Jim Harkins signed off as Linlihgow Rose caretaker boss with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Dalkeith in the Fife and Lothians Cup.
Dalkeith came into the game with confidence having won their last four league games, but the visitors had the first opportunity with Ian Diack flashing a shot wide of target in the early stages. Tommy Coyne gave the Rose the lead with a penalty on 38 minutes after Sean Paterson clipped him inside the area.
However, Thistle were rewarded just before the break when Stephen Pudledski chested in a Scott McNaughton cross at the near post.
McNaughton’s snapshot was brilliantly saved by Scott Christie on 63 minutes, before Ruairi MacLennan hit the post for Rose five minutes later. On 72 minutes, Paterson needlessly fouled Roddy MacLennan in the box and Coyne stuck away his and Linlithgow’s second penalty. Ruairi McLennan side-footed in the third two minutes later, although Dalkeith went close late on with chances for both David Morris and Darren Flynn.
Before he hands the reins over to Danny Smith, Harkins praised his team for keeping their composure in what has been a difficult few weeks for Rose. “We want to stay in this cup and I think we needed the break of a cup game rather than a run of league games still to play. They are refreshed and we’ve changed the training and the tactics a little, but we’ve got adaptable players and it all augurs well for Danny to come in starting against Tayport next week. He’ll certainly have the right backroom team in place.”
Dalkeith Thistle: Combe, Paterson, Main, Hunter (Waters), Gavin, Linton, Morris, Murray (Haynes), Flynn, Pudledski, McNaughton. Subs: Taylor, McQueen.
Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Gibson, McKillen, MacKenzie, Ovenstone (Tyrrell), Nelson, Ruari MacLennan, Shirra, Diack (Herd), Coyne, Roddy MacLennan. Subs: Wilson, McKinven.