With former boss David McGlynn searching for his first Linlithgow win, Bonnyrigg were tipped to edge this latest ‘Battle of the Roses’.
And the home side were on a high after beating local rivals Newtongrange Star 3-1 in the Super League at New Dundas Park thanks to goals by Dean Hoskins (2) and Ross Archibald.
Playing downhill wind assisted first half on Saturday saw Bonnyrigg struggle in attack against a determined Linlithgow defence and it was the visitors who shocked their hosts with the opening goal in the 15th minute when a 25 yard shot from Blair Batchelor eluded home keeper Billy Bald caught off his line.
This rattled Bonnyrigg and only a super save by Linlithgow keeper Ally Adams denied Kieran McGahey chasing a Bonnyrigg equaliser. An ambitious 40 yarder next from Andrew Kidd nearly caught out Adams but it went so close just over the bar.
In 25 minutes Scott Gray’s (Trialist ) header at the far post for Bonnyrigg went too straight at Adams then a free kick by Dean Hoskins was well wide from 25 yards out .
Billy Bald did well to concede a corner saving a netbound shot around the hour mark but it was from the resultant corner kick not cleared by the home defence that Tommy Coyne scored goal number two for Linlithgow from close range.
Substitutes flowed from both benches but Archibald put a header over the bar.
The disaster for Bonnyrigg, who felt McGachie was felled in the penalty box by keeper Adams but the referee saw it differently ad booked McGachie for diving, his second booking and so a red and sent off. Two minutes later and Bonnyrigg manager followed him to the dressing room as the referee took exception to the dissent.
Bonnyrigg’s attempts at getting back with 10 men saw a brave battle, but all in vain as Linlithgow notched their first win of the season under David McGlynn who enjoyed a happy return to the club he left only two months ago after just a season in charge at New Dundas Park.