Linlithgow comeback denies Forfar in Cup thriller

Linlithgow Rose and Forfar Athletic fought out a Scottish Cup thriller at Prestonfield
Linlithgow Rose and Forfar Athletic fought out a Scottish Cup thriller at Prestonfield

Forfar Athletic left Linlithgow on Saturday still in the Scottish Cup - but only after being given an almighty fright by Linlithgow Rose.

Davie McGlynn’s side came storming back from a two-goal deficit, with only 10 men, to a replay in a pulsating cup tie which ended 3-3.

Rose were seeking to become the first junior side ever to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

But it was the visitors who drew first blood in 31 minutes when Michael Travis put them in front with a header which went in off a post.

Rose came roaring back though and eight minutes later Ruari MacLennan fired home an equaliser.

Linlithgow could even consider themselves unlucky not to be in front at the break, but their hopes of a cup upset seemed to be over after a nightmare start to the second half.

In the space of three minutes Rose lost a player and two goals as Forfar took what seemed to be a firm grip on the tie.

On 50 minutes Scott Martin was pulled down when clean through by Gary Thom who was red carded for the challenge.

Ross Campbell converted the resultant penalty and three minutes later the game looked to be over when Gavin Swankie lashed in Forfar’s third.

But Rose refused to concede defeat and pulled a goal back in 65 minutes when Connor Kelly set up defender Jamie MacKenzie to score from close range.

Incredibly Forfar then conceded possession straight from the restart and Graham Weir hammered in a low drive from outside the box to make it 3-3.

Forfar were rattled but gradually regained their composure as Rose, mindful that they were still a man down, made sure that their fightback didn’t go unrewarded and that they lived to fight another day.