Beith Juniors FC: My Site News: What The Papers Are Saying

Monday, January 16
What The Papers Are Saying
From the Linlithgow Gazette :

Mixed fortunes

LINLITHGOW Rose crashed out of the Scottish Cup to a determined Beith side who fully deserved their 0-1 victory - a margin which could have been far higher had the Ayrshire side capitalised on their chances.

The Rose seemed bereft of ideas, and despite captain Danny Smith's best efforts failed to raise themselves for this crucial match which saw them reduced to 10 men in the second half.
When the final whistle blew, the delight of the travelling Beith support at humbling one of the junior game's biggest names on their own turf was all too obvious to the dispirited home fans.

From the Edinburgh Evening News:

Lowest of the low for sinnet



LINLITHGOW ROSE boss Jim Sinnet today bemoaned his side's performance in their OVD Scottish Cup defeat to Beith, claiming: "That's our worst-ever display."

Rose saw their hopes of another final appearance dashed after a strike from Beith's Kevin Deeney saw the Ayrshire side into the hat for the last 16.

And Rose manager Sinnet didn't mix his words when he said: "That's the worst display since I came here - and it just had to happen in the Scottish Cup."

There was another bumper crowd for this game which promised so much for the Linlithgow supporters, who had seen their side go on a long unbeaten run beforehand.

The match saw the return of Beith manager Dennis Gray, who played at Linlithgow several years ago and he was given a warm welcome before kick-off.

However, right from the start it was apparent that Rose were lacking that extra zip needed. The visitors were first to the ball in every tackle and, although Linlithgow did create chances in the opening half hour, there was no sharpness to their play.

Rose had the first clear-cut chance when Colin Allison left the Beith defence floundering with his pace, but keeper Keith Ross came out and produced a great save from his shot in the 15th minute.

Beith were now starting to find spaces in the Linlithgow defence and just after the half hour they grabbed what turned out to be the winner.

A three-man move involving Gavin Orr, Robbie Cameron and Kevin Deeney saw Deeney in space some 15 yards from the goal line on the right-hand side. With all the time in the world, he blasted a low shot into the far corner to silence the big home support.

Half-time couldn't come quick enough for Sinnet. He took off Ryan Jordan and Scott Murphy and introduced Graeme Landels and John Fallon to inject some fire into the side.

The second half got off to a blistering pace as the new faces set about their business. They were soon pressing for an equaliser but Beith were quick on the break and the Linlithgow defence were stretched at times as they searched for a goal.

Gordon Herd produced a lung-bursting run down the right-hand channel and sent over a low cross into the six-yard box but Allison missed the ball by inches when all it needed was a touch to send it into the net.

Then, with 15 minutes to go Linlithgow were reduced to ten men. Keith Hogg fouled Kevin Deeney on the half-way line but Referee George Salmond played advantage which came to nothing. He then pulled Hogg over and gave him a straight red card for the foul. Any chance Linlithgow had of squaring the game was almost certainly gone. Chris McFadyen was brought on as Rose went with three up front but this left them weak at the back and Beith were very dangerous on the break, missing chances on three occasions.

In the end, it was Beith who ran out worthy winners.

And Sinnet was quick to praise the visitors. "Beith deserved to win," he admitted. "They were up for the game and we never really settled into a pattern. We didn't create enough and you don't win cup ties playing like that. I'm sorry for the supporters who expected a lot more. They have been great this season which has had its ups and downs.

"But that performance from the side is the worst I've seen from a Linlithgow side since I came here.

"At half-time, I changed things around and it started to pay off when we had our best spell but again we lacked the sharpness to make it count.

"They were always dangerous on the break and when Keith Hogg was sent off it just made it all the harder. As the second half went on I

was confident we could take the game down to Beith and win there. It wasn't to be and its really disappointing especially for the supporters who love a run in the Scottish.

"It may be that there will be changes in the next couple of weeks with some new faces coming in and some leaving after that display. We need to get back on track after this."

Linlithgow Rose: Pinkowski, Gallagher, Jordan (Landels), Hogg, McGuiness, Smith, Whyte, Murphy (Fallon), Herd, Allison, McArthur (McFadyen). Subs: Dair, McIntosh

Beith: Ross, Fulton, Spence, Lundie, Shearer, McNiven, Orr (P Brown), McCulloch (Shaw), Cameron, Deeney, Craig. Subs: Baxter, G Brown, Wilson.

***Please note, they got the Beith subs wrong, G Brown came on at half time for a concussed Ally MacNiven and Paul Brown replaced Robbie Cameron with 8 minutes remaning***

Attached Image - Scanned from the Daily Record

If anyone has a copy of the Sunday Mail I could scan, then please get in touch.

Dennis could have started off a good debate though, what is Beith's best ever result? The 1st ever trophy win in the 50's, one of the West of Scotland Cup Final victories, the Scottish Qtr Final victory over Vale of Leven, the 5-1 victory over Scottish Cup holders Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood? A league title winning victory from the 60's ? There are a lot to pick from and everybody will have their favourite - watch out for a poll on the site sometime soon!

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