Danny Smith sees Linlithgow Rose hit top form

Colin Strickland scored twice
Colin Strickland scored twice
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Linlithgow boss Danny Smith hailed his side’s second-half performance as they blew away Lowland League opponents Dalbeattie Star to reach the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for only the second time.

Rose struck four times after the break and Smith admitted: “That second-half display was the best by far since I came back to the club. We’re in the hat for the third round and that’s all that matters but to play the way we did sets the standard we want at this club.

“We blew them away. We responded to them getting a goal back by going straight back up the park and scoring again, making sure they didn’t get a hold of the game. I’m really proud of getting the team into the third round for only the second time but we’re not getting carried away.”

Linlithgow took the lead in the tenth minute when a cross allowed Blair Batchelor to play in Tommy Coyne and he made no mistake from ten yards.

Linlithgow started like a train in the second half and doubled their lead in the 48th minute. A super three-man move with Colin Strickland and Batchelor led to Roddy MacLennan driving the ball home at the back post. Dalbeattie responded immediately with substitute Liam Park beating Andy McGowan down the bye-line before firing a high effort into the net from an acute angle.

Linlithgow immediately raced up field and restored their two-goal advantage, Adam Nelson sending a free-kick to Strickland at the near post and he simply knocked the ball home from six yards. Then, with 15 minutes to go, Strickland scored again to put Rose on easy street. To complete the rout, sub Kevin Kelbie scored a fifth on full time.

Linlithgow Rose: McKinven, Thom, McGowan, O Byrne, Ovenstone, Nelson, Batchelor, Shirra, Strickland, Coyne, MacLennan. Subs: Kelbie, Kelly, Tyrrell, Smith, Christie.

Dalbeattie Star: Drysdale, Maxwell, Warren, Anderson, Neil, Ferguson, Wells, Steele, Bell, Sloan, Cameron. Subs: Cook, Dunglinson, Milligan, Park, Rudd, Kerr, Muir.