Linlithgow Rose 3
Roddy MacLennan 8, 89 Coyne 73
Carnoustie Panmure 1
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THERE was no evidence of bottom of the league Carnoustie’s poor run of form as they started positively at a blustery Prestonfield.
However their impressive opening was undermined when they pressed the self-destruct button in the eighth minute.
Confusion reigned as full back Narey and goalkeeper McCafferty left the ball to each other and Roddy MacLennan nipped in between them to steal the ball and roll it into the empty net.
Undeterred the visitors pushed forward and Watson struck the bar with a cross.
However it was Rose who looked livelier and came close when Roddy MacLennan picked out Coyne who pulled it wide.
Another defensive blunder allowed Coyne a clear sight of goal but McCafferty denied him.
The Carnoustie keeper thwarted Linlithgow’s top scorer again minutes later.
The visitors served notice again of their goal threat and thought they had equalised through a stunning strike but the referee ruled it out for a foul in the build up.
Rose had multiple chances to increase their advantage in a goalmouth melee that saw Smith’s shot blocked and Ruari MacLennan’s shot saved. They came close again when Smith somehow failed to connect with Fleming’s cross.
Linlithgow were left rueing that wastefulness in front of goal when Carnoustie got back on level terms thanks to Watson’s 18 yard strike.
Rose made a tactical shuffle at half-time to accommodate the arrival of substitute Andy Shirra and the former Bo’ness man added a new dimension to Linlithgow’s play.
Coyne fired over and Roddy MacLennan headed wide for the Rose, while Cumming headed wide for Carnoustie and Allison produced a great save .
Mark Bradley sent on Manson and Herd mid-way through the half and reaped an instant dividend.
Manson won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and started a sweeping move that ended with him receiving a pass from Roddy MacLennan and crossing for Tommy Coyne to score. It was the Rose hitman’s 99th goal for the club.
Gordon Herd came close with a shot that went just wide despite Coyne’s best efforts to get a touch.
Shirra should have sealed the points after playing a one-two with Herd but he poked his shot wide.
There were anxious moments for the home faithful as Allison tipped Perera’s shot over the bar, and hearts in mouths as a corner caused bedlam, but nerves were eased in the 89th minute. Roddy Mac-Lennan burst clear and took his time before knocking the ball into the net for his 10th goal of the season.
Man of the match: Kyle Allison.
Rose: Allison, Benton, Fleming, McKenzie, Walker (Shirra 45), Tyrrell, Ruari MacLennan (Manson 68), Nelson, Smith (Herd 68), Coyne, Roddy MacLennan