Tommy Coyne’s double set Linlithgow Rose up for a William Hill Scottish Cup second-round clash at home to Lowland League men Dalbeattie Star – but the striker admitted his opening goal in their first-round replay was a total fluke.
Coyne’s 43rd-minute fortuitous strike from the right wing flew into the top corner and brought Rose level against their Aberdeenshire visitors – although he confessed he didn’t mean it.
He said: “I’ve just had my head up and tried to put the ball into an area and fortunately enough it’s went in. I’m not going to lie and say I meant it, but I will take them every day.
Celtic fan Tommy, son of former Hoops player Tommy Coyne Snr, thought the win was thoroughly deserved after a battling 0-0 draw away to Fraserburgh last weekend, and if Rose make it to the third round there is a certain tie he’d love.
“We missed a lot of chances, but I thought we defended really well,” he said.
“If we can get past Dalbeattie, then I’d take Rangers at Ibrox in the third round – I’m sure I’d get a good reception there.”
Fraserburgh ended the match with ten men, but William West was lucky not to be sent off in the opening ten seconds after catching Rose centre back Michael O’Byrne with a flailing elbow in an aerial challenge straight from kick-off.
Rose should’ve been ahead as early as the tenth minute after Broch keeper Scott Cowe fumbled a free-kick. Adam Nelson tried to send the rebound home, before Kevin Kelbie’s cross was met by Coyne’s head, but his point-blank header nestled in Cowe’s arms.
Linlithgow were on top, with Fraserburgh struggling to get out their own half to mount any attack of their own. However, with their first shot on target after 31 minutes they struck the first blow in this Scottish Cup replay.
Peter Bruce’s cross found the feet of Scott Barbour, and from the edge of the box the Broch striker jinxed his way past two stagnant Rose defenders, before firing across Michael McKinven into the bottom corner.
The visitors could’ve made it two on 40 minutes, Barbour with a free-kick from 25 yards which looked to be dipping under the keeper’s crossbar until Mckinven flung up an arm to tip over his frame.
Coyne then levelled a short time after – his cross-cum-shot from the right wing flying over keeper Cowe and into the top corner.
Rose were given another stroke of luck four minutes into the second half after defender Brian Hay was given a straight red card for bringing down Roddy MacLennan on the edge of the box – referee Steven Kirkland deeming it a goalscoring opportunity.
On 55 minutes, Rose should’ve made their man advantage count. Kelbie’s deep cross found Roddy at the back post and he shot first time into the ground, but Coyne couldn’t flick the ball into the net from four yards out – instead putting it over the bar.
Ten minutes later, however, Coyne got what proved to be the winner, although midfielder Blair Batchelor would share acclaim for his wonderful assist.
The former Camelon man, signed in the summer by Rose boss Danny Smith, carved out the chance when he skipped past the Fraserburgh right back before sending an inch perfect cross into the box, which Coyne met to head over Cowe.
Roddy had the chance to seal the win on 87 minutes after substitutes Calum Smith and Colin Strickland worked an opportunity for the winger, but his shot from close range was straight at Cowe.
Rose boss Smith admits his side have achieved nothing yet, but stressed his importance of the win which he believes, could define their season.
“We’ve done nothing, we’ve not achieved anything yet, but that was a big game that was a big game that could develop how our season goes now,” he said.
Linlithgow Rose: McKinven, Thom, McGowan, O’Byrne, Ovenstone, Nelson, Batchelor, Ruari MacLennan, Kelbie (Strickland), Coyne (Smith), Roddy MacLennan
Fraserburgh: Cowe, Hay, McBride, Ryan Cowie, Dickson, Mark Cowie, Cooper, West (Main), Bruce (Davidson), Johnston (Fowlie), Barbour