Roddy sticks it to old pals

West Lothian Courier - - Property - Bo’ness United ........ 1 Lin­lith­gow Rose ..... 2

Roddy MacLen­nan helped Lin­lith­gow Rose get the bet­ter of bit­ter ri­vals Bo’ness United at New­town Park.

The striker, who re­turned to the Rose in the sum­mer af­ter a one-year stint with Bo’ness, opened the scor­ing be­fore the home side lev­elled things up thanks to skip­per Chris Don­nelly.

How­ever, it was the vis­i­tors who would leave with all three points af­ter a late win­ner from Owen Ron­ald in a typ­i­cally ro­bust af­fair be­tween the two neigh­bours.

Both teams went into the match des­per­ate for the win for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Lin­lith­gow were com­ing off a shock Scot­tish Cup exit at the hands of Banks O’Dee, while United were hav­ing an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic poor start to the cam­paign.

It was the trav­el­ling Lin­lith­gow fans who would cheer first as MacLen­nan gave his side the lead with a neat strike from the edge of the box in the open­ing stages.

Chances were missed at both ends of the park be­fore Bo’ness dragged them­selves level mo­ments be­fore the half-time break.

It was not with­out con­tro­versy as the lines­man flagged for off­side af­ter Don­nelly fired the ball home, only for the ref­eree to have ad­judged that the ball took a de­flec­tion off a Rose body.

The hosts would have the bet­ter of the open­ing phases in the sec­ond half but were un­done on the hour when Robert Sloan’s free-kick made its way to Owen Ron­ald who sweetly volleyed the ball home.

United would pile pres­sure on the vis­i­tors for the re­main­der of the game but their hopes were dealt a blow when Mur­ray Carstairs was shown a straight red with five min­utes left as the Rose clung on for the win.

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