Disappointment after long delay

Jeanfield Swifts 5

Montrose Roselea 0

Roselea travelled to the Riverside Stadium, Perth, for their fourth Round Emirates Junior Cup replay full of optimism after they matched the Perth Premier League side in the game at Montrose.

They were without Ross McLeod, and 37-year-old Ronnie Massie took over between the sticks. Calum Rae was still carrying a knock but took a place on the bench. Paul Taylor, with cracked ribs from the first tie, was missing. Roselea announced the signing of two promising local players before the game. Marcus Watt (19), joined from Arbroath FC until the end of the season. Johnshaven lad David Beedie (18), came in on loan from Montrose FC and took a place on the bench.

This was Roselea’s first visit to the impressive Riverside Stadium. The pitch was in great condition and extremely flat.

Roselea had a 4-5-1 formation, and a great chance to take the lead in just four minutes when Ryan Taylor burst into the Jeanfield box taking an Anderson chest-down in his stride, but his low shot was blocked by the advancing Bruce.

Roselea’s good start continued with another strong run from Anderson in eight minutes. This time he played the ball to Cruickshank who cut in on his weaker right foot and the ball went over the top.

The visitors’ good start fell to pieces with a poor goal lost in nine minutes. The visitors lost possession at a throw-in. The ball was cleared to HOLDEN, in space, who rounded Massie and slotted home from 16 yards.

In 16 minutes Jeanfield’s Gavin Anderson was lucky to stay on the pitch after a very late and reckless tackle which saw the referee produce a yellow card.

It was all Jeanfield at this stage and Ryan Taylor had to head a dangerous Mackie cross behind. From the corner Gunnion volleyed goalwards with Whyte blocking for another corner.

Roselea had a break at the Jeanfield end with Collier taking on a Taylor throw-in before swivelling to try to shoot. The ball broke to Calum Watson but he couldn’t get it under control.

Roselea had a brighter spell and in 26 minutes Urquhart found Anderson breaking into the box. Although he managed to get his left-footed shot away it was off target.

In 30 minutes Jeanfield thought they had doubled their lead. Gunnion got a free header from a Holt corner and it looped just over, rippling the net from behind to make some fans think it had gone in.

It was all Jeanfield and Roselea were guilty of conceding too many free kicks around the box. In 34 minutes Mackie flighted in a great ball to John Anderson who flicked it goalwards, but Massie brilliantly tipped the ball onto the bar and Urquhart cleared the danger.

Four minutes later Collier broke along the Jeanfield by-line coming in from the left-hand side and tried to catch Bruce out at his near post with a low shot.

Watson also had a rare chance and a great blocking tackle from Gunnion prevented a shot on goal.

Just as it seemed Roselea would be one goal down at half time, disaster struck almost as the referee was about to blow. Holt struck a free kick from 30 yards. It bent around the wall with Massie control, but the ball squirmed out of his hands and trundled into the net.

Half-time: Jeanfield 2, Roselea 0.

Roselea made a change in 50 minutes with Urquhart coming off and Beedie making his Roselea debut.

Jeanfield scored in 56 minutes when Holden broke down the right and sent in a deep cross which was nodded back across the face of the goal by John Anderson for his namesake Gavin ANDERSON to score from close range.

Roselea made a second change, with Dale Reid coming on for Michael Cruickshank in 73 minutes.

The visitors had a couple of sorties into the Jeanfield last third but Craig Anderson with strong runs and Ross trying to get down the right were thwarted by resolute home defending.

The tie was put out of Roselea’s reach with a fourth goal in 78 minutes. John ANDERSON got his name on the score sheet with a bullet header from a corner.

Anderson and Collier both had attempts but something was saying that it wasn’t going to be Roselea’s day.

Just to rub salt in Roselea’s already sore wounds Jeanfield scored a fifth and in a mirror of the first half it came right on time. Gavin ANDERSON sent a long ball up the line to McAllister before carrying on his run into the box and finishing well from 10 yards.

Although the final score line may have slightly flattered the home side the result was never in doubt. The two late goals in each half were killers for Roselea. Roselea’s younger players will have gained valuable experience from the tie. Both Danny Ross and Craig Anderson were stand-outs for Roselea.

On the plus side there were two good scorelines for Roselea in the league with leaders North End going down surprisingly 2-1 to bottom club Coupar Angus who picked up their first points of the season, and Forfar West End also lost, 5-4, at Downfield. West End are visitors to Broomfield Park this Saturday with a 2pm kick-off.

Roselea: Massie, Allan, Whyte, Reoch, Ryan Taylor, Urquhart, Collier, Anderson, Ross, Cruickshank, Watson. Substitutes: Reid, Milne, Riach and Beedie.