Montrose Roselea 9, Coupar Angus 0
ROSELEA faced Coupar Angus in their fourth East Region North Division match on Saturday.
Having won their first three games and facing the bottom team, three points were expected.
Seventeen-year-old Dean Easton from Montrose FC was drafted in as goalkeeping cover. Ryan Taylor and Robert Urquhart were injured. Colin Kennedy and Graeme Allan returned for the home side.
Roselea started the match with a fairly stiff breeze at their backs as they shot towards St Cyrus.
The home side took the lead in six minutes. Riach played a great ball over the top and a well-timed run by RAE saw him in space. He lifted the ball over the advancing Mackie and into the net from 16 yards.
Roselea doubled their lead in 19 minutes when Calum WATSON claimed a slight touch on a Cruickshank inswinging corner with the ‘keeper unable to connect.
Roselea went four up in 24 minutes with a great goal from a free kick. Calum Watson was fouled around 30 yards out and FLETCHER stepped up and sent a great curling ball into the top corner with Mackie struggling to get near to the ball.
Collier was not getting things his own way and once again a chance passed him by when he cut inside onto a good position but couldn’t get enough power to beat Mackie at the near post.
COLLIER was finally rewarded for his hard work when he finished better from an Anderson cut back in 41 minutes.
Scrimgeour of Coupar Angus was booked for a crude foul on Riach as the half drew to a close.
Half-time: Roselea 4, Coupar Angus 0.
Roselea made two changes at the half-time break with Fletcher and Reoch replaced by Kennedy and Allan. The team took some time to get going and it wasn’t until the 55th minute that normal service resumed. Collier again looked to have done everything correctly but with Mackie already on the deck to save his shot he couldn’t find a way past him and the ‘keeper saved.
Roselea then managed to miss a host of chances.
The homesters made an enforced change when an injury to Paul Taylor saw Chris Milne making a return to the fold in 68 minutes.
Roselea were totally dominating and CRUICKSHANK added to the tally in 69 minutes with goal number five. He picked up a Riach cross which was dummied by Watson and took a touch to steady himself before drilling home.
ANDERSON made it six for Roselea in 70 minutes when he prodded home a corner which Mackie came to collect and dropped at the midfielder’s feet.
RAE added to the tally when he picked up a through ball from Riach and danced into the box before slotting home in 76 minutes.
In 83 minutes WATSON grabbed his second of the day when he ran in with Coupar Angus appealing for offside, and drilled a low shot into the corner of the net. WATSON completed his hat-trick in the final minute with the Coupar Angus side happy to hear the referee blow for full time.
Roselea: Easton, P. Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Cruickshank, Rae, Anderson, Riach, Fletcher, Collier and Watson. Substitutes: Allan, Milne, Ross, Kennedy and Urquhart.
It is hard to believe that Roselea made hard work of this in the second half despite having a four-goal cushion, and passed up chances that could have seen the final score doubled. The win sets Roselea up nicely for a tricky double header away to Forfar West End on October 6, then East Craigie on the 13th.