Linlithgow dig deep to see off gutsy Armadale

Tommy Coyne grabbed a double
Tommy Coyne grabbed a double
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Linlithgow did just enough to take the points in a hard-fought encounter against a depleted Armadale side.

Champions Rose, who had club secretary Jim Harkins in charge for the second week in a row, sealed a 2-0 victory which keeps them in the hunt for the Super League title.

In a first half which saw Armadale strikers Scott Brown, Robbie Feeney and Craig Dalrymple bring out the best in Rose keeper Scott Christie, it was the visitors who took the lead just before half-time. Some neat passing allowed Tommy Coyne a glimpse of goal. He turned his marker and, from ten yards, smashed the ball home for a well-worked goal.

Gradually, the visitors took control of the game although ’keeper Jamie Swinburne in the Armadale goal was seldom troubled. With the final whistle approaching, Linlithgow were awarded a penalty after Coyne was sent crashing. The striker slotted the ball home from the spot to seal the points.

Stand-in boss Harkins said: “I thought over the piece we were the better team although Scott Christie kept us in the game with three great saves in the first half. But, from losing six goals a couple of weeks ago, we’re now keeping clean sheets again.”

Armadale boss Jim Henderson revealed: “We had around eleven players out injured and we had to bring in some youngsters as trialists. We did well getting tackles in getting bodies in front of the ball and to be fare we should have taken the lead in the first half but they’re keeper had a great day.”

Armadale Thistle: Swinburne, Milton, Bonnar, Rarity, McMeechan, Rodgers, McLeod, Patrick, Feeney, S Brown, Dalrymple. Subs: Robertson, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Walker.

Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Tyrrell, McKillen, Gibson, Ovenstone, Nelson, Smith, Ru MacLennan, Diack, Coyne, Ro MacLennan. Subs: Strickland, Wilson, McKenzie, Shirra, McKinven.