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THE New Saints stormed into the semi-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a 3-0 away win over Scottish League One Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Stadium.

There was little to choose between the sides in the opening half hour played in torrential rain, but TNS took the lead when Simon Spender squared a pass across the box to Robbie Parry, who drove the ball into the far corner from 15 yards.

Livi improved for a brief spell after the interval, with Liam Buchanan slamming a shot into the side-netting shortly after Saints' keeper Paul Harrison had pushed away a strong header from Raffaele De Vita.

The lead was doubled on 58 minutes when ex-Motherwell, Ross County and Dumbarton defender Steve Saunders touched the ball home when the hosts failed to clear their lines from a corner.

And Scott Quigley sealed the win with a fine individual goal, ghosting past the home defence before firing home an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box.

Chris Seargeant came close to adding a fourth but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Michael Miller.

TNS will face Dundee United, Queen of the South or St Mirren in the semi-finals with ex-Manchester City striker Paul Dickov making Monday's draw.