Linlithgow Rose kick off league season with three points

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Linlithgow Rose 2

Coyne 35 (pen), 76 (pen)

Carnoustie Panmure 0

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The Rose kicked off their league campaign on Saturday full of optimism but things took a turn for the worst after just four minutes when Mackenzie committed a rash foul on Dailly.

Deciding that Dailly had been denied a goalscoring opportunity, referee Gavin Ross showed Mackenzie a straight red card, and, needing to alter the formation, manager Mark Bradley moved Nelson to left-back as Dunn partnered Ovenstone in the centre of defence.

The visitors played well, trying to take advantage of the extra man.

However, it was the Rose that came closest to opening the scoring after 18 minutes when, during a goalmouth scuffle, shots by Coyne and Nelson were blocked and Strickland’s effort was cleared off the line.

In the 24th minute it was the visitors’ turn to go close as Dailly’s attempt from close range was cleared off the line by Gibson.

The breakthrough came for the home team after 35 mins when Roddy Maclennan embarked on a fantastic run from mid-way in his own half.

Holding off a challenge from a defender when he could quite easily have gone down for a free-kick, the midfielder tried to round keeper Macpherson but was pulled down.

The referee had no hesitation in awarding the Rose a penalty kick and showing a red card to Macpherson.

Narey was sacrificed to allow striker Perera to play in goals and the make-shift keeper’s first action was to watch Coyne’s penalty hit the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Perera was caught unawares following a header back from Millar and had to scurry to his left-hand post to prevent the ball crossing the line.

Scott had a fantastic opportunity to level the scores before half-time following a low cross from Clark but he sliced his shot and it went well wide.

At half time, the visitors replaced Scott with McIlravey and came close to equalising just before the hour mark.

Clark’s shot, following a neat flick from Dailly, was saved by Hay but McIlravey followed up and his deflected shot hit the post.

Three minutes later, Herd and McArthur replaced Strickland and Roddy Maclennan.

Within minutes, Herd held off a defender and shot from a neat angle on the right.

The ball hit the inside of the post and looked to be crossing the line but Perera scrambled a save to the frustration of the home fans.

Herd played a key part in the 76th minute when, following a pass from Ruari Maclennan, he ran into the box where he was sliced down by Young and was awarded penalty.

Coyne converted as Perera looked to be stuck to his spot on the goal-line.

The visitors continued to battle hard as the match came to a close.

Hay pulled off a great save to deny Roberts’ shot from the edge of the box after 83 minutes and Dailly diverted Roberts’ shot towards goal but his attempt hit the post.

As Carnoustie travelled home wondering how they failed to take anything from the game, Rose fans were delighted with the result and strong start to the league campaign.

Linlithgow man of the match: Coyne.

Linlithgow: Hay, Gibson, Dunn, Mackenzie, Ovenstone, Shirra, Ruari Maclennan, Nelson, Strickland (Herd 63), Coyne (Smith), Roddy Maclennan (McArthur 63)

Subs (not used): Manson, Paterson.