Montrose lose to Violet in last home fixture of the campaign


Roselea entertained Violet in their final home game of the season with both teams almost assured of their place in next year’s Premier League.

It could have therefore had an end of season feel to it but Roselea had beaten Violet 3-2 in Dundee to avenge a penalty shoot-out defeat at home in the GA Cup, so a tight match was in prospect.

Calum Watson was available, but would start a two-game suspension after the match due to racking up bookings, and Ralph Brand and Steve Kerrigan had almost a full squad to pick from, minus the long-term injured Scott McDowell.

Jo Reoch returned to the bench after missing out at Tayport due to a bug. Steven Greig dropped to the bench with Dale Reid replacing him and Morgan Smith started for Craig Anderson, who had picked up a strain.

Despite some rain in the last week Broomfield Park was rock solid, but the ground staff had at least made it look like a pitch.

Violet started the stronger of the two teams and McConnachie sent in a dangerous corner in four minutes which Mcleod missed, but he was fouled and Smith cleared off the line.

Violet went close on eight minutes and McConnachie broke up the left but Mcleod was up to the task and turned his shot away for a corner.

On 10 minutes Rae went close for Roselea with a volley from range which went just wide, before Watson had a good chance when the ball bounced in the box but he snatched his shot wide.

Roselea were coming into things and a good move in 19 minutes saw the next chance of the game fall to James Collier. Taylor sent the ball to Watson who headed inside to Collier but he was off balance and screwed his effort wide.

In 33 minutes Roselea almost took the lead with a fortuitous effort from Kyle Findlater. He threw in a cross from midway inside the Violet half and the ball struck the corner of the post and bar before going behind.

Roselea had a warning in 35 minutes when Mair capitalised on a mistake but a great save from Mcleod prevented a goal and Thomson cleared before Wilson could score from the rebound.

Violet took the lead with a simple goal a minute later. With Roselea attacking a corner, the ball was cleared leaving Mair one-on-one with Mcleod and despite the keeper making a great save, he had time to compose himself and draw the ball back onto his left foot and stroked it into the corner from 16 yards out.

Violet had one last chance as the half drew to a close but Wilson’s effort was straight at Mcleod who saved well.

Half-time: Montrose Roselea 0-1 Dundee Violet

Roselea made an immediate change for the second half with Ross Mitchell replacing Kyle Findlater.

In 62 minutes Morgan Smith had a great volley go just wide of the post.

A minute later Roselea replaced Reid with Greig.

There were a few late tackles coming in from Violet which had fouls awarded but no yellow cards were shown.

In both incidents it was the Violet players who required treatment which seemed to be a time wasting ploy.

Sub Greig did well to get wide and his low cross flashed across the Violet goalmouth; Cruickshank picked the ball up wide of the back post and appeared to be clipped as he managed to cut the ball back from the byline.

Roselea made their final change in 75 minutes with Andrew Tringham coming on for Michael Cruickshank.

There was a great chance for Roselea in 78 minutes when a shot was deflected into the path of Collier and when his mis-hit shot fell to Watson, he blasted the ball against keeper Thain who managed to help it over the bar.

With Roselea pushing for an equaliser Violet did have a break away in 81 minutes but poor finishing from McConnachie cost them the two-goal cushion that would have sealed the match.

Roselea pressed with Greig looking like the biggest threat but Violet continued to kill time and were able to see the win out and take the three points back to Dundee.

This game looked like it was going to be tight from the off and it also looked like whoever scored the first goal would be the likely winner.

For a team who also looked secure, there was desperation about the Violet performance which spoiled the game as a spectacle.

With results elsewhere going against Roselea they now slip down to eighth in the table.

With three away games to go it would be nice to get a couple of wins to finish as high as possible to show something for all the hard work they have put in over the season.

Roselea travel to Glenrothes on Saturday with the home side deep in the mire and looking very likely to be relegated if their form continues.

Roselea will be running a bus and supporters are welcome to travel but please contact a Committee member.

The bus will leave the Golf Inn at 11.30 a.m. and will return from Glenrothes at approximately 5.30 p.m.

Roselea: Mcleod, Findlater, R. Taylor, Thomson, Whyte, Rae, Collier, Smith, Cruickshank, Reid, Watson. Subs: Mitchell, Greig, Campbell and Tringham.