Forfar Albion 1
Montrose Roselea 5
Roselea travelled to Guthrie Park on Saturday to face lowly Forfar Albion, looking to keep their good run of eight games unbeaten going, and to maintain their challenge for the McBookie.com North Division title.
The only absentee was Calum Watson. Michael Cruickshank made a return to the starting line-up with James Collier switching to a striker role. Albion have had little action recently due the weather and three points should have been very much on the cards. The Albion pitch was showing the wear of the winter weather but had a bit of give which made it better.
Roselea made the perfect start with a goal inside two minutes. Anderson did well to force a corner with the odds stacked against him and when Cruickshank sent in a dangerous corner REID was the last to touch the ball in the scramble.
Roselea looked like they had doubled their lead when Cruickshanks’ dipping cross looked to have deceived Easton but he did enough to tip over the bar. Seconds later Whyte had a close range shot miraculously saved by Easton.
Roselea had a claim for a hand ball when Collier headed a ball back across goal then Whyte went on a run only for a great block from an Albion defender inside the box to prevent him getting a shot away.
Albion had their first break in 12 minutes when their right back picked up a loose ball and hit a 25-yard shot over the bar.
In 23 minutes Roselea broke down the left and Cruickshank sent in a deep cross which ANDERSON let bounce once before sending in an unstoppable volley in to the corner of the net leaving Easton with no chance.
A minute later Reid headed narrowly wide from a Ryan Taylor cross as the Lea continued the bombardment. Albion then had a similar penalty claim, also met by deaf ears from the referee Mr Mcillvenny.
Roselea made the three points a near formality with a third goal in 35 minutes. Ryan Taylor’s diagonal ball was headed square by Whyte, and REID had a great side-on volley as he smashed the ball into the net from eight yards out.
In 38 minutes rampant Roselea almost added to their tally when Ross cut the ball back to the arriving Rae and his shot struck the base of the post before rebounding to safety.
In 41 minutes another great finish from Danny ROSS made the lead four. He took his time and struck a great left footed shot into the corner of the net as it went in off the post.
Albion had a chance just on half-time when they caught Roselea napping. A great reverse pass found McDonald; however Anderson had worked back and somehow managed to get a tackle in to prevent a certain goal.
Half-time: Albion 0, Roselea 4.
Roselea made a change at half-time with David Beedie replacing Calum Rae. The visitors made a second change five minutes into the half with Scott Riach replacing Craig Anderson.
Dale Reid had a chance of his hat-trick on 52 minutes but could not connect with the ball as he tried an acrobatic finish.
Roselea had started the second half slightly on the back foot and Albion gave themselves a life line with a goal in 55 minutes. Scott Black was allowed too much space as a corner broke and carried on his run down the left side before crossing for Sam McDONALD to finish well from 12 yards out.
Roselea upped their game and birthday boy and club captain Paul WHITE scored a great fifth goal in 60 minutes. He picked up a loose ball 10 yards inside his own half before striding forward and playing a great one-two with Riach on the edge of the box and tucked the ball under the advancing Easton with a low right footed shot.
Reid went close in 68 minutes when a great touch from a high long ball saw him get one-on-one with the ‘keeper but his shot struck the base of the post.
The visitors made their final change with Marcus Watt coming on for Danny Ross in 72 minutes.
There was no real urgency from Roselea from then on, and many moves broke down with sloppy passing and poor decision-making as the game drew to a satisfactory close for the away team.
Roselea: McLeod, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Reoch, Whyte, Ross, Anderson, Rae, Cruickshank, Collier, Reid. Substitutes: Riach, Watt, Beedie, Brand and Craig.
After a super first-half display with great tempo the second half failed to deliver the same. However, the result is one that Roselea would have taken at the start of the day.
The win keeps Roselea on top by goal difference from East Craigie who won 3-2 at Blairgowrie and are also Albion’s guests on Saturday. Draws between Arbroath Vics and North End, and Downfield and Kirrie Thistle, also did Roselea’s chances no harm at all.
Next week Roselea have a tough challenge as they travel to Downfield who are still in with an outside shout for one of the two promotion places up for grabs. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
McBookie.com North Division
P W D L F A Pts
Roselea 18 12 2 4 57 19 38
East Craigie 18 12 2 4 46 286 38
Dundee NE 18 11 3 4 52 22 36
Arbr’th Vics 19 10 4 5 46 30 34
Downfield 18 10 3 6 50 35 32
Kirrie 15 9 4 2 42 20 31
Blairgowrie 19 9 2 8 39 30 29
Forfar WE* 14 10 0 4 34 23 24
Lochee Harp 16 4 2 10 21 39 14
Brechin Vics 20 3 1 16 30 64 10
F’far Albion 16 2 1 12 22 66 7
C’par Angus 19 1 1 17 15 76 4
* Points deducted for nonfulfilment of fixtures, season 2011/12