Linlithgow ease past Stoneyburn in League Cup opener

Linlithgow opened their defence of the Dechmont Forklift League Cup with a solid 3-1 win at home to Stoneyburn last night.

Striker Callum Smith gave the hosts the perfect start with a brace of goals in the opening minutes.

They even had the luxury of 
a penalty miss when Colin Strickland fired his effort wide of target.

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And Andy Shirra shut the door on any chance Stoneyburn had of clawing their way back into 
the game with a second-half strike.

Bonnyrigg Rose, meanwhile, enjoyed an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Edinburgh United. Paul Shields, who came on as a sub after half an hour, scored four with new signing Kris Renton grabbing the other two.

In a tight game at 
Newtown Park, Bo’ness beat recently-relegated Bathgate 2-1. James Donaldson and Chris Donnelly scored to put Bo’ness two up but a penalty from striker Lee Johnstone made it a nervy second half for he hosts.

In last night’s other group matches, Penicuik got their revenge the team who effectively stopped their promotion charge last season, when they won 2-1 at home to Blackburn.

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Arniston Rangers held 
Newtongrange to a 1-1 draw. In a game of two penalties, Tadg Moriarty scored for Arniston, while Gary Cherrie was the goal-scorer for Star. At 
Olivebank, Musselburgh beat Tranent 3-1.

Dalkeith beat Dunbar 3-1 with the goals coming from a Jay Hunter double and Mattie Hunter.

There were a couple of 
surprise results, as Pumpherston won 3-1 away to Livingston while Whitburn lost at the hands of Harthill.

Sauchie, newly promoted to the Super League, showed 
their class in a 2-0 win at home to Premier League side