Rose hit seven as Saints are marched out of the cup

Linlithgow v St Andrews
Linlithgow v St Andrews

Linlithgow Rose.................7

St Andrews........................2

St Andrews United had a break from league business last Saturday, when they travelled to play Linlithgow Rose in the second round of the East of Scotland Cup.

It was a match where Linlithgow over ran United in midfield with their slick play.

Although United were much more of a goal threat in the second half, the matchwas already out of their reach.

Manager Ian Barrett started with the same 11 that defeated Broxburn the previous week.

Linlithgow came out of the blocks at a fierce pace and found themselves two goals ahead after only nine minutes. The first was a low strike from 20 yards byRuari Maclennan that beat Darren Clarkson near a post.

Tommy Coyne doubled the home side’s lead when he converted a low cross from the left wing, that gave Clarkson no chance.

Goal number three came after 27 minutes when a United attack broke down andBlair Batchelor ran all of 50 yards, before he slotted the ball past Clarkson.

Onthe stroke of half time Kevin Kelbie scored goal number four.

After 49 minutes Coyne took advantage of a mistake by Aaron Whitehead tonet another.

A minute later United reduced the leeway when keeper Michael McKinven let a shot from 20 yards by Liam Rolland slip through hishands.

Colin Strickland then scored goal number six after 67 minutes, beforeBarry Sibanda rifled in a second for United a few minutes later .

With the last kick of the match Batchelor completed the rout.

Saints - Clarkson, Brand, McMullan, Wedderburn, Whitehead, McInnes, Mackie, Rolland, Cunningham, Sibanda, Sturrock, Deane (45).

Subs - Wilson (GK), Buchan, Murdoch, Patrick.

United return to league business next Saturday when they travel to Bo’ness United - kick off 2.30 pm.