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Livingston 5-0 Hearts

By Gavin McCafferty

Dolly Menga netted a memorable solo goal as Livingston scored four goals in seven second-half minutes to record a 5-0 win over Hearts.

Livingston's biggest victory against Hearts took them five points off Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic and continued their incredible return to the top flight.

The goal spree started in the 72nd minute when Craig Halkett netted a penalty and Arnaud Djoum was sent off for the visitors two minutes later.

Menga and Shaun Byrne then scored either side of Ryan Hardie's double as the 10 men capitulated.

Both sides struck the woodwork early on before going into the half goalless.

Hearts' goalkeeper Zlamal was erroneously shown a red card by referee Nick Walsh, and he probably wished he had been as the goals began raining in.

Halkett sent him the wrong way before Djoum received a second yellow card for a foul on Menga amid protests from the visitors.

Menga shimmied his way past three Hearts players before slotting home a minute later and Pittman set up Hardie to score three minutes after that, having been gifted possession.

The on-loan Rangers striker found the net again following a Lawless pass, who was involved for the fifth as his effort fell for Byrne to finish.

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