Disappointing loss for Roselea

Roselea met North Superleague side Hermes in the quarter-final of the GA Cup with the winners having the benefit of a home tie in the last four against either Luncarty or Islavale.

Hermes sit fourth in the North Superleague and the sides last met in 2006 with Roselea winning 4-2 courtesy of a Chris Simpson hat-trick.

With Ross McLeod and Ronnie Massie on holiday there was a last minute signing of 18-year-old Arbroath FC keeper Josh Gray, who lives in St Cyrus. Also, 16-year-old Craig Taylor was signed on the eve of the game along with veteran Colin Kennedy.

Roselea were boosted by the return of Calum Watson, who made an appearance at the end of the Livingston Unite game. However, Stuart Richardson and Craig Anderson were both still injured although Anderson made the bench.

In 13 minutes Hermes took the lead with their first attack. The ball was played along the 18 yard box to SHAW and he unleashed a great shot, which seemed to take a deflection over ‘keeper Gray who could do nothing as the ball dipped into the net.

In the in the next 15 minutes neither side could get the ball down the bumpy pitch, however Roselea had a great chance in 38 minutes when Reid outstripped the defender to create a one on one chance but found the feet of keeper Sweeneys legs.

Half time: Montrose Roselea 0, Hermes 1

Roselea started the second half a bit more brighter with the manager’s choice half time words possibly still ringing in their ears. Collier picked up an inside pass from Riach then shot just over the bar. Roselea were determined to get back into the game and Collier headed goalwards from a Watson cross but couldn’t get enough power to disturb keeper Sweeney.

Roselea made a change in 66 minutes with Danny Ross coming on for Colin Kennedy.

They then had a big share of possession and when the ball fell out wide to Reid he smashed a volley from a narrow angle, which Sweeney deflected wide.

Roselea broke again as they desperately tried to get back into the game and Watson was sent away by Ross and although his pass was deflected, Reid was adjudged to be in an offside position.

Craig Anderson then went on for Paul Taylor in 70 minutes.

A minute later, Roselea had a great chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty. Collier headed the ball into the penalty area and although Watson’s flick went wide, the ‘keeper Sweeney followed through and brought him down. Watson dusted himself down and after a slight delay he hit a weak shot, ‘which the keeper easily saved.

In 78 minutes Roselea almost got back on terms under somewhat controversial circumstances.

The assistant referee raised his flag for offside against Dale Reid, however Danny Ross read the situation well and maintained his run, which saw him cut in from the by line only to see his shot saved by the feet of the ‘keeper at the near post.

There was a fluttering of bookings as things got ragged, then Hermes almost made it 2-0 when Wyness broke down the right and flicked the ball over the advancing Gray, and as the ball bounced towards goal, with Reoch trying to cover it, somehow bounced over the bar.

There was to be one last Roselea chance with Watson again flicking the ball over the keeper as he latched on to a Collier header but again the ball went agonisingly wide.

Watson was struggling with an injury and was replaced by Craig Taylor in injury time, who still had time to find himself in the referee’s book for a badly timed challenge.

Referee Ferguson blew for time and it was a jubilant Hermes side who celebrated their deserved victory.

Roselea found it hard to play on the bumpy surface and it suited a big strong Hermes side better. Roselea improved in the second half but the missed penalty was pivotal in the outcome.

Hermes played well and deserved their win and will now face Luncarty, who beat Islavale on penalties. Elsewhere Dundee Violet drew at Oakley to send Roselea back into the bottom four in the Premier League.

Roselea are back on league duty with a trip to Perth to face Jeanfield Swifts on Saturday. The match at Riverside kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Roselea: Gray, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Rae, Kennedy, Riach, Collier, Reid & Watson. Subs: Thomson, Anderson, C. Taylor, Brand and Kerrigan.