Linlithgow Rose versus Livingston United match report
TOMMY COYNE was in lethal form for Linlithgow Rose on Saturday as he grabbed four goals to see off Livingston United and book his side a place in the semi-finals of the Fife and Lothians Cup.
Rose went into the match as heavy favourites against opponents two divisions below them and lived up to their tag with a comfortable victory at Prestonfield Park, despite a decent opening from the visitors.
Livi United looked fired up from the start and put the home side under pressure in the early stages.
But any hopes of a shock were quickly doused when Rose launched a counter-attack from a United corner.
Gordon Herd hared up the left wing before delivering a pinpoint cross to Coyne, whose volley found the back of the net via a deflection.
The Rose striker was in the mood and quickly doubled his account when Stephen Manson darted down the left before cutting the ball back for Coyne to finish in style.
Livi came close to pegging their Superleague opponents back when Bryan Jaconelli rounded Rose keeper David Hay, only for the home stopper to somehow recover and block the effort.
It was already an uphill task for United to get back into the match but it got steeper after the interval when Herd found space inside the box to grab goal No3, then Coyne sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
The forward made it four for him after Herd broke through on goal and cut the ball back for Coyne to tap it into an empty net.
“It’s the only competition we’re still taking part in and obviously we want to win it,” said Rose boss Michael Bradley, whose side will now face Bonnyrigg Rose or Bo’ness United in the semi-final.
“Livingston could have been a banana skin for us, so it was important to start well.
“We’ve got to wait and see who we play now but we know it will be a Superleague side, so it won’t be easy.”
Livi United boss Andy Johnstone said: “Linlithgow are a team with real quality and they were massive favourites going into the game.
“I didn’t feel there were five goals in it and I was pleased with the performance from our boys.”