Montrose Roselea 4 Lochee Harp 1
Roselea continued their push for the McBookie.com North Division title on Saturday with a home match against Lochee Harp.
A win would see them climb to at least second place but depending on North End’s result at Brechin they could even possibly go top.
The visitors had seen little action in recent weeks with the poor weather and were sure to be rusty.
However, it was felt their new management team of Barry Britton and Cammy McRae were sure to have them fired up for the game.
Roselea welcomed James Collier back from holiday and he took up a place on the bench, with an unchanged starting line-up from the previous week.
After the recent cold snap, Broomfield Park offered some real spring weather for the followers of both teams.
Roselea started well and Reid had a shot saved from the edge of the box in eight minutes.
The stalemate only lasted for another couple of minutes as the ‘Lea took the lead. Watson set Reid away down the right-hand side and CRUICKSHANK finished well from 15 yards out.
Lochee Harp hit back in 22 minutes and McLeod had to tip a header over the bar and behind for a corner. The corner came in and referee Ritchie caused a stir when he pointed to the spot for a handball to the surprise of the Roselea players.
GORMLEY kept his calm though and struck a good penalty to bring Harp back level.
Roselea had another good move on the half-hour mark when Ross cut the ball back to Whyte and he scooped his shot over the bar.
The home side was on top but couldn’t break a stuffy Harp side down.
Roselea regained the lead in 39 minutes when REID shot low into the net from 18 yards after Watson had a shot blocked on the edge of the box.
As the half drew to a close Roselea hit Harp on the break from a corner. Rae and Anderson stormed up the pitch and the ball fell to Watson, who hit a well struck shot from 30 yards but it was unfortunately well off target.
Half-time: Roselea 2, Lochee Harp 1.
Roselea came storming out of the traps with an important goal coming seconds into the half.
Danny Ross went past two opponents before hitting a low shot which the Harp ‘keeper could only parry into the path of WATSON, who followed up to score.
Watson had a couple of chances just after this but was thwarted by the visiting ‘keeper who was in no mood to be beaten again.
Watson did have the ball in the net again in 65 minutes but was given offside.
Roselea made a change when Beedie was introduced for Ross in 65 minutes.
And Beedie was soon in the action when he hit a dipping shot from 25 yards, with the Harp ‘keeper saving well.
The visitors were not out of it and a goal would have brought them back into things. However, McLeod did well to beat out a shot and also saved the follow-up as Roselea continued to stand firm.
The homesters made the game safe with a fourth goal in 79 minutes.
RAE broke in midfield and passed wide to Cruickshank before continuing his run into the box to bravely connect with the cross and headed home for the Broomfield Park outfit.
After taking an injury he was duly replaced by Collier and Riach also replaced Anderson in a double substitution.
Roselea had two more chances close to the final whistle, but with Riach and Reid being unable to add to the tally.
Roselea had done enough to win, before the deflated Harp side was relieved to hear the 90 minutes whistle.
Match sponsors Ewan Taylor and Friends nominated the industrious Craig Anderson as their Man of the Match.
This was another great display from the team, with only the dubious penalty casting any doubt on the final score line. It was again a disciplined performance with all playing their part in the win.
Roselea: McLeod, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Reoch, Whyte, Ross, Rae, Anderson, Cruickshank, Reid, Watson. Substitutes: Riach, Watt, Beedie, Collier and Brand.
Roselea now move up to second equal in the McBookie.com North Division table after top team Dundee North End had a convincing 5-0 win at Brechin Vics.
North End are the next visitors to Broomfield Park on Saturday (April 6), in what will be a massive game for both clubs.
Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
P W D L F A Pts
Dundee NE 16 11 2 3 34 6 35
Roselea 16 10 2 4 22 12 32
East Craigie 16 10 2 4 14 13 32
Downfield 17 10 1 6 28 21 31
Kirrie Thistle 13 9 3 1 27 7 30
Arbroath Vics 17 9 3 5 16 17 30
Blairgowrie 17 8 2 7 18 14 26
Forfar WE* 14 10 0 4 16 9 24
Brechin Vics 19 3 1 15 11 23 10
Lochee Harp 14 2 2 10 10 8 8
Forfar Albion 14 2 1 11 11 29 7
Coupar Angus 17 1 1 15 5 40 4
* Points deducted for nonfulfilment of fixtures, season 2011/12