First-half showing delights Linlithgow Rose boss

Gary Thom sent Linlithgow on their way with the opener

Gary Thom sent Linlithgow on their way with the opener

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LINLITHGOW ROSE boss David McGlynn hailed his side’s “best display of the season” as they beat Sauchie 3-0.

A scintillating first-half performance paved the way for all three points and McGlynn said: “That was the best I’ve seen from us this season. We scored a couple of cracking goals and missed another six or seven chances. We hit the woodwork twice and their goalkeeper had some good saves to keep the score down. We relaxed a wee bit after that but finished the game off well.”

Linlithgow got off to a great start, taking the lead with a well-worked free kick after only three minutes. Full-back Ryan Baptie sent over a perfect free-kick to the back post where Gary Thom rose to power a header into the net. They hit the woodwork twice as they tore the Sauchie defence apart with Graeme Weir and Tommy Coyne prominent.

In the 24th minute, Coyne sent over an inviting low cross from the right to Andy Shirra at the back post and he had the simplest of jobs to side-foot the ball home.

The second half started at a much slower pace. Sauchie had a couple of chances but they were easily dealt with.

The home support had a while to wait for the third goal but it was worth the wait. In the 88th minute, Thom sent over another low cross to the back post for Coyne to slam the ball away into the far corner for a terrific finish.

Former Hearts striker Graham Weir, enjoying his stint at Linlithgow, said: “We were in control for the whole game and didn’t give them a sniff of a chance.

“I’m really enjoying myself with Linlithgow as it’s a big club around these parts.”

Linlithgow: Adams, Thom Baptie, McKenzie Leiper MacLennan, Batchelor, Shirra, Strickland, Coyne, Weir. Subs: Robertson, Jones, Kelbie, Tyrrell, McKinven.

Sauchie: Harkness, McTaggart, Syme, Duffin, Jardine, Martin, Currie, Morrison, Love, Miller, Bonnes. Subs: Brown, McAdam, Shanks, Beaton, Boyle.