Linlithgow hit four ahead of Junior Cup semi-final

Colin Strickland scored a double
Colin Strickland scored a double
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Linlithgow bounced back from last week’s defeat by Bo’ness to rack up four goals – much to the delight of manager Danny Smith.

Smith’s men will take a much-needed lift from the result as they prepare for this Saturday’s home Junior Cup semi-final first-leg clash against Musselburgh

“It took us a while to settle but after the first goal we played some good football,” said Smith. “We have a huge next couple of weeks so it was good to see everyone upping their game to make sure they have a chance of making the starting 11 next week.”

Linlithgow took the lead thanks to a surging run from new signing Alex King. He picked the ball up in his own half before finding Kevin Kelbie out wide right. He continued his run to the back post to meet Kelbie’s cross and rolled the ball to Colin Strickland to score from five yards.

Rose doubled their lead five minutes into the second half. The Fauldhouse defence failed to clear a ball into the penalty box allowing Calum Smith to finish the move with a scissor kick from the 18-yard line.

On 64 minutes, Strickland grabbed his second, smashing the ball past the keeper from ten yards.

Fauldhouse, though, were still dangerous and pulled a goal a minute later. Jamie Robertson, out wide right, rolled the ball across goal for Andy McQuillan to score easily. Linlithgow’s Kelbie finished the scoring with three minutes to go, running in on goal and sliding the ball past keeper Murphy.

Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Wilson, McGowan, Tyrrell, Ovenstone, MacLennan, King, Smith, Strickland, Kelbie, Kelly, Subs: Thom, Nelson, Batchelor, Coyne, McKinven.

Fauldhouse: Murphy, Fallon, Smith, K Ross, Lawson, Campbell, Robertson, Browne, McQuillan, B Ross, Deans. Subs: Donnelly, Wilkins, Scott, Peace.