Rose v Talbot... a final to savour?

LINLITHGOW Rose line up against Auchinleck Talbot on Sunday in the 2013 Emirates Scottish Junior Cup Final at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium in Livingston.

The Prestonfield side are hoping to achieve their fifth win of junior football’s biggest trophy.

But they are up against the West Region’s top junior side, who this season have also won their respective West Super League title and, like the Rose, are unbeaten in the league.

Auchinleck have form in the Scottish Cup too, having won the trophy on no less than nine occasions.

They have also reached the final three times in the past four years, winning the trophy twice.

Both clubs met in the final of the 2002 Scottish Cup final with the Rose victors on the that day.

Under the leadership of Jim Sinnet, it was a goal by Jimmy Creaney that secured the win.

The last time the pair met was in the third round of the Scottish Cup in 2011, where the Talbot edged past the Rose on their way to lifting the trophy.

In front of around 1100 spectators the two sides served up an enthralling 2-2 draw at Prestonfield.

Colin Strickland and Tommy Coyne netted either side of a James Latta header but it wasn’t until injury time that Auchinleck secured the replay with David Gillies curling home at the death.

A week later the two sides met at Beechwood Park, again in front of 1100 people, but, again, there was to be late heartache for Linlithgow.

Talbot striker Mick McCann bagged the opener only to be cancelled out by Mark Tyrrell’s free-kick.

And, despite Steven being sent off for the home side, the Talbot secured the victory as John Boyle fired home in the 88th minute.