Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Rose Go Marching On

Well the Scottish Junior Cup holders are making the most of the new set up for the Scottish Cup.

Following up their 6-0 win down at Newton Stewart in the first round Linlithgow Rose took on East of Scotland League side Spartans. Spartans are no slouches in the Scottish Cup. In 2005-6 they beat league sides Berwick Rangers and Queen's Park (sadly not at Hampden) before holding St. Mirren (who went on to promotion to the SPL) to a goaless draw at home before losing at Love Street. And in 2003-4 they claimed the scalps of Alloa and Arbroath before losing out to returning former tennents of their City Park ground Livingston who were at that time in the SPL who were heading to the Semi-Finals and CIS Cup win that season.

But the Junior Cup holders didn't show any fear for one of the regular giant killers of recent years. Instead they carried out their own act of giant killing. For it was the home side that lifted the crowd at Prestonfield when Bradley scored in the 24th minute. A lead they maintained until the half time break, when the result earned almost as big a cheer as the Dunfermline losing scoreline announcement at fellow West Lothian side Livingston's ground.

In the second half Spartans did strike back on 54 minutes with a penalty strike by McLeod. But t he little teams leead was restored 4 minutes later when Donnolly scored their second. With just over 10 minutes to go Rose then killed the game off with two stikes in just over a minute from Tyrell and Hogg.

Linlithgow Rose make it into Saturday's draw when big local rivals Livingston of the Iron Bru Scottish Football League Division join many of the other SFL teams in the draw.


Iain Rubie Dale said...

Will you be at the match on saturday? I'll try to get along after the Anti Trident demo and Conference Committee debrief. I'll buy you a small sherry, or whatever, if you are about. Cheers.

Stephen Glenn said...

Sadly Iain I Was at the Livi game but getting regular updates from the other side of West Lothian. There was an almighty cheer at half time when the final score was announced over our tannoy.


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