Better performance gives Roselea a point

Roselea took on Broughty Athletic in their second League match of the season on Saturday, looking for improvement after the 4-1 midweek defeat at Forfar West End.

They were also desperate to get off to a better start than the 2013-14 season which yielded no points from the first five games.

Calum Watson was completing his two-match suspension and Scott McDowell sat out through injury, meaning 16-year-old Ross Mitchell made his home debut.

Roselea changed their formation with James Collier leading the line and Dale Reid playing just off him. Broughty’s squad is full of ex-seniors with Lee Sibanda and Keith Gibson the latest additions.

Roselea had the first shot on goal in four minutes when Reid hit a volley from 25 yards and Ross held at the second go.

Roselea deservedly took the lead in 16 minutes when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Andy TRINGHAM hit a great low shot in off the post from 20 yards.

Pererra tried to turn Whyte in the box but he blocked the ball behind for a corner. McLeod was caught out with the ball being turned behind for a second corner. Again Mcleod was deceived and DIGNAN was well placed to equalise just two minutes after Roselea’s goal.

There was controversy in 23 minutes when Reid flicked the ball on to Collier who broke away from Heggie before being hauled down. The referee booked the Broughty player for his tackle but it looked as if Collier would have been in on goal.

Roselea had a chance to retake the lead in 41 minutes when Tringham flicked on an Anderson throw into the path of Reid who hit a smacking volley. Only a great tip over from Ross kept the score level.

A minute before the break Collier broke away down the left and squared the ball across the six-yard box for Ross MITCHELL to make a great run and slide home from close range for the second debutant goal of the day.

Half-time: Montrose Roselea, Broughty Athletic 1.

In 55 minutes Winter of Broughty was shown straight red for a tackle on Dale Reid. However, it seemed a genuine effort to get the ball and not a lunge at the player.

In 59 minutes Kyle Findlater made his home debut when he replaced Calum Rae. Roselea made a second change in 70 minutes with Aaron Thomson replacing Andrew Tringham.

Roselea started to struggle against the 10 men. Lee Sibanda troubled Mcleod who spilled the save into the path of Dignan but made amends with a great brave block.

Aaron Thomson had a great header off the line as Roselea tried to hang on for a memorable victory. However in 85 minutes a corner beat Mcleod and danger man SIBANDA headed home at the far post.

As far as performances go this was chalk and cheese compared to Wednesday at Forfar West End. James Collier and Dale Reid linked well up front and there were excellent debuts from Andy Tringham and Ross Mitchell.

With Calum Watson returning the management team has more choice for the trip to Oakley United on Saturday, kick-off 2.30 p.m.

Roselea: Mcleod, Rae, Whyte, Reoch, R Taylor, Mitchell, Anderson, Tringham, Cruickshank, Reid, Collier. Substitutes: Smith, Bailey, Findlater, Thomson and Brand.