Roddy sticks it to old pals
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.