Linlithgow forced to fight back for cup win

Calum Smith scored the winning goal for Linlithgow Rose.
Calum Smith scored the winning goal for Linlithgow Rose.
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Linlithgow had to come from behind to beat Broxburn 2-1 and claim their place in the semi-finals of the Fife & Lothians Cup.

Rose made heavy weather of beating their hosts, who were reduced to ten men when John Millar was sent off at Linlithgow’s equaliser.

Broxburn had taken the lead in the 18th minute with a sweet strike from Scott Pittman. The midfielder, son of Broxburn boss Stevie, finished off a good flowing move down the left wing which saw Craig Young slide the ball into Pittman on the penalty spot allowing him to blast the ball past Christie in the Rose goal.

The lead lasted only five minutes, though, as Linlithgow were awarded a penalty after Ruari MacLennan was sent sprawling in the box by Millar. The defender was sent off for a last-man tackle and Tommy Coyne made sure with the resultant spot-kick.

Pittman came close to grabbing his second goal with a great run which ended with his effort hitting the side-netting.

Linlithgow stepped up a gear at the start of the second half but found giant goalkeeper Gary Maley in good form.

Linlithgow did, however, break through with a goal from Calum Smith in the 68th minute. He twisted and turned the Broxburn defence on the 18-yard line before curling a left-foot shot into the net despite Maley getting a hand to the ball. To compound Broxburn’s woes, boss Pittman was sent to the stand for dissent and is likely to face sanctions for continued abuse to officials.

Broxburn Athletic: Maley, Locke, Gibson, Mooney, Millar, Manson, Fairbairn, Weir, Cowan, Pittman, Young. Subs: Keast, Nimmo, Paterson, Walker.

Linlithgow: Christie, Tyrrell, McKillen, Gibson, MacKenzie, Ru MacLennan, Smith, Shirra, Strickland, Coyne, Ro MacLennan. Subs: Herd, Wilson, Nelson, McKinven.