West Calder 0
Linlithgow Rose 7
Strickland 2, Roddy Maclennan 15, McArthur 17, 89; OG - MacIntosh 50, Coyne 71, Smith 82
Dechmont Forklift League Cup
THE Rose continued their winning run in the League Cup with a convincing win at West Calder on Saturday.
For the second match in a row, the Rose opened the scoring early.
This time, after only two minutes, Coyne played a lovely lay-off inside the box to Strickland whose right-footed strike went low past keeper Wortley.
Only a couple of minutes later, the home side were unlucky not to get an equaliser when Sneddon’s shot hit the post.
In the sixth minute, Coyne’s perfect cross from the right found Strickland at the back post but his effort went high over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.
A second goal for the Rose was to come less than 10 minutes later when Coyne brilliantly beat two men before crossing the ball to Roddy Maclennan who side footed the ball into the net.
The Rose extended their lead only two minutes later thanks to McArthur’s header following a cross from Tyrell.
There was another opportunity for the Rose to further extend their lead before half-time when Coyne played another great cross from the right, but it was just too high for Strickland at the back post.
The Rose continued to dominate the match in the second half and within five minutes of the restart, West Calder’s MacIntosh headed past his own keeper following pressure from Coyne.
In the 57th minute, the home team was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box following a foul on Craig.
The ball hit the wall and fell for Robertson right in front of goal but Hay pulled off a fantastic save to avoid conceding a goal.
Substitutions followed for both teams.
West Calder’s Tinning and Robertson were replaced by McIlkiewicz and Paton, while Rose manager Mark Bradley replaced Roddy Maclennan, Shirra and Strickland with Manson, Nelson and Smith.
The substitutes did well, and all played their part in the remainder of the match. In the 65th minute, Nelson made a great diagonal pass to Coyne on the far right of the pitch, but the striker’s first-time shot went just wide. Six minutes later, the Rose added to their tally as Ruari Maclennan played a great through ball to Coyne who held off the defender and slotted the ball past Wortley.
With 10 minutes remaining, Manson was unlucky to hit the bar following a nice move. He played a key role moments later when, after great inter-play among McArthur, Nelson and Gibson, Manson played a neat diagonal ball to Smith who finished well to score goal number six.
In the dying moments of the match, a lovely move involving Dunn, Manson, Nelson, McArthur and Smith culminated in another goal by McArthur and number seven for the Rose.
A solid performance from the visitors on a day which could have seen them score many more than their tally.
Man of the match: Tommy Coyne
Rose: Hay, Gibson, Dunn, Tyrell, Mackenzie, Ruari Maclennan, McArthur, Shirra (Nelson 61), Strickland (Smith 61), Coyne, Roddy Maclennan (Manson 61). Subs (not used): Fleming, McAdam