LINLITHGOW ROSE 2-2 KILBIRNIE LADESIDE
Linlithgow Rose (2)
Ruari MacLennan (73) Thom (86)
Kilbirnie Ladeside (2)
Craig (60) Finlay (80)
Linlithgow Rose welcomed Ayrshire Junior side Kilbirnie to Prestonfield as they continued their pre-season fixtures.
The hosts had the better of a lively start with both Colin Strickland and Ross Barbour having efforts that went wide. Linlithgow continued to press and good link up play from Strickland and Tommy Coyne saw the latter shoot just wide on the quarter hour mark.
Barbour was then to have a free kick saved before Owen Ronald saw his freekick hit the post and bounce to safety. The visitors came into the game with Lee Wilson making a good save from David Waite on the half hour. Linlithgow had an opportunity to take the lead prior to the break but the energetic Danny Smith had his shot cleared off the line by Dom McLaren.
The second half commenced with the hosts remaining on the front foot and Barbour saw another free kick go wide before Ruari MacLennan had a mazy run culminating in his effort being saved. It was however Kilbirnie that were to take the lead prior to the hour when a McLaren shot from distance hit the bar with Kevin McKinley handling the rebound. Up stepped Chris Craig whose well taken penalty sent Wilson the wrong way. Linlithgow had a couple of quick chances to level it up but firstly Owen Ronald shot wide from a good position and Danny Smith hit a post from a Ross Allum lay off. The leveller was to come though on seventy-three minutes with a neat finish from Ruari MacLennan after a decent move. The visitors then managed to get themselves back in front on eighty minutes through James Finlay after he intercepted a short Danny Smith pass back. With time running out Gary Thom levelled with a header from a Ronald cross
Paul Ronald was satisfied with the workout “It was a hard game today with both teams going for it, conditions were difficult with it being so hot and humid.
“I felt we controlled a lot of the game, though we were a bit slack at times. A lot of players got time into them which was satisfying, and we had no injuries.
“The goals we lost were slack, we dug in well and showed some character to come back twice. We hit the post twice, had a lot of chances and should have scored more. Overall though I’m happy with the performance as we get closer to the season starting.”