Linlithgow Rose 3
Strickland 16, Ruari Maclennan 64, Roddy Maclennan 71 Armadale Thistle 3
Brown 50, Brown 53, Walker 95
Rose win 8-7 on penalties
East of Scotland Cup
Within seconds of the start of Wednesday’s East of Scotland cup tie against Armadale, there was a chance for the visitors to open the scoring.
After eight minutes, however, it looked like the Rose would take the lead when Herd’s ball in was headed towards goal by McArthur but keeper Walker got down well to save. The ball then fell to Strickland who missed from close range.
The Rose took the lead in the 16th minute.
Nelson’s corner was cleared only as far as Shirra, who played the ball back into the box where Strickland blasted home.
In the 33rd minute, Tyrrell again cleared another Armadale attempt.
Rarity then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Herd.
Rose pressed for a second goal and were unfortunate when Nelson’s corner was cleared.
It went only as far as Herd whose shot was denied by Walker. Five minutes into the second half, Armadale equalised as Brown converted Feeney’s low cross.
Armadale edged in front, this time Brown scoring from McLeod’s cross.
Taking the lead seemed to give the visitors the determination to press forward, winning a series of corners.
In the 62nd minute, Hay spread himself well to save Milton’s shot and pulled off a great save from Feeney’s header.
Strickland was replaced by Coyne and the substitute made an immediate impact. His first touch was a lay-off to Ruari Maclennan who slotted home to bring the score level. The Rose took the lead after being awarded a free-kick.
The ball was played across goal by Herd and Roddy Maclennan scored.
Smith replaced Herd before a great move nearly ended in another goal.
Coyne was unable to reach Nelson’s cross but Smith cut the ball back to near the penalty spot where Ruari Maclennan blasted over. Craig replaced Milton for the visitors and Manson replaced Roddy Maclennan.
The Rose were dealt a blow when Armadale were awarded a corner and keeper Walker raced into the box, was not picked up by the Rose defence, and headed the ball straight into the net to take the cup tie to penalty kicks. The penalty kicks were tense with nine players from each team stepping up.
Despite failing to score with their second penalty, the Rose converted eight spot-kicks compared to Armadale’s seven to win the tie and keep this season’s unbeaten record intact.
Man of the match: Ruari Maclennan.
Linlithgow: Hay, Wilson, Nelson, Tyrrell, Ovenstone, Ruari Maclennan, Roddy Maclennan (Manson 87), Shirra, Strickland (Coyne 64), McArthur, Herd (Smith 71). Subs (not used) Dunn, Pinkowski.