Linlithgow Rose striker Tommy Coyne insists their William Hill Scottish Cup exploits will count for nothing if they don’t do the business in tomorrow’s Junior Cup replay away to Irvine Meadow.
Rose dispatched League One Forfar Athletic after extra-time on Tuesday night at Station Park to set up a lucrative last-16 clash away to Premiership Ross County – a result which will be remembered for years to come down Prestonfield as they became the first Junior club to reach the fifth round.
But Coyne, who revealed he could have been lining up against Rose after an approach from Ayrshire giants Meadow in the summer, says losing tomorrow would cut their celebrations short.
“The senior Scottish Cup has been a welcome distraction from league business, but our main focus is the Junior Cup and the league as well,” said Coyne. “It’s a tournament we are looking to go and win so we need to go down there on Saturday and show that.
“If we go and get beat then it puts everything on a dampener again. Tuesday night will give us a great deal of confidence going into Saturday because we didn’t play to our best in the first game, but I’m sure we’ll rectify that.”
Rose were held 1-1 by Meadow at Prestonfield last weekend, the visitors sitting in and preventing the home side from gaining little forward momentum with their disruptive style of play.
Coyne feels going to Meadow Park will suit Lithgae better as the Ayrshire side will be expected to go for the win on their home park, with a fifth-round trip to Kilwinning Rangers lying in wait for the winners.
He said: “Their gameplan was maybe to come and upset us and put us off our style of play because we like to get the ball down and pass. They’ve been struggling a wee bit so it maybe suited them to sit in and make the game as difficult for us as possible, which they are more than entitled to do.
“They are at home now though so they’ve got to come out and try and win the game.”
Rose will welcome back Ruari MacLennan, Gary Thom and Chris Gray who were suspended on Tuesday, while Mark Tyrrell should be available after missing the match through work. Striker Conor Kelly is cup-tied.