Linlithgow Rose too good for Blackburn

Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
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Coyne 3, Roddy Maclennan 24, Shirra 58, 85, Strickland 90

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The Rose played Blackburn on Saturday and dominated from start to finish.

After just three minutes, Suchinskyj conceded a foul when he pulled back Smith and was lucky to escape with a yellow card. The referee might have viewed the foul as denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Tyrell took the resultant free-kick which struck the Blackburn wall and spun high into the air but the ball landed nicely for Coyne to score with a fine volley.

In the 17th minute Whiteman did well to save Tyrell’s long-range shot and Shirra had to be alert a minute later when he kicked Somerville’s shot off the line to prevent an equaliser.

The Rose doubled their lead after 24 minutes. Dunn’s ball into the box was too high for Smith but Roddy Maclennan was at the back-post and he controlled it well before chipping the keeper.

The Rose could have scored again three minutes later when Tyrell played in a cross from the right but Smith’s glancing header inched over.

Blackburn might have clawed a goal back but Mackenzie did well to cut out a chance in the box for McQuillan who was through on goal.

Coyne had a chance following a good run and pass from Roddy Maclennan but Whiteman did well to save.

At the interval Blackburn’s Spence was replaced by Clark but the Rose again started brightly and, after 54 minutes, Nelson played a good ball in from a free-kick.

Smith couldn’t get enough on his header to steer the ball into the goal.

Roddy Maclennan did well to cut inside from the right before playing a neat one-two with Shirra whose shot was blocked by Whiteman but he followed up and scored with the rebound.

Rose replaced Tyrell with Gibson.

After 62 minutes, Smith turned a defender and was unlucky to see his shot drift just wide.

A minute later there was a chance for McQuillan but his shot trickled across the face of goal and past the post.

The Rose used their remaining substitutes with just over 20 minutes remaining with Meechan and Strickland replacing the Maclennan brothers.

Blackburn’s McDowall replaced Simpson a few minutes later, just before Meechan’s shot hit the bar.

At the other end, a rare mistake from Ovenstone allowed McQuillan to shoot but his effort went wide when he really should have scored.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Nelson received a needless booking for delaying a Blackburn free-kick. Shirra scored his second goal from close-range after 85 minutes following a neat link up with Strickland.

Christie was called into action to save again from McQuillan but just before the whistle sounded, Strickland scored the Rose’s final goal of the match from close range.

Rose Man of the Match: Shirra

Linlithgow: Christie, Tyrell (Gibson 59), Dunn, Mackenzie, Ovenstone, Shirra, Ruari Maclennan (Meechan 68), Nelson, Smith, Coyne, Roddy Maclennan (Strickland 68). Subs (not used): Herd, Hamilton.

Susan Hill