Rangers loanee Ben Williamson scored a key penalty for Livingston as they secured a Premier Sports Cup bonus point with a shootout triumph over Raith Rovers.
After taking part in the early stages of pre-season, Williamson signed a contract extension at Ibrox, tying him to the club until the summer of 2023.
📝 #RangersFC Academy midfielder Ben Williamson has today put pen to paper on a new contract, keeping him with the club until summer 2023.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) July 12, 2021
He then joined Livi on a season-long loan, with the move constituting a step up after his successful early 2021 spell in the Championship with Arbroath.
The 19-year-old midfielder made his debut at the weekend in a shock 2-1 defeat to Barry Ferguson’s Alloa Athletic, and he made his Tony Macaroni Arena bow on Wednesday night.
Williamson didn’t make the starting XI, but he was introduced off the bench in the 67th minute, replacing former Ibrox midfielder Jason Holt.
He wasn’t able to steer his adopted side to victory in normal time, with the score finishing 0-0, but he did make a major contribution in the resulting penalty shootout.
With the scores tied at 4-4 after five spot-kicks apiece and sudden death triggered, the Gers loanee stepped up and converted from 12 yards, with his effort going in off the post.
Ben Williamson scores! 5-4!
Livingston – ☑️❌☑️☑️☑️☑️
Raith Rovers – ☑️❌☑️☑️☑️
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) July 21, 2021
Raith’s fifth taker, Christophe Berra, responded with a successful penalty of his own, but the shootout didn’t go on much longer, with Max Stryjek producing a save from Aaron Arnott after Jackson Longridge had converted, earning the hosts a bonus point.
Loan spells are all about gaining experience and while Premiership football is what Williamson is really after at Livi, getting a taste of cup ties and the pressure of penalty shootouts will also benefit him in the long run.
Elsewhere in the Premier Sports Cup, a former Rangers player scored a stunning goal in an impressive upset.