Linlithgow Rose v East Stirlingshire



Date Time League Season
19th September 2020 14:00 Friendly 2020-21


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Linlithgow Rose011Loss
East Stirlingshire112Win



This afternoon ‘Shire travelled the short distance to Prestonfield to take on East of Scotland Premier Division Linlithgow Rose in what was our 3rd pre-season friendly. The game was once again played behind closed doors to comply with the current Covid 19 restrictions.

The match turned out to be an entertaining one with ‘Shire taking the early initiative and for the 1st 10 minutes of the match pressed the home team back into their own penalty box. However, ‘Shire were unable to create any clear cut chances during this spell.

Gradually Rose came back into the match and in the 28th minute a ball was fired across the ‘Shire penalty box but there were no takers.

‘Shire had a reasonable penalty claim turned down in the next minute when Nicky Low drove into the box from the right and had his left knee clipped but the referee wasn’t interested in the ‘Shire captain’s appeals.


A minute on Rose’s Willis Hare was lucky not to go into the referee’s book following a late tackle on Matty Orr. However a further 2 minutes later the yellow card did come out for the two number 5’s on the pitch, Jordan Tapping and David Brownlie, after a heated coming together.

Immediately after this Low tried his luck with a shot from 25 yards which was held by Rose keeper Lee Wilson.

The home team were creating chances of their own and in the 37th minute Pat Scullion saw his shot from just outside the penalty area go narrowly past the post.

5 minutes before half time the ‘Shire captain had another 25 yard shot but Wilson held easily,

Then in the 41st minute ‘Shire went into the lead courtesy of Jamie Dishington. Gregg Wylde got the ball on the left flank and passed the ball to midfielder on the right of the box. He then cut inside and hit a shot which went through a couple of Rose defenders on the line and into the net.


At half time both teams took the opportunity to make changes to give players valuable pre-season playing time. ‘Shire made 3 changes and Linlithgow Rose made 7.

In a frantic start to the 2nd half both teams traded chances but neither team could find the mark.

1st Willis Hare had a 25 yard shot for the home team which was saved by Ross Connelly and then Andy Rogers hit the side netting from 15 yards.

In the 51st minute Rodgers sent  in a great cross to Sean Brown who was in the clear on the Rose 6 yard line. However, Brown’s 1st time shot came of the post and re-bounded into the arms of the Rose goalkeeper and the score remained at 1-0.

Only 1 minute later Wllis Hare was clean through and shot from just outside the “D” but was unable to bring the scores level as his shot went just wide of the right hand post.

Rose were back on the attack a couple minutes later and really should have scored when Sean Dickson had a shot from just outside of the box which hit the left post and then the ball ran along behind Connelly before a Rose play crossed it back across the penalty box but there were no takers and the chance was lost.

‘Shire weren’t out of it and a clever  56th minute edge of the box free kick was taken short to Craig Henderson on the left whose’ 1st time shot was saved Brian Schwake, the substitute Rose keeper, at the left post.

‘Shire brought on 3 more subs in the 60th minute including a change of goalkeepers, then a final ‘Shire sub was made 10 minutes after this. Rose made their own final sub shortly afterwards.

A speculative long ball from Marty Orr in the 75th minute over the top fell perfectly to the feet of Brown who elected to shoot from the edge of the box only to see his shot flash narrowly by the Rose post.

3 minutes after Brown won the ball 25 yards out and passed to trialist Robbie Young who sent in a shot from 18 yards into the side netting.

The next minute saw an amazing let off for ‘Shire when Jonny Court crashed in a shot from the edge of the ‘Shire box which re-bounded off the right post to his team mate Owen Ronald who then shot from just inside the box, the net bound shot was miraculously cleared off the line by Matty Orr.

With 7 minutes to go another long ‘Shire ball found Brown who shot from the edge of the box flew over the bar.

Then Rose’s substitute trialist had an attempt from the edge of the box but it spun wide of the ‘Shire post.

In the 87th minute ‘Shire extended their lead to 2-0 when an initial shot from Lee Hadden from the right was saved by Schwake but Robbie Young was on hand to score from the re-bound with a strike from the edge of the box.

‘Rose didn’t give up and with a minute to goal pulled the score back to 2-1 from an Owen Ronald penalty after a Rose shot had hit Orr on the arm, though he had been unable to get of the way.

The resulting 2-1 win was an good run out for the players with the game being played a positive tempo and it was obvious that the team is beginning to gel.


East Stirlingshire: 1. Ross Connelly 2. Martin Orr (RB) 3. Gregg Wylde (LB) 4. Adam Murray (LCD) 5. Jordan Tapping (RCD) 6. Kieran Gibbons (LCM) 7. Jamie Dishington (RM) 8. Nicky Low (Captain) (RF) 9. Ronan Kearney (CF) 10. Reis Peggie (LM) 11. Andy Rodgers (LF) Subs 12. Euan Griffiths (RCM) (came on 10. Ries Peggie in 60 mins) 14. Sean Brown (LF) (came on for 8. Nicky Low in 46 mins) 15. Craig  Henderson (LM) (came on for 7. Jamie Dishington in 46 mins) 16. Lee Hadden (RM) (came on for 5. Jordan Tapping in 60 mins) 17. Iain Ure (sub gk) (came on for 1. Ross Connelly in 60 mins) 18. Robbie Young (played as a Trialist (RF) (came on for 9. Ronan Kearney in 46 mins) 19. Andy Shirra (LCM) (came on for 4. Adam Murray in 70 mins)

Linlithgow Rose: 1. Lee Wilson 2. Scott Stevenson (RB) 4. Gary Thom (RCD) 5. David Brownlie (LCD) 22. Trialist 1 (LB) 16. Pat Scullion (CM) 18. Sean Dickson (RCM) 8. Ruari MacLennan (Captain) (LCM) 14. Ross Allum (LM) 9. Colin Strickland (CF) 12. Willis Hare (RM) Subs 21. Brian Schwake (sub gk) (came on for 1. Lee Wilson in 46 mins) 3. Liam Allison (LB) (came on for 2. Scott Stevenson in 46 mins) 6. Daniel Nimmo (RCD) (came on for 4. Gary Thom in 46 mins) 15. Dean Cairns (CM) (came on for 8. Ruari MacLennan in 46 mins) 20. Jonny Court (CF) (came on for 9. Colin Srickland in 46 mins) 7. Owen Ronald (RM) (came on for 16. Pat Scullion in 46 mins) 23. Trialist 2 (RCM) (came on for 12. Willis Hare in 72 mins) 11. Paul Willis (LM) (came on for 14. Ross Allum in 46 mins)

Ht  1-0 Ft 2-1

East Stirlingshire Scorers : 1) Jamie Dishington (41 mins) 2) Robbie Young (87 mins)

East Stirlingshire Assists : 1) Gregg Wylde 2) Lee Hadden

East Stirlingshire Booking: 1) Jordan Tapping (32 mins)

Linlithgow Rose Scorer : 1) Owen Ronald (penalty) (89 mins)

Linlithgow Rose Assist: 1) N/A

Linlithgow Rose Booking: 1) David Brownlie (32 mins)

Crowd: 0 – Closed Door Under Covid 19 Restrictions

Referee: Chris Newman

Assistant Referee 1: Ken Boyd

Assistant Referee 2: Jenna Cook


Linlithgow Rose

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Ross Connelly 17Goalkeeper0000
2Martin OrrDefender0000
3Gregg WyldeDefender0100
4Adam Murray 19Defender0000
5Jordan Tapping 16Defender0010
6Kieran GibbonsMidfielder0000
7Jamie Dishington 15Midfielder1000
8Nicky Low 14Forward0000
9Ronan Kearney 18Forward0000
10Reis PeggieMidfielder0000
11Andy RodgersDefender, Midfielder, Forward0000
12Euan GriffithsMidfielder0000
14Sean Brown 8Forward0000
15Craig Henderson 7Midfielder0000
16Lee Hadden 5Midfielder0100
17Iain Ure 1Goalkeeper0000
18Robbie Young 9Forward1000
19Andy Shirra 4Midfielder0000
Yellow Cards
Red Cards