Scottish Cup tie ends in frustrating draw

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A strong Rose support made the long journey to Banff on Saturday to see Deveronvale take on the Rose at Princess Royal Park in the second round of the Senior Scottish Cup.

Deveronvale 2

Deveronvale v Linlithgow Rose

Deveronvale v Linlithgow Rose

Rodger 81, Henry 90

Linlithgow Rose 2

Smith 6, Coyne (pen) 71

William Hill Scottish 
Cup second round

It took just six minutes for the Rose to edge in front. Strickland did well to hold up the ball in the box before laying it off to McKillen who fired in a fantastic cross to Smith at the backpost who headed home with ease.

The Rose could have doubled their lead in the eighth minute when Strickland played a great ball to Roddy Maclennan but he failed to connect with the ball, and three minutes later, Strickland slipped the ball to Smith but he pulled his shot wide.

After 15 minutes, the Rose came close yet again when Meechan, Roddy Maclennan and Coyne combined well but when Coyne pulled the trigger, the ball drifted just high of the target.

In the 27th minute, Christie conceded a free-kick and picked up a booking when he made a rash challenge on Martin Charlesworth outside of the box. From the resultant free kick, Henry was unlucky not to equalise when his header went just over.

Just after the hour mark, Meechan’s header was cleared off the line by Henry and then Roddy Maclennan’s shot went narrowly wide. Before half-time, there were further chances for Smith 
and Coyne to extend the Rose’s lead and put the match beyond Deveronvale’s reach but the visitors had to settle for just a one goal advantage at the interval.

In the second half, Deveronvale threatened early and had shouts for a penalty waived away by the referee. After 58 minutes, Cowie replaced Simpson, shortly before keeper McConnachie had to pull off a good save to deny Strickland. Lombardi replaced Scott after 63 minutes.

In the 71st minute, the Rose were awarded a penalty after Smith was brought down in the box by Henry as he 
unleashed a cross. Coyne stepped up and rolled the ball into the net to give the Rose a comfortable lead.

Herd replaced Smith and Wardrop replaced Watt just before Martin Charlesworth was booked for a late challenge on McKillen.

Then, in the 81st minute, it looked like the Rose would seal the win when Roddy Maclennan was brought down in the box.

However, the referee dismissed the claims, much to the horror of the travelling fans and instead, Deveronvale broke down the park and Rodger pulled a goal back when he caught the Rose defence napping. Moments later Cowie was booked for a foul on Herd.

Having received a lifeline, Deveronvale pressed forward. However, chances remained for the Rose and Coyne came close with a header before Meechan shot over. Keen to preserve their lead and the victory, Dunn replaced Strickland after 88 minutes.

However, the Rose were stunned in the 90th minute when Fraser slammed a shot from the edge of the box straight into the back of the net to equalise.

In the final seconds, a header from McKillen was cleared off the line to keep the scores level. The teams now meet again at Prestonfield with an away tie against Albion Rovers in the next round awaiting the winners.

Man of the Match: Smith

Rose: Christie, Gibson, McKillen, MacKenzie, Tyrell, Shirra, Roddy Maclennan, Meechan, Strickland (Dunn 88), Coyne, Smith (Herd 74).

Subs not used: Ruari Maclennan, Hilland, Fleming, Hamilton.