Brave display by Culter against thorny Rose

Scott Christie just fails to stop Culter's Nicky Gordon's shot.

Scott Christie just fails to stop Culter's Nicky Gordon's shot.

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Culter put up a brave display against four times Scottish Junior Cup winners Linlithgow Rose on Saturday but lost to a late winner at Spain Park.

The first half hour saw Rose camped in the Culter half without making many clear-cut chances but the breakthrough came in the 29th minute.

Tommy Coyne battles with Culter's Scott McArthur

Tommy Coyne battles with Culter's Scott McArthur

McKillen made his way into the home box and pulled the ball back to Shirra who took a touch before Kevin Kelbie stepped up to sweep the ball into the net.

Culter should have equalised immediately from the restart when Taylor found himself one on one with Christie but the keeper saved the striker’s effort.

Rose we’re soon back in the ascendancy with both MacLennan brothers coming close to adding to the lead. Roddy saw his effort headed off the line by Shand while Ruari’s dipping shot was just too high.

With half time approaching Culter rocked the Rose with a stunning equaliser, Nicky Gordon picked up the ball 25 yards out and drove past the rooted Christie into the top corner.

HT 1-1

Linlithgow were back in front on the hour mark when Heads brought down Tommy Coyne and the Rose top scorer converted the resulting penalty sending keeper Reid the wrong way.

Once again Culter went straight up the park and were lucky not to get an equiliser, Gordon’s overhead kick was palmed away before the ball fell to McKimmie whose shot come back off the
crossbar.

O’Byrne was short with a headed back pass and Michael Taylor nipped in to steal the ball the ball only to fire the ball straight into the arms of Christie.

The home team grabbed an equaliser that few could grudge them in the 81st minute.

Rose didn’t deal with a short corner and when Harry Milne returned the ball into the box it found the top corner of the net at the
back post.

With another Scottish Junior Cup tie replay looming for Culter, Ovenstone launched a long throw into the box in the 91st minute and with the ball bouncing about the box Calum SMITH pounced to stroke home the winner.

Culter: Reid, McArthur, Milne, Shand, Heads, Presly, McKimmie (Smith 85 mins), S Taylor (Cromar 82 mins), Gordon, M Taylor, Leith

Linlithgow: Christie, Tyrrell, McKillen, O’Byrne, Ovenstone, Ruari MacLennan (Batchelor 64 mins), Smith, Shirra, Kelbie (Strickland 76 mins), Coyne, Roddy MacLennan (Thom 71 mins)

Referee: Morag Pirie