Linlithgow Rose’s epic Scottish Cup third round tie with Wick Academy will stretch onto a replay on Tuesday night after they conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2.
The game went ahead on Wednesday night at the fifth time of asking as Wick’s Harmsworth Park survived three pitch inspections to finally allow the protracted fixture to take place.
Rose twice took the lead through Colin Strickland and Kevin Kelbie, but a Richard Macadie penalty and Davie Allan’s dramatic leveller ensured both sides still have a shot at facing Forfar Athletic in the fourth round.
And despite the disappointment of that late sucker punch, Rose manager David McGlynn spoke of the pride he felt in his players’ performance and how they handled the tie’s trials and tribulations.
He said after the match: “I thought the players were absolutely magnificent and they’re dead on their feet in there now.
“Considering we’ve travelled six hours, we’ve asked players to come off their work and we’ve ended up with only 11 fit players so they’ve done really well.
“I’d have taken a draw as soon as it was offered before the game. The late goal is obviously disappointing but I can’t fault them.
“We’ve had four strikers on the pitch and a 17-year-old and 19-year-old in the wide areas. We’ve asked them to do a shift for us and they were magnificent. The goal at the end is just football.
“We came away with our heads held high and I’m really looking forward to the replay.”
Following discussions with both clubs the replay was confirmed for Prestonfield on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.30pm.
But before then Rose’s shattered tropps have to turn their attention back to the Superleague and a trip to Newtongrange Star on Saturday in their final league fixture of the year.
Last weekend’s win over Broxburn, courtesy of Tommy Coyne’s penalty, moved Rose up to fifth in the table, just four points behind leaders Bonnyrigg Rose in a keenly-contested race for the title.