New-look Rose enjoy easy East of Scotland Cup win

This was an easy East of Scotland Cup run-out for a much-changed Linlithgow side as they prepare for the Scottish Cup tie against Auchinleck in two weeks' time.

Boss Dave Baikie made six changes to thwart the Ayrshire side's spies at the game.

The changes only made things difficult for him as the new line-up ran the city side ragged. Andy Reilly gave them the lead in the 18th minute before Steve Manson's rocket into the top corner put them two up at the break.

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Manson quickly added their third after the restart with a penalty from Stuart McArthur putting them on easy street.

Midway through the second half, Manson completed his hat-trick in style. He took a pass from Chris King on the halfway line and drove straight at the static defence, finally rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net.

Linlithgow had a fistful of chances to take the score into double figures but missed them all before Chris King finally got his share of the pot.

Manson drove down the right before firing over a low cross which the keeper fumbled out to King six yards out. He dinked the ball over everyone and into the net to complete the scoring.

Linlithgow Rose: Pinkowski, Kelly, Virgili, Donnelly, Quinn, Tyrrell, Manson, McArthur, King, Reilly, McLennan. Subs: Strickland, Coyne, Nelson, Adam, Ward, Herd, McPherson.

Spartans Juniors: Patarek, Cruikshank, R Smith, Middlemass, McKribben, Campbell, Moffat, Bannon, Reid, Young, Shanks. Subs: Roberts, S Smith, Cowan, Hair.

Linlithgow Rose 6

Spartans Juniors 0