Linlithgow bounce back from cup defeat

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Linlithgow put some of the disappointment of their William Hill Scottish Cup exit behind them with a 4-1 win at home to St Andrews United.

An even start saw Rose keeper Scott Christie pushed into action to keep out efforts by Sutherland and Wedderburn for the visitors before a lovely exchange between Tommy Coyne and Colin Strickland created space for the former whose cross was thumped home by Calum Smith to put Rose ahead on 20 minutes. The home side went further in front five minutes later when the unfortunate Wedderburn blocked a pass from Meechan in the box but only succeeded in diverting the ball past his goalkeeper.

St Andrews did their best to stay in the game and they received a helping hand from Scott Christie in the home goal ten minutes into the second half when he spilled an innocuous cross and Kaladra was on hand to steer the ball home. The lifeline didn’t last long as Linlithgow pushed the visitors back and Calum Smith restored their two-goal cushion on the hour mark when he volleyed home from eight yards before substitute Roddy MacLennan worked his way through the St Andrews defence and released Strickland to tap home from close range to complete a comprehensive victory for the home side.

Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Gibson, Dunn, McKenzie (Ovenstone 77), Tyrrell, Shirra, Meechan (Roddy MacLennan 45), Nelson, Strickland (Ruari MacLennan 77), Coyne, Smith. Subs: Trialist.

St Andrews: Cargill, McMullan, Seeley (Hardie 88), McInnes, Wedderburn, Drummond, Kaladra (Duncan 81), Patrick, Buchan (Mackie 84), Sutherland, Sibanda. Subs: Morgan.