MONTROSE ROSELEA 0
BROUGHTY ATHLETIC 1
Roselea welcomed Broughty Athletic back to Broomfield Park for their first competitive game since the Title fight in 2009. Roselea were looking to open their Premier League account at the fourth time of asking, whilst Broughty were looking to kick on from their first win against Fauldhouse the previous Saturday.
The visitors were boosted by the signing of ex-Montrose FC favourite Jamie Winter in the lead up to the game and also had ex-Montrose left back Dougie Cameron in their starting line up. The visitors were without a regular keeper and outfield Mark Kholer took up the mantle between the sticks.
Roselea were missing Stuart Richardson and Dale Reid who were unavailable, however ,Craig Anderson returned from the previous week’s Wedding duty. On the injury front, Ryan Taylor had trained but was not fit to start, however, Stewart Fletcher returned. Roselea included two Trialists on the bench.
Broughty almost drew first blood in four minutes, when Allan linked well with Kelly and unleashed a low 25 yard shot, which Mcleod had to push out and Collier sent behind for a corner.
Roselea upped the tempo and only fouls by Ramsay on Cruickshank and Brash on Rae stopped them getting behind the visitor’s defence.
In 13 minutes, Roselea hit the bar - Winter took down Rae at the edge of the box and Stewart Fletcher curled a great freekick up and over the wall but also managed to strike the bar.
Roselea had opened well and were showing great energy, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in 15 minutes. Brash was caught on the ball in the 18 yard box by Watson as he slid in and WATSON managed to get on to the loose ball before slotting past Kohler from eight yards.
Watson had another chance to double the lead in 22 minutes. Cruickshank combined well with Watson before squaring and the striker’s first shot struck the keeper before coming out for a second bite, but he just couldn’t turn quickly enough to get full power and his shot was deflected away for a second time. Calum Rae then went close with a 25 yard shot just wide of the target.
Broughty had their first real attempt on the half hour mark, when Kris Brash cut along the 18 yard box and Cameron’s curling shot went over the bar.
Broughty had another chance five minutes later and only a great save from Mcleod prevented the equaliser. Collier got caught under a long ball, but was unlucky when his defensive header struck a Broughty player and fell to Kelly on the penalty spot, but Mcleod had spotted the danger and closed quickly to save with his upper body.
Roselea had a big let off a minute later, when Neave hit a left footed shot, which came back off the bar.
Half Time: Roselea 1, Broughty Athletic 0
Broughty came out with a bit more determination in the second half and Winter picked up a lose ball at the corner of the box and curled a great shot towards the top corner but Mcleod was alert and managed to make a brilliant save to tip over the top.
Broughty were starting to pass the ball better and getting on top in midfield and it was on the cards that we would turn the pressure into a goal. In 56 minutes, they drew level when following a corner Winter picked the ball up at the far post and flighted a left footed cross, which NEAVE dive headed into the net from 8 yards out.
Roselea made their first change in 61 minutes with Trialist Thomson replacing the injured Rausch.
It was 2 - 1 to Broughty in 70 minutes when Brash crossed and NEAVE picked up his second goal when he poked home from 10 yards.
Roselea’s task was made all the harder when Watson picked up a second booking for a late challenge and was dismissed.
Roselea made two further changes with Ryan Taylor replacing Riach and Trialist Comiskey replacing Cruickshank, as they looked to get back on level terms.
As in the three other games, a chance did come and Stewart Fletcher hit a tremendous left footed volley from the edge of the box which shaved the Broughty post much to their relief in the final minute.
This was yet another tough example of how cruel football can be in the Premier League. Roselea were up for it and led as they have done in the three previous games, but could not add or hang on to it again. Perhaps out of the four games the second half performance was the weakest so far, as they allowed Broughty to dictate play but were certainly not outplayed overall. This leaves Roselea bottom with no points, but there are several teams with three and four points so they are not detached by any means.
Roselea now head to Penicuik Athletic and that will be a tough trip. Penicuik are one of the favourites to go up and have won three of their four matches with their only loss being at home to Kirrie Thistle. Roselea will be running a bus to the match and will leave the Golf Inn at 10.45am.
Roselea team: Mcleod, P Taylor, Reoch, Collier, Riach, Fletcher, Anderson, Rae, Cruickshank, Rausch & Watson. Subs: Gammie, Brand, Thomson & Comiskey