Heartbreak at Holm Park

Roselea travelled to Holm Park, Clydebank, to face Carlos Silvas ex-team Yoker Athletic in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup. The pitch had been worked on and although very wet it was playable.

As is usual for Roselea at present, they had several players missing for a variety of reasons and manager Ralph Brand made a late selection on his starting line up. Out injured was Danny Ross with Craig Anderson sitting out for the last game of his three game suspension. Stuart Richardson and Stewart Fletcher were both working and missed out.

Yoker kicked off with the wind at their backs and were first out of the blocks when Arbuckle broke away but Reoch managed to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Roselea then had a chance of their own when a Ryan Taylor free kick found Calum Watson, who flicked the ball over the keeper, but it was cleared off the line.

Play was swinging from end in typical Scottish Cup tie fashion and Rae had a shot well saved by home keeper Winslow before Crerand had a shot, which Ryan Taylor had to clear off the line.

Yoker had a good spell of pressure, which Roselea defended well then Watson picked up a booking for a challenge, which saw him win the ball fairly.

Ross Mcleod had to make a couple of saves from low shots but his positioning was perfect and he held well.

Paul Taylor sent a ball down the right hand side and Calum Watson made his way to the byeline before Winslow smothered his cut back at the near post.

Roselea had a double claim for a foul and penalty. Watson was put through from a great Silva pass and appeared to be tugged back outside the box when the ball broke to Dale Reid. He then appeared to be clattered as he went to shoot, but both claims fell on deaf ears with the referee.

Roselea had another chance just before the half time whistle when Taylor sent in another free kick and Whyte got his head to the ball but just couldn’t direct it on target.

Half time: Yoker Athletic 0, Montrose Roselea 0.

Roselea got off to the best possible start to the second half with a goal in 48 minutes with some sheer perseverance from Calum WATSON. Keeper Winslow was caught 30 yards out with the ball at his feet and the Roselea striker robbed him and finished well from a narrow angle to open the scoring.

Yoker threatened when Vickers made his way to the byeline and his dangerous cross needed a touch from Reoch to take it away from the strikers waiting to pounce. Roselea broke away to the other end with Silva breaking on the left and his shot came off the upright before being turned behind for a corner.

It was Yoker who again raised the bar, however, some great defending from Roselea kept them ahead. Watson then hit the side netting after a Collier flick on gave him a half chance.

Watson put Reid away on the right and he looked like he was going to hit the ball with power. However, he cleverly tried to chip Winslow and the big ‘keeper managed to save at the top of his reach.

Roselea were defending like Trojans but they couldn’t stop Yoker getting back into the game in the 79th minute. The ball was moved from right to left by Vickers and MAITLAND cut in and drove an unstoppable drive into the net from 20 yards. This goal revitalised the home side. Reid lost the ball attacking and McMONAGLE shot from 16 yards and although the ball came off Ryan Taylor on the way into the net, it would have been goalbound in any case.

Roselea equalised in 87 minutes after a great run from Dale REID saw him skip past the Yoker defence and hit a great shot from 25 yards past home ‘keeper Winslow to send Roselea supporters into raptures.

There was a scare for Roselea a minute later when sub Crerand was again the danger man and smacked a 25-yard shot off the cross bar.

Roselea had a chance to win their passage into the next round when Cruickshank pressed the full back and then sent in a cross, which fell to Calum Rae, but his low shot was well blocked

With thoughts of a replay looming, Roselea cruelly went out with the winning goal coming some five minutes into stoppage time. The ball fell to MAITLAND 15 yards out and he hammered it home. Roselea took kick off and Reoch sent the ball long and out of the park only for the referee to call for full time.

On a positive note, it shows how far Roselea have come when they travel to Glasgow for a fourth round Scottish Cup tie and are bitterly disappointed that they have not only lost the chance of a replay but also had chances to win the game themselves. There were some great performances with hard work and discipline shown all over the pitch. It is another part of the learning curve for some of the younger players and will stand them in good stead for the future.

Its now back to League business with the visit of Kirkcaldy in the McBookie.com Premier League to Broomfield Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 1.45 p.m. and Roselea will be looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat incurred in the reverse fixture in August when they surrendered a 2-0 lead.

Roselea: Mcleod, P Taylor, R Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Rae, Collier, Silva, Cruickshank, Reid & Watson. Subs: Rausch, Riach, Gammie, Brand and Thomson.