‘Port make their point in 1-1 draw against title chasers

Stephen McPhee's free kick is turned in to goal by defender Billy Gibson.
Stephen McPhee's free kick is turned in to goal by defender Billy Gibson.

Tayport played host to title-chasing Linlithgow Rose in a Super League encounter on the Canniepairt.

While the draw did nothing to ease the home team’s relegation worries, it was an encouraging performance from Dave Baikie’s troops who came from behind to share the points.

Rose wide-man Roddy McLennan dragged a shot across goal, while Paul Thomson had to intervene when the winger again found space in the box.

Defender Billy Gibson then curled an effort just off-target following a short corner as the pressure began to mount.

Tommy Coyne, son of the former Dundee, Dundee United and Celtic striker of that name, came close to an opener on 20 minutes.

His first shot was blocked, but he was quickly onto the loose ball, firing it goalwards and only Paul Thomson’s clearance off the line kept the goal intact.

It was not long before Lithgae did open the scoring.

In an attack down the left flank, Tayport’s Ruaridh Donaldson was sent flying, but no free kick was forthcoming the referee instead pointing to the corner flag.

From the delivery the ball fell to Ruari McLennan and his strike from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection on its way past Sam Morris.

In the second half it was Tayport who were to the fore.

Matty Adam curled a shot wide and Steven McPhee twice cut inside to test the ‘keeper with shots from the edge of the box.

Linlithgow had one flurry during the second period and Sam Morris had to claw away a goalbound header with Tommy Coyne volleying the loose ball over the top.

With two minutes remaining Dave Baikie’s men finally grabbed a deserved leveller.

Steven McPhee collected a throw-in on his chest, turned and hooked a dangerous ball into the area.

Linlithgow defender Billy Gibson met the ball, heading it into his own net.

Tayport - Morris, Thomson, Donaldson, Allan, Tonner, Connelly, Rollo, Suttie, Adam, Lawson, McPhee.