VICTORY belonged to Linlithgow in the Fly Emirates Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday, with the Rose booking their place in the last four at the expense of Bo’ness United.
Current holders Shotts Bon Accord now stand between the Rose and the final, to be played on June 2.
Relecting on the 4-1 quarter-final win, boss Mark Bradley said: “We were confident going into the game.
“We played really well and sort of had the game put to bed in the first half going 3-0 up. We are delighted to be in the semi-final.”
Undaunted by Shotts, he said: “It would be a hard game no matter who we got in the semis as everyone wants to get to the final.
“If we can push through to the final, it would be a good scalp to get but I’m sure Shotts will have something to say about that.”
Upbeat about Linlithgow’s chances of reaching the final, he added: “You’ve got to be confident. This is the game you want to play in.
“At our club it’s not an achievement getting to the semis, it’s winning the cup.”
Another piece of silverware, the Super League trophy, could be Linlithgow’s if they beat Sauchie away tomorrow (Saturday) and other results go in their favour.
Two wins would otherwise be needed to seal the championship.
With Ruari Maclennan’s nose knock ‘nothing to worry about’, Bradley’s squad, with the exception of Dunn (hamstring), is in good shape to face Sauchie.
ALLAN McGonigal said midweek Linlithgow Rose had ‘smelt blood’ in the Scottish Junior Cup clash and were ruthless against his weakened side.
“We beat ourselves and never gave ourselves a chance,” he said.
“We had six top players missing in the game, boys away on holiday and at weddings.
“I felt for the boys that were there on Saturday.
“We had a chance, a small chance, but I felt we never did ourselves justice, we had a mountain to climb (in terms of available personnel).
“Linlithgow Rose scored goals but we made it really simple for them.”
McGonigal, who praised the fans for their support, said the first conceded goal was bad defending, the second a very soft penalty and the third an individual error.
Centre back Jamie Clark has signed from Stirling Albion and Paul Murphy has made a permamnent move from Glenafton.
Meanwhile, moving away is David Cane who has gone to Kilsyth Rangers.
Injury-hit United travel to Musselburgh in the league tomorrow.
While wanting to finish as high in the league as possible, McGonigal said United were now building a team with a view to next season.
*The new kick-off time for the Rose v Shotts match on April 13 is 2pm at Prestonfield. Shotts will be changing their maroon colours for this leg.
Tickets are £7/£3. Kick off for the second (away) leg on April 20 is also 2pm so book your buses now.