Rose finish season as record breakers

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Kelty Hearts 1

Gray 86
Linlithgow Rose 2

Smith 59, Strickland 62

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There were some surprises to the Rose squad with Derek Fleming and boss Mark Bradley both named as substitutes.

The Rose started well and, 
after seven minutes, Roddy Maclennan found Smith but the striker’s volley went wide.

Smith was unfortunate when his header from Dunn’s cross hit the post.

Kelty’s first chance came in the 23rd minute. Kay’s volley went high and wide. Gray should have done better in the 27th minute but his was stopped easily by Scott.

Gray went down at the edge of the box following a challenge by Mackenzie. The referee decided there was no infringement.

Rose had most of the play in an uneventful first half.

Strickland headed over from Nelson’s free-kick after 33 minutes and Ruari Maclennan slipped the ball through to brother Roddy but keeper Allan Fleming did well to intercept.

As half-time approached, Penman’s shot from outside the box soared high of the target.

Following the re-start, Kelty’s Smith came close when his shot from outside the box went narrowly wide.

However, it was Kelty keeper Fleming who pulled off a great save from Strickland’s free-kick in the 55th minute.

The Rose got the breakthrough just before the hour mark when Smith sent in a cross which Strickland sent back towards him. Calum hit it on the volley to send the ball flashing past Fleming.

Kelty had a half chance when Gray laid the ball to Kay who shot over the bar from a tight angle.

The Rose extended their lead just two minutes later when the unmarked Strickland headed home Dunn’s free-kick.

The game looked to be out of Kelty’s reach but they grabbed a consolation goal in the 86th minute, Gray managed to beat Scott at the second attempt.

The win capped off a fantastic season and league campaign for the Rose which saw them collect a staggering 60 points out of a possible 66 to set a new East Super League record.

Linlithgow man of the match: Ovenstone.

Linlithgow: Scott, Gibson, Dunn, Mackenzie, Ovenstone, Nelson, Ruari Maclennan, Roddy Maclennan (Fleming 82), Strickland (Manson 71), Smith, Wilson. Subs (not used): Shirra, Bradley, Hay.