Livingston claim CIS Cup
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Davie Hay's side have endured a difficult season with the financial problems sending the club into administration and many players released in order to cut costs.
However, money worries were the least of their concerns as they claimed a trophy in their first ever major final and upset the favourites in a topsy-turvy game.
Hibs were the more threatening side in the opening half but Roddy McKenzie in the Livingston goal made sure it remained deadlocked at the break.
The custodian had to be alert to deny Scott Brown and then was grateful to defender Marvin Andrews who cleared Garry O'Connor's follow-up off the line.
David Fernandez had the best chance for Livi but the on-loan forward saw his effort comfortably saved by Daniel Andersson.
But the game soon changed after the interval as Livingston moved into the driving seat with two goals in as many minutes.
Former Hearts striker Derek Lilley grabbed the first when he netted just five mintues into the second half.
Their lead was soon doubled as Jamie McAllister ran through Hibs' failed offside trap and galloped half the length of the field to slot home with his left foot.
Bobby Williamson's team fought gallantly to get back into the game and McKenzie had to be at his best to deny Derek Riordan cutting the deficit in half.
Riordan also had a big shout for a penalty kick turned down but Livingston refused to be beaten and managed to hold on for a fine victory that will be a major boost for the club as they look to secure their long-term future.
CIS Cup Final:
Hibernian 0-2 Livingston