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Geddes must face old team in Scottish Cup clash

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University of Stirling Men’s Football head-coach Chris Geddes must lead out his Lowland League side against his former team – Linlithgow Rose, in order to secure third round qualification for the second year running.

In a draw which included senior SPFL outfits such as Annan Athletic and Albion Rovers, Geddes remains wary of the threat the West Lothian side poses, adding: “I know the players that play with them – they are a very good team, but we are a good team as well; our guys will be confident. No matter what happens, a strong team will go through.”

Linlithgow Rose’s high league position of second can largely be placed down to the form of prolific front-man Tommy Coyne.

Speaking on his former teammate, Geddes claims that “we will do our work on him. But obviously, we will need to play our game. Coyne isn’t the only good player they have.”

If Stirling were to be successful in the second round, they would be within a chance of playing professional sides such as Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline.

Geddes mused that a match of that calibre would be a “terrific day out for the boys, but full focus is on this game [against Linlithgow].”

Stirling University defeated Keith 2-3 in the previous round to set up this tie in dramatic fashion as Calum Heath scored a last-gasp winner from 2 goals down to secure a place in the draw.

“The start of the second half we fell apart, we made our mistake for the first goal. We were pulling our hair out, as we were a completely different team from the first half to the second.”

“The boys showed a lot of resilience and character to come back from 2-1 down especially away from home, against a team which had the wind at their back.”

Stirling University vs. Linlithgow Rose takes place on October 19.

(Featured image credit: University of Stirling FC Facebook page)

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