9th June 2003
Bathgate Thistle 0-5 Linlithgow Rose
(St Michael Cup Final @ Carmuirs Park, Camelon)
And not for the first time this season, Bathgate's ill-discipline led to their undoing on the major stage. Graeme Love was the offender this time around, being sent packing eight minutes into this Streamline Taxis sponsored Cup Final, for stamping on Rose forward Sinclair.
It was pretty much one-way traffic from then on in, with David FLYNN revelling in the extra space to snaffle a hat-trick in a ten minute spell - his second a real peach.
Rose brought out the pipe and slippers thereafter, and most of entertainment was provided by a daft mutt careering about the park during play, although Rose did awake from their reveries long enough for SINCLAIR and McLAUGHLIN to add to the tally towards time up.
Congratulations to Linlithgow - just another day at the office
slapping down the oiks from the scruffy end of the county. Pretty much all Bathgate can take from this performance is a reinforcing of the fact (if it requires reinforcement) that we will only compete with the Big Lads if we succeed in keeping 11 players on the park.
|Panorama of Carmuirs Park, Camelon.|