Scottish Cup - Third Round
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Linlithgow Rose 0-2 Raith Rovers

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Prestonfield
Highlights - Linlithgow Rose 0-2 Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers endured a testing first-half before finding two goals to wipe out Linlithgow Rose's Scottish Cup dream.

Calum Smith, Colin Strickland and Roddy Maclennan all made Rovers keeper David McGurn work early on at Prestonfield.

But Raith withstood the pressure and Ryan Conroy's second-half penalty put them on course for the win.

Paul Watson's emphatic header ensured that the Championship side would enter Monday's fourth-round draw.

Having tasted success in the Challenge Cup under Grant Murray last season, the Kirkcaldy side will be keen to make their mark on Scotland's oldest cup tournament.

But if McGurn's talents had not been up to scratch and Linlithgow's finishing had been, it might have been a different story in front of over 2,000 fans.

John Ovenstone and James Vaughan
Rose fought hard but could not find a goal

Former Clyde midfielder Maclennan flashed one shot across goal before firing another low strike just wide of the post as Danny Smith's 'Rosey Posey' immediately showed their mettle.

Smith then made a brilliant run from the centre of the park and forced McGurn into a diving save.

And the 34-year-old's experience was required once again when Strickland's excellent free-kick looked destined for the far corner.

Unfortunately the hosts struggled to muster the same type of clear-cut chances after the break and it was the visitors who took the lead.

Linlithgow defender Gary Thom impeded Mark Stewart's run into the box and referee John McKendrick correctly pointed to the spot.

Conroy took over from there, stepping up to steer his fifth goal of the season into the bottom right corner beyond Rose goalkeeper Michael McKinven.

The set piece delivery of substitute Lewis Vaughan helped Rovers make the result safe, whipping in a corner for Watson to bullet home from the middle of the box.

Line-ups

Linlithgow Rose

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1McKinven
  • 2ThomSubstituted forKelbieat 85'minutes
  • 4O'Byrne
  • 5OvenstoneBooked at 70mins
  • 3McKillen
  • 7Smith
  • 8Batchelor
  • 11MacLennan
  • 6NelsonSubstituted forShirraat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Coyne
  • 9Strickland

Substitutes

  • 12Kelbie
  • 14Kelly
  • 15Tyrrell
  • 16Shirra
  • 17MacLennan
  • 18Mcgown
  • 19Christie

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Watson
  • 3PerryBooked at 50mins
  • 23McKeown
  • 7Anderson
  • 6Fox
  • 11ScottBooked at 90mins
  • 14ConroySubstituted forMoonat 78'minutes
  • 9StewartSubstituted forVaughanat 73'minutes
  • 10Elliot

Substitutes

  • 5Hill
  • 8Moon
  • 12Callachan
  • 16Vaughan
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 19McKay
  • 31Matthews
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
2,250

Match Stats

Home TeamLinlithgow RoseAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Linlithgow Rose 0, Raith Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Linlithgow Rose 0, Raith Rovers 2.

  3. Booking

    Martin Scott (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Andrew Shirra (Linlithgow Rose) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Richard McKillen.

  6. Post update

    Colin Strickland (Linlithgow Rose) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Linlithgow Rose. Andrew Shirra replaces Adam Nelson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Richard McKillen.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Linlithgow Rose 0, Raith Rovers 2. Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by John Ovenstone.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Linlithgow Rose. Kevin Kelbie replaces Gary Thom.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Nelson (Linlithgow Rose).

  16. Post update

    Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Roddy MacLennan (Linlithgow Rose) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Thomas Coyne (Linlithgow Rose) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    John Ovenstone (Linlithgow Rose) wins a free kick in the attacking half.