Linlithgow Rose versus Bo’ness United match report
ROSE boss Mark Bradley admitted he was unhappy at not ending their Superleague season with a win over bitter rivals Bo’ness.
Lithgae started poorly despite creating the more chances in a below-par first-half display.
And it was only after going behind to a Chris Donnelly finish that Linlithgow rose to the challenge and grabbed a late equaliser through Tommy Coyne.
Bradley reckons the poor start cost his side dearly.
He said: “It was disappointing not to end the season with a win over Bo’ness.
“This is the first time in years that we haven’t beaten them in a season.
“It would have been nice to end on a high note but we didn’t start well and that has cost us.
“I don’t know if it was the nerves of the big occasion but we were playing kick and rush which isn’t what you want.
“We settled down in the second-half and I feel the full-time whistle came too soon.
“We had them penned in at the end and I thought we were the side most likely to get the win.”
Colin Strickland had the best chance of the first half but was denied by Bo’ness goalie Scott Christie with a wonder-save.
United opened the scoring early in the second-half when Donnelly’s cross missed his team-mates and sailed into the empty net.
Strickland was denied by a last-ditch challenge from Scott Gibb after he sent the ball past Christie.
Stuart McArthur’s free-kick found Mark Tyrell at the back post who squared for Coyne who applied the finish to level the score.
Rose hit the bar through Tyrell late on as the Prestonfield side pressed for a winner.
But Bo’ness held on for the point.
The draw moves Linlithgow four points clear of Hill of Beath Hawthorn at the top of the table.
But with the chasing pack of Beath, Bonnyrigg Rose and Bo’ness all holding games in hand over them, Bradley reckons the title is as good as lost.
He said: “It’s frustrating to have to sit and watch whether teams overtake us or not.
“It’s not in our hands anymore.
“We had our chance and we did our best, but it looks like one of the teams below us are more likely to take the title.”