Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Scottish Cup: Ross County 4-2 Linlithgow Rose

Brian Graham's double helped Ross County end junior side Linlithgow Rose's brave Scottish Cup run.

The East Superleague side fell behind when Paul Quinn fired in from a corner for his second goal in two games.

Rose drew level through a Jamie Reckord own goal, but Graham and Alex Schalk put the Premiership side in control.

However, the semi-professionals refused to buckle and Ruari MacLennan scored his fourth cup goal before Graham pounced to finally settle the tie.

While County move into the quarter-final draw, the first junior side to reach the last 16 of the competition were far from disgraced.

It is an indication of the strength of his squad that County manager Jim McIntyre was able to make six changes to the side that beat Celtic in last week's League Cup semi final.

There was certainly no sign of disruption early on as the Premiership outfit raced into the lead in their first serious attack after a bright start by the visitors.

Colin Leiper nearly headed Ian McShane's corner into his own net with Ryan Baptie clearing off the line, but the ball broke to Quinn, who hammered home from 12 yards for his second goal since his return from Aberdeen.

Many would have expected the Rose to wilt after that fourth-minute setback, but they showed real character to take the game to the Staggies and create a couple of decent chances.

Linlithgow's Ruari MacLennan (left) celebrates his goal
Linlithgow's Ruari MacLennan (left) scored against County in Dingwall

Conor Kelly fired a shot over the bar from the edge of the box then Tommy Coyne swapped passes with Graham Weir before forcing Gary Woods into a save from a similar distance.

County's main threat continued to be from set pieces, with Quinn and Raffa De Vita going close, while Linlithgow goalkeeper Ally Adams made an outstanding diving save low to his left to prevent Brian Graham converting Jonathan Franks' inviting cross.

Rose have shown resilience throughout their Scottish Cup adventure and, after Ruari McLennan then Blair Batchelor had shots blocked, Scott Boyd blasted it off the goal-line against Reckord and into the empty net to spark wild celebrations among the Rose players and their large travelling support.

They continued to give as good as they got at the start of the second half, with Batchelor forcing Woods into a save, but the Premiership side's superiority at set pieces paid off.

McShane whipped in another corner from the left and Graham raced clear to head home from six yards.

Schalk finally killed off the tie five minutes later as Jackson Irvine found space in the box to head on for the Dutchman to slam the ball in from close range.

Back came the junior side with a slick passing move climaxed by MacLennan's finish in 75 minutes only for the Staggies to spoil any chance of a fairytale finish.

Graham scored his seventh goal of the season with a shot from the edge of the area to leave Rose to concentrate on next week's Scottish Junior Cup tie away to Kilwinning Rangers.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Woods
  • 2Fraser
  • 5Boyd
  • 43Quinn
  • 3ReckordBooked at 30minsSubstituted forFosterat 45'minutes
  • 24De Vita
  • 36Irvine
  • 8McShane
  • 17FranksSubstituted forGardyneat 45'minutes
  • 9Graham
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forBoyceat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 6Robertson
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10Boyce
  • 12Foster
  • 18Murdoch
  • 26Woods

Linlithgow Rose

  • 1Adams
  • 2Tyrrell
  • 6MacLennan
  • 5LeiperSubstituted forGrayat 75'minutes
  • 3Batty
  • 7Batchelor
  • 4MacKenzie
  • 8ThomSubstituted forStricklandat 73'minutes
  • 11Weir
  • 9Kelly
  • 10CoyneSubstituted forKelbieat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gray
  • 14Jones
  • 15Kelbie
  • 16Strickland
  • 17Shirra
  • 19McKinven
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
2,208

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamLinlithgow Rose
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 4, Linlithgow Rose 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 4, Linlithgow Rose 2.

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie MacKenzie.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

Kevin Kelbie (Linlithgow Rose) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Blair Batchelor (Linlithgow Rose) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 4, Linlithgow Rose 2. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Boyce.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 3, Linlithgow Rose 2. Ruari MacLennan (Linlithgow Rose) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Linlithgow Rose. Chris Gray replaces Colin Leiper.

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Linlithgow Rose. Colin Strickland replaces Gary Thom.

Substitution

Substitution, Linlithgow Rose. Kevin Kelbie replaces Thomas Coyne.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

Conor Kelly (Linlithgow Rose) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Blair Batchelor (Linlithgow Rose).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ally Adams.

Attempt saved. Marcus Fraser (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Alex Schalk.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 3, Linlithgow Rose 1. Alex Schalk (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Batty (Linlithgow Rose).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Linlithgow Rose 1. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ian McShane with a cross following a set piece situation.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie MacKenzie.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Batty (Linlithgow Rose).

Alex Schalk (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graham Weir (Linlithgow Rose).

Attempt saved. Blair Batchelor (Linlithgow Rose) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Thomas Coyne (Linlithgow Rose) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Linlithgow Rose. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie MacKenzie (Linlithgow Rose).

Brian Graham (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Kelly (Linlithgow Rose).

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Linlithgow Rose 1.

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