallum to tip the former Sunderland striker’s net-bound drive over the crossbar.

That was as good as it got for the home side, though, as Livi took the lead after 23 minutes Sheerin found space just inside the opposition’s half before threading the ball into the path of Buchanan, who despite being forced wide by a defender, found the angle with a blistering strike into the far corner from just 
inside the penalty area.

Alloa almost restored parity on the stroke of half-time when Jackson Longridge cleared Mikk Reintam’s header from a Flannigan corner off the line.

But Livi capitalised on their superiority when Millen’s pinpoint cross just before the hour mark was met by Sheerin, who volleyed home from close range to double the visitors’ lead.

Buchanan’s cross then picked out the advancing run of substitute Hugo Faria and from his cut-back, the ball just evaded the head of the Gary Glen as Livi went in search of a third.

And with the home defence having committed players forward in one last-ditch attempt to reduce their arrears, Buchanan finished the job in fine style when he gained possession just inside the Alloa half before sprinting clear from the attention of two defenders and finishing astutely beyond the helpless Crawford.

Alloa: D Crawford, McAusland 
(Williams 67), Reintam, Hamilton, Hill, Flannigan (Holmes 68), O’Brien (Ferns) 67), McManus, R Crawford, Duffy, Chopra. Unused subs: McNeil, Paun, Hetherington, Layne.

Livingston: McCallum, Millen, Gallagher, Gordon, Longridge, Glen (Georgiev 80), Pittman, Cole, Hippolyte (Faria 62), Sheerin (White 80), Buchanan. Unused subs: Jamieson, Neill, Gibbons, Currie.

Referee: M Northcroft

Attendance: 622