Fighting draw shows Roselea’s courage and character

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Roselea picked up a valuable point against fifth-placed Dalkeith after a performance that, on the whole, just about merited two more.

The Broomfield groundsmen worked round the clock to ensure the game was played after torrential rain in the build-up to the area had put the fixture in doubt.

The weather was dull and first-half entertainment was not much better. Roselea created the first chance after 21 minutes when Collier laid the ball to Mowatt, but the forward crucially slipped at the wrong time to cancel out the opportunity to shoot.

The best move of the half, and arguably the match, came after 31 minutes. A long ball was superbly knocked down by Watson into Cruikshank’s path. The winger cut the ball to Mowatt and his fierce strike was well saved by Paterek. The ball rebounded to Campbell but the Roselea player could only blast over from 10 yards out.

Half time came without any more clear chances.

The start of the second half was the opposite to the end of the first, with chances galore at both ends.

Cruickshank played a superb low pass in to Campbell at the back post. His effort looked to be heading into the corner before a defender blocked his effort.

Almost immediately, Dalkeith had a similar move with HUNTER receiving a low cross and made no mistake in the finish.

After 54 minutes, Cruickshank gathered from Campbell and took a touch before blasting towards goal but his effort was matched by Paterek in goal.

Mowatt won a penalty for the home team after 56 minutes, drawing a handball from an opposition defender. WATSON stepped up and smashed the ball home to draw things level.

The pitch was beginning to tear up and a bad bounce found Rae in trouble at the back but he made a terrific recovering tackle to thwart Lally, who looked in on goal.

The away team were beginning to create chances and, although there was a hint of handball in Hunter’s control, the referee played on but McLeod made a good save to keep the score level.

On 71 minutes, Mowatt nearly put the home team up when he rounded the keeper and shot from the narrowest of angles but his effort hit the side netting.

Roselea had one more chance when a Campbell cross found Watson but the striker couldn’t find the target with his header. Roselea made a couple of late changes, with Greig and Findlater replacing Campbell and Sturrock.

It was a good point overall against a team near the top of the league. Despite going a goal down, Roselea battled back, which they have failed to do lately when conceding first.

Next week sees them host Dundonald Bluebell, with a 2pm kick off. Hospitality is available.

Roselea: McLeod, Rae, Sturrock (Findlater), Thomson, Whyte, Collier, Campbell, Anderson, Watson, Mowatt, Cruickshank (Greig).