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Linlithgow Rose in bloom as Boroughmuir wilt in the sun

Linlithgow Rose CFC 3

McEwan 17, 22, Molloy 40

Boroughmuir Thistle 1

Santioyo-Brown 11
  • Thursday, 07 May 2015
  • Prestonfield Park
  • 15's Girls
  • League Cup
Peter Joyce

Peter Joyce | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Linlithgow Rose overcame a spirited performance from Boroughmuir Thistle to advance to the final of the South East Region Cup.

On a beautifully sunny night in the West Lothian town, it was the home side who started the brightest.

Grace Molloy found herself through on the keeper.  Flying off her line in a style that has become indicative of Manuel Neuer, Niamh O’Neill-Berest  came out to clear the ball away 40 yards from her goalmouth. A spectacular piece of sweeper keeping that we would see again in the match. 

The match was a scrappy affair early on, with the visitors especially struggling to settle. Only the classy work of Raewyn Murphy was standing out for Boroughmuir, who were desperately seeking a way into the proceedings. 

After 10 minutes, Linlithgow Rose knew they would get joy down the right flank. Grace Molloy fired a cross across the box, and Lucy McEwan found herself in on goal. Trying to sneak the ball in at the front post however, she could only find the side netting. 

Again down the right, the ever impressive Rheanna Kennedy was waltzing down the touchline. Her angled ball found Fiona Tuckett, who from five yards on the swivel, could only sting the palms of the keeper. 

With all the pressure, Linlithgow Rose were suddenly stunned. Elena Santioyo-Brown was found with a delicate ball that split the defence like the red sea. With just the keeper to beat, she delicately placed the ball into the bottom corner of the net, and gave her side the lead. Rose were stunned, and all their good play had been for nothing thus far. 

It was not long before Rose were on level terms though. McEwan was the beneficiary from more stellar work from Kennedy on the right flank when a whipped cross from the wing caused pinball in the Boroughmuir area. A shot was released and the keeper could only fumble the shot into the box. There was McEwan with the easiest of finishes in to an empty net, and Linlithgow were deservedly level.

Shortly afterwards, McEwan had doubled her personal tally, and given her side the lead. It was a weak clearance from the Boroughmuir defence, and she found herself with just the keeper to beat. Calmness personified, she fired across O’Neill-Berest, watching on as the ball nestled in the bottom corner to give Linlithgow the lead.

Estelle Fuller was becoming a shining light for Boroughmuir, and her mesmerising dribbles were causing all sorts of problems in the host team's backline. After beating three players however, she could only fire over. Things were not going right for her, or for Boroughmuir, and the wondrous abilities of Kennedy were the driving force for the Rose attacks. 

It was Boroughmuir who had the best chance before the whistle however. A towering header from Sarah McLaren was heading straight for the top right corner. Somehow, Beth Hopwood in the Linlithgow net managed to claw the ball away from goal, and pushed it away spectacularly for a corner. Linlithgow had preserved their lead, and were ready to push on in the second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Linlithgow Rose CFC
  • 2-1
  • Boroughmuir Thistle

Following the break, it was Boroughmuir who took the game to their opponents. Knowing they needed a goal, they had a lot of the ball without really creating a clear opening.  Esther Louise Newton Parmiter on the right flank provided endless running, matched by creativity of the highest order throughout the tie.

It was Linlithgow who were to add to their lead, and it was Grace Molloy who did so. Gathering the ball 25 yards from goal, she raised her head, and fired a vicious effort towards the far post. It was an unstoppable hit and the ball nestled in the net. Linlithgow certainly had one eye on the final now.

Linlithgow Rose were in control of proceedings now, and the match entered a lull. Only the sublime footwork of Kennedy for Linlithgow Rose was lighting up the match, dynamically floating atop the surface, gliding past players with a delicate ease.

Ellie Johnston was presented with a chance to make it 4-1 before the whistle, with an attempted clearance from the Boroughmuir keeper cannoning off her face. As a result she was through on goal, and after a fine turn she only needed send the ball toward the empty net. She instead fired wide, and turned away in anger at the lost opportunity to finish the tie. 

She need not to have worried however. As the sun set on the stadium, and on Boroughmuir’s cup bid, Linlithgow had done enough to secure safe passage in to the final.

  • Full Time:
  • Linlithgow Rose CFC
  • 3-1
  • Boroughmuir Thistle

Lineups

Linlithgow Rose CFC
Boroughmuir Thistle
1. Beth Hopwood
2. Anna Johnston
3. Zoe Miller
5. Fiona Tuckett
6. Laura Hopwood
7. Laura Welsh
8. Rheanna Kennedy
10. Hanna Kerr
11. Ellie Arthur
12. Megan McLeod
13. Kirsty Barnes
14. Rachel Corrie
15. Tara McGonigal
18. Ellie Johnston
21. Lucy McEwan
26. Grace Molloy
27. Hannah Cockburn
1. Niamh O'Neill-Berest
2. Esther Louise Newton
3. Rachael Collins
4. Sarah Jenkins
5. Rowan Stewart
6. Anna Elizabeth Nicole Le Derf
7. Ivy Fancey
8. Erin McLean
9. Kirsty Helen Buist
10. Raewyn Murphy
11. Elena Santioyo-Brown
12. Amelie Renwick
14. Hannah Urquhart
15. Ella Bownes
16. Sarah McLaren
17. Morag Toellner
18. Sian Phillips
19. Estelle Fuller
20. Leonore Bergeret
Star Player
Linlithgow Rose CFC
Boroughmuir Thistle
Rheanna Kennedy - Ran the game and was unplayable down the right flank. A classy performer.
Esther Louise Newton - Ran all day, and was rarely beaten on her defensive side.
Magic Moment
Linlithgow Rose CFC
Boroughmuir Thistle
Advancing to the final resulted in passionate celebrations at the whistle - they will hope their magic moment is still to come.
Taking the lead early in the first half was a magic moment for Boroughmuir, who just struggled to have a strong grip on proceedings.
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