Early goal sets Rose on victory trail

070412 linlithgow rose v queens park u19s
070412 linlithgow rose v queens park u19s
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Linlithgow Rose 3

Shirra 7, Coyne 72, Strickland 78

Queens Park U19s 0

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WITH no competitive fixture scheduled, Mark Bradley arranged a friendly against Queens Park’s under 19 team to keep the squad match fit.

Within five minutes, Coyne was flagged offside when he got on the end of a good cross from McArthur.

The Rose took the lead only a couple of minutes later when Nelson’s free-kick was touched on by Strickland to Shirra who shot hard and low into the corner of the net.

Queens Park might have equalised less than 10 minutes later, but Gebbie’s shot across goal, following a nice passing move, went wide.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Smith failed to double the lead when keeper Lochhead was able to make an easy save from a shot straight at the keeper.

Gebbie did well to take the ball to the by-line, but danger was averted as the Rose cut out the promising cross.

At the restart, Allison, Manson and Brown replaced Hay, Walker and Smith.

Manson did well to hold off a number of opponents and give the ball to Coyne who returned it and Manson was unlucky to see his attempt on goal diverted for a corner.

In 56 minutes Manson’s pass found Coyne and then McArthur but ‘‘Tank’s’’ fine shot was blocked by Brough.

A couple of minutes later, Brown’s cross, following a great run up the right, was fumbled by Lochhead and cleared.

Coyne passed to Strickland from the throw-in but keeper Lochhead palmed his shot over the bar.

With half an hour to go Rose manager Mark Bradley replaced MacLennan as the Rose continued their search for another goal.

Coyne was unlucky twice in quick succession when his low shot following a pass from Strickland was saved and he headed narrowly over from a corner a couple of minutes later.

The Rose eventually extended their lead when McArthur’s pass found Coyne who held off a defender, rounded Lochhead and rolled the ball into the empty net.

Queens Park battled hard and McGrotty shot narrowly over after Brown gave the ball away but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Brough took out McArthur on the left and ‘‘Tank’s’’ free kick was met by Strickland who headed high into the net.

All in all, a good work-out for the Rose and good preparation for tomorrow’s derby against Bo’ness.

Linlithgow: Hay (Allison 46), Benton, Nelson, Mackenzie, Walker, (Manson 46), Ruari MacLennan, Bradley 60), Smith (Brown 46), Shirra, Strickland, Coyne, McArthur (Adams 78). Sub (unused): Wilson.