Whitburn Juniors 1
Linlithgow Rose 3
Mooney (og) 8, Smith 34, 54
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WHITBURN took the lead in this match when most fans had not yet even made it through the gates.
Within seconds of the early kick-off King’s pass to Sharp was returned to him and he rattled in the opening goal from 20 yards out. In the eighth minute, however, the Rose got an equaliser courtesy of an own goal by Whitburn’s captain, Mooney.
McArthur did well down the left but it was Mooney who turned the low cross into his own net. After 26 minutes, Roddy Maclennan did well to hold off a defender but he was unable to chip keeper Carlin.
He had another opportunity four minutes later following neat play between him and Herd but this time his chip went high.
The first booking came in the 33rd minute when Nelson was booked for dissent.
A minute later Gibson’s pass found Smith who, despite being on the ground, managed to slide the ball past Carlin at the post.
Smith had the ball in the net again just two minutes later but the referee chalked it off. There was an opportunity for the home team in the 38th minute when Ovenstone tried to play for an offside decision as he let King through but new signing Paterson pulled off a great save to keep the scores level at half time. The Rose moved further ahead in the 54th minute following a cross from Dunn.
Smith controlled the ball well and took his time before hitting it past the keeper. Herd was replaced by Strickland who made an impact five minutes later as he completed a pass to Roddy Maclennan who struck the ball from the edge of the box and Carlin needed to pull off a good save to deny him.
Strickland was again involved in the play a few minutes later as his pass to Smith nicked off the heel of Wilson and landed for Manson but his shot was straight at the keeper who spread himself well.
Linlithgow man of the match: Smith.
Linlithgow: Paterson, Gibson, Dunn, Mackenzie, Ovenstone, Nelson, Manson, McArthur, Herd (Strickland), Smith, Roddy Maclennan. Subs (not used) Shirra, Ruari Maclennan, Fleming, Hay.