League leaders Linlithgow strode into an early lead with two goals in the first 20 minutes. The opener arrived when Steven Manson’s pass released Ruari MacLennan and although Ryan Sloan stopped his first effort he was powerless to stop the Rose midfielder following up to net.
Manson claimed the second when he won the ball on the halfway line and progressed to the edge of the box before scoring. When the St Andrews goal arrived it was gift-wrapped by the Rose defence. John Ovenstone and David Hay had a misunderstanding and Kevin Cumming was able to nip between them, round the keeper and score. The Saints flurry was short-lived as Rose went further ahead when Colin Strickland beat Sloan.
Stuart McArthur then scored the goal of the game for Linlithgow with a 20-yard volley.
St Andrews: Sloan, McAllister (Hunter 83), Hendry, Porteous, McMullen, Patrick, Sutherland, MacRae (McQuade 75), Suttie (Dignan 62), McInnes, Cumming
Linlithgow: Hay, Gibson, Fleming, McKenzie, Ovenstone, Ruari MacLennan, Manson (Smith 76), Nelson, Strickland (Herd 76), Coyne, Roddy MacLennan (McArthur 74)