Linlithgow strike late to see off Carnoustie

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Ten-man Linlithgow edged out Carnoustie in this five-goal thriller, with Franny Kelly stealing the points with a dramatic injury-time winner.

Linlithgow boss Danny Smith knew he was in for a hard game. “This was a cup final for them as they need all three points to leapfrog Armadale and escape the relegation play-offs,” he said.

Carnoustie started like a train, with Linlithgow struggling at the back. It was no surprise when the “Gowfers” took the lead in 12 minutes through a strike from Gary Cummings. Linlithgow found their legs after the half-hour mark and Calum Smith equalised a couple of minutes later. They took the lead when Roddy MacLennan clipped the ball home from an acute angle in 35 minutes as Carnoustie crumbled.

Within the first few minutes of the restart, Carnoustie drew level when Alan Smith scored in the 48th minute.

Linlithgow’s Ruari MacLennan was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for a double booking as both sides looked for a winner.

It came for Linlithgow in the fourth minute of injury time when Roddy MacLennan crossed for Kelly to head home.

Carnoustie: McPherson, Cook, Neath, Millar, Buggins, Robert, McIlravey, Robertson, Smith, Cummings, Scott. Subs: Simpson, Roche, Birmingham, Trialist, Brown.

Linlithgow: McKinven, Trialist, Nelson, Tyrrell, Ovenstone, Ru MacLennan, Kelly, Trialist, Smith, Kelbie, Ro MacLennan. Subs: Strickland, Trialist, Batchelor, Christie.