Linlithgow Rose set up quarter with Yoker

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Linlithgow Rose ground their way into the Scottish Junior Cup quarter-finals with a win over Camelon thanks to two first-half strikes from Tommy Coyne and Calum Smith.

They now travel to Glasgow to play Yoker on Saturday looking to grab a place in the last four once again.

Linlithgow gaffer Danny Smith, up against his former club, was delighted with the result.

“It wasn’t pretty at times but the lads dug in well to get us that quarter-final spot,” he said. “It’s not all pretty football, sometimes you have to graft hard and the players did that.

“We knew it would be a hard game for us after the first match so we knew we had to get off to a quick start and we got the goals in the opening half hour.”

Linlithgow started the game strongly and within the first five minutes had three strikes on goal with the fourth strike bringing the rewards. Tommy Coyne turned his marker on the edge of the box before drilling a low ball in at the near post.

The visitors doubled their lead after 25 minutes when a high ball played into the Camelon box wasn’t cleared by the defence and Calum Smith pounced on the loose ball to score from two yards.

Camelon came back fighting and reduced the deficit just ten minutes later. Rose goalkeeper Scott Christie could only palm Graeme McLaren’s effort as far as Calum Scott and he measured a delightful effort into the top corner from 20 yards.

The second half served up plenty of chances but dogged defending meant there was no further scoring.

Camelon: Shaw, Bell, Devlin, Graham, Beaton, Scott, M Wright, D Ure, G Wright, McLaren, Fullerton. Subs: Allison, Cooper, Donaldson, I Ure.

Linlithgow: Christie, Thom, McKillen, O’Byrne, Ovenstone, Nelson, Batchelor, Ru MacLennan, Smith, Coyne, Ro MacLennan. Subs: Shirra, Tyrrell, Kelly, McGowan, McKinven.