Carluke Rovers FC v Linlithgow Rose FC

Emirates Junior Cup
Sat 26 October 2013
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

Carluke Rovers played host to top junior outfit Linlithgow Rose in this 2nd round Scottish Cup tie and gave a more than decent account of themselves in front of a big crowd.

The home side took the match to Rose early on with Ian watt looking lively up front and Mark Weir supplying from the left, in the 4th min Weir set Watt free but the forwards shot went just past the post then a few minutes later the pair linked up again before weirs cross went across goal with no takers.

The visitors were never likely to allow Carluke to dictate the match and they gradually got a foot hold and when Craig Stewart was caught out in 11 mins on the left the ball was whizzed in but went just past Gavin McLachlan’s post.

Then as Rose built on this they had the ball in the net in 16 mins but it was rightly ruled out for an off side offence, they then had an effort one on one with McLachlan but the Rovers keeper came out on top and kept the scores level.

In 26 mins another header after a free kick brought a good save from McLachlan as Rovers weathered the visitors pressure.

As the half time break approached Rovers got back in to the match with Watt feeding Stewart on the left but after cutting in the defenders shot was weak and easily saved.

In the last minute of the half McLachlan brought off his best save when he dived low to stop an effort on the line when all in the ground thought Rose had taken the lead, Rovers broke from this and even as they lost the ball Stephen Ferguson fought to win it back but his shot from the right was easily saved to give a 0-0 half time score.

Carluke started the second half as they did the first on the attack and within 30secs of the start Ferguson broke down the right but his cross was poor and any chance was lost and a minute later Watt was free again on the right but his cross hit a defender and was cleared.

Craig Stark was next to link up with the impressive Watt as they combined to set up Ferguson but again the final shot was wide of the target.

This was proving to be Rovers best spell of the match and again it was Watt who had the next chance when he broke forward on the right but his shot was well saved.

As is usually the case Rovers were made to pay for these misses when Linlithgow broke down the right and as the ball was played to the back post Tommy Coyne was on hand to sneak past Scott Bellew to stab the ball home at the back post for 1-0 to the visitors after 55 mins.

This goal spurred the visitors to have a good spell in the match but again McLachlan was equal to everything they threw at him and again Rovers weathered the storm and got back in to the match.

Darren Hamilton who had replaced Ferguson had the first chance of the last quarter of the match for Rovers when he was free but the visitors keeper managed to steal the ball from his foot.

As the game wore on it looked as if Linlithgow had settled for a 1-0 win but Rovers had other ideas and when Watt again caused problems for their defence beating man after man he was eventually brought down with a free kick going to Rovers 20 yards out, Watt and Weir lined up to take it but it was Weir who struck the ball and with the aid of a slight deflection it beat the Rose keeper and ended in the net to make it 1-1 after 83 mins.

This goal spurred Linlithgow on as they penned Rovers back with long throw ins and high balls in to the box but Carluke held out and are rewarded with a trip to Linlithgow this week for the replay.

Following the match both teams went to the Rovers Social club where club chairman Malcolm Black thanked Linlithgow Rose for the day and that it had been a pleasure having them at John Cumming Stadium. The Rovers manager Colin Slater then presented Linlithgow Rose with a Friendship plaque to commemorate the visit.