Rose limber up for cup clash with easy win

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Linlithgow Rose 6

Coyne 7, Strickland 54, 63, 81, Ruari MacLennan 62, Smith 88

Livingston U19s 0

In preparation for Wednesday’s Fife and Lothians cup semi-final, manager Mark Bradley scheduled a friendly with Livingston Under 19s.

Coyne was unlucky not to open the scoring within the first minute, but six minutes later, following a neat pass from Shirra, he took the ball round keeper Murphy, and just as he looked to have squandered the opportunity, managed to sneak in a goal from a tight angle at the near post.

A few minutes later, there was a rare opportunity for the visitors as they were four against two Rose defenders but a loose pass meant the chance to level the score was wasted.

Midway through the half, McArthur’s long range effort was touched over the bar by Murphy and, moments later, Tyrell’s ball into the box was blasted by Walker at the back post, only a tremendous save denying him.

Strickland was unlucky not to put the Rose two up five minutes before half-time when his fine strike was met by a diving save from keeper Murphy.

At the restart, Rose men Allison, Benton and Mackenzie replaced Hay, Tyrell and Walker, while Livingston’s Mullen and Young replaced Cumming and Gray.

Within seconds, there was an opportunity for Ruari MacLennan but his shot was weak and was easily saved.

In the 52nd minute, a misplaced pass from Mackenzie allowed Livingston’s Mullen to pass to Russel who should have done better than to send his shot high and wide.

After 54 minutes, following a great pass from Shirra, Strickland side-footed the ball past Murphy to make it 2-0.

Eight minutes later, Strickland played a fine ball to Herd, who took the ball up the right wing and his cross was met and converted by Ruari MacLennan. Moments later, Herd having been replaced by Roddy MacLennan, the Rose scored again when McArthur’s cross was headed home by Strickland, despite Livingston’s unsuccessful protests for handball.

With less than 15 minutes to go, Livingston’s Gray returned to the field to replace McDonald and Rose assistant manager Marvin Wilson replaced Smith. Within a few minutes, keeper Murphy palmed a shot from Shirra, following a cross from Strickland.

Fleming took the resulting corner which was dropped by the keeper and Strickland had no hesitation in tapping the loose ball into the net for his hat-trick. Five minutes from time, Smith returned to the game as Coyne suffered a knock and a couple of minutes later grabbed the final goal of the game.

Linlithgow: Hay (Allison 46), Smith (Wilson 77), Fleming, Tyrell (Benton 46), Walker (Mackenzie 46), Ruari MacLennan, Herd (Roddy MacLennan 62), Shirra, Strickland, Coyne (Smith 86), McArthur.